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Job Title:  Pharmacy Technician (Chemotherapy/IV)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  AC-13-MB-881043

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

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$37,240.00 to $48,409.00 / Per Year
Monday, April 29, 2013 to Monday, May 13, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Wilmington, DE United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


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").


America's Veterans need you! To find out more, 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.

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


  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Must be a U. S. Citzen
  • Electric Credentialing


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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.


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  • U.S. citizenship.  Must be a United States Citizen.
  • Education or Experience.  A high school diploma or equivalent; or at least 3 months experience.
  • Certification.  Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is required at grades GS-6 and above.


Time-In-Grade RequirementApplicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements.  The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service.  For this vacancy announcement, applicants must have completed at least 52 weeks at the (GS-05) grade level to be eligible for the (GS-06) grade level.


GRADE DETERMINATION: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met for the GS-6 grade: 


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE One year of specialized experience at the GS-5 grade level, and fully meet the Skills, Knowledge and Abilities at the GS-5 grade level.  Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant for the position and is directly related to the duties of the position to be filled.


NOTE:  Certification is required for the GS-6 Level and above.


 You will be rated on the following knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionaire for this position.


1.    Knowledge of, and ability to follow, written and oral instructions for compounding with aseptic technique for routine sterile products and hazardous materials including chemotherapy agents.

2.    Ability to read and interpret medication orders for completing medication cart fills.

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

4.    Knowledge of and ability to assist with inventory management and medication procurement.

5.    Knowledge of the operation and maintenance  of automated pharmacy equipment (automated dispensing cabinets and unit-dose prepackaging equipment)


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).


References : VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G28, PHARMACY TECHNICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated March 2006, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at ( or you may use the following generic citation) VA Handbook 5005 available in the local Human Resources Office and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at


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.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  The work may involve prolonged standing and/or walking.  Work involves some sitting and lifting of weights up to 50 pounds.  Incumbent will be subject to bending and stooping.  Some time will be spent with VISTA order entry.


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 application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.  You will be evaluated on Performance Based Interviews, which is a selection process that uses interviewing techniques to ask job applicants questions about the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics they have that are important in order for them to do a good job.  The following website contains information for those preparing for interviews:


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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

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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.


Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

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 (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Well qualified applicants possess experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job.  Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at


This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis.  Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.


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


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HOW TO APPLY: All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See “Required Documents” section below).  The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, May 13, 2013.


To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.


Note: To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date.  To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (, select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.


If you cannot apply online: you will need to click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire:View Occupational Questionnaire.  Then print the 1203FX form to complete and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire  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. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload: Complete the following cover page using 881043. You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.  Fax your documents to (478) 757-3144. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.



The following documents are required:

  1. Résumé 
  2. Form OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment
  3. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.
  4. DD-214, Release or Discharge from Active Military Duty  (Member number 4 copy)
  5. SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (If current or prior Federal Employee) 
  6. Other documents - use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).  You will not be contacted for additional information.


Melinda Barksdale
Phone: (302)994-2511x4335
Agency Information:
VHA Wilmington VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs
Human Resources-05
1601 Kirkwood Highway
Wilmington, DE


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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