Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1135190

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 about the Northport VA Medical Center, please visit:

Note:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-5.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-4 to GS-5.  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and/or 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.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

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.


This position functions primarily in the VISN 3 Virtual Pharmacy Call Center, located on the campus of the Northport Veterans Administration Medical Center.  The call Center provides virtual services to all VISN 3 Outpatient Pharmacy departments within VISN 3 during normal business hours.  The incumbent is responsible for a full range of pharmacy technician and customer service duties related to assisting veterans served by any of the VISN 3 Veterans Administration Medical Centers.  Assignments involve the provision of telephone assistance to patients and/or their representatives, and hospital staff, including triaging veteran issues requiring local pharmacy resolution.  The work product directly affects the timeliness, quality and effectiveness of local outpatient pharmacy services through the VISN.  Candidates must demonstrate strong verbal communication skills.  Must be able to articulate information in a clear and concise manner.  Strong command of the English language.  Must demonstrate empathy with callers.  Must demonstrate ability to defuse potential customer conflict utilizing the appropriate tone, support, questions and or counsel.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

**Answer telephone calls received in the VISN Call Center, triaging calls to decide when professional intervention from the Clinical Pharmacist is necessary, and answering all other calls as appropriate providing assistance to the customer to the fullest extent possible.

**Assess nature of telephone calls in customer service area to relay potential problems and/or trends to supervisor for Quality Improvement purposes, continuously seeking to improve processes.

**Operate and maintain complicated computer, telephone, facsimile, and photocopy equipment.

**Accurately interpret information derived from VISTA and/or CPRS to answer patient queries about the status of a prescription.

**Answer questions from Pharmacy and non-Pharmacy personnel regarding drug distribution.  Identifies potential problems and assists with the resolution of these problems, alerting the Clinical Pharmacist to the need for clinical intervention when necessary.

**Participate in total quality improvement activities by assisting with the collection of data used for the purpose of improving quality of customer service provided.

**Assist in all aspects of operations of the VISN 3 Call Center, as assigned and/or as time permits, to maintain the consistency of overall Customer Service applications.


Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No