- U.S. Citizenship
- English language proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English
- Physical Requirements: A pre-placement examination will be concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and will include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies.
- License: You must be licensed to practice pharmacy in a state or territory of the United States, Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico) or the District of Columbia. 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 with outpatient anticoagulation dosing, pharmacoeconomics, and delivering oral presentations to healthcare providers is a plus. Please ensure your resume reflects this experience **
Experience or Education
In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must meet the following requirements:
For the GS-12 grade level: at least one year of the required professional experience must have been of a level of difficulty comparable to the next lower grade in the federal service (GS-11). Experience must have demonstrated the ability to perform independently advanced assignments requiring broad experience in a specialized knowledge of pharmacy procedures. Must have an ability to work independently with minimal direct supervision; work cooperatively with other health-system personnel and pharmacy staff; handle frequent interruptions and adapt to changes in policies and procedures, workload and work schedules; set priorities, make critical decisions, and respond in a timely and appropriate fashion to emergency request; exercise sound professional judgment; communicate effectively (orally and in writing); meet the pharmaceutical care needs of diverse patient populations including but not limited to adult, geriatric, psychiatric, oncology, chemically dependent, rehabilitation, and skilled-nursing patients; read, analyze and interpret medical literature.
Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs):
1. Knowledge of pharmacotherapeutics and pharmacokinetics and how you use these to assess the safety and appropriateness of medication therapy.
2. Knowledge and pharmacy experience in completing Drug Use Evaluations.
3. Knowledge and pharmacy experience in making pharmacoeconomic comparisons for cost efficient medication management.
4. Ability to communicate orally and in writing with a wide variety of individuals. Include examples of experience as related to education of medical staff, and supervision of pharmacy students. Also include experience relating to documentation of clinical recommendations and progress note writing.
5. Describe your skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of anticoagulation drug therapies including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G15. These standards are available for review in the local HR Office.
(1) Graduate of a degree program in pharmacy from an approved college or university. The degree program must have been approved by the Accreditation 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, and phone (312) 664-3575.
Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs meet the education requirement if their degree is found to be equivalent to degree programs recognized by the ACPE. Applicants with foreign degrees must submit one of the following with their application: (1) A letter of acceptance into a U.S. graduate pharmacy program recognized by the ACPE, or (2) Written certification from the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Commission, 700 Busse Highway, Park Ridge, IL 60068, Phone: (847) 698-6227, that the applicant has successfully passed the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination, or (3) A letter from a U.S. college or university with a pharmacy degree program recognized by ACPE stating that the applicants foreign pharmacy degree has been evaluated and found to be equivalent to its Bachelor of Pharmacy degree.
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.
Repetitive use of hands and fingers (e.g., preparing IV admixtures, use of a computer keyboard, etc.). May require lifting and carrying light loads (up to 44lbs.), including boxes, equipment, unit dose-cassettes, and IV solutions; stooping or kneeling (e.g., to pick up items from the floor, remove and replace items on lower shelves, and to file documents in lower file drawers, etc.); sitting, walking, or standing for long periods of time (4-8 hours). Normal ranges of hearing and vision are required to perform work and communicate effectively; must have the visual ability to distinguish between basic colors and shades of color. An ability to perform tasks requiring rapid mental and muscular coordination functions simultaneously is necessary. Must be physically capable of operating various types of equipment used for the job.
Full, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United 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. A pharmacist who has, or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16.
NOTE: Individuals who have or have had multiple licenses and had any such license revoked for professional misconduct, professional incompetence or substandard care, or who surrendered such license after receiving written notice of potential termination of such license by the State for professional misconduct, professional incompetence, or substandard care, are not eligible for appointment to the position unless such revoked or surrendered license is fully restored (38 U.S.C. § 7402(f)). Effective November 30, 1999, this is a requirement for employment. This requirement does not apply to licensed pharmacists on VA rolls as of that date, provided they maintain continuous appointment and are not disqualified for employment by any subsequent revocations or voluntary surrenders of State license, registration or certification.
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 résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
Interviews: Management may interview candidates for this position and use the Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) process. If PBI is used, questions will be job-related, reasonably consistent and fair to all candidates. You can visit the following two web sites (1) http://www.va.gov/pbi (2) http://vaww.va.gov/ohrm/Staffing/PBI/PBI_Intr.htm to learn more about PBI, frequently asked questions and aids to prepare for an interview. Additionally, printed reference material is available at each Human Resources Office.
Applicants Responsibility: It is the applicant's responsibility to submit documentation to support his/her application for this position. Applicant is responsible for ensuring that all experience, education, formal training, award recognition, etc. are documented in the application package. Experience may include voluntary or other non-paid experience in the appropriate field. If you feel that your training record contains information pertinent to your qualifications, then you must submit a printed copy of your training record with your application package. Your training record will become a part of the specific vacancy file and will not be filed in Official Personnel Folder.
This announcement is not intended to cover all aspects of the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of this position. Request for copies, return of forms or transfer of consideration to another announcement will not be honored.
Employees must meet qualification standards and other regulatory requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability or membership or non-membership in a labor union.
INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive an ineligible rating due to missing form(s). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, and fax transmissions, etc.
Reasonable Accommodation: This Agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, you must notify the agency. This decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis