Supervisory Pharmacist
Indian Health Service - Poplar, MT

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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.
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This vacancy is being filled through the Office of Personnel Management's delegated Direct Hire Authority. The following is applicable: all applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements will be made available to the Selecting Official for consideration. Hiring preference will be given to qualified Native American and Alaska Native applicants, but Veterans' preference and traditional rating and ranking of applications do not apply to this vacancy.

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 being re-advertised to solicit additional applications. Applicants who applied previously need not reapply unless submitting updated and/or missing information.

This position is also being announced under Announcement # IHS-R1-BI-953251-ESEP/MP for those who want to be considered under Merit Promotion Plan/Excepted Service Examining Plan. If you wish to be considered all hiring plans you must submit an application to both job opportunity announcements.

This position is located at the PHS Indian Health Center, Poplar and Wolf Point, Montana at the Fort Peck Service Unit (FPSU). The primary purpose of this position is to provide direct outpatient pharmacy services at the FPSU in Poplar and Wolf Point, MT and to provide pharmacy administrative managerial direction for the entire service unit.

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
Copy of current professional licensure required during the hiring process. DUTIES: Back to top

  • Responsible for the total operation of the pharmacy department.
  • Responsible for the pharmacy departmental Performance Improvement, Compliance, and budgetary activities.
  • Counsels patients on the safe and effective use of medications
  • Educates patients regarding appropriate reasons for medication and side effects
  • Carries out the pharmacy functions of drug selection, compounding , and dispensing including provision and/or preparation of special dosage forms.
  • Provides information and consultative advice to the medical and allied health professional staff regarding the chemical, biological, and comparative therapeutic properties of these drugs 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.

Education: Four year bachelor’s degree in pharmacy recognized by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education.

Licensure: All applicants must be licensed to practice pharmacy in a State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia.

Additional Requirements:
GS-13 One year of professional pharmacy experience equivalent to at least GS-12; or for research positions, completion of all the requirements for a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a related scientific field.

In addition, to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below-

Your resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector performing the following types of tasks:

Specialized Experience: For GS-13 level, you must have one year of experience (equivalent to the GS-12 that included duties such as:

  • Responsible for a total pharmacy operation involving technical and administrative problems of considerably greater scope and complexity
  • Pharmacy participation in the special program activities of the facility
  • Providing positive contribution at the program planning stages and responsibility for the pharmacy implementation
  • Solving a larger volume and greater variety of administrative and management problems involved in integrating the pharmacy operations with other activities of the facility, and in maintaining a balances program
  • Read and interpret all orders for intravenous therapy
  • Reviews patients medication orders for safety, logic and effectiveness of drug therapy
  • Use pharmacokinetics principles in determining correct dosing
  • Provide consultation to patient regarding their drug therapy
  • Develop special formulas, extemporaneous compounding and special preparations.
Medical Requirements: Applicants must be able to distinguish basic colors.

SUPERVISORY OR MANAGERIAL ABILITIES: Candidates must have demonstrated in their work experience or training that they possess, or have the potential to develop, the qualities of successful supervision, as listed below:

A. Assign to and review work of subordinates, train and work effectively with subordinates from a variety of backgrounds and with different levels/areas of training.

B. Accomplish the quality and quantity of work expected within set limits of cost and time.

C. Plan own work and carry out assignments effectively.

D. Communicate with others effectively both orally and in writing, in working out solutions to problems or questions relating to the work.

E. Understand and further management goals as these affect day-to-day work operations.

F. Develop improvements in or design new work methods and procedures.

IN ADDITION to the abilities required above, candidates must also possess, or have the potential to develop, the ability to:

1) Deal effectively with individuals or groups representing widely divergent backgrounds, interests, and points of view.

2) Adjust work operations to meet emergency or changing program or production requirements within available resources and with minimum sacrifice of quantity of quality work.

3) Establish program objectives or performance goals and to assess progress toward their achievement.

4) Coordinate and integrate the work activities of several organizational segments or several different projects.

5) Analyze organizational and operational problems and develop timely and economical solutions.

6) Represent the activity both within and outside the organization or agency and to gain support for the agency's program goals.

Personal Attributes: Candidates for all supervisory/managerial positions must demonstrate all of the following personal qualities:

a. Objectivity and fairness in judging people on their ability, and situations on the facts and circumstances;

b. Capacity to adjust to change, work pressures, or difficult situations without undue stress;

c. Willingness to consider new ideas or divergent points of view;

d. Capacity to "see the job through;"

e. Understanding of the ability to work with American Indians and Alaska Natives.

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).

You must meet the requirements of the job by this date: Friday, November 29, 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:

  • Administration and Management
  • Oral Communication
  • Planning and Evaluating
  • Technical Competency
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.

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 . All documents above MUST be received by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date of, Friday, November 29, 2013 , to be considered.

BENEFITS: Back to top
The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at OTHER INFORMATION:
Additional selections of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement, for filling additional or similar positions. However if there are no qualified Indian Preference candidates on the Certificate the vacancy must be re-announced.

A one-year supervisory probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.

A one/two-year probationary/trial period may be required upon selection/placement (If a newly hired federal employee).

Relocation Expenses: Paid - Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid primarily in the interest of the government and not in the interest of the selected employee. Employee will be required to sign a one-year service agreement. Failure to fulfill the one-year service agreement may require repayment of relocation expense allowances.

  • Occasional Travel required
  • P osition covered under P.L. 101-630
  • The selected individual is required to obtain and maintain medical staff clinical privileges, including any licensure requirements. If privileges are not obtained or maintained during employment, the employee will be subject to adverse actions, up to and including removal from Federal service.
  • Selectee will be required to be immunized against Measles and Rubella and provide documentation prior to or at the time of their start date. Special consideration may be allowed to individuals who are allergic to a component of the vaccine or are currently pregnant. Selectee must have documented immunity to Rubella and Measles.
  • Males over the age of 18, and born after December 31, 1959, are required to be registered with the Selective Service System (or have an exemption) in order to be eligible for employment with the Federal Government.
  • Selectee(s) are required to have a viable bank account at a financial institution for electronic direct deposit of salary payment.
All information provided by the candidate will be verified, reference checks will be conducted from current and past supervisors on the tentative selectee.

The law prohibits public officials from appointing, promoting, or recommending their relatives.

Federal annuitants (military and civilian) may have their salaries reduced. All employees must pay any valid delinquent debt or the agency may garnish their salary.

Candidates must meet qualification requirements, licensure requirements (if applicable), performance requirements, citizenship and suitability requirements, and any other eligibility requirements before appointment.

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

You MUST provide the required documents listed below during the application process. IF any of the following are missing when the announcement closes we will deem your application incomplete:

___ 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 includes hours worked per week, month and year of employment.

If you choose to submit resume or other application format, you should include the following information:

Announcement number, title, and grade(s) of the job for which you are applying and duty station(s) interested in.

Full name, mailing address (with zip codes), day and evening phone numbers (include area codes), and e-mail address (if any), Country of citizenship

  • High School (name, city, and state) and date of diploma or GED
  • College and/or universities (name, city, and state, major, type and year of degrees received)
  • Copies of college transcripts, if applicable.
Give the following for your paid and non-paid work experience related to the job for which you are applying:

  • Organization and Job title (if Federal, please indicate series and grade & submit SF-50)
  • Duties and accomplishments
  • Supervisor’s name, address, and phone number
  • Starting and ending dates (month and year) and average hours worked per week
OTHER QUALIFICATIONS : Give dates but do not send documents unless requested:

  • Job related training courses (title and year) and skills
  • Job related certificates and licenses (if you are a licensed medical professional, submit copy of license to practice)
  • Honors, awards, and special accomplishments, for example, publications, memberships, in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, and performance awards.
***If your resume or application does not provide all the information we request, you may lose consideration for a job.***


submit applications to:
Indian Health Service

PO Box 36600

Billings, MT 59107

Attn: Shelly Macdonald


e-mail to: SHELLY.MACDONALD@IHS.GOV or fax to: 406-247-7251

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office, Shelly Macdonald, (406)247-7196, SHELLY.MACDONALD@IHS.GOV. "The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis." REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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: http:/ dc015515.pdf
  • Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) or other Veterans preference (VRA and 30%or more disabled) - include a copy of your DD-214, if you're claiming Vet preference. 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.
  • Addendum to OF-306 - Childcare Addendum form must be included for this position and is available for downloading at:
  • Qualifications: Copy of current professional licensure required during the hiring process.
  • Transcripts: Transcripts must be provided if substituting education for experience and/or if 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, November 29, 2013, the closing of this announcement.

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