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Job Title:Chief - Pharmacy Service

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-438-13-ALW785918

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$107,281.00 to $132,688.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 to Wednesday, February 06, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0660-14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Sioux Falls, SD United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 785918

***APPLY ONLINE OR BY FOLLOWING THE FAXING INSTRUCTIONS LOCATED IN THE "HOW TO APPLY" SECTION***

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.

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

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

At the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System (SFVAHCS), we strive to hire only the best! Working with and for America's Veterans is a privilege and we pride ourselves on the quality of care we provide. In return for your commitment to quality health care for our nation's Veterans, the VA offers an incomparable benefits package.  Located in southeast South Dakota, Sioux Falls is a progressive family-oriented community, with an extremely low crime rate. Four seasons with abundant recreation activities. No state income tax. The SFVAHCS is a teaching hospital providing a full range of patient care service, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research. Care is provided to eligible veterans in eastern South Dakota, Northwestern Iowa, and Southwestern Minnesota. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary care, tertiary care, and long-term care in the areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, and transitional care. The SFVAHCS is part of VA Midwest Healthcare System (VISN 23), which includes facilities in Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Every job at the VA impacts the Veterans that we serve. You can be part of that team, helping to make sure that our Veterans receive the top-quality care they deserve.

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.

Recruitment incentives authorized: No

Relocation incentives authorized: No

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

The procedures outlined in AFGE Master Agreement, Article 23, Section 8 will be followed.

First consideration will be given to current Sioux Falls VAHCS employees.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship

DUTIES:

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The Sioux Falls VA Health Care System is currently recruiting for a Full-time, Chief of Pharmacy. The Chief of Pharmacy operates under extensively delegated authority and is accountable to the Chief of Staff for providing leadership in formulation and operation of the Pharmacy Program and will direct a complex program consisting of patient care, drug distribution, education and research for the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System (SFVAHCS) including the main facility and five (5) Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC's).

The following duties to include, but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for all aspects of pharmacy services at a medical facility by maintaining effective interdepartmental relationships, demonstrating active problem resolution skills and close cooperation with other programs and services in accomplishing the medical facility mission and goals.
  • Responsible for budget management, determining resource needs, allocating resources, ensuring proper utilization in productivity, efficiency, and cost effectiveness of the operation.
  • Formulates objectives and priorities and implements plans consistent with the long term interest of the organization, capitalizing on opportunities and managing risks.
  • Control Point Approving official for all Control Points for pharmacy service. Attends appropriate acquisition training.  Recommends individuals for appointment as purchase card holders and recommends single purchase and purchase limits in conjunction with Finance. Monitors the use of purchase cards by purchase card holders to ensure that purchases are within assigned limits; not fragmented to stay within card holder limits; for the items designated for the card; and reconciled within the required time frame.
  • Utilizes sound personnel practices and innovative human resources management techniques in the selection, training, team building and supervision of the professional and technical workforce.
  • Provides clinical support to the Drug Usage Evaluation (DUE) program, monitoring of Adverse Drug Events (ADE) and Patient Incidents. Establishes and maintains a formulary of medications and medical supplies selected by the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.
  • Will oversee a progressive pharmacy teaching program including students from the South Dakota State University (SDSU) on clinical rotations, PGY-1 pharmacy residency, and pharmacy technician student programs.
  • Responsible for compliance with all safety, regulatory and accrediting body requirements. Delegates authority to several supervisory and program levels to meet the goals of the service and staff. Ensures orientation and training programs are established to ensure staff development, oversees academic affiliations, and participates in medical facility, VISN, National, other external governmental agencies, and professional associations.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: The tour of duty for this position is typically a day tour; flexibility in day and tour of duty will be required.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Requirements:

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: http://www.acpe-accredit.org/. (NOTE: Prior to 2005 ACPE accredited both baccalaureate and Doctor of Pharmacy terminal degree program. Today the sole degree is Doctor of Pharmacy). [Any Experience, Education, and/or combination required to meet the basic requirements].

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, Chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16.

NOTE: Individuals who have or have had multiple licenses and had any such license revoked for professional misconduct, professional incompetence or sub standard care, or who surrendered such license after receiving written notice of potential termination of such license by the State for professional misconduct, professional incompetence, or sub standard care, are not eligible for appointment to the position unless such revoked or surrendered license is fully restored (38 U.S.C. § 7402(f)). Effective November 30, 1999, this is a requirement for employment. This requirement does not apply to licensed pharmacists on VA rolls as of that date, provided they maintain continuous appointment and are not disqualified for employment by any subsequent revocations or voluntary surrenders of State license, registration or certification.

Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Grade Requirements:

In addition to the basic requirements, the selected individual must have one (1) year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-13).

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):

The selected individual will be responsible for all aspects of pharmacy services at this medical facility by maintaining effective interdepartmental relationships, demonstrating active problem resolution skills and close cooperation with other programs and services in accomplishing the medical facility mission and goals. Responsible for budget management, determining resource needs, allocating resources, ensuring proper utilization in productivity, efficiency, and cost effectiveness of the operation. Formulates objectives and priorities and implements plans consistent with the long term interest of the organization, capitalizing on opportunities and managing risks. Responsible for compliance with all safety, regulatory, and accrediting body requirements. Delegates authority to several supervisory and program levels to meet the goals of the service and staff. Ensures orientation and training programs are established to ensure staff development, oversees academic affiliations, and participates in medical facility, VISN, National, other external governmental agencies, and professional associations.

The KSAs shown below apply to this assignment for this grade level:

  1. Skill in persuading others and gaining cooperation to accomplish goals.
  2. Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing regarding complex clinical and technical issues.
  3. Skill in utilizing regulatory and quality standards to develop and implement operational programs.
  4. Skill in managing multiple and diverse people or programs.
  5. Skill in utilizing available resources to support the mission and goals of the organization.
  6. Ability to plan, organize and direct the overall functions of the pharmacy staff.

Grade Determinations:

Note: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Reference: VA Handbook [5005/55], Part II, Appendix G15, LICENSED PHARMACIST OCCUPATION, QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated June 7, 2012.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work requires physical exertion such as reaching, bending, standing, or walking. Occasionally may need to lift 10-20 pounds. The work environment involves everyday risks or discomfort which require normal safety precautions typical in a pharmacy setting. May be required to use personal protective equipment such as masks, gowns, goggles, gloves, shoe covers, and hair covers to minimize risks.


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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html 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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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.
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.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions errors, or any other delays. You will not be contacted for missing, incomplete or clarification of information relating to your application materials.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment)

  • Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.
  • Applicant is subject to a pre-employment physical examination.
  • New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability.
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law.
  • Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.
  • Applicants selected for positions through this announcement will  be subject to a one year probationary period.


BENEFITS:

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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 http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

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.

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



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application (See "Required Documents" section below).  The complete Application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on Wednesday, February 06, 2013

To begin the process, click the "Apply Online" button on 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 ( http://www4.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc ) 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 easier, faster, provides less room for error and more information as applications are processed. Mailed, emailed, or hand delivered applications will not be accepted.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login ) 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. Please review the "Required Documents" area to ensure that all the required documents are faxed together with your application package.
  3. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf .
  4. 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.
  5. 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  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: 785918.  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.

Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed:

  • Not using the special cover page mentioned above.
  • Missing, incomplete, illegible, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number
  • Missing, incomplete, or illegible Social Security Number or name

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, February 06, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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

  1. Complete and current professional resume or CV. REQUIRED Please upload as "Resume".
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Obtain VA Form 10-2850c here) (THIS FORM NEEDS YOUR SIGNATURE, if you do not submit the required signed form, you will not be considered for this position.) REQUIRED Please upload as "Other".
  3. OF 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment.  You must complete this form to determine your suitability for Federal employment. (Obtain OF-306 here) REQUIRED Please upload as "OF-306".
  4. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. (Listed within the Application Manager program when you click on the "Apply Online" button) REQUIRED
  5. Copy of latest performance evaluation - All current and previous Federal Employees must provide their last or most recent performance evaluation with their application package. (If applicable) Please upload as "Other".
  6. SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" - Attention all previous and current Federal Employees, you must provide your last or most recent SF-50, 'Notification of Personnel Action'. (If applicable) Please upload as "SF-50".
  7. If prior military, you must submit a legible copy of ALL MEMBER 4, DD-214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Note: More than one DD-214 may be needed to show all dates of service. Veteran preference will only be given when proper documentation is submitted. (If applicable) Please upload as "DD-214".
  8. Disabled Veterans and other Veterans eligible for 10-point preference must also submit an SF-15 with current proof of a service-connected disability. 10-point preference will only be given when proper documentation is submitted. (Obtain SF-15 here) (If applicable) Please upload as "SF-15".
  9. VA Civil Service Preference Letter - If applying for 10-point Veterans preference using an SF-15 you must also include a copy of your VA Civil Service Preference Letter. A VA Civil Service Preference Letter can be obtained from the nearest VBA Regional Office. (If applicable) Please upload as "Other Veterans Document".

Notice to all applicants: Failure to provide all required documents may result in loss of consideration for this vacancy. If a determination is made that your application package is incomplete, you may receive no further consideration for this job announcement. You must provide the information listed above if it applies. Credit will not be given if proofs of qualifications are not received. Requests for reconsideration of ratings may not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. You will not be contacted to provide missing information or to clarify conflicting information. 

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on Wednesday, February 06, 2013.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Alicin Weiler
Phone: (605)336-3230x7710
Email: ALICIN.WEILER@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Sioux Falls HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
2501 West 22nd Street
Sioux Falls, SD
57105
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

VHA-438-13-ALW785918

Control Number:

334602600