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Job Title:Clinical Pharmacist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:PB-HA-PHM-13-813010

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$96,199.00 to $133,204.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, December 31, 2012 to Monday, January 14, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0660-11/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Poplar Bluff, MO United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 813010 (Include # on all documents)

 

Review announcement and follow instructions under How To Apply and submit all Required 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 predicatable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/.  

 

NOTE:   The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12.   The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-11 to GS-12.   The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.   The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

 

Current permanent VA employees will receive first consideration when filling this vacancy.

 

This announcement may be used to fill identical positions vacated within 90 days of any selections made from the original announcement.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • 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

DUTIES:

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The Clinical Pharmacist reports to the Director of Pharmacy Services.  Duties include but are not limited to: 

The pharmacist provides appropriate selection of drug therapy.  Provides patient-specific therapeutic drug monitoring and communicates relevant findings and/or recommendations to other health care providers. Performs continuous evaluation of prescribed medications to assure optimal drug therapy.  Provides medication counseling to patients if deemed appropriate.  Serves as a drug information resource by providing up-to-date drug information to prescribers, other health care professionals, patients and caregivers. Implements P&T Committee policies including therapeutic interchanges and automatic substitutions to include appropriate patient and provider education.  Enters supply orders appropriate for patient care per facility policy.  Manages various actions, as appropriate, for medication orders to include:  flagging prescriptions, managing view alerts, using the “hold medication” function, and generating unsigned discontinued orders using Service Reject.  Reviews all medication orders for appropriateness, drug selection, dosage, route of administration and the amount, prior to dispensing.  Ensures all medication orders are entered into the electronic patient medical record.  Fills orders in a timely fashion.  Reviews medication profiles and monitors for compliance or potential abuse; problems encountered shall be resolved.  Provides education to health care providers regarding medication use.  Maintains basic knowledge of pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics in the area of practice.  Keeps abreast of new developments in pharmacy practice and drug therapy. 

            

WORK SCHEDULE:  Monday - Friday, Rotating Tour, 8:00am to 4:30pm and 9:30 to 6:00pm with Weekend Rotation.

 

****Travel expenses for the interview and, if selected, relocation and recruitment expenses are NOT authorized****

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
  • U.S. citizenship.  

  • Graduate of an American Council on Pharmaceutical 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.     

  • 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.   

 

EXPERIENCE or EDUCATION:

 

GS-11 (Entry level): None beyond the basic requirements.   

 

GS-12:  Completion of the equivalent of 1 year of creditable experience at the next lower level or completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm D. program.

 

In addition to the experience requirements and KSAs at the GS-11 level, pharmacists at this grade level must demonstrate the following KSAs:

 

   1.  Knowledge of professional pharmacy practice.

   2.  Ability to communicate orally and in writing to both patients and health care staff.

   3.  Knowledge of laws, regulations, and accreditation standards related to the distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs and pharmacy security.

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

 

Exception.  Non-licensed pharmacists who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment at the entry level as a Graduate Pharmacist under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405(c)(2)(B).  The appointing offical may waive requirement of licensure for a period not to exceed 2 years for a pharmacist that provides care under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist.  For grade levels above the GS-11, candidates must be licensed.

 

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

 

References: VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15, Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standard.  This standard is available in the local Human Resources Office and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm.


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: 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. ***  COPY OF TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED

 

(1)   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 .)  

 

(2)   Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs meet the educational requirement if the graduate is able to provide proof of achieving the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Commission (FPGEC) Certification, which includes passing the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination (FPGEE) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT).

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.


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://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .

OTHER INFORMATION:

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.



HOW TO APPLY:

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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 (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 much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx ) 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: http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
  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  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: 813010.  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 Monday, January 14, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

 

  1. CV or Resume (REQUIRED).
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at  http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (REQUIRED).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. Copy of Transcript (REQUIRED).
  5. Copy of License (REQUIRED).
  6. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf).  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
  7. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (Required).   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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).  
  8. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (Required).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Human Resources
Phone: (573)778-4290
Fax: (573)778-4299
Email: POPBLUFF-HR-USASTAFFING@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
Pharmacy
1500 N Westwood Blvd
Poplar Bluff, MO
63901 Fax: (573)778-4299

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:

PB-HA-PHM-13-813010

Control Number:

334602900