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Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  JV-13-138CW-832085

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$102,731.00 to $124,232.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 to Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort McPherson, GA United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 832085 



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.


The Atlanta VAMC has 405 authorized inpatient beds (273 hospital, 120 Community Living Center and 12 PRRTP) and is a tertiary care facility classified as a Complexity Level 1A facility. It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services complete with state-of-the-art technology, education and research. Comprehensive health care is provided through emergency medicine, primary care, tertiary care, and long-term care in the areas of medicine, surgery, mental health, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, and extended care.


The Atlanta VAMC is part of the VA Southeast Network (VISN 7), which includes facilities in Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. The Atlanta VAMC Community Living Center serves metro Atlanta and includes extended care rehabilitation, psycho-geriatric care, and general long term care. Additionally, Carrollton, Georgia will be the home of a 42-bed Community Living Center (CLC).


Relocation/Recruitment incentives are not authorized


Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm; NOTE: Management reserves the right to adjust this tour based on patient care needs.


  • U. S. Citizenship required
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English language proficiency required
  • Designated and/or random drug testing required
  • Background and security investigation required


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This  Clinical Pharmacy Specialist is responsible for providing pharmaceutical care to assigned mental health areas as directed by the Clinical Pharmacy Supervisor. The pharmacist will work independently and in consultation with physicians and other health care providers to ensure appropriate medication therapy for individual patients.  Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:  

* Clinical functions:

      - Provides a comprehensive medication therapy management assess drug use patterns, compliance therapeutic duplications.

      - Designs, implements, monitors, evaluates, and modifies patient pharmacotherapy to ensure effective safe patient care.

      - Advises other members of the mental health team as well as other health care providers on all matters relating to medication, i.e., drug administration, toxicities, interactions, dosages, polypharmacy, etc. 

    * Order Entry functions:

      - Demonstrates working knowledge of the VA computer software programs.

      - Documents clinical findings, treatment plans, etc. using the electronic medical record.

      - Records medication-related information and consultation in the medical record.  

* Educational functions:

      - Supervises and participates in on the job training for pharmacists, technicians, clerks, students, interns as requested by the supervisor.

      - Contributes to continuing education by providing presentations and in-service training on current pharmaceutical issues to both professional and technical staff.


      - Participates in research studies (including medication use evaluations) that involve patients assigned to his/her area.

      - Maintains informational files on the chemistry, pharmacology, toxicology, biopharmaceutics, and pharmacokinetics of all investigational medications.

*Program Management functions:

      - Serves as a representative of Pharmacy Service and on assigned committees and subcommittees.

      - Promotes cost effective use of VA formulary and actively participate in facility, VISN and national cost initiatives.

      - Assists in developing and updating various medication-related policies and operational procedures that affect his/her area of practice.

      - Accurately and completely finishes patient care encounters (PCEs) to meet timeliness standards for capture of workload.

* Must exhibit teaching skills as demonstrated in clinical conferences and in-service programs.



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1.  Citizenship.  Citizen of the United States. 

2.  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).  

(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.

3.  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.

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



ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS.  In additional to meeting the basic requirements, all applicants are required to meet either specialized experience or education: 

5.  Specialized Experience: All applicants must have at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level in Federal Service which directly relates to this position.




1. ASHP-Accredited pharmacy residency, preferably in psychiatry.

2. Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) in Psychiatric Pharmacy.

3. Experience working with Mental Health Patients. 


You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position.  Your resume must show that you are able to demonstrate these KSAOs.  You do not need to provide narrative responses to these KSAOs at this time. 

      1. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management. 

      2.  Expert knowledge of regulatory and quality standards for their program area.

      3.  Ability to solve problems, coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes in their program area or area of clinical expertise. 

      4.  Expert knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy.

      5.  Advanced skill in monitoring and assisting the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters.

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. *** 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. ***

Physical Requirements.  You must pass a pre-employment physical.  See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.


Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position.  If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package.

We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software or fax transmissions. 


Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for 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 (see below). 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

Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For additional information visit:

Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers over 100 optional plans. For additional information visit:

Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit:
Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance.  For additional information visit:

Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses, and adult children. For additional information visit:

Retirement Program - All new permanent employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, Thrift Savings Plan. For additional information visit:

The Thrift Savings Plan- A tax deferred retirement savings and investment plan for Federal employees (similar to private corporations' 401(k) plans).  It provides 1% automatic contributions and dollar-for-dollar or dollar-for half dollar matching contributions from the agency (up to 5% of your pay).


Equal Employment Opportunity:  Selection for this position will be based solely on merit without regard to race color religion age gender national origin political affiliation disability sexual orientation marital or family status or other differences.

Reasonable Accommodation:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Bargaining Unit Status: National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE)

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.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement.


This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.


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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 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: 832085.  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 Wednesday, February 20, 2013.


The following documents are required:   (Incomplete packets will not be considered)

NOTE:  All forms must be complete and signed.

  • VA Form 10-2850 - Application for Associated Health Occupations  (Available at:
  • Responses to the questionnaire
  • Copy of your current pharmacy license
  • Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at:
  • Résumé: For each job/position listed, you must include a job title, detailed duties, month and year for each start/end date and if full-time or part-time status with the number of hours worked each week.

 The following documents should be submitted, if applicable:

  • SF-50: If you are a current Federal employee, submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 (that is not an award SF-50). 
  • To receive Veterans Preference, you must submit: Copy of your DD-214 that shows your type of discharge (Member 4 copy) and if you have 10-point preference: SF-15 (Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference) along with the supporting documents required by that form.

 NOTE: The information provided on these documents will be the main source for determining your qualifications and how many points you receive in the rating and ranking process. Be sure to give complete and accurate information. If you do not furnish documents/information or your information is incompleteinaccurate or illegible, it may not be possible to determine your qualifications, and you will be determined ineligible. It is your responsibility to submit the correct forms and documentation. Additional information and guidance on completing or obtaining these forms is available from HRMS. 


Please only submit documents that are required by this announcement and used to determine your qualifications and ratings for this position.



HRMS Service Line
Phone: (404)321-6111x6300
Agency Information:
Pharmacy Service
1670 Clairmont Road
Decatur, GA


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

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