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Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:AH-13-LWJ-853214

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

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$36,897.00 to $47,964.00 / Per Year


Friday, March 08, 2013 to Friday, March 29, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Dallas, TX United StatesView Map


United States Citizens



Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 853214 (Please include on all documents)


Our mission:  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 part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?



VA North Texas Health Care System is the second busiest VA system in the nation and we are growing! Comprised of the Dallas VA Medical Center, Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center in Bonham, Fort Worth Outpatient Clinic and Tyler VA Primary Care Clinic, VANTHCS is an integrated health care system with approximately 4,600 employees and over 1,600 volunteers and clinical trainees. VANTHCS also coordinates a Community Based Outpatient Clinic program throughout its 40-county primary service area to improve access to care for veterans throughout 38 North Texas and 2 in southern Oklahoma. Through these four distinctive facilities and relationships with other agencies, VANTHCS provides a continuum of health care services to a veteran population of approximately 110,000.

Housed on an 84-acre campus, Dallas VA Medical Center is the corporate headquarters for VANTHCS and serves as the tertiary referral center. Through its partnership with The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (UT Southwestern), it also has emerged as a major teaching and medical research center. Primary care and multi-specialty outpatient clinics are also provided, making VANTHCS the 2nd largest health care system based on number of patients seen.

Dallas provides a wide variety of cultural and educational opportunities, has a variety of affordable housing opportunities, and is easily accessible nationally and internationally.

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  

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • English language proficiency is required.
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Step and Salary to be determined by the Pharmacy Technician Board.
  • PTCB Certification (Required)


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This position is located in the Pharmacy Service (Outpatient).

The Pharmacy Technician is a general assistant to the Pharmacist. The incumbent has an overall understanding of the mission and activities of the Pharmacy Service and its responsibility to the overall mission of the Medical Center, ensuring quality control of all medications and/or medical supplies dispensed to patients throughout the Outpatient Pharmacy. The Pharmacist is available for consultation and guidance as needed when requested.  Technicians processes outpatient prescriptions by performing the following tasks; Separates computer generated labels/printouts apart by patient, using care to prevent mix up of confusion between different patient labels. Can generate reprinted label via computer if necessary. Selects correct prepack or selects and counts correct medication, recording lot#, expiration date, fill date and initials on computer fill document. When using prepack, this may be accomplished by transferring the prepack label to the computer fill document.  Labels filled medication container with correct prescription and auxiliary labels, assembling containers and fill documents in tote for final check by Pharmacist. Takes special care to prevent mix up or confusion between different patient's medications. Leaves mail or pickup label so Pharmacist can place in correct area after checking. Daily cleans counting equipment and work area, reporting malfunctioning equipment to supervisor. Participates in QA activities of the Outpatient Pharmacy area primarily in error detection/prevention and patient waiting/satisfaction surveys.


WORK SCHEDULES: 10:00a.m. - 6:30p.m., and rotating weekends and holidays. 

POSITION DESCRIPTION TITLE/PD: Outpatient Pharmacy Technician

RELOCATION EXPENSES:  Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

Salary to be determined by the Pharmacy Technician Professional Standards Board.



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VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G28, PHARMACY TECHNICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated March 17, 2006,

    a.  Citizenship.  Citizen of the United States.  (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

    b.  Education or Experience.  A high school diploma or equivalent; or at least 3 months experience.

    c.  Certification.  Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is required at grades GS-6 and above.

    d.  English Language Proficiency.  Pharmacy technicians appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.

Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met.  Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.”]

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


GS-6:  EXPERIENCE:  One year of experience at the next lower level, and must fully meet the KSA's at the next lower level.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSA's and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSA's designated by an asterisk(*).


Certification:  PTCB Certification is required at this grade level and above.


Your application will be evaluated based on your ability to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities/competencies.

1.  Ability to solve problems and make recommendations, e.g., troubleshoot operational problems and refer for appropriate action.

2.  Knowledge of the operation and care of automated equipment.

3.  Knowledge of, and ability to follow, written instructions for compounding with aseptic technique for hazardous materials such as oncology agents.

4.  Knowledge, and ability to perform, compounding with aseptic technique for routine sterile products.

5.  Knowledge of policies and procedures for inventory management in specialized areas such as emergency carts.

6.  Knowledge of the computerized prescription process demonstrated by the ability to input prescriptions and medication orders.

Assignments.  Pharmacy technicians may be assigned to any area of the pharmacy including expanded distributive function assignments; for example assignment as team leaders for specific process improvement teams involving technical areas or performing more highly complex duties including preparation of oncology agents for clinical pharmacy specialists.  For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time

Applicants must successfully complete VETPRO VA credentials databank if selected.

All requirements must be met by the closing date of the Vacancy Announcement.

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

This announcement may serve to provide a supply of qualified applicants for this vacancy or for any similar vacancy in this Service that may occur within 90 days of the closing date.

Subject to completion of (1) one year Probationary Period.


A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). 


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. ***

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit


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.


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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. 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


The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

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 apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Your Résumé
  2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, March 29, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button 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.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, simply reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  After applying, return to USAJOBS ( to see the status of your application, 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 any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

 To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 853214.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


The following documents are required:

 - Résumé (complete with experiences most relevant to the position, including name and address of employer, job title, starting and ending dates (month and year), average hours worked per week, and a description of your duties. (REQUIRED).

 - Declaration of Federal Employment Optional Form OF-306. (REQUIRED).

 - VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations(Available at      

 - Copy of most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) (Required if  

current/former federal employee). The SF-50 must indicate proof of status (for example, you were a career or a career-conditional employee) and should identify your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure, and type of service (Competitive or Excepted).

 -  Pharmacy Technician Certificate Board(PTCB).(REQUIRED)

 - Copy of most recent performance Appraisal.

 - Copy of unofficial transcript.

 - Responses to the questionnaire.

 - Any other documents required by the checklist.


Employment Office
Phone: (214)857-1701
Agency Information:
Human Resources Mgmt
VAMC Dallas
4500 S Lancaster Rd
Dallas, TX


After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.  We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined. 

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