Pharmacy Technician GS-661-4/5 (ESEP/MP/DE)
Indian Health Service - Toppenish, WA

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The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The IHS goal is to raise Indian health status to the highest possible level. IHS provides leadership and direction to programs and activities designed to improve health outcomes to over 1.9 million AI/AN through a system of IHS, Tribal and Urban operated facilities and programs.

For information on the IHS visit IHS.GOV

The IHS is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified applicants who meet the Secretary of the Interior's definition of Indian for appointment to vacancies within the IHS in accordance with established IHS policy as outlined in the Indian Health Manual Part 7, Chapter 3. The IHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

This position is located in the pharmacy department of the Yakama Indian Health Center, in Toppenish, WA. Position involves the preparation, review, supply functions, dispensing and control of medications and other pharmaceutical products that are supplied by the pharmacy service to the ambulatory patients, nursing staff and physicians. The work directly affects the health of the patients of the facility. The position reports to a registered pharmacist.

See for more details. KEY REQUIREMENTS

The selected applicant will be subject to a pre-employment background
investigation, which will include a fingerprint check.
If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59)
U.S. Citizenship is required DUTIES: Back to top

For this position as Pharmacy Technician, you will perform the following duties:

  • Perform the technical processes entailed in processing and dispensing medications to patients.
  • Perform computer data entry into the Resource and Patient Management System (RPMS) pharmacy, Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Point- of- Sale packages according to established guidelines.
  • Manage the regular program of supply procurement and supply management.
  • Monitors the patient data input into the RPMS Point-of-Sale (POS) system.
  • Runs daily operational and pharmacy reports. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Back to top
To qualify for this position, your resume must reflect sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the position for which you are applying. Your resume is key in evaluating your experience, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your work experience.

Individual Occupational Requirements Pharmacy Technician Series, 0661.

GS-4: 6 months of general and 6 months of specialized experience OR s uccessful completion of 2 years of study in pharmacy or pharmacy technology that included at least 12 semester hours in courses in the care, storage, distribution, and preparation of pharmaceuticals, and appropriate laboratory work.

GS-5: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-4 level OR successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study in pharmacy, or that included at least 24 semester hours in pharmacy-related courses.

Specialized Experience for positions at GS-4 and above: Qualifying specialized experience may have been gained in hospital pharmacies, retail pharmacies, or in pharmaceutical firms or laboratories. Experience must have provided a basic knowledge of:

  • Pharmaceutical nomenclature;
  • Characteristics, strengths, and dosage forms of pharmaceuticals;
  • Pharmaceutical systems of weights and measures; and the
  • Variety of procedures and techniques involved in the care, storage, repackaging, bulk compounding, and distribution of pharmaceuticals.
Example of experience for GS-4 is reconstitute certain sterile medications; receive and fill drug supply orders for a wide variety of items; bulk compound, package, and label complex products; compound and bottle sterile solutions; and set up prescription orders.

Example of experience for GS-5 is perform substantially all sterile solution; perform substantially all bulk compounding; receive and review orders for intravenous additive solutions; and read individual prescriptions and determine kind, strength, and dosage of drug to be dispensed.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels and positions for which both education and experience are acceptable.

Time-In-Grade Requirements: Merit Promotion (status) candidates must have completed one year of service at the next lower grade level. Time-In-Grade provisions do not apply under the Excepted Service Examining Plan (ESEP) and Delegated Examining (DE).

You must meet the requirements of the job by this date: Friday, October 04, 2013 HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume ( your resume must state specific duties that relate to this position ) and your responses to the assessment questions will be evaluated against the duties you provided in your resume, along with your submitted documentation to determine your ability to demonstrate the following:

  • Technical Competence
  • Arithmetic/Mathematical Reasoning
  • Customer Service
  • Manages and Organizes Information
  • Applies Technology to Tasks
You will receive a numeric rating based on your responses to the Assessment questions. If after reviewing your resume and responses to the assessment questions, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration.

For non-status candidates, i f you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, your application will be rated based on Category Rating and Selection procedures, you will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified , or Qualified . Within each of these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-preference eligibles.

The following links below provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities. If you are a Veteran, qualified CTAP and ICTAP eligible, or an individual with a disability, please refer to the following links below for additional guidance:

  • Veterans , i.e. (VEOA, VRA, and 30% or more disabled)
  • Career Transitional Assistance Program (CTAP )
  • Interagency Transitional Assistance Program (ICTAP )
  • Schedule A Appointments for the Disabled
Click here to view vacancy questions: View Assessment Questions .

BENEFITS: Back to top
The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at OTHER INFORMATION:

Under the Merit Promotion/Excepted Service Examining Plans, additional selections of candidates may be made from a promotion certificate within 90 days from the date the selection certificate was issued. The positions to be filled must have the same title, series, and grade, geographic location, and the same qualification requirements as in the original vacancy announcement.

This position has promotion potential to the GS-05 level. Promotion to the next level is at management’s discretion and is based on your demonstrated ability to perform the higher level duties, the continuing need for the higher level duties, and administrative approval. Promotion to the next level is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied.

Trial/probationary period may be required.

Relocation expense allowances are not authorized and will not be paid.

This is a bargaining unit position.

This is a designated position covered by Public Law 101-630, requiring contact or control over Indian children. Upon tentative selection, selectee will be requested to complete, sign, and submit the Addendum to OF-306, Child Care & Indian Child Care Worker Position form. Due to this requirement, the agency must ensure that persons hired for these positions have not been found guilty of or pleaded nolo contendere or guilty to certain crimes.

Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957.

If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a fingerprint check. Fingerprint results must be cleared prior to hire. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints.

After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position.

The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free HOW TO APPLY: Back to top

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package. See required documents below.

Click ‘Apply Online' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.

Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.

Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.

Applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.

Check application status by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Application Status, then More Information for this position. Return to an incomplete application by clicking Apply Online in the vacancy announcement and re- selecting your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following 967094. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

You are highly encouraged to submit your application package and complete your assessment questionnaire on-line. If you cannot apply online:

Click to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire .

Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire

You are limited to selecting 10 locations.

Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

PLEASE NOTE: When completing the 1203-FX, be sure to select only one response for each question. Selecting more than one response for a question may result in your application package being rated ineligible. In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section. The numbers on the 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire once it restarts with number one.

Submission of a resume' or a 1203FX form alone IS NOT a complete application. This position requires the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described under Required Documents section.

The IHS 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 Human Resources Office (ANGELA PESHLAKAI, (916)508-1593, and/or ANGELA.PESHLAKAI@IHS.GOV.) The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • Resume -You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume. If you use your own résumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed.
Required Documentation for Eligibility and Preference:
  • Indian Preference Applicants - If claiming Indian preference for the first time, or if you have no previous documentation of preference, applicants must provide a completed copy of the Form BIA-4432 (expiration date 11/30/2014), “Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the BIA and IHS Only.” Indian preference will not be given unless a properly signed and dated form is submitted with your application, including any verification by an authorized Tribal Representative or BIA Official of tribal enrollment records. For detail instructions, see form BIA- 4432. You must also complete the family history chart if necessary. Current IHS employees with a BIA form on file in their Official Personnel Folder are required to submit a copy of that form with their application. Refer to BIA-4432 link:
  • Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) or other Veterans preference (VRA and 30%or more disabled) - If you're claiming Vet preference, include a copy of your DD-214. For more information please see link at:
  • Career Transitional Assistance Program (CTAP)/Interagency Career Assistance Program (ICTAP) - If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP, follow the instructions below: .
  • Current or former Federal employee - Include your most recent SF50.
  • Transcripts - Transcripts must be provided as education is required for this position. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable but official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty.
Your application package MUST be complete by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Friday, October 04, 2013, the closing of this announcement.

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