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Job Title:Clinical Pharmacist (Decentralized - Acute Care)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA621-835814-LRC38-13-20

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$100,454.00 to $118,535.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, January 31, 2013 to Thursday, February 14, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0660-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Johnson City, TN United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens - First area of consideration is James H Quillen VA Medical Center non-temporary employees.

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 835814 

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 and leadership positions 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. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

Welcome to the Crossroads of the eastern United States – Johnson City!  Forbes Magazine Ranks Johnson City 14th in their latest rankings of best places to live.  For almost two centuries, Johnson City has been the center for tourism and business in Northeast Tennessee. Originally little more than a train depot, Johnson City is now a metropolitan melting pot with invigorating music, enchanting culture, and exhilarating mountain adventure.  Family fun abounds in Johnson City and the surrounding areas. Local festivals include the Blue Plum Festival, Fun Fest, the Apple Festival and the Rhythm & Roots Reunion. Enjoy outdoor adventure at Boone Lake, Watauga Lake, and nearby Roan Mountain State Park. Other family-friendly activities include hiking and biking trails and some of the best trophy trout fishing in the country. Johnson City flourishes with tradition, heritage, and hospitality. Its natural beauty and fresh mountain air make Johnson City the perfect location to live and work. You'll awaken your Pioneer Spirit when you visit our historical areas and living history sites— like Tipton-Haynes, Rocky Mount and Sycamore Shoals. And just a stone's throw away, you'll find world-renowned attractions like Bristol Motor Speedway, Bays Mountain and Barter Theatre.  Also, Johnson City enjoys affordable cost of living, low tax rates and no state income tax yet we offer outstanding schools, parks, playgrounds and sports facilities that make life enjoyable.

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

Tour of Duty:   40 hours per week -rotating shift will include evenings, nights, weekends and holidays - tour varies at the discretion of supervisor.

NOTE:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12.  However a 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.

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

The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program.  Please contact  Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • 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

DUTIES:

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The Clinical Pharmacist is a licensed pharmacist having completed a pharmacy residency or having other equivalent clinical experience.  This individual is responsible for providing general and clinical pharmacy support for inpatient clinical areas at the point of patient care.  The majority of the his/her time will be spent providing comprehensive pharmaceutical care, including medication reconciliation, to patients in the assigned practice area.  They will also assist physicians, residents, interns, nurse practitioners, and physician's assistants in active pharmacotherapy management of individual patients. The pharmacist will develop and maintain an in-depth knowledge within general and specialized areas of pharmacy practice appropriate to assigned practice area(s).  Develop professional relationships with non-pharmacy professional personnel, and projects the highest level of professional pharmacy practice. Provide management of patient therapy by utilization of advanced skills in pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters. Review and evaluate prescribed drug therapy daily for appropriateness, effectiveness, cost-benefit, adverse drug reactions, allergies, drug-drug and drug-disease interactions, and communicates and documents recommendations to providers and pharmacists as necessary.  This includes evaluation and approval/disapproval of non-formulary requests as assigned.  Appropriately renders pharmaceutical care to the assigned patients and documents care in the medical record. Acts as a pharmacotherapy expert and provides expertise to other providers, pharmacists, nurses, and other disciplines as appropriate.  Designs and performs relevant drug use evaluations under direction of the pharmacy management staff. 

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Education. Graduate of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited College or School of Pharmacy with a baccalaureate degree in pharmacy (BS Pharmacy) and/or a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree.  Verification of approved degree programs may be obtained from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 20 North Clark Street, Suite 2500, Chicago, Illinois 60602-5109; phone: (312) 664-3575, or through their Web site at:  http://www.acpe-accredit.org/. (NOTE:  Prior to 2005 ACPE accredited both baccalaureate and Doctor of Pharmacy terminal degree program.  Today the sole degree is Doctor of Pharmacy.)
  • 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. 
  • Physical standards.   Must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, without hazard to themselves or others.   See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

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

GRADE DETERMINATIONS: 

In addition to the basic requirements for employment in paragraph 2, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.

GS-11 Pharmacist.  licensure.  None beyond the basic requirements.   

GS-12 Clinical Pharmacist (Full Performance Level).   Experience or Education.  In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must meet one of the following:

      1.  1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, or

      2.  Completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program.

NOTE: Please make sure that your resume reflects the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA)s within the job announcement.  A separate document containing KSA narratives will not be accepted as a part of your application packet.

1.  Knowledge of professional pharmacy practice.

2.  Ability to 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.

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

References: VA Handbook 5005 at http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc (also available in the local Human Resources Office).  


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.

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.


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.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.



OTHER INFORMATION:

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.



HOW TO APPLY:

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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 (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.

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: 835814You 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 14, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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  http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).  
  5. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Donald P. Barrett
Phone: (423)926-1171x7183
Email: DONALD.BARRETT@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Mountain Home VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
VA Medical Center
HR Management Service PO Box 4000
Mountain Home, TN
37684

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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Job Announcement Number:

VHA621-835814-LRC38-13-20

Control Number:

336983700