Pharmacy Technician (VALOR Student)
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Omaha, NE

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VACANCY IDENTIFICATION NUMBER (VIN ): 838987 (Include on all documents).

Important: Current permanent VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System employees will be given first consideration. Note: Relocation expenses are NOT authorized.

NOTE: External candidates eligible for veterans preference will receive consideration prior to considering external non-preference applicants.

Salary Note: Pay is based on 80% of the GS-9, step 1 rate of pay.

This position is located in the Pharmacy Service. Please see Duties section below for more information about the duties.

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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to 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 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.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

We are a patient-centered, integrated health care organization for veterans which provides excellent health care, research and education. For more information on working for the Department of Veterans Affairs in VISN 23, please visit us at: http://www.nebraska.va.gov/ . KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship
Must pass pre-employment examination.
Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
Background and/or Security Investigation required.
English Language Proficiency required.

Must meet education requirements. DUTIES:
The VALOR program provides opportunities for outstanding students to develop competencies in pharmacy practice while working at approved VA health care facilities. Opportunities for learning include didactic or classroom experiences, competency-based clinical practice with a qualified pharmacist preceptor and participation in pharmacy practice conferences. Appointment will be from 3 - 12 months, with a minimum requirement of 400 hours per year (up to a total of 800 hours).

WORK SCHEDULE : VALOR students may work Full-time/Part-time/Intermittent schedules. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: You must meet the qualifications/minimum requirements of this position by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

U.S. Citizenship .

English Language Proficiency . Medical personnel appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Designated Drug-Testing Position : Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

Education Requirements. Transcripts (official or unofficial) are required. Students recruited for this program must:

1. Have completed the second professional year (or completed semester hours equivalent in a year round program) of education at an Accreditation council of Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) accredited School or College of Pharmacy (minimally fourth year of college education) and anticipated graduation within 2 years after entry into the VALOR Program.

2. Possess a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The GPA must be computed on your professional training in the School or College of Pharmacy, or for work accepted for credit towards the pharmacy degree. While a student may have a grade below "B" in a pharmacy course, the cumulative GPA for the core pharmacy courses may not be less than a 3.0. For students enrolled in a school or college of pharmacy that utilizes a pass/fail grading system, there must be a recommendation from the Dean or Director of the academic program regarding the student's academic achievement to substainable selection for the program.

3. Be able to complete a minimum of 400 hours as a Pharmacy VALOR student by September 30, 2013.

4. Not have a service obligation to any Federal, State or private institution, or be a recipient of any Federal scholarship that incur a service obligation.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE .

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Passing a pre-employment physical is required. Please contact the local human resources office at: 402-995-4947 if you would like information regarding the VA policy on pre-employment physicals and physical requirements for this position.

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.

Veteran's Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF-15: Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference . Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx . HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. BENEFITS:

VALOR students are not eligible for any additional premium pay, by reason of working on a legal holiday, Sunday or at night. No compensation will be paid by reason of working overtime, however equivalent time off for service in excess of 8 hours in a day or 40 hours in a week. These positions also do not confer benefits. OTHER INFORMATION:

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is...