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Job Title:  Inpatient Pharmacy Supervisor
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  2013-PHA-804283-004

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$94,427.00 to $121,843.00 / Per Year
Monday, December 10, 2012 to Monday, December 24, 2012
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy - White River Junction, VT United States  View Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 804283 (Include # on all documents)




To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.  How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to .  




Recruitment OR Relocation Incentive May Be Offered for Well Qualified Candidate.


  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Random Drug Testing required
  • Background Investigation required


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The inpatient pharmacist supervisor must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to complete the duties of the position, including the necessary skills to provide care appropriate to the population of the patients served.   Such knowledge and skills are identified in the Competency Assessment Checklist of the position and include knowledge and skills in:


  • Communication and interpersonal relations, including the ability to appropriately and courteously relate to internal and external customers.
  • Maintenance of confidentiality of patient/employee information, electronic and print.
  • The medical center performance improvement program.
  • How to work and function in the medical center in a safe manner, including infection control and the correct operation of equipment.
  • Population-specific care, as identified in the Population-Specific Competencies, including effectively communicating with patients who are 66 years and older and who may have hearing, physical or cognitive impairments.
  • Serves as first line supervisor to subordinate pharmacists and technician staff.
  • Participates in staff pharmacist duties required to maintain the provision of acceptable pharmacy services.

  • Plans, directs and coordinates comprehensive inpatient pharmacy services, and assists with outpatient pharmacy services, as assigned by the Chief, Pharmacy Service, for the VAMC WRJ VT.

  • Interviews employee candidates.

  • Participates in employee development and performance appraisal.  

    a)     Recommends appointments advancements, promotions

    b)     Recommends disciplinary actions to the Pharmacy Professional Standards Board.

  • Coordinates pharmacy activities to provide a full range of pharmaceutical services essential to both inpatient and/or outpatient pharmacy operations and programs.   Ensures these services are delivered at a level of quality consistent with current and accepted health care standards.

  •  Ensures Pharmacy programs satisfy the administrative requirements of the organization.

  • Other duties as assigned.


**1st time Supervisory Probation period will be required.


Weekend rotation will be required.



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  • U.S. citizenship.  
  • Education: Applicant must be a graduate of a degree program in pharmacy from an approved college or university. The degree program must have been approved by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE), or prior to the establishment of ACPE, have been a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).  TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED.
  • Licensure: The applicant must possess a full, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the Unites States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.

 GS-12 Pharmacist

 (a)  Experience.  Completion of the equivalent of 1 year of creditable experience at the next lower grade level which is directly related to the position to be filled or completion of a 1 year post-Pharm.D. ASHP accredited Residency.

 (b)  Assignments.  Candidates at this grade level are to be in one of the following assignments:

 1.  Clinical Pharmacist.  A Clinical Pharmacist spends significant time in Clinical Practice
   Examples of practice sites include but are not limited to: medicine, surgery, psychiatry, neurology, spinal cord injury, primary care, ambulatory care including open pharmacy, rehabilitation medicine, geriatrics, medical research and others recognized by the professional standards board. 
 2.  Pharmacy Specialist.  Pharmacists in these assignments have responsibility for managing a specialized area of practice within a facility or area of a facility.  They include but are not limited to IV admixtures, Information Technology (ADPACs, Informatics Specialists), Drug Information, etc. which require specialized skills but may be supervised by other pharmacists and have close relationships with other departments or services.

 3.  Pharmacy Supervisor, Inpatient/Outpatient.  The supervisor (Inpatient/Outpatient) is responsible for the professional and administrative management of an inpatient/outpatient area in a small minimally complex pharmacy service that offers basic pharmacy services at a Complexity Level 3 (low complexity) VHA facilities with one division, or an inpatient/outpatient area at a site geographically removed from the supervisor.  Pharmacy programs at these facilities are primarily involved in distributive functions and general clinical pharmacy activities.  Such individuals typically have responsibility for supervising three or more professional GS-11 pharmacists.  In addition to the experience requirements in paragraph (a), pharmacists assigned to these positions must demonstrate an ability to manage people and/or programs and the knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics necessary to satisfactorily complete the following duties.

 a.  Assigning duties; development of performance standards and performance evaluations; recommendations for appointment, awards, advancement, and, when appropriate, disciplinary actions; identification of continuing education and training needs; etc.;

 b.  Serving as a consultant within Pharmacy Service and with other facility health care staff in evaluating health care delivery to patients; and

 c.  Assessing, planning and evaluating the pharmacy program to ensure proper coordination between the delivery of pharmacy services and the overall delivery of health care.

 (c)  Demonstrated KSAs.  In addition to the experience requirements and KSAs at the GS-11 level, pharmacists at this grade level must demonstrate the following KSAs:

 1.  Comprehensive knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy such as quality assurance/utilization review, informatics systems, drug information, etc.  This level of knowledge is usually characterized by at least 1 year of experience in a specialized clinical area or advanced training/certification;

 2.  Comprehensive knowledge of pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacoeconomics and pharmacotherapeutics.  This level of knowledge is usually characterized by at least 1 year of experience in a specialized clinical area or advanced training/certification;

 3.  Skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters;

 4.  Knowledge of the design, conduct, and interpretation of controlled clinical drug trials or other research related to health care;

 5.  Ability to communicate orally to persuade and influence clinical decisions;

 6.  Ability to communicate in writing to persuade and influence clinical decisions;

 7.  Comprehensive knowledge of DEA, FDA, VA, the State (Territory of District of Columbia, if appropriate), TJC and other standards related to the distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs to both inpatients and outpatients (including research and investigational drugs); and

 8.  Ability to manage people and/or programs. 


Experience: In addition to the GS-12 requirements, must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.



Pharmacy Supervisor. Responsible for the professional and administrative management of an assigned area in pharmacy service, to include budgetary execution. Such individuals have responsibilities for supervising multiple pharmacists and technicians. Manages people, maintains effective interdepartmental relations, and cooperates with other services to accomplish the medical facility's mission and goals. Develops performance standards, assures that the program area is compliant with all regulatory and accrediting body requirements, designs and implements orientation and training programs for staff, and develops and maintains systems to monitor the performance of staff activities. Develops policies and procedures relative to their assigned area. Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following KSAs:

a. Ability to effectively supervise subordinate staff.

b. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions.

c. Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards pertaining to pharmacy.

d. Skill in managing people or programs.



References :  VA Handbook 5005 available in the local Human Resources Office or online.


Education: The applicant must be a graduate of a degree program in pharmacy from an approved college or university. The degree program must have been approved by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE), or prior to the establishment of ACPE, have been a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.   You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.


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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at .


This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:  Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.   VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for active duty uniformed military service.  This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.


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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( ) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: .
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 804283.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, December 24, 2012.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
  5. Transcripts must be submitted with your application package.
  6. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required).   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at  
  7. If currently employed in the Federal system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).


Phillip Davis
Phone: (802)295-9363x5328
Agency Information:
VHA White River Junction VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs
215 North Main Street
Human Resources
White River Jct, VT


After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

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