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Job Title:  Pharmacist (Clinical Specialist)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VHA-652-13-PAD-805075

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$102,463.00 to $120,544.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 to Monday, December 24, 2012
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Richmond, VA United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 805075 (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?


Every job at the VA impacts the Veterans that we serve. You can be part of that team, helping to make sure that our Veterans receive the top-quality care they deserve.

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  


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • English language proficiency required.
  • Must pass a pre-employment physical examination.


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The incumbent is assigned to the Pharmacy Service at the McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia and is responsible for providing clinical pharmacy services under an advanced scope of practice to the Spinal Cord Injury and Transitional Care Teams of the Home Based Primary Care Program. This may include rounding, participation on various committees pertaining to Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) reviewing charts and reviewing drug therapy for residents, performing clinical assessments and medication reconciliation, providing drug information services including those services requiring extensive interpretation, providing pharmacokinetic consults as clinically privileged, and providing in-service educational presentations. Extensive documentation and clinical progress note writing are required of this position. S/He may be involved in research activities and precepting students and residents.                                                 

Duties include:

  • Participates in daily multidisciplinary team rounds, including SCI/Transition Home Care, and provides drug information, observes patients response to therapy, and makes appropriate recommendations regarding treatment alternatives or additional interventions to maximize patient care outcomes taking into consideration choice of therapy, safety, efficacy, and pharmacoeconomics.
  • Interviews and evaluates patients upon admission to the hospital and daily during hospitalization for appropriateness of pharmacologic therapy and makes a pharmaceutical care plan for those patients who need pharmaceutical care, and documents the pharmaceutical care plan in the pharmacy initial assessment or progress note.
  • Provides care and/or services appropriate to the age of the patients being served. Assesses data reflective of the patient's status and interpret the information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to their age-specific needs and to provide care needed as described in the services' policies and procedures.
  • Provides consultative services to all professional staff regarding drug therapy and supply items.
  • Acts as a liaison between the SCI and TCT Home Care Teams and the Pharmacy Service helping to solve problems, clarify orders, provide additional information needed, and to improve communications.
  • Designs and/or participates in research studies or outcomes research involving drug therapy or clinical pharmacy functions.
  • Critically reviews and appropriately completes, in a timely manner, all non-formulary drug requests and/or consults, clinic consults, patient and clinic encounters, and chart notes in accordance with pharmacy policy and procedures.
  • Inpatient/outpatient orders are checked to include patient information, correct medication dose, route, and frequency of administration.  Orders are checked for patient allergies, drug interactions, incompatibilities, duplication, and priority.
  • Identifies, interprets, and resolves prescribing and dispensing issues, including pharmacotherapeutics and the formulary.  Documents interventions as necessary. 

Work schedule:  Monday - Friday 7:30AM to 4:00PM 

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status: Exempt

Supervisory Position:  No

Bargaining Unit Position:  Yes

Recruitment/relocation incentives may be authorized.

Relocation expenses:  Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

Promotion Potential:  N/A

Salary:  The Pharmacist Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed within grade GS-12.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.


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EDUCATION:   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).   Verification of approved degree programs may be obtained from the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education, 311 West Superior Street, Suite 512, Chicago, Illinois 60610 Phone: (312) 664-3575).  Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs meet the educational requirement if their degree is found to be equivalent to degree programs recognized by the ACPE.   This finding may be based on any of the following: (a) A letter of acceptance into a U.S. graduate pharmacy program recognized by the ACPE; (b)   Written certification from the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Commission, 700 Busse Highway, Park Ridge, IL   60068 Phone (847) 698-6227, that the individual has successfully passed the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination. (c)A letter from a U.S. college or university with a pharmacy degree program recognized by ACPE stating that the individual's foreign pharmacy degree has been evaluated and found to be equivalent to its Bachelor of Pharmacy degree or higher.

LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION:  Full, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.   The pharmacist must maintain current registration if this is a requirement for maintaining full, current, and unrestricted licensure.  

EXPERIENCE:    Completion of the equivalent of 1 year of creditable experience at the GS-11 grade level which is directly related to the position to be filled or completion of a 1 year post-PharmD ASHP residency.    To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics associated with current professional pharmacy practice.   Your application package should reflect the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

1.  Knowledge of professional pharmacy practice.

2.  Ability to communicate orally and in writing to both patients and health care staff.

3.  Knowledge of laws, regulations, and accreditation standards related to the distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs and pharmacy security. 

4.  Skill in monitoring assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameter.   

Unofficial transcripts are required whenever qualifying based on education.  Education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. A transcript or course listing must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. 

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. ***

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


After the vacancy announcement closes, applications will be evaluated against the questionnaire responses to insure that you meet the minimum qualification requirements and that your application reflects the knowledges, skills, and abilities required of the position. 


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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, 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.
  • This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
  • Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) is utiltized by our agency as part of the selection process.  Please consult the website at for further information.
  • Male applicants born after 12/31/1959, who are required to register with the Selective Service under Section 3 of the Military Selective Service Act, must be registered (or must have registered a the time they were required to do so) in order to be eligible for appointment.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (see "Required Documents" section below.  The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on  Monday, December 24, 2012.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

Note : To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date.  To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (, select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  • Complete this cover page using the following vacancy ID#  805075.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  • Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

  • Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire
  • Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire:
  • 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.
  • Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

NOTE:   Mailed/e-mailed application packages will not be accepted.  Paper application paper application packages will still be accepted in Human Resources at the McGuire VA Medical Center in room 2K-150 from current VA bargaining unit employees ONLY.   Manual submissions must be received by 4:00 PM on the closing date of the vacancy announcement. 

INCOMPLETE APPLICATION:  Incomplete application packages will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms).  Requests for reconsideration will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package.  We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.


The following documents are required to be submitted in your application package: 

  • Resume or CV
  • VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at 
  • Declaration of Federal Employment OF 306 – ( (all applicants except current Richmond VAMC employees)
  • Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire
  • Unofficial college transcript (an official college transcript will be required for employment.) 
  • Copies of all applicable licensures and certifications required for the position.  

Current Federal employees (except VAMC Richmond):  Must submit a copy of your last Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50.

Veterans:  Should submit eligibility documentation such as a DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA letter, as appropriate.

Please include any other documentation of education/awards/training, etc. which would enhance your qualifications for this position.  Failure to provide a complete application package may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating. 


Patty A. Davis
Phone: (804)675-5095
Agency Information:
VHA Richmond VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs MC
1201 Broad Rock Blvd
HR Management Service - 05
Richmond, VA


After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address.  Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

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