1. Citizenship: Must be a citizen of the United
2. Education: Must be a 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).
3. Licensure: Must have a full, current and unrestricted license to practice
pharmacy in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States or
District of Columbia.
4. Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.5.
5. English Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English as
required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), 7407(d).
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The Professional Standards
Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidates 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
At the GS-11 level, must meet the basic requirements above.
At the GS-12 level, in addition to the basic requirements,
candidates must meet one of the following:
Experience or Education.
1. One (1) year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade
level GS-11, or
2. Completion of an ACPE accredited Pharm.D. program.
Experience is only creditable if it is post-licensure experience
as a professional pharmacist directly related to the position to be filled.
Experience: To be creditable, the experience must have demonstrated the use of knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with professional pharmacy practice. Professional practice means paid/non-paid employment as a professional or unlicensed graduate pharmacist as defined by the appropriate licensing board.Qualifying experience must be at a level comparable to pharmacy experience at the next lower level. Experience as a Graduate Pharmacist is creditable provided the candidate was used as a professional pharmacist (under supervision) and subsequently passed the appropriate licensure examination. Part-time experience as a professional pharmacist is credited according to its relationship to the full-time workweek.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: In addition to meeting the
basic requirements, pharmacists at the GS-12 level must demonstrate all the
following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities(KSAs):
1. Knowledge of professional pharmacy practice.
2. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to both patients and health
3. Knowledge of laws, regulations, and accreditation standards related to the
distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs and pharmacy
4. Skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including
physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic
DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE
ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
References : VA Handbook 5005 available in the local Human
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
References : VA Handbook 5005 at http://vaww.va.gov/ohrm/Directives-handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Successful completion of pre-employment physical is required as per VA Directive and Handbook 5019.5.
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. http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html
FOREIGN EDUCATION: 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 specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.
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.