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Job Title:  Associate Chief (Clinical Pharmacy Services)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  WC-13-JHM-814928

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$110,104.00 to $135,511.00 / Per Year
Friday, December 28, 2012 to Thursday, January 17, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Miami, FL United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 814928

Salary: Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.  The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.

Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (" I CARE").

America's Veterans need you!

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  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • You must pass a pre-employment physical


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NOTE1: Recruitment or Relocation incentive may be authorized.

NOTE2: Appointment, Grade and Salary of Hybrid Title 38 positions are subject to the recommendation of the Professional Standards Board and approval by the Medical Center Director.

The Associate Chief for Clinical Pharmacy Service is a licensed pharmacist who assists the Chief, Pharmacy Service in the performance of all duties and responsibilities described in the Chief’s functional statement, sharing responsibility for those functions and taking them over in the absence of the Chief, Pharmacy Service.  The incumbent assists the Chief, Pharmacy in planning, directing, and coordinating the overall clinical pharmacy service to provide comprehensive, high quality pharmaceutical care services to all patients served by the Miami Healthcare System.  The Associate Chief for Clinical Pharmacy Services assists the Chief, Pharmacy Service in the daily professional and administrative operations of the clinical pharmacy services, educational programs, and the professional guidance and development of the entire professional staff.  The incumbent will supervise pharmacy staff members designated under clinical services, residents, students, and trainees, and ensuring the effective utilization of all resources.  The Chief, Pharmacy Service may delegate responsibility for managing the day-to-day clinical services or the direct supervision of any specific section, program, or activity.  The incumbent will represent Pharmacy Service in the absence of the Chief in healthcare system and community activities, will assist in the development and management of clinical services, will represent Pharmacy Service on a variety of committees, boards, and task forces involving general administration, manpower, space, equipment, cost avoidance/savings, and resource utilization at the local, VISN and national level.


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A.    United States Citizenship

B.    English Language Proficiency

C.    Education.  

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).    

2. Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs 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 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.

D.    Licensure.   Full, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy any 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 VA Handbook 5005.


Specialized Experience for a GS-14: Assignments at this grade level require one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-13 Pharmacist which is directly related to the position.

Specialized Experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA’s) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience are: providing appropriate work environment for employees to foster performance improvement. Developing, implementing, and assessing progressive and comprehensive clinical pharmacy services. Designing, maintaining, and assessing educational programs directly affiliated with academic institutions. Designing, developing, implementing and assessing a Pharmacy Residency program.

QUALIFICATION STANDARDS : VA Handbook 5005 Appendix G15,These standards may be accessed at:


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. You can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency.

Veteran's Preference: When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of 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.  If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-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, go to


Complete application packages will be reviewed to determine if the basic qualifications for this position have been met. A listing of candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the hiring facility where the credentialing and privileging screening process is completed.


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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 .


Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

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

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. This is not a guarantee and must be requested in advance.

You may be required to serve a probationary period.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See "Required Documents" section below).  The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, January 17, 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.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application return to your member account in 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, and

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. 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 814928.

2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

·         CV or Resume.

·                      VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations  (Please click link to access)

·         Responses to Occupational Questionnaire

·         Copy of your currently active license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (i.e. Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.

·         Copy of your school transcripts.

·                      Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306). This is a required form and must be submitted with your application. (Please click link to access)

·         Evidence of your eligibility to apply for this vacancy (please see       checklist)  (Please click link to access)

·         Any other documents required by the       checklist  (Please click link to access)


Note: Failure to submit any or partial submission of the required documentation will result in the applicant not being considered for the position, you will not be contacted for further information.




Miami VA HR Help Desk
Phone: (305)575-7000x3155
Agency Information:
Human Resources Management Service
1201 NW 16th Street
Miami, FL


You will receive e-mail notification as to whether or not you were included on the list of referred candidates.  Important note:  Applicants have the burden of producing all needed information prior to the closing of the announcement Thursday, January 17, 2013. 

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