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Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  AH-12-RM-809794

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$102,731.00 to $124,232.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 to Thursday, January 03, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Dallas, TX United States  View Map
US Citizens and Status Candidates


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 809794 (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?

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.

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 .  


  • 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 primary purpose of this position will be to assist in developing staff and patient programs, which promote optimal drug therapy.  This may include review of patients on multiple medications (poly-pharmacy), pharmacokinetic dosage methods, drug therapy monitoring review, and other means to maximize safety and efficacy of drug use by impacting on the therapeutic decision making processes. 



Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-4:30 PM 


Salary to be determined by the Pharmacy Professional Standards Board


Relocation Expenses and/or Incentives are not authorized.



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Candidates must meet all the requirements identified in the VA Qualification Standard for Licensed Pharmacist, GS-660 as set forth in VA Handbook 5005/36, Part II, Appendix G15 dated August 16, 2010


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:

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 by the ACPE.  This finding may be based on any of the following:

a.    A letter of acceptance into a United States 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 United States 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.


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 chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16 of this part.


Physical Requirements.  See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.


GS-13 Clinical Pharmacy Specialist


Experience.  Completion of the equivalent of 1 year of creditable experience at the next lower grade level which is directly related to the position to be filled or completion of a 1 year post-Pharm.D. ASHP accredited Residency.


Clinical Practice (Direct Patient Care).  Individuals in these assignments are responsible for patient care activities involving highly innovative methods of health care delivery.  These individuals have a high level of independence designated in their Scope of Practice and are recognized by their peers as performing assignments that require an exceptional level of competence.


In addition, the candidate’s application packet/resume must demonstrate the following:


     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; and


     7.  Skill to manage people and/or programs.  (This is an additional KSA for Pharmacy Supervisor/Program Manager/Service Chief and Assistant Service Chief positions).


Subject to completion of one year supervisory probationary period.


Applicants must successfully complete VETPRO VA credentials databank if selected.



All requirements must be meet by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.


This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis.  Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.


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

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.  Applicants must, therefore, only report 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, 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 .


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


This job opportunity announcement may be used up to 90 days to fill additional vacancies.



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

  1. Your Résumé
  2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) Thursday, January 03, 2013.


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 ( to see the status of your application, 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 any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following 809794.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.



The following documents must be submitted at the time of application:


•  VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (Required)

•   Résumé (complete with experiences most relevant to the position, including

name and address of employer, job title, starting and ending dates (month and year), average hours worked per week, and a description of your duties. (Required)

•  Declaration of Federal Employment Optional Form OF-306.       

•  Copy of most recent Notification of Personnel Action SF-50 (Required)

•  Copy of most recent performance Appraisal.

•  Copy of Licensure. (Required)
•  Copy of your transcript (Required).
•  Evidence of your eligibility to apply for this vacancy (please see checklist).
•  Any other documents required by the








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Phone: (214)857-1701
Agency Information:
Pharmacy Service
VAMC Dallas
4500 S Lancaster Rd
Dallas, TX


  • SALARY DETERMINATION: Salary is determined by the Pharmacy Professional Standards Board.
  • If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

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