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Job Title:  Clinical Pharmacist - Pain Management
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  ORL-12-AE-805499

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$93,425.00 to $121,450.00 / Per Year
Thursday, December 13, 2012 to Thursday, December 27, 2012
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy - Orlando, FL United States  View Map
Corporate Orlando VAMC Employees Only


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 805499 

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?

These vacancies are advertised at the single grade at which this position will be filled above the full performance level. 

Officially established in October 2006 the Orlando VA Medical Center is one of the Top 100 Companies in Central Florida for working families in the area.  Previously integrated with the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, FL., the Orlando VAMC system includes a 120-bed NHCU, a 60-bed Domiciliary, and a large, comprehensive satellite outpatient clinic and CBOC systems that includes facilities in Orlando (Lake Baldwin), Viera, Daytona Beach, Leesburg, Lake Nona, Clermont, Orange City and Kissimmee.  Clinic activities will transfer to Orlando's first – and the nation's largest - VA hospital in late 2013.  Located in the Medical City at Lake Nona, the new VA hospital will provide state-of-the-art inpatient and day clinic capabilities to benefit more than 90,000 Veteran enrollees throughout its six neighboring counties.   With the new hospital the Orlando VA's acute care, complex specialty care, and advanced diagnostic services will be available and consolidated for enrolled Veterans for the first time.  The Orlando VAMC is located in East-Central Florida, a family-oriented area with many local entertainment attractions, outdoor activities, beautifully landscaped communities, and some of the best primary schools, colleges and universities in the state.  Florida is recognized for its warm, sunny climate, beautiful beaches, abundant housing options, and no state income tax.  The Orlando VAMC is associated with the University of Central Florida and other local community colleges, with active affiliations in allied health programs such as Nursing, Pharmacy and Physical/Occupational Therapy.

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.

NOTE:  The 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 in that specific grade.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program.  Please contact  Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.



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


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This vacancy announcement was previously posted under ORL-12-AM-686891.  Previous applicants must re-apply to this new announcement to be considered for this position.

This vacancy announcement is being amended to reflect a change in position title and pay grade salary range.

This position is located at the Orlando VA Medical Center, Pharmacy Service. 

The Clinical Pharmacist - Pain Management serves as a representative of the Pharmacy Service which consists of direct and indirect patient care, drug therapy monitoring and patient education.

The incumbent in this position is specially prepared by education (i.e. license, continuing education, etc.) to skillfully apply a knowledge of pharmacology and therapeutics in the clinical management of patients.

The incumbent in this position:

  • Serves as the "Pain Subject Matter Expert" for the medical center staff as related to appropriate pharmacotherapeutic management.
  • Performs a comprehensive assessment of the efficacy of pain management therapy and review of remote data for prevention of duplication of prescription sources in the VA.
  • Performs and documents pain assessment using subjective history taking, observed objective data and pain diary.
  • Orders and interprets laboratory tests including both urine and serum drug screen, liver and renal functions.
  • Possesses knowledge of Opioid Agreement and its implementation and postings in CPRS.
  • Has knowledge of adjunctive therapy such as bowel regimen, NSAIDs, muscle relaxants, neuroleptics, smoking cessation, etc.
  • Maintains evidence of continued pain specific competency training.
  • Possesses the ability to manage database for clinic panel, prepare and circulate to consulting physicians the current prescriptive pain plan of care for monthly signature on VA Form 10-2577F.
  • Precepts training of Pharmacy students in Pain Management rotation.
  • Operates under limited prescribing authority related to scope of practice.  

Relocation/recruitment Incentives may be authorized for HIGHLY qualified candidates.



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There is a quality ranking factor associated with this position.  Applicants who meet this factor will be considered the “Best Qualified” candidates.


  • U.S. Citizenship  
  • Education
  • Licensure
  • English Language Proficiency

For the GS-11 grade level:

None beyond the basic requirements.  Pharmacists at this grade level serve in a developmental capacity.

For the GS-12 grade level, in addition to the basic requirements, candidates must meet one of the following:

  1. 1 year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level.
  2. Completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program.

Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs):

  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 and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters.


References:  VA Handbook 5005 at (also available in the local Human Resources Office) and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:    Applicants must be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the essential functions of the position without hazard to themselves or others.   Depending on the essential duties of a specific position, usable vision, color vision, hearing or speech may be required.   However, in most cases, a specific physical condition or impairment will not automatically disqualify an applicant for appointment.  The loss or impairment of a specific function may be compensated for by the satisfactory use of a prosthesis or mechanical aid.   Reasonable accommodation may also be considered in determining an applicant's ability to perform duties in a position.   Reasonable accommodation may include, but not limited to:   the use of assistive devices, job modification or restricting, provisions of readers and interpreters or adjusted work schedules.

Graduate of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited College or School of Pharmacy with a baccalaureate degree in pharmacy (BS Pharmacy) and/or a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree.

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.

Please see "Qualifications" Page.

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


Basis of Rating:  Applicants will be rated on the basis of the quality and extent of their total experience, education, and training in relation to the requirements of the specific position for which they are being considered.  Ratings will be based on competitor's statements in their applications and on any additional evidence that may be secured through inquiries of qualifications.  Recency of education, training and professional experience may be considered in the rating.

Performance Based Interviewing is utilized by our agency as part of our selection process.  Please consult the PBI web site at for further information. 

Management reserves the right to use alternative methods of selection.

You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.

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 (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and/or hiring process please notify Austin Everett, Human Resources Specialist, at 321-646-4229.  Decisions to approve reasonable accommodation requests are made on a case-by-case basis.  Applications submitted outside of the automated application process may not be considered unless an accommodation to the application process has been granted.  All application materials must be received by the end of the day on the closing date of this announcement to be considered. 

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

This is a drug-testing designated position.

This position is covered by the bargaining unit.

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.


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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.

PLEASE INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE 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: 805499.  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 Thursday, December 27, 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. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (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  
  5. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).


Maritza Mercado
Phone: (321)397-6735
Agency Information:
VHA Orlando VAMC
Orlando VAMC
Human Resources Management Service
5201 Raymond Street
Orlando, FL


Once your completed application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications. You will receive up to (4) written notifications relating to your application status throughout the life of this recruitment action.  They are:

1.      When we receive your application.

2.      Whether you are qualified.

3.      Whether you were referred to the selecting official for consideration.

4.      Final outcome - whether you were selected, etc.   

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