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Job Title:Clinical Pharmacist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:FG-13-818197-LB

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$84,382.00 to $112,287.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, January 3, 2013 to Thursday, January 24, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0660-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Alexandria, LA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Grade, step, and salary to be determined by the Professional Standards Board and is based on experience and education

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 818197 

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.

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

 The Alexandria VA Health Care System is seeking a Clinical Pharmacist. The Alexandria VA Health Care System, Alexandria, Louisiana is a Joint Commission accredited, complexity level 3 facility serving Veterans within 23 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes.  The VAMC is located in Pineville, Louisiana with community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) in Jennings, Lafayette, Fort Polk, and Natchitoches, Louisiana.

The Alexandria VA Health Care System is located in the Heart of Louisiana.  Alexandria is quickly emerging as one of the nation's best places to start a business, raise a family, and explore the great outdoors. It is a national leader in new and expanded business development and was recently named one of the twenty best cities in the country to find a job. National Geographic Traveler ranks Alexandria as one of America's top ten "wilderness towns" because of its incredible access to the one of the country's most beautiful and expansive national forests.

Central Louisiana has become known as "The Crossroads," a place where all of Louisiana comes together - from culture to food and music. With a population of over 46,342, Alexandria continues to grow in every sector of our society.  The city of Alexandria is adjacent to the city of Pineville and separated by the Red River.  Alexandria sits on the central corridor of I-49 which makes it a quick access to several major Metro cities.  Alexandria is only 2 hours from Shreveport, LA, 3 1/2 from New Orleans, LA, and 4 1/2 from Dallas and Houston, TX.

 New Orleans is the home of the Saints Pro football team and the Hornets Pro basketball team.

 Come join us in the Heart of Louisiana where we have a lot to offer visitors, from arts and culture to fine dining and shopping to outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, camping, and fishing the Red River.

 

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

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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This position functions as a Pharmacist in Pharmacy Service with full professional authority, knowledge and judgment, operating as a generalist, with advanced level of responsibility and experience in all aspects of the total pharmacy operation. Incumbent will be active in such areas as Outpatient Pharmacy, Inpatient Pharmacy, and Automated Drug Distribution Systems, procurement, consultation, stock control, bulk compounding, prepackaging and storage. The incumbent is assigned special reports, projects and problem matters, requiring an overall or specialized knowledge of the trends, problems, and other matters affecting the total Pharmacy operation. Incumbent will accurately interpret medication orders and dispense medications and/or medical supplies accordingly. Makes appropriate written documentation as required by VA Manual. Reviews medication profiles prior to dispensing medications, compounds topical preparations when necessary. Dispenses controlled substances and is accountable for accuracy of the work. Verifies by signature the identification list of medications brought to the facility by patients being admitted.  Responsible for the inspection of drugs and biologicals in specific assigned areas.  Assumes pharmacist-in-charge assignments and performs the duties of a supervisory position in addition to staff assignment. Handles problems in a discreet manner and ensures a satisfactory solution. Refers problems above his/her authority to supervisors.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:   

A.  U.S. Citizenship:  Must be a United States Citizen

B.  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). Verification of approved degree programs may be obtained from the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education, 311 West Superior Street, Suite 512, Chicago, Illinois 60610-3537 Phone: (312) 664-3575), or through their Web site at:   http://www.acpe-accredit.org/.

     (2)  Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs or those who graduated from a U.S.-based non-ACPE accredited degree program 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 United States 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.  License :  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.  

D. English Language Proficiency:  Proficiency in spoken and written English language is required for direct patient care positions by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) (P.L.95-201)

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

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

For the GS-12 level, applicants must have the  following specialized experience:

Completion of the equivalent of 1 year of creditable experience at the next lower grade level which is directly related to the position to be filled or completion of a 1 year post-Pharm.D. ASHP accredited Residency.

For the GS-13 level, applicants must have the following specialized experience:

Completion of the equivalent of 1 year of creditable experience at the next lower grade level which is directly related to the position to be filled, or board certification recognized by the American Pharmaceutical Association’s Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties, or the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (or equivalent), or completion of a two year post Pharm.D. fellowship in a clinical or specialized program.

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

References :  VA Handbook 5005/36, Part II, Appendix G15, Licensed Pharmacist QUALIFICATION STANDARD , dated August 2010,  and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Pharmacist Series 0660 at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0660/0660.htm

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  The work involves prolonged periods of standing with some walking of generally short distances.  There may be occasional lifting of weights of up to 30 pounds.  There may be mental fatigue due to repetitive screening and interpretation of medication orders.


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.

 


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. 

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.

Education Debt Reduction Program:  Applicants selected for this position may be eligible to apply for an award up to the maximum limitations under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program.

Recruitment Incentive in the amount of 10% may be authorized.



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/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. 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: 818197.  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 24, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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  http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. Trancripts
  5. Evidence of licensure, registration, and/or certification.
  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 that shows your current title, series, grade and tenure. (required).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Lesley Broussard
Phone: (318)466-2130
Email: LESLEY.BROUSSARD@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Alexandria VAMC
Alexandria VA Medical Center
2495 Shreveport Hwy
Hwy 71 North
Pineville, LA
71306
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:

FG-13-818197-LB

Control Number:

334843600