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Job Title:Pharmacy Technician

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:405-13-PHA-923812-011

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$27,990.00 to $45,376.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 to Tuesday, July 23, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0661-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
White River Junction, VT United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 923249 (Include # on all documents)

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 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.

Special Employment Consideration: Individuals eligible for the following appointments are encouraged to apply: 5 CFR 213.3102 "u", Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities ; mental retardation, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities; and Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

 

Salary commensurate with education and experience.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required

DUTIES:

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Pharmacy technicians provide various technical support services within the pharmacy department. This position provides services related to inpatient and outpatient ambulatory patients. Technicians carry out the full range of technical support functions including processing and filling outpatient prescriptions for scheduled and non-scheduled federal legend drugs and medical devices, over-the-counter products and supply items; inpatient preparation and distribution of unit dose medications and ward stock items, intravenous admixture including cytotoxic chemotherapy, and inventory management.

Work assignments may include but not limited to Inpatient/Outpatient Pharmacies, including Window and Mail-Out Prescription Processing , and inventory stocking and replenishment as necessary.

 

Duties:

  • Prepares medication for both the window and mail out prescriptions for final verification by pharmacist
  • Performs a variety of complex technical functions which include, but are not limited to IV admixture, unit dose filling, and bulk compounding/prepackaging
  • Filling prescriptions
  • Service of Veterans either at pickup window or telephone assistance
  • Refilling of ScriptPro and Pyxis machines
  • Inventory control
  • Training and service in narcotic vault as needed
  • Enters correct drug, strength, dosage form, and quantity into the patient's medication profile (VISTA, CPRS).    A pharmacist then reviews the medication profile for accuracy
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Hours are 8:00 – 4:30, with weekend rotation following training of 7:00 – 3:30.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

  • U.S. citizenship.  
  • Applicant must be proficient in both spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).
  • Must pass pre-employment physical exam.
  • 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.

 

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

GS-4: Education or Experience. Successful completion of 2 years above high school with courses related to pharmacy or pharmacy technology, or 1 year of general experience that may have included experience in another medical field (licensed practical nurse, laboratory technology, etc.) Successful completion of a course for medical technicians, hospital corpsmen, medical service specialists, or hospital training obtained in a training program conducted by the Armed Forces or the U.S. Maritime Service under close medical and professional supervision is creditable on a month-for-month basis for general experience. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

 

 Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

1. Ability to process and fill prescriptions under supervision.

2. Ability to operate and maintain dispensing equipment.

3. Ability to operate pharmacy information systems.

4. Ability to maintain appropriate files.

5. Ability to prepare sterile compounds under supervision.

 

) Assignments. Pharmacy technicians at the GS-4 level perform all duties expected of employees at the GS-3 level; however, they are expected to exercise greater judgment, require less supervision, and to operate in accordance with all established policies, procedures, and techniques.

 

GS-5 – Education or Experience:   Successful completion of a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree that included at least 24 semester hours of courses related to pharmacy or pharmacy technology; successful completion of pertinent specialized training courses in pharmaceutical and pharmacy services while serving in the Armed Forces is creditable on a month-for-month basis up to the 1 year of experience required for the GS-5 level; or at least 1 year of experience at the next lower level that demonstrates the core competencies (KSAs) described at the GS-4 level.   In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAsin their resume or application:

 

1.   Ability to operate and care for automated dispensing devices and equipment.

2.   Knowledge of, and ability to perform, aseptic technique.

3.   Knowledge of basic inventory procedures.

4.   Knowledge of pharmacy information systems.

 

NOTE: Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is required at the GS-6 grade.

 

GS-6 – One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level.   In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs in their resume or application:

 

1.   Ability to solve problems and make recommendations, e.g., troubleshoot operational problems and refer for appropriate action.

2.   Knowledge of the operation and care of automated equipment.

3.   Knowledge of, and ability to follow, written instructions for compounding with aseptic technique for hazardous materials such as oncology agents.

4.   Knowledge, and ability to perform, compounding with aseptic technique for routine sterile products.

5.   Knowledge of policies and procedures for inventory management in specialized areas such as emergency carts.

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

 

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

References : VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G28, Pharmacy Technician QUALIFICATION STANDARD , dated March 2006,  and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm ( or you may use the following generic citation) VA Handbook 5005 at http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc (also available in the local Human Resources Office).


APPLICANTS 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.  Applicants must, therefore, only report 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 their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.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.   You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.


BENEFITS:

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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 http://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp .



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

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 active duty uniformed military service.  This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

 

This posting may be used to fill additional vacancies.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide (http://www4.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx ) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: 923249.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, July 23, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at  http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf).  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
  5. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required).   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).  
  6. If currently employed in the Federal system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Phillip Davis
Phone: (802)295-9363x5328
Email: PHILLIP.DAVIS@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA White River Junction VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs
215 North Main Street
Human Resources
White River Jct, VT
05009

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

405-13-PHA-923812-011

Control Number:

347178200