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Job Title:Health Technician (Medication Technician)

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System

Job Announcement Number:VIM-2014-0002

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$45,361.00 to $57,022.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, October 11, 2013 to Tuesday, October 22, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GL-0640-06

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

06

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies - FCC Victorville, CA, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

THIS IS A DELEGATED EXAMINING ANNOUNCEMENT OPEN TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS.
The announcement will close on the day the 55th application is received at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

JOB SUMMARY:

Why is it Great to Work for the Federal Bureau of Prisons?
Do your career justice and consider a career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). In addition to being regarded as a family and career-oriented agency, the BOP offers a broad range of exciting career opportunities in a work environment that promotes integrity, diversity, and professional development. With over 38,000 highly motivated individuals, the Federal Bureau of Prisons is one of the most unique agencies in the United States Department of Justice where each employee's day-to-day performance makes a difference.

Will the Federal Bureau of Prisons Pay for me to Move?

Reimbursement IS NOT authorized for travel and transportation for this position.

In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 3307, a maximum entry age of 36 has been established for initial appointment to a position in a Bureau of Prisons institution. If you are above the maximum entry age and have prior federal law enforcement coverage, you MUST submit an SF-50 to verify prior coverage.

Qualified Preference Eligible Veterans may be exempt from meeting the maximum age of 37Please refer to the Required Documents Section for the appropriate documentation to submit to validate veteran eligibility.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is Required.
  • See Special Conditions of Employment Section.
  • Selective Service Requirement: Click Here

DUTIES:

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Responsible for the administration and distribution of medication to inmates, in accordance with medication orders of physicians, dentists, mid-level providers, and other appropriately privileged staff. Uses Medication Administration Record to document all medications administered. Assists in maintaining accurate Medication Administration Records (MARS). Reports and records adverse medication reactions. Seeks immediate medical assistance for inmates with severe adverse medication reactions. Provides complete documentation of medication refusals and incidents. Assists Pharmacist or other appropriate staff member in a variety of pharmacy related activities, including, but not limited to, entry of physician orders into a computerized pharmacy information system, preparation of medications for Pharmacist review, preparation of medication administration records, storage and inventory of pharmacy supplies, etc. Assists in maintaining sanitation of the pill line administration area and pharmacy area and adheres to infection control policies and procedures as applicable.
Completes medication inventory and assists Pharmacist or Health Services Administrator in placing automated medication orders, and drug related supply orders for the Pharmacy Department. Maintains accurate inventory of all needles, syringes, and controlled substances used to replace substock inventory. Completes requisitions for medical/surgical supply requirements.
Along with all other correctional institution employees, incumbent is charged with responsibility for maintaining security of the institution. The staffs correctional responsibilities precede all others required by this position and are performed on a regular and recurring basis.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To be considered for the position, you must meet the following qualification requirements:
Selective Placement Factor: Applicants applying for this position MUST possess the following Selective Factor. In the event you do not possess the Selective Factor, you will be found ineligible for the position.

  • Applicants must have acquired the knowledge to administer medication. This may have been gained through a medical administration certification program, certified nursing assistant or medical assistant program which included instruction on medication administration, certified pharmacy technician program, vocational nursing program, paramedic training program or any other certified program that specifically addresses the issuance and/or control of medication. Evidence of program completion required.

NOTE: Evidence of completion of a program such as a medical administration certification program, certified nursing assistant, certified nursing aide, or medical assistant program, MUST include information which verifies the program included instruction on medication administration (i.e. transcripts that include coursework in Pharmacology or Medication Administration, etc.).
NOTE: ALL applicants MUST submit evidence of program completion. Evidence of completion includes a diploma, certificate of graduation or certificate of completion, a transcript with a final passing grade (above “C” or whatever is the equivalent on the scale used by the school), or any statement that indicates successful completion of a program outlined in this selective factor. This documentation MUST be received in the Consolidated Staffing Unit by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
OR
  • Applicants must have completed a program which is directly related to the position such as: completion of an on the job training program, completion of a training. Orientation program by a medical/pharmaceutical employer. Evidence of program completion required.

NOTE: Evidence of program completion includes a letter on employer letterhead documenting completion of the program, documentation of completion of an on the job training program, an employment training record, or other appropriate documentation. Self certification of program completion will not be accepted.
In addition to the Selective Placement Factor, applicants must have:
Education
One year of graduate education or an internship meets the specialized experience required above GL-5 only in those instances where it is directly related to the work of the position.
NOTE: If you are using education to qualify, you MUST provide transcripts to receive consideration. The education MUST be from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Transcripts MUST be received by the Consolidated Staffing Unit by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
For information regarding foreign education requirements, please see Foreign Diploma and Credit Recognition at the U.S. Department of Education website:
Recognition of Foreign Qualifications
OR
Experience
You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level in federal service. Specialized experience is directly related experience that includes support duties to medical or health personnel. Therefore, technician experience is experience that required application of the knowledge, methods, and techniques of the position to be filled. Some examples of this qualifying experience are:
  • Experience in maintaining accurate inventories of all needles, syringes and controlled substances.
  • Experience in preparing medications for Pharmacist review and placing automated medication orders.
  • Experience in reporting and recording adverse medication reactions.
  • Experience in administering medications (i.e. sublingual, buccal, eye, ear, nasal, topical, intramuscular, subcutaneous, intravenous).

Credit will given for paid and unpaid experience. To receive proper credit, you must show the actual time (such as the number of hours worked per week) spent in activities.
**Your eligibility for consideration will be based on your responses to the questions in the application.**


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP).  The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1)this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified category using established category rating criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at:  Click Here
The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified category using established category rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at:  Click Here

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ's Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses provided to the online assessment questionnaire.  Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified.  Names of all candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Candidates within the Best Qualified category who are eligible for veterans preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.

If you are entitled to veterans preference, you should indicate the type of veterans preference you are claiming on your resume. Although veterans preference points are not assigned under the category rating procedures described under "How You Will Be Evaluated", veterans preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-veterans within each category for which they are qualified.  

In addition, qualified veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more are placed at the top of the highest qualified category (i.e. Best Qualified).
What Competencies/Knowledge Skills and Abilities are Required for this Position?
The following Competencies/Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's) are required:

  • Knowledge of methods, techniques, and procedures to perform job activities on various types of medical equipment and automated systems.
  • Ability to relate and deal effectively with physicians, supervisors, peers, inmates and others.
  • Ability to recognize, report and record changes in patient's physical and emotional condition.
  • Knowledge of safety principles and infection control in the patient care environment.
  • Ability to administer medications.

To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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The Department of Justice 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. The link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to federal employees: Click Here


OTHER INFORMATION:

The Department of Justice provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the hiring/servicing personnel office. The decision of granting a reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. Selection will be made without discrimination for any non-merit reason such as race, color, religion, national origin, age, physical disability, marital and/or parental status, membership in an employee organization, sex, or sexual orientation. The Bureau of Prisons is an equal opportunity employer.

Special Conditions of Employment Section:

Appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of a pre-employment and panel interview, urinalysis, physical, and background investigation. All applicants are subject to, and must satisfactorily pass all screening requirements in relation to National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and credit check.

All applicants not currently working in an institution will be required to complete a qualification inquiry regarding convictions of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence in order to be authorized to carry a firearm.

Successful completion of the "Introduction to Correctional Techniques," three-week training course at Glynco, Georgia is required.

This position has been identified as test designated.  Incumbents will be subject to urinalysis testing under the BOP Drug Free Workplace Plan.

HOW TO APPLY:

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How do I Apply for this Position if I am a Current Public Health Service Commissioned Officer?
  • Submit a complete/detailed resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Address selective factor, if required.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae must contain all information listed in the Qualifications Section.
  • Submit supporting documents (i.e. certification, registration, and/or license, if applicable).
Your completed application packet must be submitted to the Consolidated Staffing Unit by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (EST), on the closing date of the vacancy announcement.  You must include the last four digits of your social security number and the vacancy announcement number on your application packet.  DO NOT SUBMIT AN APPLICATION ON-LINE.

How do I Apply for this Position if I am a Current Public Health Service Commissioned Officer and want to enter the competitive service?

Refer to the information below.

You must apply through the online application system at www.USAJOBS.gov. Follow the prompts to register, answer a few questions and submit all required documents. 

NOTE: Submission of a resume alone is not a complete application. This position may require the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described under the Required Documents section.  Please carefully review the complete job announcement and the "How to Apply" instructions. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials will result in your application not being considered for employment.

Claiming Veterans Preference? If yes, you MUST claim preference on-line during the application process and upload documentation to support preference claimed. Failure to claim Veterans Preference or provide supporting documentation may result in you not receiving appropriate consideration during the assessment process.

Required supporting documentation must be submitted via mail, e-mail or transferred from USAJOBS (uploaded).

All required supporting documentation MUST be received by the Consolidated Staffing Unit by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, on the closing date of the vacancy announcement. Supporting documentation for announcements with an application limitation MUST be submitted the same day you apply, as these positions may close earlier than stated in the announcement. You MUST include the vacancy announcement number on your supporting documentation.

Paper applications: If applying online is impossible, please contact the Consolidated Staffing Unit at the telephone number listed below, prior to the closing date of the announcement for the alternate application procedure.

Contact for Assistance in Applying On-Line:
DOJ, Federal Bureau of Prisons
Consolidated Staffing Unit
346 Marine Forces Drive
Grand Prairie, TX  75051
E-Mail:  GRA-HRM/ConsolidatedStaffingUnit@bop.gov
Phone:  972-352-4200     

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional).
  • In order to receive credit for experience contained in an uploaded resume, your employment history must be documented in month/year format (MM/YYYY), reflecting starting date and ending date and include the number of hours worked per week. Failure to follow this format may result in disqualification.
  • Current or former Federal employees NOT employed by the Bureau of Prisons MUST submit a copy of their SF-50 Form which shows competitive service appointment, tenure group, and salary.
  • If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 Form which shows the length of time you have been in your current/highest grade and that supports your claim for time-in-grade. If you have promotion potential in your current position, please provide proof.
  • Employees applying with an interchange agreement must provide proof of their permanent appointment.
  • Current federal employees NOT employed by the BOP and former federal employees MUST submit a copy of their latest yearly performance appraisal/evaluation (within the last 13 months).
  • Documentation supporting eligibility for consideration as a 30% or More Disabled Veteran includes a Civil Service Preference Letter; or a Ten Point Preference Letter; or an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from any branch of the Armed Forces, certifying a service-connected disability of 30% or more. The document must reflect the overall evaluation or percentage disability rating.
  • CTAP, Click Here, if applicable.
  • A college transcript which includes the School Name, Student Name, Degree and Date Awarded (if applicable). (Note: If you are selected for this position, official transcript(s) will be required prior to your first day.)
Failure to provide these documents could possibly result in removal from consideration for this vacancy. If uploading documentation, do not identify/save your documents utilizing a special character such as %, #, @, etc. Documentation should be identified/saved as VA Letter, DD214, or Transcripts.We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, applicant application errors, etc.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

CSU
Phone: 972-352-4200
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: GRA-HRM/ConsolidatedStaffingUnit@bop.gov
Agency Information:
JUSTICE, BUREAU OF PRISONS
Consolidated Staffing Unit
346 Marine Forces Drive
Grand Prairie , TX
75051
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the application process has been completed.  Applicants will be notified via e-mail, to the e-mail address registered in USAJOBS.  The referral certificate or list of eligibles will then be issued to the selecting official for further consideration.  The Human Resource Office may then contact you for an interview if they wish.  We expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing date of the announcement.

Applicants referred on a certificate of eligibles may receive an Inquiry of Availability (OF-5 Form)via e-mail, mail or a telephone inquiry from the local Human Resource Department.  Applicants MUST complete the OF-5 form and return it to the Human Resource Management Office or contact the Human Resource Department telephonically or via e-mail.  Applicants MUST also telephone the Human Resource Department during normal business hours to schedule an interview.  Failure to either return the form or contact the Human Resource Department will result in a loss of consideration for the position.

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Job Announcement Number:

VIM-2014-0002

Control Number:

353285300