Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Clinical Pharmacist in Coatesville, Pennsylvania

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Coatesville, PA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Thursday 10/13/2016 (7 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/27/2016 (7 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):1824017(Include on all documents)

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?

Coatesville is located in beautiful, historic ChesterCounty, close to Philadelphia, Valley Forge, Lancaster and Wilmington. This geographically diverse and scenic area of southeastern Pennsylvania is home to many famous historic sites and museums. The nearby City of Philadelphia (30 miles) has Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and many other national treasures within its IndependenceNationalHistoricalPark. Valley Forge and the Brandywine Battlefield are only 20 minutes from Coatesville. Plentiful sporting, recreational, and leisure time opportunities exist in the local area. Golf, fishing, boating, camping, running, biking, baseball, basketball, ice-skating, swimming, tennis, hiking, canoeing, skiing, and all major league professional sports can be found within easy driving distances. Numerous high quality visitor attractions such as, the Philadelphia Zoo, Longwood Gardens, Brandywine River Museum, The Franklin Mint, and Philadelphia Museum of Art can also be enjoyed.

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Licensed Clinical Pharmacist in pharmacy practice which includes pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacotherapeutics. The incumbent is responsible for analyzing real and potential drug-related medical problems and implementing corrective action to ensure that patients receive optimal drug therapy. The clinical pharmacist also applies standards relating to all aspects of distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs. The primary function of a clinical pharmacist is to assure the safe and appropriate use of medications, and be an advocate of rational drug therapy through the following: evaluation of the appropriateness of drug therapy based on patient specific factors; individualization of drug therapy; evaluation, dispensing and providing medications, and drug information. The evening shift pharmacist is responsible for processing both inpatient and outpatient orders for the facility as well as processing prescription orders for mailing.

Applicants will be required to complete electronic credentialing through Vet Pro.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:Grade is GS12. Candidate step to be determined by a Professional Standards Board.

TOUR OF DUTY: 3:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday and occasional weekends/holidays as needed.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Random drug testing may be required.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.

BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To qualify for appointment all applicants for the position of Pharmacist in VHA must:

a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. b. Education (1) 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. Verification of approved degree programs may be obtained from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 20 North Clark Street, Suite 2500, Chicago, Illinois 60602-5109; phone: (312) 664-3575, or through their Web site at: (NOTE: Prior to 2005 ACPE accredited both baccalaureate and Doctor of Pharmacy terminal degree program. Today the sole degree is Doctor of Pharmacy.) (2) 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). c. 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 VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16.

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, are 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.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS: Candidate GS-12 salary to be determined by a Professional Standards Board.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS For GS-12: (2) GS-12 Clinical Pharmacist (Full Performance Level) (a) Experience or Education. In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must meet one of the following: 1. 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, or 2. Completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program. (b) 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. Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs): 1. Knowledge of professional pharmacy practice. 2. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to both patients and health care staff. 3. Knowledge of laws, regulations, and accreditation standards related to the distribution and control of scheduled and non scheduled drugs and pharmacy security. 4. Skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters.


References: VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15 QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated June 7, 2012.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at

In describing your experience please be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience.

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: 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. *

REQUIREMENTS (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after appointment):

  • Applicants must meet any physical, language, license or degree requirements.
  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States.
  • Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.
  • New Appointees may be subject to a probationary period.
  • New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability.

An OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment , *must be submitted prior to appointment. *This form is available at

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome.


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, 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

Other Information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) *and *Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

Special Employment Consideration: Individuals eligible for the following appointments are encouraged to apply: 5 CFR 213.3102 "u", Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities ; mental retardation, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities; and Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

Salary Range: $105,571.00 to $124,201.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0660-12/12

Promotion Potential: 12

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453205100

Job Announcement Number: YD-16-AYJ-1824017