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Job Title:  Supervisory Pharmacist/Clinical Specialist
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  STL-T38-12-822268

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

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$112,287.00 to $133,788.00 / Per Year
Friday, January 18, 2013 to Friday, February 08, 2013
Full Time - Agency Employees Only
1 vacancy in the following location:
Saint Louis, MO United StatesView Map
Agency Employees Only


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 822268 (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?

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.

The duty station for this position is the John Cochran Division; however, the duty station may be changed to one or multiple associated VAMC locations within the metropolitan St. Louis MO area based on the needs of the medical center.  TOUR OF DUTY: Monday-Friday 8:00 am-4:30 pm


GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Position is Pharmacy Operation Manager.  Incumbent will operate on a broad delegation of authority with independence of action to coordinate all aspects of procurement and delivery of pharmaceutical products and services to the medical center.  Incumbent will oversee the work of the Pharmacy staff where the supervisor has full and final technical authority over the work, which requires coordination and integration of work assignments with the other service lines.  The incumbent is responsible to the Associate Chief of Pharmacy JC.  Incumbent will be responsible for staff management, pharmacy operations management and all clinical management at both the John Cochran and Jefferson Barracks Divisions.  This includes maintain and promoting high ethical, clinical and administrative standards that are carried into the decision making process; making recommendations regarding drug therapy to physicians, dentists and patients, insuring the coordination and integration of work assignments with other services.  It also includes ensuring all staff is aware of patient’s rights and provides service directed toward assuring these rights are honored and protected.  This includes the assurance of patient privacy, confidentially and a safe environment in which patients receive care.  


Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses ARE NOT authorized for this position.


  • 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


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Incumbent is responsible for:


Staff management 

Performs the administrative and personnel management functions relative to staff supervised.  Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff, which are clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system.  Observes worker’s performance; demonstrates and conducts work performance critiques.  Provides informal feedback and periodically evaluates employee performance.  Resolves informal complaints and grievances.  Develops work improvement plans, recommending personnel actions as necessary.  Provides advice and counsel to workers related to work and administrative matters. Effects disciplinary measures as appropriate to the authority delegated in this area.

  1. Reviews and approves or disapproves leave requests.  Assures that subordinates are trained and fully comply with the provisions of the safety regulations.  The incumbent is responsible for furthering the goals of equal employment opportunity (EEO) by taking positive steps to assure the accomplishment of affirmative action objectives and by adhering to nondiscriminatory employment practices in regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or handicap.  Incumbent initiates nondiscriminatory practices and affirmative action for the area under his/her supervision in the following: (1) merit promotion of employees and recruitment and hiring of applications; (2) fair treatment of all employees; (3) encouragement and recognition of employee achievements; (4) career development of employees; and (5) full utilization of their skills.  Supervises a staff of employees to accomplish the work of the organization unit.  Exercises supervisory authorities and responsibilities involving work assignment and review, as well as the administrative and personnel management functions relative to the staff supervised.
  2. Establishes functional statement, job descriptions and develops performance plans for subordinates.
      1. Pharmacy Operations Management
  3. Responsible for overall operational program review and implementation.   Manages in accordance with local, state and Federal laws; as well as, applicable Department of Veterans Affairs policies and procedures.   Coordinating comprehensive pharmacy services.   Responsible for developing and/or maintaining a system for drug distribution.  Promotes quality patient-centered health services through a seamless continuum of care.  Establishes and maintains a climate that fosters excellence.  Makes recommendations to the Chief and Associate Chief of Pharmacy regarding all resource management issues including personnel actions, budgetary projections and execution, major and minor equipment, space.  Coordinates orientation for all staff.  Implements performance improvement priorities.  Policy development. Assuring compliance with regulatory and accrediting bodies. Maintaining effective interdepartmental relations.
    1. Clinical
    2. Will maintain and promote high ethical, clinical and administrative standards that are carried into the decision making process.  Making recommendations regarding drug therapy to physicians, dentist, and patients.  Ensures all staff is aware of patient’s rights and provides service directed toward assuring these rights are honored and protected; this includes the assurance of patient privacy, confidentially and a safe environment in which patients receive care.










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Citizenship. U.S. Citizen  

Education. 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:

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.

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

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.


References :  VA Handbook 5005 available in the local Human Resources Office and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at

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:  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. ***

Knowledge of Current Professional Pharmacy Practices.  To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics associated with current professional pharmacy practice.  The experience or education must demonstrate current professional practice.  This may be evidenced by one or more of the following during the 3-year period prior to appointment:   

     1.   The equivalent of 1 year of active professional practice.  Active professional practice means paid/non-paid employment as a professional pharmacist as defined by the appropriate licensing board ; or

     2.  In addition to a full, current and unrestricted license, annual completion of a minimum of 15 continuing education units (CEUs) recognized by ACPE, or as required by the licensing authority by which the pharmacist is licensed; or

    3.  A Master's or Ph.D. degree in pharmacy or a related health care field.

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


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.


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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 .


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.


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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 ( 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 ( ) 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:
  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 using the following Vacancy ID: TAG:VacancyID.  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 Friday, February 08, 2013.


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 (required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at  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  
  6. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).


McDuffy McDonald
Phone: (314)652-4100x66229
Agency Information:
Human Resources
#1 Jefferson Barracks Drive
St Louis, MO


After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to determine if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made and when/if your application is referred to the hiring manager.

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