· Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, chapter 3, section A. paragraph 3g.)
· Education or Experience. (A high school diploma or equivalent; or at least three (3) months experience.)
· Certification. (Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is required for this position.)
· Physical Requirements. Applicants must meet physical standards for the position. The work is normally completed in an indoor office setting. Incumbent is required to stand, bend, stoop, lift, and kneel for long periods of time. He/she must also be able to lift heavy objects, climb ladders and stairs, and maintain self-control in difficult and stressful situations. A physical examination prior to placement is required. This is a designated drug testing position. After appointment, you will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
· English Language Proficiency. (Pharmacy Technicians appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoke and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Chapter 2, Section D, Paragraph 5a.)
· Experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills and abilities and other characteristics associated with the scope of pharmacy technician practice.
· Experience must be documented on the application and verified in an employment reference, or through other independent means.
· Part-time experience as a pharmacy technician must is credited according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a pharmacy technician would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:
You must have one year of experience at the next lower level AND must fully meet the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities as determined from your supporting documents:
· Ability to evaluate, analyze workflow, and coordinate work activities.
· Ability to independently gather, evaluate, and analyze data to generate reports and/or for other projects/statistical purposes.
· Knowledge of pharmacy policies and procedures sufficient to train and orient new employees and other staff.
· Comprehensive knowledge of the operation and care of specialized pharmaceutical equipment.
· Comprehensive knowledge of the procurement and formulary process.
· Comprehensive knowledge of investigational drug policies and procedures.
· Comprehensive knowledge of controlled substance policies and procedures, and the ability to identify and investigate discrepancies in these policies and procedures.
· Comprehensive knowledge of, and ability to, analyze data in VA information systems.
Note: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-07. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidates 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.
For additional information, see VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-28 Pharmacy Technician Qualification Standard http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf.
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 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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.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.