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Job Title:Pharmacy Technician (Outpatient)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-652-13-PAD-967929

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$35,613.00 to $46,294.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, September 25, 2013 to Tuesday, October 08, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


2 vacancies in the following location:
Richmond, VA United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 967929 (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.

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 at the GS-6 level.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

VA Encourages Persons with Disabilities to Apply



  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English proficiency required
  • Designated and-or random drug testing required
  • Background and-or security investigation required


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Duties: The Outpatient Pharmacy Technician at the McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia serves as a direct assistant to the Pharmacist. The Pharmacy Technician must have an understanding of the work flow, routine, and responsibilities of the Pharmacy program; and, must be able to work both independently and under the direction of a Pharmacist. Outpatient Pharmacy Technician duties and responsibilities include:

  • Receives and reviews pharmacy dispensing orders for accuracy of information, duplication, and authorization for dispensing in order to process.
  • Prepares and dispenses medication and supplies for outpatients, subject to the final check by a pharmacist.
  • Prepackages medication in unit of use or unit dose packaging utilizing automatic equipment.
  • Provides technical support for the outpatient medication program. Processes medication orders and fills medication orders.
  • Inventories and replenishes emergency carts.
  • Packages prescriptions for mailing utilizing proper packaging materials required to protect medications from damage during shipping. 
  • Assists in ordering, checking, and stocking of medication and supplies, ensuring that drug supplies are adequately maintained in sufficient quantities to meet daily usage needs. 
  • Maintains in date stock medication throughout the medical center. Replaces outdated drugs in clinic areas automated dispensing machines. 
  • Maintains appropriate medication dispensing records and provides information for medication use reviews and pharmacy reports.

Work schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM or 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM OR M-Sat w/day off during the week.

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status: Non-Exempt

Supervisory Position: No

Bargaining Unit Position: Yes

Recruitment/Relocation Incentives:  Not authorized

Relocation expenses:  Not authorized

Promotion Potential: N/A

Salary: The Pharmacy Technician 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 within grade GS-6. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.


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  • PTCB certification is required.

Physical Requirements:

  • Position requires repetitive motion, standing, walking, reaching, stooping, lifting heavy objects up to 50 pounds, pushing heavy or bulky carts and at times may be physically demanding, sometimes for extended periods of time.

English Language Proficiency: 

  • Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). 

Grade Requirements:  

One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-5 level in Federal Service). Candidates application package must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Ability to solve problems and make recommendations, e.g., troubleshoot operational problems and refer for appropriate action.
  • Knowledge of the operation and care of automated equipment.
  • Knowledge of, and ability to follow, written instructions for compounding with aseptic technique for hazardous materials such as oncology agents.
  • Knowledge, and ability to perform, compounding with aseptic technique for routine sterile products.
  • Knowledge of policies and procedures for inventory management in specialized areas such as emergency carts.
  • Knowledge of the computerized prescription process demonstrated by the ability to input prescriptions and medication orders.

Unofficial transcripts are required whenever qualifying based on education. Education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. A transcript or course listing must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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. *** 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


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.  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.


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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, 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


  • Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP): Provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at
  • Performance Based Interviewing (PBI): PBI is utilized by our agency as part of the selection process. Please consult the website at for further information.
  • Additional vacancies: This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
  • Competitive Status: This position is in the excepted service and does not confer competitive status.


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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
    Tuesday, October 08, 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.

    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. 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. Identify your documents with the vacancy ID which is:967929.

    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 Tuesday, October 08, 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.


    • Mailed/e-mailed application packages will not be accepted. Paper application packages can be faxed in Human Resources at the McGuire VA Medical Center in room 2K-150 from current VA bargaining unit employees ONLY. Manual submissions must be received by 4:00 PM on the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
    • Requests for reconsideration will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.


    The following documents are required in your application package: 

    The following documents are required if the position requires education and/or licensure/certification:

    • Unofficial copy of college transcripts.  (Official copy will be required for appointment).
    • Copy of licensure/certification

    Current Federal employees should submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal.

    Any other documentation of education/awards/training, etc. which would enhance your qualifications for this position.  Failure to provide a complete application package may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating. 





    Patty A. Davis
    Phone: (804)675-5095
    Agency Information:
    VHA Richmond VAMC
    Department of Veterans Affairs MC
    1201 Broad Rock Blvd
    HR Management Service - 05
    Richmond, VA


    After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address.  Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

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