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Job Title:Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Anticoagulation)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-538-13-BH-867842

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$87,159.00 to $110,499.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, April 05, 2013 to Friday, April 26, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0660-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

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

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

The Chillicothe and Ross County Community represents an ideal relocation opportunity and has been cited in popular periodicals as one of a growing number of smaller communities (approximately 75,000) with positive economic and cultural influences.

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?

WORK SCHEDULE:  Days; Some evening and/or weekend hours may be required.

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.

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

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

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Current and unrestricted licensure
  • English language proficiency
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination
  • Background and/or security investigation required
  • This is a bargaining unit position

DUTIES:

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DUTIES:

 

This pharmacist maintains full, in-depth Pharmacy services with regard to disease state management, drug information, and pharmaceutical education to patients and health care staff.  He/she will maintain an exceptional level of competence through self-study and continuing education.  Functions will include, but not be limited to, drug regiment review, assessment, patient interview, counseling, clinical interventions as needed with the health care providers, interpretation of orders, participating in the education of other Pharmacy staff and academic affiliations.  The pharmacist will participate in programs such as Primary Care Clinics, Medication Use Evaluations, Anticoagulation Clinic, Medication Refill Clinics, Adverse Drug Reporting, Drug Information, Non-formulary Process, and other clinical areas as assigned.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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QUALIFICATIONS:

 

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

Education: Graduate of a degree program in pharmacy from an approved college or university.  The degree program must have been approved by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE), or prior to the establishment of ACPE, have been a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).  Verification of approved degree programs may be obtained from the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education, 311 West Superior Street, Suite 512, Chicago, Illinois 60610 Phone: (312) 664-3575.

 

The Clinical Pharmacist would preferably possess the following background: graduate of an ACPE accredited school of pharmacy and possession of a Pharm.D. degree or equivalent experience and completion of an ASHP accredited pharmacy residency program or equivalent

 

Licensure:  Full, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the Unites 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 Requirements: 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:

For the GS-12 Clinical Pharmacist:

 

Experience.  Completion of the equivalent of 1 year of creditable experience at the next lower grade level which is directly related to the position to be filled.

 

Clinical Pharmacist/Pharmacy Specialist Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs).  A pharmacist in this assignment handles routine medication-related activities in accordance with local, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN), and national policies and regulations. These include, but are not limited to: reviewing, interpreting, and verifying medication orders for appropriateness; processing and filling medication orders; interacting with and making recommendations to other clinical staff regarding medication therapy ordered to ensure safe and effective care; reviewing the patient's medications, allergies, labs, and other pertinent information from the medical record to identify and solve medication-related problems; contacting providers as appropriate; documenting recommendations and interventions; providing refill extensions and partial medication supplies; taking health and medication histories; performing medication reconciliation; providing drug information; assisting in formulary management including therapeutic substitutions, nonformulary reviews and medication usage evaluations; documenting and assessing adverse drug events (ADEs); assisting in medical emergencies; providing oversight of technical staff in all aspects of medication distribution. Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities (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.

 

Quality of Experience:  Experience is only creditable if it is post-licensure experience as a professional pharmacist directly related to the position to be filled.  Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to pharmacy experience at the next lower level.  Experience as a Graduate Pharmacist is creditable provided the candidate was used as a professional pharmacist and subsequently passed the appropriate licensure examination.

 

Part-time Experience:  Part-time experience as a professional pharmacist is credited according to its relationship to the full-time workweek.  For example, a pharmacist employed 20 hours a week, or on a 1/2-time basis, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service.

 

Fellowships:  Fellowship programs are typically 2-year training programs in a specialized area of clinical practice.  Applicants for these programs usually possess a Pharm. D. or an equivalent degree and have completed an accredited clinical or specialized residency (or both).  Training as a fellow may substitute for creditable experience on a year-for-year basis.

 

Residency:  A hospital residency recognized by the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists.  It does not include internships which are shorter training programs designated to meet the requirements of boards of pharmacy of licensure.  Hospital residencies may be substituted for experience on a year-to-year basis.

 

References :

VA Handbook 5005 at http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc (also available in the local Human Resources Office) and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:  The candidate tentatively selected will be peer reviewed by the Professional Standards Board and must meet Board requirements prior to appointment. This Board will evaluate the candidate qualifications for the position and determine the grade level. The incumbent selected will be appointed at the appropriate grade level based on (1) qualifying experience related to the work of the position, and (2) upon meeting physical requirements. Applicant for this position must pass a pre-employment medical examination, Healthcare Integrity and Protection Database (HIPDB) and List of Excluded Individuals Database (LEIE).

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

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

 

The Functional Requirements of the position are reaching above the shoulder; use of fingers; walking (8 hours); standing (8 hours); near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/50 and to 20/40 in the other; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aid permitted).

 

The Environmental Factors of the position are solvents (degreasing agents); unusual fatigue (standing and walking 8 hours); working closely with others.

 

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.

 


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. ***

REQUIRED INFORMATION:

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:

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.
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.


BENEFITS:

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BENEFITS AND OTHER INFORMATION:

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.



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. 

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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HOW TO APPLY:

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: TAG:Link to Full 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: TAG:VacancyID.  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 TAG:Closing Date.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.PDF).  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.

4.    Occupational Questionnaire

5.    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).  

6.    SF-50  (No AWARD SF-50 will be accepted)ARE YOU A CURRENT OR FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE?  You must provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action."  This is the most recent SF-50 that indicates proof of status (If you are a career or a career-conditional employee) and identifies your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure, and type of service (Competitive or Excepted).

7. Educational transcripts

Note: All forms must be signed and dated appropriately.   

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Monica Hollon
Phone: (740)773-1141x7069
TDD: (740)773-1141
Email: MONICA.HOLLON@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Chillicothe VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
17273 State Route 104
Chillicothe, OH
45601
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

WHAT HAPPENS 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:

VHA-538-13-BH-867842

Control Number:

341050800