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Job Title:Clinical Pharmacist Specialist (Pain)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:757-13-134E-864920

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$110,736.00 to $143,955.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, March 25, 2013 to Friday, March 29, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0660-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Columbus, OH United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 864920 (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? 

 

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 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/ .  

 

At the Columbus VA, we honor those who serve through our unwavering commitment to provide the Excellent Care that every Veteran deserves. Columbus VA is a Veteran-centric medical center, where our doctors, nurses, and staff fully consider the comprehensive needs of Every Veteran. At Columbus VA, we consider it our mission to do everything we can, Every Time, to positively affect the lives of Veterans.

 

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

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation

DUTIES:

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The clinical specialist is responsible for planning, developing and maintaining effective clinical pharmacy programs by implementing rational cost effective drug therapy to improve patient outcome in Pain Management.  The incumbent will service as a clinical pharmacist specializing in drug monitoring and management of therapy, with emphasis on controlled substances/pain monitoring.  Responsibilities include participation in the pain management program, including but not limited to monitoring and management of drug therapies, formulary management, participation in the assigned patient care program medication needs, provision of education services to staff, students, and patients, the development and management of clinical program such as drug usage evaluation and adverse drug reactions, involvement in medical center committees, polypharmacy, interaction with regulatory agencies/vendors/inspectors, and ensuring the effective clinical pharmacy services are being provided. The incumbent will also assist with clinical education activities, provide drug information, contribute to MUE activities, provide support to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, as well as other hospital committees when called upon and provide drug information/education to patients.  Distributive responsibilities will be incurred in this position when appropriate.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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QUALIFICATION: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G15, Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standard and OPM Qualification Standards for Pharmacist Series. You may access this standard through the internet at the following address: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/ .  Applicants must meet the following experience or education requirements:

 

Basic Requirements:

·         Citizenship: Citizen of the United States.

·         Education:

o    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/.

o    Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs meet the educational 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: Hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.

·         Physical Requirements: Must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the duties of the position.

·         English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English. 

 

Grade Requirements:

 

GS- 12 Clinical (Full Performance Level): 

Experience or Education. In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must meet one of the following:

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

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

GS-13:

Experience. In addition to the GS-12 requirements, must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.

 

Example of Specialized Experience: This includes, but is not limited to, the following: designing, implementing, assessing, monitoring and documenting therapeutic plans utilizing the most effective, least toxic and most economical medication treatments; helping achieve positive patient centric outcomes through direct and indirect interactions with patients, providers, and interdisciplinary teams in assigned areas; performing physical assessments; and ordering laboratory and other tests to help determine efficacy and toxicity of medication therapy. 

 

Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following KSAs:

·         Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions.

·         Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for their program area.

·         Ability to solve problems, coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes in their program area or area of clinical expertise.

·         Expert knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy.

·         Advanced skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters.  

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. 

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/.

Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs meet the educational 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).

Physical Requirements.  All candidates 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. Candidates must meet the physical requirements outlined in Section II and Section VI of the OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions, and must possess emotional and mental stability. This position may also require lifting up to 45 pounds, walking and standing of 2 - 4 hours, reaching above the shoulders, and use of fingers.

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


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: 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://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .

OTHER INFORMATION:

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


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

 



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/Login.aspx ) 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: 864920.  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 Friday, March 29, 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. Evidence of eligibility to apply for this vacancy (Please review the Chalmers P. Wylie VAACC Checklist for eligible documents, e.g. DD Form 214, SF 50) checklist.
  5. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (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).  
  6. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

NOTE:  All documents that require a signature and date must be signed and dated to be considered valid. If submitted forms are not signed and dated you will be rated ineligible.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Deborah K. Gazerani
Phone: (614)388-7087
Email: DEBORAH.GAZERANI@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA ACC Columbus
Department of Veteran Affairs
420 North James Road
Columbus, OH
43219-1837

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:

757-13-134E-864920

Control Number:

340440800