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Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  NOL-13-820368-TLW-109-38

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$113,735.00 to $147,857.00 / Per Year
Thursday, January 10, 2013 to Thursday, January 31, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
New Orleans Metro Area, LA United States
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number: 820368

Functional Statement is available for review in Human Resources Management.  This position is located in Pharmacy Service.

Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Note: This position requires the completion of the Dependent Credentialing process (VetPro). 



  • Subject to background/suitability investigation


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The Chief, Pharmacy Service must be Licensed Pharmacist and provide leadership, direction, organization planning and implementation of pharmacy programs which promote effective utilization of all resources and promote quality pharmaceutical services throughout the outpatient and inpatient settings. Develops and maintains pertinent clinical pharmacy programs designed to maximize pharmacotherapeutic benefits from patient outcome and cost perspectives. Includes, but not limited to, Pharmacoeconomics; inpatient and outpatient programs in Pharrnacokinetics, Nutrition, Oncology, Surgery, Medicine, Geriatrics and Geri-psych, Long Term Care, Rehabilitation Medicine, Acute and Long Term Psychiatry, Drug and Alcohol, Ambulatory Procedure Unit, Home Based Primary Care, Spinal Cord Injury, Hospice, Drug Treatment Rehabilitation; pharmacist directed clinics in Geriatrics, Ambulatory Care, Women's Health, Infectious Disease, Diabetes, Anticoagulation, Clozapine Monitoring, Prescription Refill, Mental Health; and interdisciplinary patient education programs in smoking cessation and cardiology. Identifies problems that affect patient care program and effectively utilize problem-solving techniques to resolve these problems. Develops pertinent medical center or Service procedures/standards for implementation. Promotes staff development and training programs that improve the proficiency and performance of all levels of pharmacy personnel. Directs affiliated training programs for pharmacy students, fellows, clerks and interns. Interviews employee candidates, recommends appointments, advancements or promotions to the Professional Standards Board or disciplinary actions if appropriate. Allocates resources based on most effective use and quality patient care. Defines policy and philosophy for pharmacy and medical center staff. Actively participates in Medical Center Clinical and Administrative Boards and Committees. Encourages and supports Service related efforts to provide original and collaborative research activities. Supports Medical Center investigational drug studies.  maintains close liaison with clinical and administrative services, monitors programs and reports to appropriate management officials the Service's potential and resource requirements. Determines resources needs and allocates resources, assuring proper utilization and the productivity, efficiency and cost effectiveness of the operation.


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Qualification Requirements: VA Handbook 5005/36, Part II, Appendix 15.


a.  Citizenship.  Citizen of the United States.  (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

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:

(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)  A letter from a United States college or university with a pharmacy degree program recognized by ACPE stating that the individual's pharmacy degree has been evaluated and found to be equivalent to its Bachelor of Pharmacy degree or higher.

d.  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 chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16 of this part.

NOTEIndividuals who have or have had multiple licenses and had any such license revoked for professional misconduct, professional incompetence or substandard 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 substandard care, is 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.

e. Physical Requirements. See VA Directives and Handnbook 5019. Pre-employment Physical Required.

f.  English Language Proficiency.  Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).


GS-15 Pharmacist

Experience.  Assignments at this grade level require 1 year of creditable experience at the next lower grade level which is directly related to the position to be filled or an advanced degree in a health care related field (e.g., MSHA, MBA, MPH, etc.).

GS-15 Chief, Pharmacy Service and Comparable Positions.  At the GS-15 grade level, individuals are typically assigned as Chief at Complexity Level 1a, 1b (high complexity) or 1c VHA facilities.  Pharmacy programs at these facilities support a wide variety of specialty medical programs such as intensive care units, spinal cord injury, mental health, various surgical specialties and pain management clinics.  These operations typically also include supporting regional or network centers of excellence, such as transplant centers, cancer centers, Geriatric Research Education Centers (GRECs), and Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers (MIRECCs) and fully affiliated educational programs that include a pharmacy residency.


PROBATIONARY PERIOD:    This position requires completion of a 1-year probationary period, if not already served. This position requires completion of a 1-year Supervisory/Managerial probation period, If not already served

DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE: The VA has established a Drug-Free Federal Workplace Policy.   All 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 the VA for a period of six months.   This policy extends to random testing for the use of illegal drugs by employees who occupy testing designated positions defined as sensitive in Section 7(d) of Executive Order 12564.   This is a testing designated position. 


Applicants who meet qualification requirements will be further evaluated by determining the extent to which their work or related experience, education, training, awards, outside activities and/or supervisory appraisal, etc., indicate they possess the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA’s) needed to be successful in this position.


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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, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  In addition to the traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at the


PBI Interviews: Any interviws that may be conducted will utilize the Perfomormance Based Interviewing process (PBIs).  For mor information on the performance based interview process, see


Eligibles: Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP).   Federal Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and copy of their most recent SF50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.   Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.


Equal Employment Opportunity:  The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization or other non-merit factors.


Reasonable Accommodation:  Federal agencies provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need accommodation for any part of the application process, contact the hiring agency.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


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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. The complete Application Package must be submitted by Thursday, January 31, 2013

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

Complete this cover page using the following 820368

Fax your documents to (478) 757-3144.

Note:  To return to a previously saved or incomplete application, simply reap ply through your account in USAJOBS.  After applying, return to USAJOBS hottest://  to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you. 

Applying Via Fax: 

  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 transmission. 

After we receive your completed application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.  We also review your application to make sure that your resume supports the answers given in the questionnaire.  If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly.  Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified when your rating is determined.


  1. CV, Resume or VA Form 10-2850C - Application for Associated Health Occupations (available on Your resume must contain dates of employment (MM/YY) and hours worked per week.  Failure to provide all requested information may prevent us from giving you credit for experience.
  2. Response to the questionnaire.
  3. Copy of Licensure
  4. Copy of your transcript (if you are using education to qualify).
  5. Latest SF-50 (current and former federal employees), if applicable.
  6. Member 4 copy of your DD-214, SF-15 if claiming 10pt preference and VA disability award letter (for Veterans), if applicable.


Deborah H. Jones
Phone: (504)558-1412
Agency Information:
VHA New Orleans HCS
Department of Veteran Affairs
Southeast LA Veteran HC Sys 1555 Poydras
Suite 1300
New Orleans, LA


Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your eligibility. The qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration and interview.

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