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Job Title:Supervisory Pharmacist (Inpatient)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-438-13-BGW952233

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

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$100,342.00 to $121,843.00 / Per Year


Thursday, August 29, 2013 to Friday, September 27, 2013




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Sioux Falls, SD United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 952233


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?

At the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System (SFVAHCS), we strive to hire only the best! Working with and for America's Veterans is a privilege and we pride ourselves on the quality of care we provide. In return for your commitment to quality health care for our nation's Veterans, the VA offers an incomparable benefits package.  Located in southeast South Dakota, Sioux Falls is a progressive family-oriented community, with an extremely low crime rate.  Four seasons with abundant recreation activities.  No state income tax.  The SFVAHCS is a teaching hospital providing a full range of patient care service, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research. Care is provided to eligible veterans in eastern South Dakota, Northwestern Iowa, and Southwestern Minnesota. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary care, tertiary care, and long-term care in the areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, and transitional care. The SFVAHCS is part of VA Midwest Healthcare System (VISN 23), which includes facilities in Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Every job at the VA impacts the Veterans that we serve. You can be part of that team, helping to make sure that our Veterans receive the top-quality care they deserve.

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.  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

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.

The procedures outlined in AFGE Master Agreement, Article 23, Section 8 will be followed.  First consideration will be given to current Sioux Falls VAHCS employees.


  • U. S. Citizenship


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The Sioux Falls VA Health Care System is currently recruiting for a Full-time, Permanent, Supervisory Pharmacist (Inpatient).  This position will be located in the Pharmacy Service.  As a Supervisory Pharmacist (Inpatient), you are responsible for the following duties to include, but not limited to:

Supervisory Functions:

  • Supervises all inpatient staff including clinical pharmacists, clinical pharmacy specialists and inpatient technicians.
  • Effectively organizes and assigns workload, solves problems, and achieves established goals.
  • Leads the interview process and screens applicants for inpatient pharmacy positions.  Evaluates qualifications, interview ratings, and makes recommendations to the Chief, Pharmacy regarding employability of such candidates.
  • Implements orientation and training programs for inpatient staff.
  • Develops policies and procedures relative to the assigned area.
  • Establishes work schedules and allocates staff as needed to provide adequate coverage.  Maintains time and attendance records and approves leave for direct reports.
  • Evaluates the performance of direct reports and seeks opportunities to help these individuals continue to improve their overall performance.
  • Assists with the development and maintenance of functional statements, performance standards, and competencies for direct reports.  Establishes appropriate performance measures for inpatient pharmacy services, monitors and tracks performance, and provides reports as assigned.
  • Conducts performance appraisals for inpatient staff.
  • Works collaboratively with other supervisory staff to assure that all patient care needs are met through staffing plans and daily interactions.
  • Assures that all regulatory requirements for hospital standards (JC, SOARS, OIG, AWE, etc.) are current and in compliance.

Clinical Functions:

  • The inpatient pharmacist provides appropriate selection of drug therapy based upon the pharmaceutical principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics; monitoring for efficacy, side effects and clinical outcome; and advises prescribers as appropriate.
  • Provides patient-specific therapeutic drug monitoring and communicates relevant findings and/or recommendations to other health care providers in charge of the patient both orally and in writing.   Monitoring will include prospective review and intervention in:

         - Therapeutic appropriateness of a patient’s drug regimen.
         - Therapeutic duplication in the patient’s drug regimen.
         - Appropriateness of the route and method of administration.
         - Degree of patient compliance with the prescribed drug regimen.
         - Drug-drug, drug-food, drug-laboratory, or drug disease interactions.
         - Clinical and pharmacokinetic laboratory data to evaluate the efficacy of drug therapy and to anticipate side effects, toxicity, or adverse effects.
         - Physical signs and clinical symptoms relevant to the patient’s drug therapy.

  • Performs continuous evaluation of prescribed medications to assure optimal drug therapy.
  • Provides medication counseling to patients including, but not limited to, any changes made in the current medication regimen.
  • Obtains medication histories from patients, when appropriate, and summarizes the significant findings.  These findings are documented in the medical record and reported to the primary physician.
  • Serves as a drug information resource by providing up-to-date drug information to prescribers, other health care professionals, patients and caregivers.
  • Participates in patient care by reviewing charts, evaluating pertinent laboratory data, drug-drug and drug-nutrient interactions, monitoring for adverse drug effects, screening for allergies and may participate in patient care rounds.
  • Performs medication reconciliation at transitions of care, including updating the medication profile to reflect an accurate, active list of VA and non-VA medications.  This may include adding non-VA medications or discontinuing duplicate medications or those the patient is not taking.
  • Assesses drug safety and efficacy, including evaluation of physical symptoms.
  • Reports adverse drug events (ADE), near misses, and medication errors in alignment with VA ADERS reporting program.
  • Participates in the medical center medication utilization evaluation (MUE) program.
  • Recommends formulary alternatives and completes non-formulary consults as assigned.
  • Participates in emergency preparedness activities.
  • Provides pharmacokinetic consultation, including dosing vancomycin and aminoglycosides, in accordance with local policy.
  • Implements P&T Committee policies including therapeutic interchanges and automatic substitutions to include appropriate patient and provider education.
  • Manages recalls and medication shortage situations by substituting alternate dosage strengths and instructions of the same medication to equal the prescribed dose and schedule.
  • Enters supply orders appropriate for patient care per facility policy.
  • Manages various actions, as appropriate, for medication orders to include:  flagging prescriptions, managing view alerts, using the “hold medication” function, and generating unsigned discontinued orders using Service Reject.
  • Extends refills until next scheduled appointment under the provider’s name per facility policy.
  • Serves as a role model and preceptor to pharmacy students and residents.
  • Assumes an active role in staff development of peers and provides educational in-services to nursing, medical staff or to other ancillary services.
  • The pharmacist is responsible for maintaining his/her professional competency by keeping abreast of current medical and pharmaceutical literature, new drugs and therapies, and applies this knowledge in his/her daily duties.

Educational Functions:

  • Provides education to health care providers regarding medication use.
  • Maintains knowledge of pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics in the area of practice.
  • Serves as the Inpatient Pharmacy Residency Preceptor.
  • Assumes a leadership role in the overall inpatient pharmacy-training program consisting of students, residents, and professional and non-professional staff members.  Conducts on-the-job training and provides guidance through designated programs.
  • Keeps abreast of new developments in pharmacy practice and drug therapy by reading pharmacy and medical literature, and participating in continuing education programs.

Work Schedule: The tour of duty for this position is typically Monday - Friday, administrative hours, with occasional nights, weekends, and holidays (as needed for purposes of coverage).
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


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Basic Requirements:

  • Citizen of the United States.
  • Education

         - Graduate of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited College or School of Pharmacy with a baccalaureate degree in pharmacy (BS Pharmacy) and/or a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree.

  • Licensure

         - 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.

  • Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Grade Requirements:



- Applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level.  Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position.

Pharmacy Residency Preceptor Requirements:

In addition to the basic requirements listed above, applicants must also qualify to be a Pharmacy Residency Preceptor.  To qualify to be a Pharmacy Residency Preceptor, you must meet the following 2 requirements.  For more information regarding the ASHP guidelines to qualify as a Pharmacy Residency Preceptor, please visit

  1. Residency Requirement
  • Preceptors must be licensed pharmacists who have completed an ASHP-accredited residency followed by a minimum of one year of pharmacy practice experience OR;
  • Alternatively, licensed pharmacists who have not completed an ASHP-accredited residency may be preceptors but must demonstrate mastery of the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and abilities expected of one who has completed a PGY1 residency and have a minimum of three years of pharmacy practice experience.

   2.  Contribution and Commitment to Pharmacy Practice

  • Preceptors must have a record of contribution and commitment to pharmacy practice characterized by a minimum of four (4) of the following seven (7) accomplishments:

     a. Documented record of improvements in and contributions to the respective area of advanced pharmacy practice (e.g., implementation of a new service, active participation on a committee/task force resulting in practice improvement, development of treatment guidelines/protocols).
     b. Appointments to appropriate drug policy and other committees of the department/organization.
     c. Formal recognition by peers as a model practitioner (e.g., board certification, fellow status).
     d. A sustained record of contributing to the total body of knowledge in pharmacy practice through publications in professional journals and/or presentations at professional meetings.
     e. Serving regularly as a reviewer of contributed papers or manuscripts submitted for publication.
     f. Demonstrated leadership in advancing the profession of pharmacy through active participation in professional organizations at the local, state, and national levels.
     g. Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching (e.g., through student and/or resident evaluations, teaching awards).
  • Grade Determination:
    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.


    Reference: VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15 LICENSED PHARMACIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated June 7, 2012.

    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  The work requires physical exertion such as reaching, bending, standing, or walking.  Occasionally may need to lift 10-20 pounds.  The work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts which require normal safety precautions typical in a pharmacy setting.  May be required to use personal protective equipment such as masks, gowns, goggles, gloves, shoe covers, and hair covers to minimize risks.

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 (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.  Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs meet the educational requirement if the graduate is able to provide proof of achieving the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Commission (FPGEC) Certification, which includes passing the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination (FPGEE) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT).

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 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 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.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions errors, or any other delays. You will not be contacted for missing, incomplete or clarification of information relating to your application materials.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment)

  • Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.
  • Applicant is subject to a pre-employment physical examination.
  • New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability.
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law.
  • Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.
  • Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a one year probationary period.


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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 .


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

VET PRO CREDENTIALING: Individuals selected for positions that have patient care responsibilities are subject to undergoing an electronic credentialing process called VetPro. As part of this process, it will be necessary for you to submit complete information concerning your professional education, training, experience, licensure and certifications using VetPro. The candidate selected will be provided with further information on how to use VetPro.

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


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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 (Eastern Time) on Friday, September 27, 2013.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online button to the right of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS 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 at the end of the process 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.

Please see this guide ( ) for more information on uploading and re-using forms in your applications.


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 and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 952233.
  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, September 27, 2013 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 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.

Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides less room for error and more information as applications are processed.

Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed:

  • Not using the special cover page mentioned above.
  • Missing, incomplete, illegible, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number.
  • Missing, incomplete, or illegible Social Security Number or name.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes the materials listed below:

  1. Complete and current professional resume or CV. REQUIRED Please upload as "Resume".
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Obtain VA Form 10-2850c here) (THIS FORM NEEDS YOUR SIGNATURE, if you do not submit the required signed form, you will not be considered for this position.)  REQUIRED Please upload as "Other".
  3. OF 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment.  You must complete this form to determine your suitability for Federal employment. (Obtain OF-306 herePlease upload as "OF-306".
  4. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. (Listed within the Application Manager program when you click on the "Apply Online" button) REQUIRED
  5. Copy of latest performance evaluation - All current and previous Federal Employees must provide their last or most recent performance evaluation with their application package. (If applicable) Please upload as "Other".
  6. SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" - Attention all previous and current Federal Employees, you must provide your last or most recent SF-50, 'Notification of Personnel Action'. (If applicable) Please upload as "SF-50".
  7. If prior military, you must submit a legible copy of ALL MEMBER 4, DD-214(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.  Note: More than one DD-214 may be needed to show all dates of service. Veteran preference will only be given when proper documentation is submitted. (If applicable) Please upload as "DD-214".
  8. Disabled Veterans and other Veterans eligible for 10-point preference must also submit an SF-15 with current proof of a service-connected disability. 10-point preference will only be given when proper documentation is submitted. (Obtain SF-15 here) (If applicable) Please upload as "SF-15".
  9. VA Civil Service Preference Letter - If applying for 10-point Veterans preference using an SF-15 you must also include a copy of your VA Civil Service Preference Letter. A VA Civil Service Preference Letter can be obtained from the nearest VBA Regional Office. (If applicable) Please upload as "Other Veterans Document".

Notice to all applicants: Failure to provide all required documents may result in loss of consideration for this vacancy. If a determination is made that your application package is incomplete, you may receive no further consideration for this job announcement. You must provide the information listed above if it applies. Credit will not be given if proofs of qualifications are not received. Requests for reconsideration of ratings may not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. You will not be contacted to provide missing information or to clarify conflicting information. 

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on Friday, September 27, 2013.


Brent Weidler
Phone: (605)336-3230x7707
Agency Information:
VHA Sioux Falls HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
2501 West 22nd Street
Sioux Falls, SD


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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