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Job Title:  Pharmacist
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  HP-646-13-JZ798394

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$95,539.00 to $118,535.00 / Per Year
Monday, February 11, 2013 to Monday, February 25, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Pittsburgh Metro Area, PA United States
Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm


Join us for an exciting career at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System!

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has recently ranked VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System among the top 50 businesses to work for in western Pennsylvania.


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 798394

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.

Be a member of a team providing compassionate healthcare to veterans!  The department of Veterans Affairs is an employer of choice as a center of excellence in patient care, education and research.  The VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) is an integrated healthcare system offering acute care, nursing home, domicillary care and mental health services.  We are currently pursuing ANCC’s magnet status. VAPHS has an active affiliation with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine as well as other area medical schools.

Every year, many experienced Licensed Pharmacists come to the VA Health Care System because we offer a variety of advantages.

If you're an experienced Licensed Pharmacist, you understand the impact that business has had on health care.  For VA, patient care is not a business decision.  Veterans are our highest priority and we are committed to providing them with the highest quality care possible.  That patient focused lets you practice medicine the way it was meant to be practiced.  VA Licensed Pharmacists work with the entire interdisciplinary care team to deliver state-of-the-art medicine using some of the most advanced medical technologies in the Nation.   

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to .  


NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s qualifications and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • English Language Proficiency required.
  • Full, Current and Unrestiricted license to practice pharmacy


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  • Screens Primary Care team patient medication profiles for adverse drug reactions, drug interactions, drug allergies, and therapeutic lab values. Provides drug information to clinic physicians.
  • Evaluates patients, and orders laboratory tests as necessary.
  • Provides direct patient care in Primary Care clinics for intensive management of out of control DM, Lipid management and HTN and maintains competency in the use of the VA Patient Scheduling software package.
  • Serves as a resource, and directly supports staff in advanced clinical programs.
  • Participates in Ambulatory Care as a member of the Primary Care team, participates in team meetings and activities.
  • Develops therapeutic plan for the treatment of diseases, and tailors it for specific patients
  • Anticipates and recognizes patient problems that are a result of or will influence their drug therapy, and facilitate solutions when problems occur.
  • Maintains competency in VA Patient Scheduling software package if credentialed to participate in a clinic requiring direct patient appointment scheduling.
  • Maintains close ties with VA Pharmacy service line to keep up with recent formulary changes and medication related updates.
  • Will be expected to work closely with the Office of Quality Management to achieve evidence based care standards in specific patient populations to be determined by the Primary Care Service Line. Will be expected to demonstrate efficacy of clinical activities through improved performance in the areas of focus (as measured by EPRP reviews).
  • Collects and reports data on patients previously not at goal regarding progress and outcomes.


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Citizenship.  Citizen of the United States  

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 through their Web site at:   Also, graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs meet the educaitonal requirement if the graduate is able to provide proof of achieving the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Commission (FPGEC) Certification, which includes passing the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination (FPGEE) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT).

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 unrestricte licensure.

Physical Requirements:  A pre-placement physical examination shall be completed prior to appointment to determine physical and mental fitness.

English Language Proficiency:  Staff Pharmacists must be proficient ini spoken and written English.




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



GS-12 Staff Pharmacist.  In addition to meeting all the basic requirements, candidates must meet one of the following: 


     1.  The equivalent of 1 year of experience at the next lower grade level; or


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



Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs).  In addition to meeting the basic requirements, pharmacists at this grade level must demonstrate the following KSAs:


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.





Reference: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix 15, Licensed Pharmacist Qualficiation Standard


If selected applicant will be requested to address the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities for the appropriate grade level. 


Grade, Step, and Salary will be determind by a Professional Standards Board based on qualification and experience.

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 will be filled on a full-time permanent basis.  Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.

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


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (see "Reguired Documents" section below.  The complete application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, February 25, 2013.


To begin the process, click the APPLY ONLINE button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your exsitng USAJOBS account.  Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application.  Please ensure you click the Submt My Answers button at the end of the process.  Mailed/e-mailed applications will not be accepted. 


Note:  To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date.  To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (, select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.


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 1203FXZ form along with all supporitng document to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX must be polaced on top of all materials being faxed and will servcie as a cover page for your fax transmission, and

4.  Keep a copy of your fax receipte in case verifiaction is needed.


To fax suppoting documents you are unabel to upload:


1.  Complet this cover page using the follwoing Vacancy ID 798394.  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 following Documents are required:


VA Form 10-2850c, Application for Associated Health Occupations

Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire

Veterans Preference documentation such as DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA Letter, as appropriate.

Unofficial college transcript for education used to qualify.  (An official college transcript will be required before being hired.)


Jolie Zelesnak
Phone: (412)822-3511
Agency Information:
VHA Pittsburgh VAMC
Pittsburgh, PA


After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  If you meet the basic requirements your application package will be forwarded to the selecting official for review and selection.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

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