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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Supervisory Pharmacist, Operations in Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Summary The John J. Pershing VA Medical Center is seeking a full-time Supervisory Pharmacist for the Cape Girardeau HCC. The incumbent will be responsible for planning and coordination of the delivery of pharmaceutical products and services within the Cape Girardeau HCC; provide oversight of daily operations; pharmacological management of patient medication needs; provision of educational services to staff and patients; and the development and management of clinical programs. Responsibilities Duties of the position include the following: Responsible for the day-to day operations of the pharmacy and coordination of comprehensive pharmacy services; Ensure pharmacy is managed and maintained in accordance with local, state, and federal laws; as well as, applicable department of Veterans Affairs and oversight/accrediting body policies and procedures; Responsible for developing and maintaining a system of drug distribution; Make recommendations to the Chief of Pharmacy regarding all resource management issues including personnel actions, budgetary projections and execution, major and minor equipment, and space; Implement performance improvement and High Reliability Organization (HRO) principles into pharmacy operations and ensures staff involvement and participation; Develop pharmacy policies and procedures; Maintain effective interdepartmental relations; Manage the procurement, storage, and distribution of drugs and supplies within the Cape Girardeau HCC; Ensure the appropriate security and control measures are in-place and maintained for the Cape Girardeau HCC Pharmacy. This includes, but is not limited to, access control, physical security, personnel clearance, controlled substance requirements, and adherence to all VA security rules and regulations; May participate in Outpatient dispensing. Dispenses mediation, dietary supplement and medical supplies to eligible outpatients at the pharmacy window and by mail through CMOP. Dispensing is accomplished by using professional knowledge of the principles and practices of selecting and compounding and dispensing pharmaceutical products according to VA policies and procedures to ensure optimum efficiency and compliance with regulations; and May participate in controlled substance dispensing. Issuing and accounting for all controlled substance per hospital and VA policies. Will provide strict security of all controlled substance by reviewing all orders, prescriptions and records. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, excluding weekends and Federal holidays. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy Education: 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: http://www.acpe-accredit.org/. (NOTE: Prior to 2005 ACPE accredited both baccalaureate and Doctor of Pharmacy terminal degree program. Today the sole degree is Doctor of Pharmacy.) Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs meet the educational requirement if the graduate can 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). 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 REQUIREMENTS: Creditable Experience (1) Knowledge of Professional Pharmacy Practices. To be creditable, the experience must have demonstrated the use of knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with professional pharmacy practice. Professional practice means paid/non-paid employment as a professional or unlicensed graduate pharmacist as defined by the appropriate licensing board. (2) Residency and Fellowship Training. Residency and fellowship training programs in a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice may be substituted for creditable experience on a year-for-year basis. The pharmacy residency program must be accredited by the American Society of Health- System Pharmacists (ASHP). A fellowship program that is not accredited by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) will need to have comparable standards for experience to be creditable (Professional Standards Board refers to the Deputy Chief Consultant for Professional Practice for the determination). (3) Quality of Experience. Qualifying experience must be at a level comparable to pharmacy experience at the next lower level. Experience as a Graduate Pharmacist is creditable provided the candidate was used as a professional pharmacist (under supervision) and subsequently passed the appropriate licensure examination. (4) Part-time Experience. Part-time experience as a professional pharmacist is credited according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a pharmacist employed 20 hours a week, or on a 1/2-time basis, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service. Preferred Experience: Prior experience in a hospital or clinical setting. GRADE DETERMINATIONS: In addition to the GS-12 requirements, applicants MUST have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level and MUST demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs): Ability to effectively supervise subordinate staff; Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions; Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards pertaining to pharmacy; Skill in managing people or programs. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The actual grade at which an applicant will be selected for this vacancy is GS-13. Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds, Moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds, Use of fingers, Both hands required, Walking 4 hours, Standing 4hours, Repeated bending 4hours, Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, Both eyes required, Ability to distinguish basic colors, Hearing (aid permitted), Working on ladders or scaffolding, Working closely with others, Working alone, Protracted or irregular hours of work. References: VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15, Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standard, dated June 7, 2012. Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Additional Information Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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