In-Patient Pharmacy/Supervisor
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Gainesville, FL

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 787786 ; please include on all documents submitted. The North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System is hiring for one (1) Full-Time In-Patient Pharmacist/Supervisor for the Pharmacy Service line located in Gainesville, Florida.

RELOCATION EXPENSES ARE AUTHORIZED FOR THIS POSITION !!!!

RELOCATION INCENTIVE IS NOT AUTHORIZED FOR THIS POSITION!!!

Florida has a low cost of living and no state income tax. Enjoy excellent recreational activities year-around and nearby beautiful beaches.

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?

This vacancy is advertised at the single grade at which this position will be filled above the full performance level. This is an open continuous announcement. We accept (All Signed) applications for this occupation on an ongoing basis; qualified applicants will be considered as vacancies become available. Applications will remain on file for one year from the date the application was signed.

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.

NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. Department of Veterans Affairs is an equal opportunity employer.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U. S. Citizenship

Must pass pre-employment examination

English Language Proficiency required

Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required

Background and-or Security Investigation required

Must meet Education and Licensure requirements

DUTIES:
The In-Patient Pharmacy/Supervisor, must be a licensed pharmacist and is responsible to direct and coordinate comprehensive pharmacy activities and services including patient care, student, resident and staff education and training, research, quality assurance, performance improvement and pharmaco-economics to improve the care and treatment of patients utilizing all areas of the Medical Center. The individual will report directly to the Associate Chief of Pharmacy. The incumbent is responsible for providing leadership, direction, organization, planning and implementation of pharmacy programs that effect the inpatient, outpatient, clinical and educational arenas both at the Medical Centers, Outpatient Clinics and all the CBOC's which promote effective utilization of all resources.

Duties:
Coordinate multiple complex Inpatient Pharmacy programs including: Unit-dose distribution service integrated with CPRS and BCMA, intravenous admixture, nutritional support, oncology, pharmacokinetics, intensive care, cardiology, psychiatry, and geriatric care.

Supervise over seventy FTEE in the inpatient pharmacy in addition to pharmacy residents, pharmacy students, and pharmacy volunteers.

Organize work, set priorities, delegate tasks, and meet multiple deadlines.

Establish and monitor clinical performance priorities and standards.

Analyze organizational and operational problems.

Develop and implement solutions that result in sound operation of Hospital Service Section.

Manage quality assurance performance improvement program for Hospital Services Section through close coordination with the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement coordinators.

Serve on numerous Medical Center Committees as appropriate and as assigned and attend various meeting in the absence of the Chief of Pharmacy.

Ensure cost-effective utilization of the Pharmacy Service drug budget and assure a high level of quality patient drug therapy.

Assist in development of program and operational policies and goals which compliment hospital services in the Malcolm Randall VAMC.

Participate in training and orienting residents, physicians, dentists, and nurses, in matters related to pharmacy policy and procedures and drug therapy (i.e., order writing, formulary usage, etc.).

Participate in recruitment, interviewing, and selection of new Inpatient Pharmacy staff.

Evaluate all Inpatient Section staff performance, award, and disciplinary actions in accordance with policies of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Initiate actions based on employee's performance as necessitated, including documentation and recommendation for awards, counseling and disciplinary actions.

Establish and revise performance standards for each position under supervision.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Relocation Expenses Are Authorized for This Position.

Relocation Incentive is Not Authorized for This Position.

Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Physical Demands: Basic physical exertion is required. The work is primarily performed while Standing and Sitting though some work may require longer periods of standing. The regular recurring work of the position involves sitting at a desk, conferences, meetings etc.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
Citizenship: Citizen of the United States.

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Education

Graduate of a degree program in pharmacy from an approved college or university. The degree program must have been approved by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE), or prior to the establishment of ACPE, have been a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). Verification of approved degree programs may be obtained from the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education, 311 West Superior Street, Suite 512, Chicago, Illinois 60610-3537 Phone: (312) 664-3575), or through their Web site at: http://www.acpe-accredit.org/ ., or,

Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs or those who graduated from a U.S.-based non-ACPE accredited degree program meet the educational requirement if their degree is found to be equivalent to degree programs recognized by the ACPE. This finding may be based on any of the following:

a. A letter of acceptance into a United States graduate pharmacy program recognized by the ACPE.

b. Written certification from the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Commission, 700 Busse Highway, Park Ridge, IL 60068, Phone (847) 698-6227, that the individual has successfully passed the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination.

c. A letter from a United States college or university with a pharmacy degree program recognized by ACPE stating that the individual's pharmacy degree has been evaluated and found to be equivalent to its Bachelor of Pharmacy degree or higher.

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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 chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16 of this part.

NOTE: Individuals who have or have had multiple licenses and had any such license revoked for professional misconduct, professional incompetence or substandard care, or who surrendered such license after receiving written notice of potential termination of such license by the State for professional misconduct, professional incompetence, or substandard care, is not eligible for appointment to the position unless such revoked or surrendered license is fully restored. 38 U.S.C. § 7402(f). Effective November 30, 1999, this is a requirement for employment. This requirement does not apply to licensed pharmacists on VA rolls as of that date, provided they maintain continuous appointment and are not disqualified for employment by any subsequent revocations or voluntary surrenders of State license, registration or certification.

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Physical Requirements. Successful completion of pre-employment physical is required. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

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English Language Proficiency. Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GRADE DETERMINATION

GS-13 Pharmacist

Experience: Completion of the equivalent of 1 year of creditable experience at the next lower grade level which is directly related to the position to be filled, or board certification recognized by the American Pharmaceutical Association's Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties, or the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (or equivalent), or completion of a two year post Pharm.D. fellowship in a clinical or specialized program.

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Demonstrated KSAs. In addition to the experience requirement in paragraph 3b(4)(a), pharmacists at this grade level must demonstrate the following KSAs:

Expert knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy such as quality assurance/utilization review, informatics systems, drug information, etc. This level of knowledge is usually characterized by at least 2 years of experience related to clinical pharmacist duties in a specialized clinical area or advanced training/certification;
Expert knowledge of pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacoeconomics and pharmacotherapeutics. This level of knowledge is usually characterized by at least 2 years of experience related to clinical pharmacist duties in a specialized clinical area or advanced training/certification;
Advanced skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters. This level of skill is usually characterized by at least 2 years of experience related to clinical pharmacist duties in a specialized clinical area or advanced training/certification;
Ability to communicate orally to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions;
Ability to communicate in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions;
Demonstrate an expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for all medications including investigational drugs. This level of knowledge is usually characterized by at least 2 years of experience related to clinical pharmacist duties in a specialized clinical area or advanced training/certification; and
Skill to manage people and/or programs. (This is an additional KSA for Pharmacy Supervisor/Program Manager/Service Chief and Assistant Service Chief positions).

Assignments. Candidate at this grade level will be in the following assignment: Service Chief.

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

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: N o special physical exertion is required. The work is primarily formed while sitting though some work may require periods of standing. The regular recurring work of the position involves sitting at a desk, conferences, meetings etc.

Education

(1) Graduate of a degree program in pharmacy from an approved college or university. The degree program must have been approved by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE), or prior to the establishment of ACPE, have been a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). Verification of approved degree programs may be obtained from the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education, 311 West Superior Street, Suite 512, Chicago, Illinois 60610-3537 Phone: (312) 664-3575), or through their Web site at: http://www.acpe-accredit.org/ .

(2) Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs or those who graduated from a U.S.-based non-ACPE accredited degree program meet the educational requirement if their degree is found to be equivalent to degree programs recognized by the ACPE. This finding may be based on any of the following:

(a) A letter of acceptance into a United States graduate pharmacy program recognized by the ACPE.

(b) Written certification from the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Commission, 700 Busse Highway , Park Ridge , IL 60068 , Phone (847) 698-6227, that the individual has successfully passed the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination.

(c) A letter from a United States college or university with a pharmacy degree program recognized by ACPE stating that the individual's pharmacy degree has been evaluated and found to be equivalent to its Bachelor of Pharmacy degree or higher.

Veterans' 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.

BENEFITS:
Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at:

(VHA-Job Benefits) Department of Veterans Affairs Job Benefits Web-Site

http://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp

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

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

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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...