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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Clinical Pharmacist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-613-13-AK830850

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$108,490.00 to $126,571.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, January 24, 2013 to Thursday, February 07, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0660-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Temporary NTE 1 YR + 1 day

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Martinsburg, WV United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Tours of Duty: Rotating schedules. Current shifts include the following tours of duty: 7:00am-3:30pm; 7:30am-4:00pm; 8:00am-4:30pm; 8:30am-5:00pm; 9:30am-6:00pm; 2:30pm-11:00pm; 12:00am-8:00am. Selectee will be required to work some evenings, weekends, holidays and off tours.

RELOCATION EXPENSES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED FOR THIS POSITION

UPDATED TO REFLECT EARLIER CLOSING DATE IN ACCORDANCE WITH NFFE 2011 MASTER AGREEMENT 

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):    830850

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?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries.

The Values are I ntegrity, C ommitment, A dvocacy, R espect and E xcellence (" I CARE ").

America's Veterans need you!

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Pass a pre-employment physical.
  • Proficient in basic written and spoken english.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.

DUTIES:

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Pharmacy Service has a vacancy to join our team of Clinical Pharmacists providing patient care to both our outpatient & inpatient populations.  The clinical pharmacist is a licensed professional with knowledge and proficiency in pharmacy practice including pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacotherapeutics.  In addition, providing exceptional service to both external & internal customers & possessing extraordinary teamwork qualities are highly valued.  The primary function of a clinical pharmacist is to assure the safe and appropriate use of medications, and to be an advocate of rational drug therapy through the following:  evaluation of the appropriateness of drug therapy based on patient specific factors; individualization of drug therapy; evaluation, dispensing and providing medications, and drug information.  The clinical pharmacist is responsible for analyzing real and potential drug-related medical problems and implementing corrective action to ensure that patients receive optimal drug therapy.  The clinical pharmacist also applies standards relating to all aspects of distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs.   The clinical pharmacist may perform compounding procedures of routine and special medications including sterile products compounding.  The clinical pharmacist may assist in filling and/or checking orders for accuracy and final dispensing for pickup or mail prescriptions, upholds the regulations set forth by the Pharmacy, Therapeutics & Nutrition Committee in regards to administration of medication & assists in the training of pharmacy students assigned to the Medical Center.

 

The employee must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to complete the duties of the position, including the necessary skills to provide care appropriate to the population of the patients served.  Such knowledge and skills are identified in the Competency Assessment Checklist of the position and include knowledge and skills in:
•    Communication and interpersonal relations, including the ability to appropriately and courteously relate to internal and external customers.
•    Maintenance of confidentiality of patient/employee information, electronic and print.
•    The medical center performance improvement program.
•    How to work and function in the medical center in a safe manner, including infection control and the correct operation of equipment.
•    Population-specific care, as identified in the Population-Specific Competencies, including effectively communicating with patients who are 66 years and older and who may have hearing, physical or cognitive impairments.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants must meet the basic and grade qualification requirements as outlined in VA Handbook, 5005, Part II, Appendix G15 listed below. 
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
Citizenship – Citizen of the United States.  (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified candidates)
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: http://www.acpe-accredit.org.  

2) Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs or those who graduate 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) 598-6227, 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.

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.

Physical Standards – A pre-employment physical examination is required for selected candidates.
English Language Proficiency – Pharmacists appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS12 LEVEL:
In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.

 

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 completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program.

OR completetion of a 1 year post-Pharm.D. ASHP accredited VA Residency within the next 90 days.

 

In addition to the experience requirement, pharmacists at this grade level must demonstrate the following KSAs:
1.    Knowledge of professional pharmacy practice.
2.    Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing to both patients and health care staff.
3.    Knowledge of laws, regulations, and accreditation standards related to the distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs and pharmacy security.
4.    Skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters. 

Creditable 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. Residency and fellowship training programs in a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice may be substituted for creditable experience on a year-for-year basis.  The pharmacy residency program must be accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).  A fellowship program that is not accredited by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) will need to have comparable standards for experience to be creditable (Professional Standards Board refers to the Deputy Chief Consultant for Professional Practice for the determination). 
Quality of Experience - 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 -  Part-time experience as a professional pharmacist is credited according to its relationship to the full-time workweek.  For example, a pharmacist employed 20 hours a week, or on a 1/2-time basis, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.


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: 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 .

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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.
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.

 

NOTE:   The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's 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 candidate.

 


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://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .

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.

 



OTHER INFORMATION:

If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

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, and age, membership in an employee organization or other non-merit factors.

Reasonable Accommodation:  This Medical Center will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities upon request. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Physical Requirements:  Physical requirements for this position include but are not limited to the following:

  • Moderate lifting: 15-44 pounds
  • Standing or sitting for up to 8 hours
  • Ability to distinguish basic colors
  • Hearing (aid permitted)
  • Must be able to communicate both orally and in writing
  • Ability to run to codes
  • Ability to perform CPR and ACLS code team duties

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 

 




HOW TO APPLY:

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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/Account/Login ) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

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.  

 

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:      830850.  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     Thursday, February 07, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1.   Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV), which includes a listing of each job, the facilities' full name and address, immediate supervisor's name, and a description of duties performed (required).

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.    A completed Occupational Questionnaire        View Occupational Questionnaire  

4.    If prior military service, include member copy of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (required-if applicable).   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 ).  

5.   If currently employed with the Federal Government, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action that shows your current title, series, grade and tenure (required-if applicable). 

6.   If currently employed with the Federal Government, include most recent performance appraisal (required-if applicable). 

              7.   Form OF-306 (Declaration of Federal Employment).  This is not required but preferred.  

Occupational Questionnaire 

Social Security Number

Enter your Social Security Number in the space indicated.  Providing your Social Security Number is voluntary, however we cannot process your application without it.


Vacancy Identification Number

830850

 


1. Title of Job

Clinical Pharmacist 

 


2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

Please enter your e-mail address in the space provided.  If you do not provide an e-mail address you may not receive a notice of your results. 


4. Work Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

5. Employment Availability

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

6. Citizenship

Are you a citizen of the United States?


7. Background Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

8. Other Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

9. Languages

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

10. Lowest Grade

Enter the lowest grade (12) you will accept for this position.


12

11. Miscellaneous Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

12. Special Knowledge

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

13. Test Location

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

14. Veteran Preference Claim

15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

16. Availability Date

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

17. Service Computation Date

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

18. Other Date Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

19. Job Preference

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

20. Occupational Specialties

The specialty code(s) for this position is (are):
001 Clinical Pharmacist

21. Geographic Availability

The location code(s) for this position is (are):

 


541660003 Martinsburg, WV

22. Transition Assistance Plan

23. Job Related Experience

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

24. Personal Background Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Thank you for your interest in a position with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Your responses to this assessment questionnaire, in conjunction with the other portions of your completed application, will be evaluated in making selection decisions.

The following questions relate to the eligibility requirements for this vacancy. Please answer "Yes" or "No" to the questions below.

1. Are you a US Citizen?

A. Yes
B. No

2. Are you 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), 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:  http://www.acpe-accredit.org/.

A. Yes
B. No

3. Are you a graduate of a foreign pharmacy degree program or did you graduate from a U.S.-based non-ACPE accredited degree program that 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.

A. Yes
B. No

4. Do you have at least 1 year of experience at the next lower grade level that is directly related to the position to be filled?

A. Yes
B. No

5. Have you completed an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program OR will you be completing a 1 year post-Pharm.D. ASHP accredited VA Residency within the next 90 days. 
 

A. Yes
B. No

6. Do you possess a full, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rice), or the District of Columbia?

A. Yes (You must include your license number and state on your resume or application OR include a copy of the licensure)
B. No

7. Applicants must undergo a pre-employment medical examination and be medically suitable to perform the essential duties of a Pharmacist efficiently and without hazard to themselves and others. Are you willing to undergo a pre-employment medical examination?

A. Yes
B. No

8. Pharmacists appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English.  Are you proficient in spoken and written English?

A. Yes
B. No

9. Are you willing to undergo a comprehensive background investigation which includes, but is not limited to, contact with all references, employers, co-workers, personal associates, and review of your driving record, credit history, criminal history, and military service?

A. Yes
B. No

10. Prior to appointment or following appointment to a position you may be selected for random testing for illegal drug use. Are you willing to undergo urinalysis drug tests?

A. Yes
B. No

Pharmacists at this grade level must demonstrate all the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities. For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Darken the oval corresponding to that statement in Section 25 of the Qualifications and Availability Form C. Please select only one letter for each item.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

11. Knowledge of professional pharmacy practice.

12. Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing to both patients and health care staff.

13. Knowledge of laws, regulations, and accreditation standards related to the distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs and pharmacy security.

14. Skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters.

Select the appropriate answer to the statement below. Failure to provide an answer will result in your not being considered for this position.

15. I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information included in this questionnaire is true, correct, and provided in good faith. I understand that if I make an intentional false statement, or commit deception or fraud in this application and its supporting materials, or in any document or interview associated with the examination process, I may be fined or imprisoned (18 U.S.C. 1001); my eligibilities may be cancelled; I may be denied an appointment; or I may be removed and debarred from Federal service (5 C.F.R. part 731). I understand that any information I give may be investigated and that responding "No" or providing no response to this item will result in my not being considered for this position.

A. Yes
B. No


AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Annetta Kellner
Phone: (304)263-0811x2357
Email: ANNETTA.KELLNER@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Martinsburg VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
Human Resources Management Service
510 Butler Avenue
Martinsburg, WV
25405

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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