Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 881043


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 a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The VA Delaware & Southern New Jersey Healthcare System is recruiting for a full-time Pharmacy Technician (Chemotherapy/IV), GS-0661-06, to work in the Inpatient Pharmacy at the VA Medical Center, Wilmington, Delaware in the Pharmacy Service.


The Wilmington VA Medical Center (VAMC) is a complexity level 2 facility with a substantial mixture of inpatient, primary care, and specialty outpatient services and successfully provides quality patient care, benefits, and health services to Veterans and their families. Wilmington VAMC also serves as a quality teaching healthcare organization and fosters an environment of mutual respect for our internal and external customers, which promotes growth and encourages triumphant achievements.


This VA serves veterans throughout the state of Delaware, southern New Jersey, eastern Maryland and southeastern Pennsylvania.  Wilmington offers easy access to I-95 to cultural and recreational opportunities in Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC.  Major league sports abound in Philadelphia, sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and swimming at Atlantic coast beaches are popular summer activities.  Wintertime is ski time in the nearby Pocono Mountains.  Wilmington is served by major air routes thru Philadelphia and Baltimore and major rail routes thru Amtrak and metroliner service.  Delaware has no sales tax.


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


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. 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. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.


If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans. The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.


The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").


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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.

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


Incumbent functions primarily in patient care areas of the Pharmacy Service.  Reading and interpreting prescriptions; obtaining proper medication or supply in the proper strength and dosage form; determines proper amount and counts, pours, or measures the medications accurately; affixes proper label and records required data in the Pharmacy's automated machine.   


  • Correctly interprets provider's orders to compound sterile products and chemotherapy preparations as required.
  • Understands and displays competence with USP 797 standards, aseptic technique and good manufacturing processes through actual work performance.
  • Assists in total quality improvement activities by participating in Medical Center and Service process assessment and action teams and continually seeks to improve services.
  • Possess an advanced technical knowledge of medications, routes of administration, storage requirements, expiration date requirements, manufacturer/distributor sources, dosage formulations and  applicable systems of weights of measure        
  • Conducts monthly ward inspection of patient care areas.
  • Assists in other patient care areas (including outpatient pharmacy) to maintain the consistency of overall pharmacy services. 
  • Performs all the duties of lower graded technicians, if required.



*Work Schedule:  7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p. m. Monday - Friday; Weekend and holiday coverage is required.