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Job Title:  Pharmacist (ADPAC)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VHA-626-13-819413-SO

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$107,271.00 to $138,566.00 / Per Year
Friday, January 04, 2013 to Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Murfreesboro, TN United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):   819413

This is a re-announcement. Previous applicants must reapply.




First Cut-Off:  Monday, February 4, 2013








Relcation expenses are not authorized for this position.


Salary commensurate with education and experience will be determined by a Professional Standards Board. 


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.


Work Schedule: Based on the needs of the service.


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.




Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.


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


Murfreesboro offers affordable living with picturesque seasons and an abundance of recreational and entertainment activities. It is home to several historical landmarks including Cannonsburgh Village and Stones River National Battle Field. It is also located close to Nashville, better known as 'Music City USA,' the capital of Tennessee, and home of the Tennessee Titans NFL and Nashville Predators NHL teams. Tennessee does not have a state income tax.


The incumbent is a licensed pharmacist and serves as the Pharmacy Automatic Data Processing Applications Coordinator (ADPAC)/Pharmacy Management Information Specialist (PMIS) for the entire, multi-divisional Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS).


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job.
  • Hold a full, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.


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Incumbent will be responsible for collection, assessment, design, integration, modification, maintenance, and analysis of data, data management services, networking and computerized medical record for Pharmacy Service to assist and support Pharmacy Service managerial decision making.  He/she will coordinate the development and implementation of all pertinent information applications to support clinical practice, administration, educational development, research initiatives and computerized medical record in Pharmacy service in order to anticipate and meet the pharmaceutical needs of internal and external customers and mission, vision, and goals of TVHS and Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 9.  The incumbent will be the most important liaison between Pharmacy Service and Information Resource Management Service (IRMS).  The incumbent will be under the administrative supervision of the Chief, Pharmacy Service,  but exercises a high level of independent judgment in dealing with problems on a day-to-day basis.  He/she will advise the Chief, Pharmacy Service of problems of unusual difficulty and seek advice or assistance in solving problems that cannot be resolved through application of accepted practices and guidelines or normal procedures.  Incumbent will be a member of the pharmacy management team and is responsible for developing, supplying, and interpreting comprehensive computer-generated data on a regular basis to the pharmacy management team for planning and evaluating pharmacy operations and for use in reviewing the efficiency and effectiveness of service and program activities.  He/she will have decision making authority of the service and must understand the needs, desires, and proposed direction of service management.  The incumbent will be the "resident expert" and must have a thorough knowledge of all VistA pharmacy programs, VistA service-integrated programs, the graphical user interface (GUI) employed by VHA, VA FileMan, Computerized patient Record System (CPRS), Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA0, and ProClarity.  He/she must also have a working knowledge of the hardware required to efficiently use all software employed by the service.  Incumbent will install, troubleshoot, and otherwise maintain Drug Accountability software and the Controlled Substances Package.  He/she will perform balance adjustments necessary to keep the Controlled Substance Package in order and complete prescription deletions that are necessary to maintain an accurate patient prescription profile.  Incumbent, in concert with the Chief, Pharmacy Service will determine which products in the pharmacy will be subject to in-depth audit.  Incumbent will coordinate local drug file entry/inactivation with the Procurement Specialist.  He/she will coordinate the marking of which pharmaceuticals require a consult approval with the Clinical Pharmacy staff.  He/she will compare physical inventory information to the computer generated inventories from Drug Accountability, investigating apparent discrepancies to ensure that they are real and provide reports of significant discrepancy to the Chief for follow-up action.  Incumbent will complete a monthly Drug Accountability variance report on selected pharmaceuticals and completes a national SharePoint report quarterly.  He/she will complete a monthly National SharePoint report pertaining to the pharmaceutical electronic consult activity.  Incumbent will be responsible for (1) protecting that information from unauthorized release or form loss, alteration, or unauthorized deletion and (2) following applicable regulations and instructions regarding access to computerized files, release of access codes, etc. as set out in a computer access agreement which the employee signs.  Incumbent selected at the lower grade will perform duties under close supervision.



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(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:

(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).



GS-12:  Completion of the equivalent of 1 year of experience at the next lower grade level (GS-11) which is directly related to the position to be filled or completion of a 1 year post-Pharm D. ASHP accredited Residency.


GS-13:  Completion of the equivalent of 1 year of experience at the next lower grade level (GS-12), or an applicable board certification recognized by the American Pharmaceutical Association's Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties, or completion of a one year post Pharm.D. Residency in Clinical Informatics. Experience must include work in complex information technologies and prior Clinical Informatics duties.


LicensureFull, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a 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.'


NOTE: Loss of Credential.   An employee in this occupation who fails to obtain licensure/certification/registration within the required time frame, or who fails to maintain the required licensure/certification/registration must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment.  


Physical Demands: Work is generally sedentary.  Typically, the Pharmacist (ADPAC) sits comfortably to do the work.  However, there may be some walking, standing, bending, carrying of light items such as papers, books, small pieces of equipment and supplies, or driving an automobile.  No special physical demands are required to perform the work. 


Work Environment: Work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts of a medical center/hospital environment that require normal safety precautions typical of places such as offices, meeting and training rooms, or libraries.  The workspace is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated.


DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received

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


FOREIGN EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:  To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specialized in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

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

  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States, and be at least 16 years of age as of the closing date.
  • 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.
  • 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 may be subject to a one or two year probationary period.
  • 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d) requires that persons appointed to direct patient-care positions must possess the required basic proficiency in spoken and written English.


Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements.  To determine if you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire.  The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire.  The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of this position.  If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


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.


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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package to include a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information go to




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

  1. Your Résumé
  2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, December 31, 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.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.


Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, simply reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  After applying, return to 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 .
  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 transmisison.


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 819413.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


Veterans' 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 your DD214(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.


Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit


The following documents are required:

  • Application for Associated Health Occupations (VA 10-2850c) and Resume/CV.
  • Declaration for Federal Employment (OF 306)(Oct 2011 Version must be submitted - Previous editions obsolete and unusable) (Current TVHS employees ARE NOT REQUIRED to submit this form).  Applicants who are not current TVHS employees will be rated ineligible if this form is not submitted.  Additionally, applicants who fail to provide a complete and detailed explanation in response to any question (9-15) in which your answer is "Yes" will also be rated ineligible for consideration.
  • Questionnaire.
  • Copy of your transcript when using education to qualify.
  • Copy of your Pharmacist licensure.
  • Evidence of your eligibility to apply for this vacancy (please see checklist).
  • Any other documents required by the checklist.


Pamela Hays
Phone: (615)225-3726
Agency Information:
Pharmacy Service
Department of Veteran Affairs
TN Valley Healthcare System
HRMS 3400 Lebanon Pike
Murfreesboro, TN


After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter or e-mail will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address. Otherwise, you will receive a notification via your Application Manager Account only.


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