Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Clinical Pharmacist in Manchester, New Hampshire

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The incumbent serves as a Clinical Pharmacist within the Pharmacy Service Line at the VA Medical Center in Manchester, New Hampshire. He/she provides screening, interpretation, and dispensing of medication orders utilizing his/her expertise in assuring each patient receives optimum drug therapy after all physical, clinical and economic factors have been considered.

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**THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN TO CURRENT PERMANENT MANCHESTER VA MEDICAL CENTER EMPLOYEES, CURRENT PERMANENT VA EMPLOYEES AND CURRENT PERMANENT FEDERAL EMPLOYEES OF OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES ONLY. EXTERNAL APPLICANTS PLEASE APPLY TO JOB OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT (JOA) JT-10302874-18-JKC-BU.

The incumbent will serve as a Clinical Pharmacist for the in-patient and out-patient areas.

  • Primary functions will be the interpretation of physician orders, dispensing of appropriate medications, and counseling patients on proper medication administration and storage.
  • Provides consultation to physician, nurses, and other health professionals on basic information about drug therapy.
  • Conducts drug therapy monitoring, participates in quality assurance activities and provides professional and technical staff in-service training education.
  • Evaluates physician orders as to appropriateness based on patient medical profiles; inputs information into computer system if assigned; dispenses medication in accordance with dosage form requirements.
  • Assures that all dispensing activities are completed within VACO and Medical Center guidelines.
  • Acts as clinical expert for pharmacy students or technical employees. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (9:00 AM to 5:30 PM and 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM rotation including Weekend Rotations and On-Call during Off Duty Tours). Telework: Not Available Compressed Tour: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position Fi*nancial Disclosure Report:* Not required
Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position for training, meetings, and conferences.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

12

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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
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • Subject to pre-employment physical
Qualifications

Basic Requirements: * United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. * Education: 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. NOTE: Prior to 2005 ACPE accredited both baccalaureate and Doctor of Pharmacy terminal degree program. Today the sole degree is Doctor of Pharmacy (COPY OF COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED).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) (COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED AND CERTIFICATE OF FOREIGN EQUIVALENCY). * 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 (COPY OF ACTIVE AND CURRENT LICENSURE REQUIRED). * English Language Proficiency: Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). Preferred Experience: Three (3) or more years of VA Pharmacy experience is preferred.

Grade Requirements: * Creditable Experience: Knowledge of Professional Pharmacy Practices: To be creditable, the experience must have demonstrated the use of knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with professional pharmacy practice. Professional practice means paid/non-paid employment as a professional or unlicensed graduate pharmacist as defined by the appropriate licensing board. * Quality of Experience: Qualifying experience must be at a level comparable to pharmacy experience at the next lower level. Experience as a Graduate Pharmacist is creditable provided the candidate was used as a professional pharmacist (under supervision) and subsequently passed the appropriate licensure examination. * Part-time Experience: Part-time experience as a professional pharmacist is credited according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a pharmacist employed 20 hours a week, or on a 1/2-time basis, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service. *IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.*

Grade Determinations:

GS-11 Pharmacist

Experience, Education, and Licensure: None beyond the basic requirements.

Assignment: Pharmacists at this grade level serve in a developmental capacity.

GS-12 Clinical Pharmacist (Full Performance Level)

Experience or Education: In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must meet one of the following: * 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, OR * Completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program.Assignment: A pharmacist in this assignment handles routine medication-related activities in accordance with local, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN), and national policies and regulations. These include, but are not limited to: reviewing, interpreting, and verifying medication orders for appropriateness; processing and filling medication orders; interacting with and making recommendations to other clinical staff regarding medication therapy ordered to ensure safe and effective care; reviewing the patient's medications, allergies, labs, and other pertinent information from the medical record to identify and solve medication-related problems; contacting providers as appropriate; documenting recommendations and interventions; providing refill extensions and partial medication supplies; taking health and medication histories; performing medication reconciliation; providing drug information; assisting in formulary management including therapeutic substitutions, nonformulary reviews and medication usage evaluations; documenting and assessing adverse drug events (ADEs); assisting in medical emergencies; providing oversight of technical staff in all aspects of medication distribution. IN ADDITION TO COMPLETION OF 1 YEAR OF EXPERIENCE COMPARABLE TO THE NEXT LOWER GRADE, CLINICAL PHARMACISTS TO THIS POSITION MUST DEMONSTRATE THE FOLLOWING KSAs: * Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs):Knowledge of professional pharmacy practice. * Ability to communicate orally and in writing to both patients and health care staff. * Knowledge of laws, regulations, and accreditation standards related to the distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs and pharmacy security. * Skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters.

References:VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G15

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-11 to GS-12.

Physical Requirements:Occasional standing and walking, lifting not to exceed 15 pounds, use of both hand and fingers, ability to use the computer. The work is primarily performed while sitting, although some work may require periods of standing. The regular and recurring work of the position involves sitting at a desk, attending meetings and conferences, etc. and occasional visits to activity work sites. Occasional use of an automobile or public conveyance may be required.

Education

IMPORTANT:An official or unofficial transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Online transcripts will not be accepted.

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.

Additional information

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

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.

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' preference does not apply to promotions, reassignment, a change to lower grade or transfer for internal announcements.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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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.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Other

Drug test required

Yes

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • CV/Resume
  • Application for Associated Health Occupations VA Form 10-2850c can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/searchaction.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey;=&Action;=Search.
  • Most recent Notification of Personnel Action SF-50 with salary information
  • Most recent Performance Appraisal VA Form 0750
  • Official or unofficial transcripts. Online copies will not be accepted 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, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

  • Cover Letter

  • Performance Appraisal VA Form 0750
  • Resume
  • SF-50
  • Transcript

Veterans' preference does not apply to promotions, reassignment, a change to lower grade or transfer for internal announcements.

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

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 09/28/2018 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 USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

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.

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Agency contact information
Jennifer Chandler
Phone

(603) 624-4366 X6605

Email

JENNIFER.CHANDLER2@VA.GOV

Address

Manchester VA Medical Center 718 Smyth Road Manchester, NH 03104 US

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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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Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

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You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/510818100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 09/13/2018 to 09/28/2018

Service: Excepted

Pay scale & grade: GS 11 - 12

Salary: $95,518 to $118,720 per year

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time