It is in your best interest that your resume reflects the knowledge, skills, and ability necessary to meet the qualifications of this position. To maximize your opportunity for referral, include the following in your resume; detailed duties of each position that you have held along with the salary of those positions.
PROMOTION POTENTIAL: The full performance level of this position is GS-13
Qualification Requirements: Qualification requirements are in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G15 and OPM Individual Occupational Requirements for Pharmacist Series, which are available for review by contacting the Human Resources Office at the VA Workforce Management HR Office.
a. US Citizenship. Citizen of the United States.
b. Education (Copy of Transcripts Required)
(1) 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 60610-3537 Phone: (312) 664-3575, or through their Web site at: http://www.acpe-accredit.org/.
(2) Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs or those who graduated from a U.S. based non-ACPE accredited degree program meet the educational requirement if their degree is found to be equivalent to degree programs recognized 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 pharmacy degree has been evaluated and found to be equivalent to its Bachelor of Pharmacy degree or higher.
c. Licensure. 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. The pharmacist must maintain current registration if this is a requirement for maintaining full, current, and unrestricted licensure. A pharmacist who has, or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions in chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16 of this part.
NOTE: Individuals who have or have had multiple licenses and had any such license revoked for professional misconduct, professional incompetence or substandard care, or who surrendered such license after receiving written notice of potential termination of such license by the State for professional misconduct, professional incompetence, or substandard care, is not eligible for appointment to the position unless such revoked or surrendered license is fully restored. 38 U.S.C. § 7402(f). Effective November 30, 1999, this is a requirement for employment. This requirement does not apply to licensed pharmacists on VA rolls as of that date, provided they maintain continuous appointment and are not disqualified for employment by any subsequent revocations or voluntary surrenders of State license, registration or certification.
d. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
e. English Language Proficiency. Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).
GS-13 Experience: Completion of the equivalent of 1 year of creditable experience at the next lower grade level GS-12, which is directly related to the position to be filled, or board certification recognized by the American Pharmaceutical Association's Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties, or the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (or equivalent), or completion of a two year post PharmD. fellowship in a clinical or specialized program.
Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it is post-licensure experience as a professional pharmacist directly related to the position to be filled. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to pharmacy experience at the next lower level. Experience as a Graduate Pharmacist is creditable provided the candidate was used as a professional pharmacist (under supervision) and subsequently passed the appropriate licensure examination.
Part-time Experience. Part-time experience as a professional pharmacist is credited according to its relationship to the full-time work week. For example, a pharmacist employed 20 hours a week, or on a 1/2-time basis, would receive 1 full-time work week of credit for each 2 weeks of service.
Fellowships. Fellowship programs are typically 2-year VA training programs in a specialized area of clinical practice. Applicants for these programs usually possess a Pharm. D. or an equivalent degree and have completed an accredited clinical or specialized residency (or both). Training as a fellow may substitute for creditable experience on a year-for-year basis.
Residency. A residency accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) does not include internships which are shorter training programs designated to meet the requirements of boards of pharmacy for licensure. Residencies may be substituted for experience on a year-to-year basis. There are two levels of residency. The Post Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) is a general practice residency. The Post Graduate Year 2 (PGY2) residencies are in specialized areas of pharmacy practice.
Assignments: Candidates at this grade level are to be in one of the following assignments:
Program Management: Individuals in these assignments coordinate a single program area of a complex pharmacy operation, or multiple program areas within a facility, to develop, organize, manage, and control complex pharmacy programs. Examples include but are not limited to nuclear pharmacy, complex information technology ADPACs, Pharmacy Informatics, Clinical Application Coordinators (CACs) Specialist, Pharmacy Information Systems, nutritional support services, specialized IV services, oncology, pharmacokinetic consulting, ambulatory care, psychopharmacy, drug information, quality assurance/utilization review, spinal cord injury, pharmacoeconomics, etc.
In addition to the basic requirements identified above, all candidates will be evaluated by a Professional Standards Board to determine overall qualifications.
APPLICANT'S 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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.
To receive credit for education, all pertinent college transcripts must be submitted with the application package.
You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
If selected, you may be required to take a drug test.
You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation upon appointment.
You must have a certification, licensure, or registration credentials in Pharmacy for this position.
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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html 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. ***
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted 5 points 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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Determination of 'Best-Qualified' is based on the degree to which applicants possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below. The information provided in the KSA responses will be heavily relied upon; therefore it is in your best interest to provide clear, concise examples that show the level of accomplishment or degree to which you possess the KSA.
KSA Responses: You may respond using VA Form 4676a, Employee Supplemental Qualifications Statement or on a separate typed document. If you do not submit responses to the KSA's, you will receive no further consideration for this position.
The required KSA's for this position are:
1. Expert 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 2 years of experience related to clinical pharmacist duties in a specialized clinical area or advanced training/certification.
2. Expert knowledge of pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacoeconomics and pharmacotherapeutics. This level of knowledge is usually characterized by at least 2 years of experience related to clinical pharmacist duties in a specialized clinical area or advanced training/certification.
3. Advanced skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters. This level of skill is usually characterized by at least 2 years of experience related to clinical pharmacist duties in a specialized clinical area or advanced training/certification.
4. Ability to communicate orally to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions.
5. Ability to communicate in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions.
6. Demonstrate an expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for all medications including investigational drugs. This level of knowledge is usually characterized by at least 2 years of experience related to clinical pharmacist duties in a specialized clinical area or advanced training/certification.
7. Skill to manage people and/or programs.
Narrative essays may be requested later in the selection process to differentiate between quality levels of eligible, basically qualified applicants.