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Job Title:  Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Home Based Primary Care
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  OE-12-SPH-806665

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$107,509.00 to $129,010.00 / Per Year
Thursday, December 13, 2012 to Monday, January 07, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Florence, SC United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 806665 

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. 

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

GS-13 is the recommended grade; however, it is not guaranteed. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's qualifications and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

Relocation expenses are not approved for this position.



  • 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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The WJB Dorn VA Medical Center is currently recruiting for a clinical pharmacy specialist for Home Based Primary Care at the Florence Outpatient Clinic located in Florence, SC.  Functions include:  Clinical: (1) Provides pharmaceutical care utilizing an advanced in-depth knowledge of current literature and contemporary practice of medications. (2) Monitors and manages drug therapy for veterans referred with chronic disease states (hypertension, diabetes, Dyslipidemia, etc.) to achieve optimal outcomes as measured by VHA Clinical Performance Measures or provider guidance.  Makes drug and dosage adjustments as needed per scope of practice. (3) Completes drug adherence assessment and assists the provider with medication management challenges (e.g. non-adherence, adverse drug event identification and reporting, chronic narcotic use, polypharmacy, drug/drug interactions, etc.) as needed. (4) Improves clinical care to veterans through interventions to reduce the frequency of drug related problems and adverse drug events. (5) Provides close follow-up medication management care via telephone or other electronic mechanism (i.e. MyHealtheVet, E-mail, etc.) per clinic policy.  For example, the CPS may make a follow-up phone call after new drug initiation to ensure drug efficacy, safety and tolerability. (6) Monitors veteran patients referred who are prescribed anticoagulation drug therapies per VHA Directive 2009-003 Anticoagulation Therapy Management.  Makes drug dosage adjustments as necessary to maintain therapeutic range as per scope of practice. (7) Serves as an authority on appropriate pharmaceutical care provision to patients for medical, nursing and pharmacy staff.  Recognized as a drug information resource. (8) Evaluation of a wide variety of patients in selected patient care areas with appropriate recommendations regarding drug therapy. (9) Maintenance of very close liaison with providers while developing, implementing, and maintaining effective mechanisms to promote the safe, economical and rational use of medications. (10) Routinely advises medical staff on therapeutic matters with respect to therapeutic options, dosages, uses, general administration, toxicity, precautions, drug interactions, adverse reactions, bioequivalence and bioavailability. (11) Demonstration of the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to adult and geriatric patients in assigned unit, area or department.  Demonstration of the knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and possession of the ability to assess data reflective of the patient's status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to his or her age-specific needs, and to provide the care needed as described in the unit's/area's/department's policies and procedures. (12) Implements national, VISN and local PBM Committee policies including therapeutic interchanges and automatic substitutions to include appropriate patient and provider education. (13) Assists with national, VISN and local Pharmacy Cost Savings Initiatives as needed.  Customer Satisfaction: (1) Provide veteran and staff education/training regarding the safe and effective use of medications. (2) Be a point of contact for veteran and clinic staff in various pharmacy related areas.  Activities can be broad and cover the entire spectrum of pharmacy services. (3) Ensures that veterans have their pharmaceutical needs met in a timely and patient centric manner. (4) Supports the clinic staff and organization processes by promoting harmonious relationships within the work environment. (5) Communicates in a manner that supports customer service goals of the clinic and organization. (6) Completes all assignments accurately and timely. (7) Participates in team-based activities that support colleague esprit de corps.  Administrative/Supervision: (1) Participates in clinical pharmacy activities to ensure they have a positive impact on the quality and appropriateness of drug usage, from a cost and patient outcome perspective. (2) Acceptance and implementation of special assignments from the Chief, Pharmacy Service consisting of data collection and educational activities or other duties as assigned. (3) Participate in evaluation of professional pertinence reviews of peer performance as assigned by Chief, Pharmacy Service or designee. (4) Serves as a consultant and active participant in the medication use evaluation process. Assistance in developing medication use criteria as well as organizing, conducting and coordinating medication use studies. (5) Organization and implementation of data collection methods for clinical pharmacy projects and interventions, including pharmacoeconomic reports. (6) Ensures assigned administrative projects and reports are submitted in a timely fashion. (7) Assists in assuring that the clinic program is compliant with all regulatory and accrediting body requirements, i.e., JCAHO, FDA, ASHP, etc. (8) Trains and/or monitors performance of staff assigned (pharmacy students/residents, pharmacy technicians, etc.).  Program Support: (1) Maintain extensive contact with providers to minimize and/or quickly resolve medication-related problems and improve the value of pharmaceutical services provided. (2) Assist in developing and updating various policies and operational procedures that affect pharmaceutical care. (3) Incorporates performance improvement (PI) activities into all areas of practice. (4) Provide formulary management services.  Routinely review non-formulary and restricted drug requests for appropriateness based on VHA Clinical Practice Guidelines and Criteria for Use (CFU). (5) Serve as liaison between the clinic staff and facility leadership/PBM to meet medication cost savings initiatives and assist providers to achieve targets set. (6) Be proficient with DHCP and able to accomplish the routine duties of a staff clinical pharmacist (e.g. complete pending prescriptions, verify prescriptions, etc.). Education: (1) Assists in the training of pharmacy employees, pharmacy residents and serves as a preceptor for Doctor of Pharmacy students as assigned. (2) Participates in all aspects of training such as conducting on-the-job training, conducting in-services, and monitoring performance. (3) Educates medical staff regarding formulary management, approved clinical guidelines and cost-efficient use of drugs.  Research: (1) Integrates research protocol criteria and study medication use into the patient pharmaceutical care dispensing procedures. (2) Ensures that patients participating in drug studies have their medication needs met in a timely cost efficient manner. (3) Monitors drug use for compliance with the formulary, with particular respect to cost-effective management of use of available therapeutic agents and to make recommendations for system-wide interventions when deemed necessary to assure optima usage of drug resources.  Security: (1) Protects patient and organization information from unauthorized release or from loss, alteration or unauthorized deletion. (2) Follows applicable regulations and instructions regarding access to computerized files, release of access codes, etc., as set out in VHA policy and memoranda.

Tour of Duty:  Monday- Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm




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BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Citizenship.  Citizen of the United States.  Education. 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. Verification of approved degree programs may be obtained from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 20 North Clark Street, Suite 2500, Chicago, Illinois 60602-5109; phone: (312) 664-3575, or through their Web site at:  Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs meet the educational requirement if the graduate is able to provide proof of achieving the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Commission (FPGEC) Certification, which includes passing the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination (FPGEE) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT).  Licensure.  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.  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 VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapt 3, section B, paragraph 16.  Physical Requirements.  See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. 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-11: Pharmacist.  Experience, Education and Licensure. None beyond the basic requirements. Assignment. Pharmacists at this grade level serve in a developmental capacity.

GS-12 Clincial Pharmacist (Full Performance Level):  Experience or Education.  In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must meet one of the following: 1. 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, or 2.   Completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program. Assignment.  A pharmacist in this assignment handles routine medication-related activities in accordance with local, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN), and national policies and regulations.   These include, but are not limited to:   reviewing, interpreting, and verifying medication orders for appropriateness; processing and filling medication orders; interacting with and making recommendations to other clinical staff regarding medication therapy ordered to ensure safe and effective care; reviewing the patient's medications, allergies, labs, and other pertinent information from the medical record to identify and solve medication-related problems; contacting providers as appropriate; documenting recommendations and interventions; providing refill extensions and partial medication supplies; taking health and medication histories; performing medication reconciliation; providing drug information; assisting in formulary management including therapeutic substitutions, nonformulary reviews and medication usage evaluations; documenting and assessing adverse drug events (ADEs); assisting in medical emergencies; providing oversight of technical staff in all aspects of medication distribution.   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.

GS-13 Clinical Pharmacy Specialist:  Experience or Education. In addition to the GS-12 requirements, candidates must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12) Assignment.  For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher level duties must consist of significant scope, administrative independence, complexity (difficulty) and range of variety as described in this standard at the specified grade level and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.  The clinical pharmacy specialist (CPS) functions at the highest level of clinical practice, works independently under their scope of practice as defined by the individual medical center to directly care for patients. A CPS plays a defined role in budgetary execution and serves as a mid-level provider who functions to initiate, modify or discontinue medication therapy and as a consultant for intensive medication therapy management services. This includes, but is not limited to, the following: designing, implementing, assessing, monitoring and documenting therapeutic plans utilizing the most effective, least toxic and most economical medication treatments; helping achieve positive patient centric outcomes through direct and indirect interactions with patients, providers, and interdisciplinary teams in assigned areas; performing physical assessments; and ordering laboratory and other tests to help determine efficacy and toxicity of medication therapy. Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following KSAs: a. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions. b. Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for their program area. c. Ability to solve problems, coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes in their program area or area of clinical expertise. d. Expert knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy. e. Advanced skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters. 


Reference: VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15, Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standard, dated June 7, 2012 at

Physical Requirements:  Moderate lifting (15-44 pounds); light lifting; moderate carrying (15-44 pounds); pushing; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; walking; standing; repeated bending; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of colors.


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.

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.  These applicants must submit a DD Form 214 worksheet or statement of service with their application.  Failure to provide required Veteran documents will result in an ineligible rating.  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. 


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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: 806665.  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, January 07, 2013.


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  This is a required form and must be submitted.  Applicants who fail to submit will be rated ineligible for consideration.   Additionally, applicants who fail to provide a complete and detailed explanation in response to any question (28-37) in which your answer is "Yes" will also be rated ineligible for consideration.  This response should be provided on a separate sheet of paper as instructed on the form.

3.  Online Questionnaire.

4.   Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at  Applicants who are not current federal employees will be rated ineligible if this form is not submitted.  Additionally, applicants who fail to provide a complete and detailed explanation in response to any question (9-15) in which your answer is "Yes" will also be rated ineligible for consideration.

5.  If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214.  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  

6.  If currently employed in the Federal system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action.
7.  Copy of license.

8.  Copy of transcripts (unofficial is sufficient).

•   Please do not mail or e-mail application material.  Apply on-line or via fax.
•   If you require a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact the Chief of Human Resources at 803-776-4000 ext 6520.


Phone: (803)776-4000x6735
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
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After we receive your complete application package (including any 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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