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Job Title:Pharmacy Technician (Clinical Chemotherapy Management)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:CD-13-ANH-885496

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$38,790.00 to $50,431.00 / Per Year


Friday, May 03, 2013 to Wednesday, May 15, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Kansas City, MO United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy ID Number: 885496

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?


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 and leadership positions 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

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.


VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

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
  • Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Certified


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The incumbent serves as a pharmacy technician performing clinical and management duties for the oncology service and IV room with a tour of duty between the hours of 7:00am and 5:30pm Monday through Friday, with rotational shift on holidays.  The incumbent is under the supervision of the inpatient pharmacy supervisor or designee.  Duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Displays comprehensive knowledge of the procurement and formulary process and facilitates drug availability with those personnel.
  • Manage chemotherapy inventory to ensure adequate, but not excessive, quantities of medications and supplies in the inpatient, outpatient, and clinic areas.  Prepare for and respond to shortages, backorders and contract changes proactively, including the management of chemotherapy cache supply
  • Work with the procurement technician group to prepare the daily order of chemotherapy
  • Work with oncology pharmacist and pharmacoeconomics pharmacist to prepare annual budget proposal
  • Communicate with nursing staff and physicians to prepare for future workload and ensure that adequate medication supplies are on hand
  • Displays ability to learn clinical tasks and operate within the scope of those functions, under the direction of a pharmacist.   Assist oncology pharmacist with the ongoing laboratory monitoring of oral chemotherapy patients
  • Responsible to maintain a comprehensive knowledge of investigational drug policies and procedures, as they pertain to oncology
  • Responsible for issues pertaining to hazardous waste disposal, compliance with USP 797 guidelines, quality assurance, and other regulatory issues
  • Provide monthly report of compliance of chemo IV room and central IV room compliance with all documentation
  • Acts as liaison to ensure that hazardous and non-hazardous waste is being effectively handled and the area is being consistently cleaned
  • Coordinate biannual hood certification activities with certifying vendor
  • Participate in accreditation visit preparation.  Participate in meetings with accreditation personnel including The Joint Commission, The Office of the Inspector General, and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
  • Comprehensive knowledge of medical center and pharmacy policies and procedures sufficient to train and orient new employees and other staff
  • Evaluate, analyze workflow, and coordinate work activities in order to continually improve the efficiency and safety of oncology dispensing practices, from procurement to administration to continuing quality improvement and to  identify, initiate, and document cost savings initiatives
  • Displays comprehensive knowledge of the operation and care of specialized pharmaceutical equipment in the IV room
  • Responsible for manufacturing uncomplicated parenteral admixtures to be delivered in the form of large volume and small volume bags
  • Responsible for manufacturing sterile pharmaceuticals associated with a high degree of toxicity, specifically antineoplastic agents
  • Displays ability to cover basic functions of the inpatient pharmacy when assigned such as distribution processes in central pharmacy and delivery to medication storage areas


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·         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. For additional information, see VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

·         English Language Proficiency. (Pharmacy Technicians appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Chapter 2, Section D, Paragraph 5a.)


Preferred Experience:

·         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 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 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.


For additional information, see VA Handbook 5005, Part II,

Appendix G-28 Pharmacy Technician Qualification Standard

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.

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.


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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.


This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in 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 complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, May 17, 2013 to receive consideration.

1.     To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

2.     Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

·         Resume

·         Proof of Certification

·         VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s), which may not be required for all applicants:

·         Cover Letter

·         DD-214

·         Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)

·         OF-306

·         Other

·         Other Veterans Document

·         SF-15

·         SF-50

·         Transcript

Please 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.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

1.    Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

2.    Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items

3.    Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1.    To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 885496.

2.    Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, May 17, 2013 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.


Alisha Herzog
Phone: (816)861-4700x56541
Agency Information:
VHA Kansas City VAMC
Human Resources Office
4801 Linwood Blvd
Kansas City, MO


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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