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Job Title:  Clinical Pharmacist (Inpatient)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  MEM-13-051-815433-MT

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$100,454.00 to $118,535.00 / Per Year
Monday, December 31, 2012 to Thursday, January 17, 2013
Part Time 40 hours - Excepted Service Permanent
2 vacancies in the following location:
Memphis, TN United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 815433 

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 and leadership positions 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  



About the Memphis VA Medical Center:  The VAMC in Memphis, TN consists of one main campus located at 1030 Jefferson Avenue, which includes a 60-bed Spinal Cord Injury Unit, and ten community based outpatient clinics (CBOC).  It is a tertiary care facility classified as a Clinical Referral Level I Facility and one of the most complex medical centers in the VA system.  It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology, as well as extensive education and research programs.  Comprehensive primary, secondary, and tertiary health care is provided in areas of medicine, general cardiovascular and neurological surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, neurology, oncology, dentistry, and geriatrics.  Specialized outpatient services are provided through general, specialty, and subspecialty outpatient clinics including a women's health center.  Services are available to more than 206,000 Veterans living in a 53-county tri-state area (Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi).


Tour Hours:  Vacancy 1 - Night Shift, every Sunday and Monday, not to exceed 32 hours a pay period

                   Vacancy 2 - Evening Shift, rotating shedule, not to exceed 48 hours a pay period





  • 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
  • Must provide proof of licensure and education


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The Inpatient Clinical Staff Pharmacist is a representative of the Pharmacy Service, for critical and acute care sections of inpatient beds and for ambulatory care areas.  This position covers direct and indirect patient care, appropriate, safe and economical medication use and provides pharmaceutical care services, including monitoring, quality assurance/ improvement, staff/patient education and consultation.  The incumbent serves in a multi-functional role and is specially prepared by pharmacy education and experience to have an advanced knowledge of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics. Dispensing: Fills prescriptions by selecting the correct drug and dosage form, reducing the drug from bulk to the quantity prescribed, compounding when necessary, then packaging and labeling the drug in an appropriate manner.  Exercises care in the dispensing of drugs, especially controlled substances, investigational and cytotoxic drugs, to assure that legal and agency regulations and instructions are followed, that proper and complete recordkeeping is maintained, and that the drug storage areas are stocked, safe, and secure.  Reviews the patient medication profile prior to dispensing drugs and medications.  Facilitates special formulations, and extemporaneous compounding of routine and special parenteral medications requiring complex preparation and/or dosing procedures.


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  • U.S. citizenship.  
  • Graduate of a degree program in pharmacy from an approved college or university. 
  • 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.




Grade and salary determination will be based on the individual's qualifications and will be recommended by a Professional Standards Board.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-12 LEVEL:   Requires the completion of the equivalent of 1 year of creditable experience at the next lower grade which is directly related to the position to be filled.  In addition, pharmacists in these assignments must demonstrate the following knowledges, skills, abilities and other characteristics:


1.  In depth knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or a specialty area of pharmacy such as quality assurance/utilization review, ADP systems, drug information, etc.


2.  Advanced knowledge of pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmachotherapeutics.


3.  Skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters.


4.  Knowledge of the design, conduct, and interpretation of controlled clinical drug trials or other research related to health care.


5.  Ability to communicate orally and in writing with a wide variety of individuals.  This would typically include beneficiaries, professionals in other health care disciplines, and health related groups in the community.


6.  Knowledge of the standards related to distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs (including research and investigational drugs).




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, 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



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 "SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," (go to and required documentation with your application materials.


Candidates education, training and experience will be considered in determining the applicant best qualified for the position.


Interviews:  Management may interview candidates for this position and may elect to use the Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) process.  If PBI is used, questions will be job-related, reasonably consistent and fair to all candidates.  You can visit the following two web sites (1)  (2) to learn more about PBI, frequently asked questions and aids to prepare for an interview.  Additionally, printed reference material is available at each Human Resources Office.


Applicant’s Responsibility:  It is the applicant's responsibility to submit documentation to support his/her application for this position.  Applicant is responsible for ensuring that all experience, education, formal training, award recognition, etc. are documented in the application package.  Experience may include voluntary or other non-paid experience in the appropriate field.  If you feel that your training record contains information pertinent to your qualifications, then you must submit a printed copy of your training record with your application package.  Your training record will become a part of the specific vacancy file and will not be filed in Official Personnel Folder.


This announcement is not intended to cover all aspects of the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of this position.Request for copies, return of forms or transfer of consideration to another announcement will not be honored.


Employees must meet qualification standards and other regulatory requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability or membership or non-membership in a labor union.


INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.


Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position. 


Reasonable Accommodation:  This Agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, you must notify the agency.  This decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


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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


Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP):  Recently appointed or converted (6 months or less) employees who are selected for this position may be considered for an award up to $48,000 under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP). Your supervisor must recommend you for this program, and your application must be submitted and approved within six months of your initial appointment to an eligible position within the Department of Veterans Affairs.



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


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



Drug Testing Designated Positions:  In accordance with Executive Order 12564, Federal employees hired in a drug testing designated position will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use during employment.


Vet Pro Credentialing: Individuals selected for positions that have patient care responsibilities are subject to undergoing an electronic credentialing process called VetPro. As part of this process, it will be necessary for you to submit complete information concerning your professional education, training, experience, licensure and certifications using VetPro. The candidate selected will be provided with further information on how to use VetPro.



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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 IF YOU ARE SELECTED FOR THIS POSITION.  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: 815433.  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, January 17, 2013.



To apply for this position, 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 IF SELECTED)
  3. Online Questionnaire.
  4. 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  

        (optional-not applicable to VA Memphis Employees) 

  5.    SF-50(s), Notification of Personnel Action (current Federal Employees)

  6.    Copy of pertinent transcript(s)

  7.    Any related licensures or certifications as required by the position. (required-MUST SHOW ACTIVE STATUS)

  8.    Most recent performance appraisal (optional)



Stephanie McDuffie
Phone: (901)523-8990x5928
Agency Information:
VHA Memphis VAMC
Veterans Affairs Medical Center
HR Managment Service 1030 Jefferson Ave
Memphis, TN


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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