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Job Title:Pharmacist (Clinical Specialist, Home Based Primary Care)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:OP-14-TAL-972389

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$118,535.00 to $136,616.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, October 08, 2013 to Friday, October 18, 2013




Part Time 20 hours - Temporary NTE 24 Months




1 vacancy in the following location:
San Diego, CA United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 972389


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.

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 and leadership positions 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

Note:  The grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-12. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

Salary: Yearly salary listed is based on a full-time schedule, the salary will be pro-rated based on part-time schedule. 

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.  Recruitment or Relocation Incentives are not authorized for this position.


  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Must have valid CA driver's license and reliable transportation.


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The Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) Clinical Pharmacy Specialist/Program Director practices the entire time working in the HBPC Program and develops, organizes and coordinates all aspects of HBPC as it pertains to services provided by a pharmacist including policy development, quality resources and specialty functions unique to the program to optimize cost effectiveness (budget) and patient outcomes, patient care, medication reviews, falls assessment, drug utilization, medication monitoring, and education). The individual will also function at the highest level of clinical practice, works independently under their scope of practice. Has advanced knowledge of pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacotherapeutics and utilizes this knowledge to improve health care by documenting patient outcomes, disease state goal achievement, and cost effective interventions.

NOTE: This position requires you to do home visits and travel as far as 75 miles from La Jolla, the main hospital facility. A government car will be provided.

Clinical duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Serves as a provider extender and liaison between Pharmacy Service and HBPC.

  • Evaluates drug therapy for all HBPC patients based on Joint Commission requirements specific to HBPC to maximize the safest and most effective treatment plan (i.e., reduce polypharmacy and the risk of falls).

  • Provides in depth, patient-specific pharmacologic consultations upon request.

  • Attends weekly interdisciplinary meetings to review patient care plans, provide patient-specific recommendations, and conduct timely follow up on discussed issues.

  • Provides dosing recommendations including pharmacokinetic dosing, based on age, renal or hepatic dosing; usual recommended starting doses, titrations and maximum dosing to optimize disease state management (i.e., hypertension, diabetes); conversions to formulary agents; and anticoagulation management.

  • Provides in depth review of non-formulary drug requests for approval or disapproval. Works with providers and pharmacy staff to enhance and maintain proactive adherence to formulary.

  • As outlined in their individual scope of practice, recommends/orders and follows appropriate laboratory, radiological, and diagnostic studies in collaboration with provider to evaluate efficacy and toxicity and monitor medication therapy.

  • Initiates consults if appropriate (i.e, smoking cessation, diabetes skills training, MOVE program).

  • Promotes health, early detection and prevention of disease, diet, exercise, and wellness programs.

  • Takes and records a medical and/or health history

  • Participates in home visits for medication reconciliation and patient and caregiver education as requested by HBPC staff or as needed.

  • Assesses clinical responses to current medication regimen and formulates pharmaceutical care treatment plans and recommends appropriate adjustments to the primary care/subspecialty provider to attain disease state outcome goals.

WORK SCHEDULE: Part-time, 20 hours per pay period. This is a temporary position, not-to-exceed 24 months (2 years).


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  • U.S. citizenship.

  • Proficient in spoken and written English language.

  • Current, full, unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia. (Must provide copy with application package.)

  • 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. (Copy of official/unoffical transcripts required, see "Required Documents" section at the bottom of this announcement.)

  • Valid California driver’s license. (Position requires you to do home visits and travel as far as 75 miles from La Jolla, the main hospital facility.  A government car will be provided.)




-One (1) year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level;


-Completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D.program


In addition to the above requirements, candidates at this level must fully demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) in their resume and the selectee will required to provide a narrative response to each:

1. Knowledge of professional pharmacy practice.

2. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to both patients and health care staff.

3. Knowledge of laws, regulations, and accreditation standards related to the distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs and pharmacy security.

4. Skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Please ensure to include a complete and detailed resume which lists the month and year for each position held, hours per week, and a description of the duties performed in each position.

References: VA Handbook 5005 at



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. (COPY OF OFFICIAL/UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED, SEE "REQUIRED DOCUMENTS" SECTION AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.)

Physical Requirements: This position requires moderate lifting of 15-44 pounds, moderate carrying of 15-44 pounds, walking and standing for up to 8 hours, repeated bending up to 8 hours, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other, ability to distinguish basic colors, hearing aid permitted.  Driving as far as 75 miles from the main hospital facility in La Jolla.

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


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


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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

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.  


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

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


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HOW TO APPLY: 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 theSubmit My Answers button at the end of the process.

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 Friday, October 18, 2013 to receive consideration.  It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date/time.

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.

Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster. If you cannot apply online you may mail, drop off, or fax your application package as follows. NOTE: If the documents specified in the "Required Documents" section below are not provided, your application will not receive further consideration and you will be rated as ineligible.

Mail or drop off to: VA San Diego Healthcare System, Human Resources Office (05), ATTN: Vacancy ID: 972389, 5120 Shoreham Place, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92122.

*YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY. IF THIS FORM IS NOT INCLUDED, YOU WILL BE RATED INELIGIBLE.* 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 ( 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.

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:

 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.The 1203FX form MUST serve as a cover page for your initial fax transmission or your application will not be uploaded/scanned into the system and there will be no record of your application. If you need to fax additional documents after your initial fax transmission, you must complete the below cover page to use as your fax cover sheet. (Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.)

If you need to fax supporting documents because you either applied online and were unable to upload the documents OR you have already faxed your initial application using the 1203FX form as your cover page, as specified above:

1. To fax your supporting documents, you must use the following cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 972389. 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.

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.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes the below documents. *IF THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS ARE NOT PROVIDED, YOUR APPLICATION WILL NOT RECEIVE FURTHER CONSIDERATION AND YOU WILL BE RATED AS INELIGIBLE. Documents 1-5 are required for every applicant, documents 6 and 7 are only required if they apply to you.*

1. Resume.

2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at

3. Occupational Questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire (If applying online, you will be prompted to respond electronically. If submitting application via fax, you must complete the 1203FX form).

4. Copy of license.

5. Copy of transcripts. Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position. We accept unofficial transcripts, as long as they contain the applicant's name, the name of the school, the date and degree that was awarded, and the list of classes and credits earned. Transcripts must be received in this office by 11:59PM EST on the closing date in order to be considered. If you are selected an official transcript must be provided prior to entry on duty.

6. If current/former Federal Government employee, you MUST include your latest SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action, and SF-50 displaying your highest previous rate (if applicable). You may obtain these from your current Human Resources office or your e-Official Personnel Folder. The SF-50 must display: Title, Pay Plan, Occ Code, Grade, Tenure, and Position Occupied. This includes ICTAP/CTAP documentation for displaced Federal employees, to include a copy of the agency notice in addition to your last SF-50.

7. If prior military service, you MUST include all copies of your DD-214 Forms (Member-4 copy showing type of discharge and dates of service). Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability must also submit a copy of their disability rating letter from the Veterans Benefits Administration. Copies of your DD-214 may be requested by calling 800-827-1000 or TDD# 800-829-4833. If you are on terminal leave from active duty, attach a letter from your commander indicating the date of discharge and type of discharge.


VASDHS Human Resources
Phone: (858)552-8585x3401
Agency Information:
VHA San Diego HCS
Human Resources
San Diego, CA


After the vacancy announcement closes, your qualifications will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic eligibility requirements outlined above. We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, you may be found ineligible for the position. A referral certificate of qualified applicants is issued to the hiring manager within 10 calendar days after the vacancy announcement closes. Once the qualification review is complete, 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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