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Job Title:Pharmacy Technician

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:115-13-DP-930280

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$34,204.00 to $49,562.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, July 25, 2013 to Tuesday, August 27, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0661-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location:
Anchorage, AK United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 930280

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 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 http://www.vacareers.va.gov

 

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.

Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) is currently 5.57% and is subject to change in the future.


 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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

DUTIES:

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The Pharmacy Technician in the Alaska VA Healthcare System (AVAHS) Pharmacy Service in Anchorage, AK provides technical and ancillary support to process and fill outpatient prescriptions.  Pharmacy Technicians identifies basic therapeutic problems and alerts the pharmacist of the possible need for intervention.

  • Monitors and analyzes orders to identify trends, communicating problems to the supervisor and makes recommendations for their solution.
  • Performs extemporaneous prescription compounding which involves associated skills and decision making, labeling, and record keeping.
  • Dispenses prosthetics, ostomy products, supplies, and helping patients assess needs and performing a final check.
  • Applies advanced technical working knowledge to fill prescription for hazardous medications and chemicals.
  • Manages pharmaceutical inventory to insure drug integrity.
  • Prepares, labels, packages and registers prescription medication for outpatients.
  • Monitors inventories and stock the outpatient satellite with responsibility of final review.

 

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:   

  • U.S Citizenship
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent; or at least three months of experience.
  • Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is required at the grades of GS-6 and above.
  • Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

 

Preferred Experience: To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with the scope of pharmacy technician practice.

 

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

 

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

GS-05: 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) at the GS-4 level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

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.

 

GS-6: Experience. One year experience at the next lower level, and must fully meet the KSAs at the next lower level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):

Certification. PTCB certification is required at this grade level and above.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

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.

3. Knowledge of, and ability to follow, written instructions for compounding with aseptic techniques 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.

 

References: VA Handbook 5005/15 Part II Appendix G28 http://http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf


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. 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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over; Heavy carrying, 45 pounds and over; Pushing (2 hours); Reaching above shoulder, Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (4 hours); Standing (8 hours); Repeated bending (1 hours); Both legs required; Near vision correctable at 13” to 16” to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid permitted); Emotional/mental stability


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 application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.


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://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.

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.


OTHER INFORMATION:

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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



HOW TO APPLY:

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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 Thursday, August 15, 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, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:

  • Résumé (required).
  • Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire (required).
  • Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf). (required).
  • VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).
  • 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 and provide supporting documentation (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf) (required if claiming 10-Point Veteran Preference).
  • If currently a VA or Federal employee, include latest NON-AWARD SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action (required).
  • National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) certificate (Required)


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.

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 http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is TAG:VacancyID.
  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 TAG:Closing Date to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire TAG:Link to Full Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.  
  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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Deana Price
Phone: (907)257-5457
Email: DEANA.PRICE@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Alaska HCS
Department of Veteran Affairs
HRMS
1201 N Muldoon Road
Anchorage, AK
99504

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:

115-13-DP-930280

Control Number:

348318100