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Job Title:Facility Program Manager (QA Pharmacist)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:OY805429MSG

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$100,344.00 to $130,455.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, December 13, 2012 to Tuesday, January 22, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0660-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Agency Employees Only

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location(s):
Cheyenne, WY United StatesView Map
Dublin, GA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Only current permanent federal Meds by Mail employees will be considered.

JOB SUMMARY:

Announcement Number: OY805429MSG (Please include on all documents)

Our mission:  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. 

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Join the VA consolidated Meds by Mail team in Cheyenne, WY.  Cheyenne has a multitude of cultural and recreational opportunities. Our Civic Center hosts a theater season, numerous productions and the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra. The downtown’s renovated Union Pacific Depot houses offices, a restaurant, and a transportation museum. During the summer months, the Depot Plaza is the location for concerts, the Farmer’s Market, pancake breakfasts, and more. Our parks system is the envy of many similarly sized communities. The Cheyenne-Kiwanis Community House in Lions Park is the site for conferences, reunions, and many other activities. The “Beaches of Cheyenne” are located along Sloan’s lake where one can fish, walk, bike, and rent canoes or paddle boats. Two Lions Park features are the Children’s Spray Park and the Brimmer Amphitheater.

Join the VA consolidated Meds by Mail team in Dublin, GA. Dublin, Georgia known as "The Emerald City," in Laurens County, is where small town southern charm and a determination to keep Dublin-Laurens County "Green and Growing" have combined to create a community rich in character and full of life and is centrally located in middle Georgia. Dublin-Laurens County offers something for everyone. The wonderfully mild climate of middle Georgia creates a haven for the sportsman who enjoys tennis, golf, fishing, or hunting. If you enjoy shopping, you'll find plenty of opportunities to do so at over 400 stores, including the Dublin Mall. Our historic downtown is a busy retail center filled with shops, restaurants, the recently renovated Theatre Dublin and the Dublin-Laurens County Historical Museum.

Moving Expenses, Relocation Incentives, and/or Relocation Expenses will not be offered or paid.

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a US citizen to apply for this job
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • You may be subject to a one-year probationary period.
  • More than one selection may be made from this announcement.

DUTIES:

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The Meds by Mail Facility Program Manager (QA Pharmacist) must be a licensed pharmacist able to design, implement, assess, monitor and document the quality of services provided.  The incumbent must have knowledge of the Meds by Mail mission, vision, goals and organizational dynamics and an understanding of data analysis interpretation of results as necessary to carry out complex studies to evaluate programmatic and pharmaceutical care outcomes.  The pharmacist in this position is a licensed professional with knowledge and proficiency in pharmacy practice as well as regulatory and accrediting requirements.  The pharmacist 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.  The incumbent is a graduate of a degree program in pharmacy from an approved college or university. A full, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia is required. In addition to the basic requirements, the incumbent must have the equivalent of one year of experience comparable to the GS-12.

 

Such knowledge and skills include:  

 

Communicating oral and verbal information in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner as appropriate to the audience.

Interpersonal Effectiveness demonstrating the ability to appropriately and courteously relate to internal and external customers.

Collects, reviews, and interprets work performance data and collaborates with managers to predict emerging areas in need of monitoring and adjusts evaluation strategies as needed. Develops and maintains systems to effectively extract, analyze, store, and trend data and provide summary reports to management in a timely manner.

Participates in patient chart reviews, evaluates available and relevant medical data (e.g., drug-drug, drug allergy, and drug-nutrient interactions), monitors for adverse drug events, and screens for allergies.

Organizational Stewardship demonstrating accountability in ensuring work products and services provided are accurate and complete.

Recommends appropriate selection of drug therapy based upon the pharmaceutical principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics; monitoring for efficacy, side effects and clinical outcome; and advises prescribers as appropriate.

Provides patient-specific therapeutic drug monitoring and communicates relevant findings and/or recommendations to other health care providers in charge of the patient both orally and in writing.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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.

 

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

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).

GRADE REQUIREMENTS:

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.


BENEFITS:

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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 http://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (meets minimum qualifications, any selective factor and demonstrates ability to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .

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 their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service.  This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

Additional documents must be submitted to provide proof  of eligibility for  the types of appointments listed below.  Click on the weblinks below for the additional information: 

·  Current Federal employees, transfers, and reinstatement eligibles
·  Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)
·  Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)
·  Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA)
·  Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA)
·  30% or more Disabled Veterans
·  Student Hires
·  Employment Programs for people with disabilities



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. The following documents are required:

    Use this www.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/applicantchecklist.doc to ensure you've submitted all required documents

    _____1. Résumé (Include your current email address on your résumé)

    _____2. Application for Associated Health Occupations http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf

    _____3. Copy of your transcripts.

    _____4. Copy of your current State Pharmacy license.

    _____5. OF-306 (Declaration for Federal Employment) http://vaww4.va.gov/vaforms/Search_action.asp?FormNo=OF-306&tkey=&Action=Search
     
    _____6.Written responses to the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA's) with your initial application.

  2. Written responses to the KSA rating factors (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities) for each grade applying for.  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 KSAs, you will receive no further consideration for this position.

  3. The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, January 22, 2013.

Note: While not a requirement, applying online for this vacancy is strongly encouraged. Should you choose to apply for this vacancy by fax, please be aware that the way you fill out the form 1203FX and the quality of your fax could affect the way your application packet is uploaded and may result in your being found ineligible for consideration. If a determination is made that your application package is incomplete or illegible, you will receive no further consideration for this announcement.  Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package or fail to use the instructions for applying listed below.

Applications may be submitted online, by fax, email, or postal mail but will not be accepted in postage-paid government envelopes.

We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, or delays in mail service.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button 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.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, simply reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  After applying, return to USAJOBS (https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx) to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online and wish to submit your application packet BY FAX:

  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: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf. Using the Occupational Questionnaire as a guide, indicate your answers on the form 1203FX. You may notice in Section 25 of the 1203-FX form that the question numbers restart at this point in the questionnaire with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX (Occupational Questionnaire) form, please continue to enter your responses at the next available number within the same section of the form.
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission
  4. Assessment Questionnaires received by fax must be received no later than 7 calendar days from close of announcement.

If you have supporting documents that you wish to use AND are unable to upload them using Application Manager, you may fax them using the following instructions:

  1. Complete this cover page: http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID number: 805429. Please ensure that you provide all of the requested information on the cover page.
  2. Fax your documents to (478) 757-3144.

Please allow 48 hours for your faxed documents to upload in to the system. Application Manager will notify you once the faxed documents have been uploaded.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:

_____1. Résumé (Include your current email address on your résumé)

_____2. Application for Associated Health Occupations http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf

_____3. Copy of your transcripts.

_____4. Copy of your current State Pharmacy license.

_____5. OF-306 (Declaration for Federal Employment) http://vaww4.va.gov/vaforms/Search_action.asp?FormNo=OF-306&tkey=&Action=Search
 
_____6.Written responses to the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA's) with your initial application.

If a determination is made that your application package is incomplete, you will receive no further consideration for this announcement.  Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package.

Applications may be submitted online, by fax, email, or postal mail but will not be accepted in postage-paid government envelopes.

We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, or delays in mail service.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

CBO WFM HR Office
Phone: (877)782-5627
Fax: (478)757-3144
TDD: (800)877-8339
Email: CBOWFMRECRUIT@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA CBO WFM HR Office
CBO -- Workforce Management
Townsite Plaza II
120 SE 6th St - Suite 102
Topeka, KS
66603
USA
Fax: (478)757-3144

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.  We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined. 

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Job Announcement Number:

OY805429MSG

Control Number:

333361600