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Job Title:Pharmacy Technician

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:12-824676-KMW

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$38,882.00 to $50,544.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 to Tuesday, January 29, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0661-06

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

6

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Los Angeles, CA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 824676 (Include # on all 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?

[HR Users - Optional to add:   This is an open continuous announcement.  We accept applications for this occupation on an ongoing basis; qualified applicants will be considered as vacancies become available.  Applications will remain on file for one year from the date the application was signed. ]

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.

Special Employment Consideration: Individuals eligible for the following appointments are encouraged to apply: 5 CFR 213.3102 "u", Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities ; mental retardation, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities; and Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

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
  • Graveyard Shift; 12:00am - 8:00am

DUTIES:

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The incumbent of this position works the Graveyard shift,  within the inpatient pharmacy, but may be called upon to work in the outpatient pharmacy on occasion, and performs the full range of pharmacy technician functions in support of Pharmacy Service operations.  These functions include inpatient dispensing, controlled substance processing, inventory management, sterile product   compounding, and prosthetic prescription processing.

Conducts controlled substance inventories and maintains inventory records.  Prepares and fills clinic/ward order requests for controlled substances.  Orders a variety of pharmaceutical products including those provided by the prime vendor or other pharmaceutical supplier.  Using the prime vendor data base, determines the most appropriate product to order based on requirements.  Establishes and maintains appropriate ordering intervals and inventory levels.  Using basic accounting and budgetary skills, assures pharmaceuticals and supplies are maintained in the most cost effective manner.  Identifies and eliminates bottlenecks relating to the receipt of purchases.  Receives and verifies drug deliveries.  Determines most appropriate storage area and ensures storage conforms to VA and OSHA standards.  Assists in effecting drug recalls by checking applicable lots and informing appropriate personnel.  Utilizing proper sterile techniques, manufactures complicated parenteral admixtures to be delivered in the form of large volume, small volume, infusion syringe, etc.  This involves interpreting the physician's order, selecting and measuring the appropriate ingredients, checking the final product for accuracy, and labeling the product.  Maintains appropriate records.  Interprets physician's orders and fills prescriptions.  Selects the correct dosage form, strength, and quantity in accordance with the prescription.  Checks the final product for accuracy and labels the product prior to verification by a pharmacist.  Uses specialized equipment to package and/or dispense medications and provides required equipment maintenance.  Serves as a pharmacy technician monitor in the training of pharmacy technician students while students are completing externship hours on site.  Provides information and answers questions both in person and on the telephone (includes the GLA Pharmacy Call Center) regarding Pharmacy Service policies and procedures, drug availability, delivery times, drug costs, prescription status, tracking of prescriptions, and other pharmacy –related issues.  Performs other duties as assigned.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Citizen of the United States

 

English Language Proficiency:  If you are appointed to a direct patient-care position or position incident to direct patient care, proficiency in spoken and written English is required in accordance with 38 USC 4105 (c).                                                                

 

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

 

GS-6: one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level.  Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is required at grades GS-6 and above.

 

Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA’s) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.  Specialized experience is defined as experience gained in hospital pharmacies, retail pharmacies, or in Pharmaceutical firms or laboratories, which provided a basic knowledge of pharmaceutical nomenclature, characteristics, strengths, and dosage forms of pharmaceuticals; pharmaceutical systems of weights and measures; and the variety of procedures and techniques involved in the care, storage, repackaging, bulk compounding and distribution of pharmaceuticals.


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. ***

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: 824676.  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 Tuesday, January 29, 2013.

In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered.   Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position.  Ensure to include the month and year for each position held, and the number of work hours per week, e.g., 03/09 - 06/11, 40 hrs/week.



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. 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.
  5. 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).  
  6. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Kristy M. Walker
Phone: (310)478-3711x43604
Email: KRISTY.WALKER@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Greater Los Angeles HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
Human Resources 10A2
11301 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
90073
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:

12-824676-KMW

Control Number:

335587900