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Job Title:  Clinical Pharmacist Telemental Health
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  OB-13-ADa-813506-MHC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$99,892.00 to $129,858.00 / Per Year
Thursday, December 20, 2012 to Friday, January 11, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Birmingham, AL United StatesView Map
All Qualified U.S. Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 813506  


GRADE DETERMINATION:  Grade and Salary will be determined by the Professional Standards Board.


The Birmingham VA Medical Center in Birmingham, AL is seeking a (1) full-time Clinical Pharmacist.  



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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., mental retardation (intellectual disabilities), severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.


Please read the entire announcement before beginning the application process to ensure you submit all the required documents.  All applicable forms must be complete and signed prior to uploading.


NOTE:  If you apply for this position electronically (On-Line), you do not need to apply manually using the OPM Form 1203-FX (OPM-Occupational Questionnaire).  If you complete and fax the OPM Form 1203-FX to the designated fax number listed in this vacancy announcement, It will override your previous application you have already submitted electronically (On-Line).  Therefore, please apply for this position using one method only (i.e., apply electronically [On-Line] or apply manually using the OPM Form 1203-FX).  If you apply using both the electronic (On-Line) and manual (OPM FORM 1203-FX) methods, it will result in a duplicate processing error and you may lose consideration for this position.

The Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center (BVAMC) is an integral part of the Medical community that provides acute, tertiary, medical, and surgical care to Veterans of Alabama.   The Medical Center provides care to a veteran population of 420,000 in Alabama and treats approximately 57,000 unique veterans annually.   The medical center serves as a referral center for this area with 138 operating beds with care provided in almost all medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties.

Birmingham, AL is located in the heart of the Southeastern United States and is a progressive center for medical research, banking, music, technology, art, engineering, and higher education.




  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Applications accepted from VA employees ONLY.
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Licensure, Certification, or Registration required


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Mental Health Service is seeking a full-time Pharmacist for the Birmingham VA Medical Center.  The incumbent functions as part of a multidisciplinary team providing outpatient mental health care to veterans at the Birmingham VAMC, the Birmingham VAMC Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) and or the via telemental health technology.  The incumbent will function as an integral member of the telemental health staff at the Birmingham VA Medical Center and actively collaborate with professional staff to ensure the quality and continuity of care provided via telemental health services.  This positions’ primary responsibility is for patient care activities involving highly innovative methods of health care delivery with the highest level of clinical privileges and the minimum level of supervision. Serves as an independent practitioner within their approved scope of practice. Responsibilities would include coordinating, managing, and developing complex pharmacy programs in their area of expertise. Pharmacist will function within their approved scope of practice.  The incumbent will be expected to work independently and make appropriate referrals to the community or other professional resources as needed. The incumbent will work varying tours of duty including evenings and weekends.


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Citizenship:   Must be a citizen of the United States.

Education:   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).

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.  

Physical Requirements:   Must be medically cleared by the VHA Employee Health Unit (EHU) Physician prior to entry on duty.  See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

English Language Proficiency:   Applicants appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with Chapter 2, Section D, and paragraph 5a of VHA Handbook 5005, and 38 USC 7402(d), and 7407(d).


Experience (To qualify at the GS-13 Grade Level):   All applicants must additionally have completed the equivalent of one (1) full year of creditable experience at the next lower grade level (GS-12), which is directly related to this position or have board certification recognized by the American Pharmaceutical Association's Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties.


 GRADE DETERMINATION:    Grade and step level will be determined by a Professional Standard Board (PSB) based on selectee's education and experience.   

Applicant's application and supporting documentation will be the primary source document for determining minimum qualifications.




Relocation expenses are not authorized.


References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G-15, LICENSED PHARMACIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated April 15, 2002.


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 on their application or résumé and provide a legible copy of your DD 214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.).  Additionally, Veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.


Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non-service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as well as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF-15, “Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference” and required documentation with your application materials.   


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 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. 


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.


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: 813506.  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.
  3. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.


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



The following documents are required:


REQUIRED:    Résumé/ CV.  Your resume or CV should include the vacancy announcement information and personal information including:   current/ prior Federal service information, education information, work experience which includes job title, duties, and responsibilities, employer's name and address, supervisor's name and telephone number, starting and ending dates of employment, hours worked per week, and salary.   Please indicate whether your supervisor(s) can be contacted.


REQUIRED:  VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (available at . 


REQUIRED:   If you are a current or former federal employee, you must submit your most recent SF 50 (Notification of Personnel Action)    


REQUIRED: You must submit a copy of your transcripts which shows the degree conferred and date.


REQUIRED: If you are a current or former federal employee, you must submit a SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. ( it must show your current position held, grade, series, and tenure).


REQUIRED: Copy of a valid state Pharmacist licensure/certification.


REQUIRED :  Responses to the occupational questionnaire.


REQUIRED: Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment


REQUIRED: Copy of most recent signed performance appraisal (if applicable). 


REQUIRED:  If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service.   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 ).  


Any other documents required by the checklist.



Angela Davis
Phone: (205)933-8101x4933
Agency Information:
VHA Birmingham VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
700 19th Street South
Human Resources
Birmingham, AL


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.


For more information on the VA’s preferred method of interviewing, please visit .

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