Citizenship - Must be citizen of the United States
English language proficiency - Must be proficient in spoken and written English
You must be licensed to practice pharmacy in a state or territory of the United States, Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico) or the District of Columbia. Experience is only creditable if it is post-licensure experience as a professional pharmacist directly related to the position to be filled. Qualifying experience must also 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 and subsequently passed the appropriate licensure examination.
To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledges, skills, abilities and other characteristics associated with current professional pharmacy practice. The experience or education must have been gained within 3 years prior to the date of appointment. This may be evidenced by one or more of the following during the 3-year period: (1) The equivalent of 1 year of active professional practice 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 (3) Academic course work leading to an advanced degree in pharmacy or a related health care field. Experience or Board Certification. Completion of the equivalent of 1 year of experience at the next lower grade level, or board certification recognized by the American Pharmaceutical Associations Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties. Licensed Pharm. D Residents may apply prior to completion of the 1 year residency program. Applicant must complete all requirements of the residency program and receive certification prior to selected start date.
Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it is post-licensure experience as a professional pharmacist directly related to the position to be filled. Qualifying experience must also 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 and subsequently passed the appropriate licensure examination.
Grade Requirements. For the GS-12 grade level, at least one year of the required professional experience must have been of a level of difficulty comparable to the next lower grade in the federal service. Experience must have demonstrated the ability to perform independently advanced assignments requiring broad experience in a specialized knowledge of pharmacy work, as may be appropriate to the position or completion of a 1 year post Pharm.D. ASHP accredited Residency.
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.
License Requirement. You must be licensed to practice pharmacy in a state or territory of the United States, Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico) or the District of Columbia.
Note: Individuals 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 pharmacist 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.
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G15. These standards are available for review in the local HR Office.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work requires standing , walking for short periods of time, light carrying and lifting under 15 pounds; bending, reaching and stooping. The work also involves working around machinery with moving parts and working closely with others.
Graduate of a degree program in pharmacy from an approved college or university. The degree program must have been approved by the Accreditation 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, and phone (312) 664-3575.
Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs meet the education requirement if their degree is found to be equivalent to degree programs recognized by the ACPE. Applicants with foreign degrees must submit one of the following with their application: (1) A letter of acceptance into a U.S. graduate pharmacy program recognized by the ACPE, or (2) Written certification from the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Commission, 700 Busse Highway, Park Ridge, IL 60068, Phone: (847) 698-6227, that the applicant has successfully passed the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination, or (3) A letter from a U.S. college or university with a pharmacy degree program recognized by ACPE stating that the applicants foreign pharmacy degree has been evaluated and found to be equivalent to its Bachelor of Pharmacy degree.
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.
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.
Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
Interviews: Management may interview candidates for this position and use the Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) process. If PBI is used, questions will be job-related, reasonably consistent and fair to all candidates. You can visit the following two web sites (1) http://www.va.gov/pbi (2) http://vaww.va.gov/ohrm/Staffing/PBI/PBI_Intr.htm to learn more about PBI, frequently asked questions and aids to prepare for an interview. Additionally, printed reference material is available at each Human Resources Office.
Applicants Responsibility: It is the applicant's responsibility to submit documentation to support his/her application for this position. Applicant is responsible for ensuring that all experience, education, formal training, award recognition, etc. are documented in the application package. Experience may include voluntary or other non-paid experience in the appropriate field. If you feel that your training record contains information pertinent to your qualifications, then you must submit a printed copy of your training record with your application package. Your training record will become a part of the specific vacancy file and will not be filed in Official Personnel Folder.
This announcement is not intended to cover all aspects of the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of this position. Request for copies, return of forms or transfer of consideration to another announcement will not be honored.
Employees must meet qualification standards and other regulatory requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability or membership or non-membership in a labor union.
INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive an ineligible rating due to missing form(s). 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, and fax transmissions, etc.
Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position.
Reasonable Accommodation: This Agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, you must notify the agency. This decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
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.
You will be evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAO's). Applicants who meet the qualification and basic requirements will be further evaluated by the Professional Standards Board for this occupation to determine the extent to which their work or related experience, education, training, awards, outside activities, and supervisory appraisal, etc., indicate they possess the KSAOs listed below. All applicants should provide clear, concise examples that show the level of accomplishment or degree to which they possess the KSAO in their CV or resume. Incomplete, vague or contradictory information may affect the rating. Please review carefully before making an online response selection. Your application, resume and supporting documents will be used to verify your response.
1. Skill in working in an outpatient pharmacy service overseeing the prescription filling work of technicians and ability to address medication problems encountered during prescription processing.
2. Knowledge of pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics.
3. Ability to communicate orally and in writing with a wide variety of individuals. This would typically include patients, professionals in other health care disciplines, and health related groups in the community.
4. Knowledge of the standards related to distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs (including research and investigational drugs.). This includes, but is not limited to, the standards established by DEA, FDA, VA, the State, and JCAHO.