U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
$98,580.00 to $128,154.00
Open & closing dates
Opening and closing dates
$98,580 to $128,154 per year
Pay scale & grade
1 vacancy in the following location:
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
Federal employees - Excepted service
Current excepted service federal employees.
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
The functions of the clinical pharmacist are designed to provide an active program of pharmacy services with regard to drug distribution, drug information, and pharmaceutical education to patients and other health care staff in both inpatient and ambulatory care areas. The primary functions will be the interpretation of provider orders, dispensing of medications, and counseling patients on proper use of medication, administration, drug information, and storage. The pharmacist engages in direct and/or supportive patient care for an aging adult population, which requires knowledge, skills and consideration for specific patient conditions. The incumbent must be sensitive and concerned about what our customers believe is good service and attempt to meet or exceed their expectations.
Work Schedule: TBD
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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Provides drug information to the Medical Center staff concerning proper drug selection, optimal dosage and route of administration, recognition and management of drug interactions and reactions, and proper handling and storage of medications.
Provides patient education and information on the drugs prescribed upon discharge from the hospital and upon ambulatory care clinic visits.
Effectively documents pharmaceutical care in a timely and accurate manner.
Accepts verbal orders on medication clarifications and changes in terms of drug, dose, route of administration, and automatic stop dates.
Reviews patient's medication profiles for duplication of therapy and drug interactions. Accesses appropriate patient records for proper evaluations of clinical situations and therapeutic decision-making.
Interviews patients to obtain additional information regarding disease state/drug therapy when evaluating a clinical situation.
Maintains the patient record with information involving therapeutic and pharmacokinetic decisions. Provides information and suggestions on drug therapy and appropriately documents discussion as part of the patient record.
Identifies and recommends corrective action for drug-induced problems or potential problems. This would include drug allergies, duplication of therapy, and polypharmacy. Evaluates provider's orders as to appropriateness based on patient medication profiles.
Implement protocols approved by the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee in the use of non-formulary and protocol drugs.
Utilizes the approved process for non-formulary approval when necessary.
Utilizes the approved process for adverse drug reaction reporting when necessary.
Assists with Pharmacy run or team-taught classes and clinics as assigned.
Dispenses medication upon computer-generated orders or written orders of providers, in accordance with dosage form requirements. (Outpatient, unit dose, intravenous admixtures, chemotherapy, parenteral nutrition).
Inputs and/or verifies information into the computer system for outpatient, unit-dose, ward stock, and intravenous admixture programs.
Provides quality control analysis for dispensing activities of pharmacy technicians and automated dispensing equipment.
Dispenses controlled substances and accounts for inventory in accordance with existing VA regulation and Federal law.
Dispenses investigational drugs in accordance with approved protocols.
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
(1) 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. Verification of approved degree programs may be obtained from the
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 20 North Clark Street, Suite 2500, Chicago, Illinois
60602-5109; phone: (312) 664-3575, or through their Web site at: http://www.acpe-accredit.org/.
(NOTE: Prior to 2005 ACPE accredited both baccalaureate and Doctor of Pharmacy terminal degree
program. Today the sole degree is Doctor of Pharmacy.)
(2) 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).
c. 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. The pharmacist must
maintain current registration if this is a requirement for maintaining full, current, and unrestricted
licensure. A pharmacist who has, or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted,
limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions
in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16.
Preferred Experience: Non-licensed pharmacists who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be
given a temporary appointment at the entry level as a Graduate Pharmacist under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405(c)(2)(B). The appointing official may waive the requirement of licensure for a period not to exceed 2 years for a pharmacist that provides care under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. For grade levels above the GS-11, the candidate must be licensed.
(2) Failure to Obtain License. In all cases, pharmacists must actively pursue meeting state
prerequisites for licensure starting from the date of their appointment. At the time of appointment, the
supervisor will provide the unlicensed pharmacist with the written requirement to obtain licensure, the
date by which the license must be acquired, and the consequences for not becoming licensed by the
deadline. Failure to become licensed within 2 years from date of appointment will result in removal
from the GS-0660 Pharmacist series and may result in termination of employment.
d. Grandfathering Provision. All licensed pharmacists employed in VHA in this occupation on the
effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for
the title, series and grade held, including positive education and licensure/certification/registration that are
part of the basic requirements of the occupation. For employees who do not meet all the basic
requirements required in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time
hey were appointed to it, the following provisions apply:
(1) Employees grandfathered into the GS-660 occupational series may be reassigned, promoted up to
and including the full performance (journey) level, or changed to lower grade within the occupation, but
may not be promoted beyond the journey level or placed in supervisory or managerial positions.
(2) Employees who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the effective date of the qualification
standard may not have their temporary appointment extended or be reappointed, on a temporary or
permanent basis, until they fully meet the basic requirements of the standard. Employees initially
grandfathered into this occupation, who subsequently obtain additional education and/or
licensure/certification/registration, that meet all the basic requirements of this qualification standard
must maintain the required credentials as a condition of employment in the occupation.
(3) If a licensed pharmacist who was retained under this provision leaves the occupation, the
employee loses protected status and must meet the full VA qualification standard requirements in effect
at the time of reentry to the occupation.
Grade Determinations: Experience or Education. In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must meet one of the following:
1. 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, or
2. Completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program.
References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/55, PART II, APPENDIX G15, LICENSED PHARMACIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12.
Physical Requirements: The work of this position is primarily sedentary. Physical demands do not exceed those of a typical office setting. There may be some walking, standing, twisting, turning, sitting, pushing, bending, repetitive keyboarding or carrying of light items. Pharmacists must be able to distinguish between colors. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/
. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
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.
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets
site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Background checks and security clearance
Public Trust - Background Investigation
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist
to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).
VA Disability Letter
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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How to Apply
How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 03/26/2018 to receive consideration.
To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
Current and Prior Federal Employees: All current and prior federal employees (to include current facility employees) must submit their most recent SF-50 clearly displaying the Job Series, Grade and Step. Failure to submit this document will constitute the application being categorized as incomplete and therefore ineligible for referral.
NOTE: 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 USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login
, 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 USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
Agency contact information
Valerie Kelly Valerie Kelly
Bob Stump VA Medical Center
500 Highway 89 North
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Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.
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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
Phone : (312) 664-3575
Website : http://www.va.gov/
The Veterans Health Administration is home to the United States’ largest integrated health care system consisting of 152 medical centers, nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliaries. Together these health care facilities and the more than 53,000 independent licensed health care practitioners who work within them provide comprehensive care to more than 8.3 million* Veterans each year.