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Job Title:  Clinical Pharmacist( Home Based Primary Care/ Ambulatory Care)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  13-834477-KMW

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$118,535.00 to $136,616.00 / Per Year
Monday, February 04, 2013 to Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Part Time 20 hours - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Los Angeles, CA United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 834477 (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?


Part-time: 20 hours per week. 40 hours per pay period.



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


  • 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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The Home Based Primary Care/Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist is organizationally located in Pharmacy Service under outpatient Pharmacy at Sepulveda and provides clinical pharmacy services to patients in Home-Based Primary Care(HBPC) and ambulatory care. As needed, the incumbent may also perform HBPC Duties at the West Los Angeles VA and outpatient duties at other assigned sites as workload and staffing levels dictate. In addition, the incumbent may also be assigned to perform inpatient duties as workload and staffing levels dictate. Travel is required from the assigned site to any of the other Greater Los Angeles sites as needed. This position includes the following functions, but other assignments and projects may be assigned as well.


This position includes the following functions:




1.  Provides the full range of clinical pharmacist services to patients in HBPC and ambulatory care.  Works with interdisciplinary teams comprised of professionals and paraprofessionals.

2.  Participates in interdisciplinary team meetings.

3.  Responsible for patient care activities utilizing an advanced in-depth knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice.

4.  Responsible for patient care activities involving highly innovative methods of healthcare delivery.  Includes clinical privileges in assigned area.

5.  Develops, plans, and implements innovative ambulatory care programs with an emphasis in total pharmaceutical care.


6.  Evaluates a wide variety of patients in assigned patient care areas and makes appropriate recommendations on drug therapy.  Designs, recommends, and implements pharmacotherapeutic regimens and corresponding monitoring plans.


7.  Assesses the appropriateness of prescription orders.  Verifies new prescription orders for name of the patient, drug, formulary availability or status, drug dose, quantity, indications, directions, and number of refills.  Also verifies that all appropriate laboratory tests or other monitoring tests are completed before the prescription is processed.


8.  Processes pending orders.


9.  Performs medication reviews for indication, effectiveness, safety, compliance, drug interactions, therapeutic duplications, and adverse drug events. 


10.  Provides medication counseling to patients, caregivers, etc.


11.  Provides clinical pharmacy consultations to professional staff on the pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics of pharmaceutical products.


Program Management:


1.   Establishes and maintains good work flow patterns to keep outpatient prescription waiting time to an average of 30 minutes or less.

2.  Checks inpatient and outpatient prescriptions/orders that are filled by pharmacy technicians ensuring their accuracy and completeness prior to dispensing/administration.  Assists in identifying, distributing, and balancing workload and tasks among pharmacy technicians.

3.  Effectively organizes workload, plans short and long range objectives, solves problems, and achieves goals within budget and staffing constraints.

4.  Participates in quality assurance activities related to pharmacy issues.


1.  Responsible for complying with all applicable Federal, VA, and GLA regulations, policies, and procedures pertaining to controlled substance accountability and drug accountability for pharmacy.

2.  Complies with Joint Commission, CAP, CARF, and any other accreditation/regulatory requirements in connection with pharmacy.

3.  Ensures assigned administrative projects and reports are submitted in a timely fashion.

4.  Uses discretion in appropriately safeguarding confidential information.

5.  Effectively utilizes the VISTA/CPRS computer system as well as automated pharmacy equipment.


1.  Provides teaching to pharmacy trainees including residents, pharmacy students, and pharmacy technician students.

2.  Provides formal and informal education and inservices to pharmacy, medical, nursing, and other healthcare staff.

3.  Collaborates with the Manager, Pharmacy Training and Development, to promote the learning experience and improve the performance of all levels of pharmacy staff.

4.  Participates in all aspects of training such as conducting on-the-job training and monitoring performance.

5.  Develops and conducts patient education classes.


1. Works with researchers on protocol requirements and investigational record keeping. Assists in protocol development and implementation as needed. 


FS# 093430


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  • U.S. citizenship.  



Applicants must be able to distinguish basic colors.


This is a Drug Testing Designated Position. 

Selected candidate is subject to random drug testing
Basic Requirements

The licensed Clinical Pharmacist conducts pharmaceutical activities and services in an Outpatient setting.


EDUCATION: 1. Graduate of a pharmacy degree

program from an approved college or university.  The degree program must have been approved by the

American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) or prior to establishment of ACPE, have been a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). 2. Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree

programs meet the education requirement if their degree is found to be equivalent to degree programs recognized the ACPE. This finding may be based on any of the

following: A). A letter of acceptance into a U.S. graduate pharmacy program recognized by the ACPE. B). Written certification from the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate

Examination Commission that the individual has

successfully passed the foreign Pharmacy Graduate

Examination. C). A letter from a U.S. college or university with a pharmacy degree program recognized by ACPE stating that the individual’s foreign pharmacy degree has been evaluated and found to be equivalent to its Bachelor of Pharmacy degree.


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.


EXPERIENCE: Completion of the equivalent of 1 year of creditable experience at the GS-11 grade level, which is directly related to the position to be filled. At least one year of professional practice in which the candidate

demonstrated the following knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics.


PREFERABLE EXPERIENCE:  Completion of a post graduate residency in an ASHP accredited PGY 1 program. 

Demonstrated the following knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics.  


Each of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics (KSAO’s) listed below under “Rating Factors” items A through D should be completed on a separate piece of paper and submitted with the application.


  1. A. Knowledge of Ambulatory Care/Mental Health/Internal Medicine pharmacy practices.
  2. B. Knowledge of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics.
  3. C. Ability to communicate orally and in writing with a wide variety of individuals.  This would typically include
  4.     beneficiaries, professionals in other health care disciplines, and health related groups in the community.
  5. D. Knowledge of the standards related to distribution and accountability for controlled substances.

Your evaluation will be based on quality and extent of your experience, education, and training as shown in your application and written responses to listed KSAO’s




References :  VA Handbook 5005 at (also 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. ***

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: 834477.  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, February 19, 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
  3. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at 
  4. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214    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  
  5. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action.
  6. Other documents - use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).  You will not be contacted for additional information.


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


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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