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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Pharmacist(Clinical Spec) in Clarksburg, West Virginia

Summary The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Formulary Manager, must be a licensed registered pharmacist, Doctor of Pharmacy degree and minimum of Pharmacy Practice Residency (PGY1) or equivalent practice experience preferred. The pharmacist reports to the Associate Chief, Clinical Pharmacy Services. Functions include research, education, program management, clinical practice, and administration. Responsibilities The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Formulary Manager, has full responsibility for planning and implementing multiple special program areas with the Medical Center, including the 1) local Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee, and 2) formulary management program. This includes serving as Secretary, Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee, and formulary management, including drug utilization evaluation, outcomes analysis, in-service and education, non-formulary/restricted drug consultation, cost-containment initiatives, and quality indicators. MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: - Perform drug utilization evaluations and outcomes analyses to improve the medication use process. - Participate in staff development initiatives thru in-service presentations and continuing education. - Precept pharmacy resident learning experiences and student rotations for local schools of pharmacy. - Serve as Secretary, Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee, including oversight of agenda / minutes. - Serve on VISN 5 Pharmacy & Therapeutics and Pharmacy Utilization Management Committees. - Act on behalf of Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee regarding formulary management issues. - Provide non-formulary / restricted drug consultation for Medical Center health care providers. - Lead formulary cost-containment initiatives, including the development of strategies and analysis. - Foster the development of new programs and services based on the needs of the Medical Center. - Meet formulary management quality assurance indicators and maintain associated quality reports. - Provide customer service in a manner consistent with the Medical Center mission, vision and values. - Provide pharmaceutical care for patients consulted to clinical pharmacy programs and services. FUNCTIONS: Research: Participates in research and development efforts. Education: Participate in Medical Center staff development initiatives Program Management: Serve as Secretary, Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee Clinical Practice: Provide customer service in a manner consistent with the Medical Center mission, vision and values. Administration: Assist in departmental efforts to assure continuous compliance with ASHP and Joint Commission standards, such as maintenance of clinical pharmacy-related policy and procedures. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required 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 (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. 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). 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. Grandfathering Provision. All licensed pharmacists employed in VHA in this occupation on the effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series and grade held, including positive education and licensure/certification/registration that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation. For employees who do not meet all the basic requirements required in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, the following provisions apply: (1) Employees grandfathered into the GS-660 occupational series may be reassigned, promoted up to and including the full performance (journey) level, or changed to lower grade within the occupation, but may not be promoted beyond the journey level or placed in supervisory or managerial positions. (2) Employees who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the effective date of the qualification standard may not have their temporary appointment extended or be reappointed, on a temporary or permanent basis, until they fully meet the basic requirements of the standard. Employees initially grandfathered into this occupation, who subsequently obtain additional education and/or licensure/certification/registration, that meet all the basic requirements of this qualification standard must maintain the required credentials as a condition of employment in the occupation. (3) If a licensed pharmacist who was retained under this provision leaves the occupation, the employee loses protected status and must meet the full VA qualification standard requirements in effect at the time of reentry to the occupation. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. English Language Proficiency. Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: GS-13 Experience. In addition to the GS-12 requirements, must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level of GS-12 and demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. GS-12 requirements: 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 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, or 2. Completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program. GS-12 Knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs): Knowledge of professional pharmacy practice. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to both patients and health care staff. Knowledge of laws, regulations, and accreditation standards related to the distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs and pharmacy security. Skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters GS-13 Demonstrated KSAs. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions. Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for their program area. Ability to solve problems, coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes in their program area or area of clinical expertise. Expert knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy. Advanced 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 JUNE 7, 2012 PART II APPENDIX G15 The full performance level of this vacancy is 13. Physical Requirements: Standing for long periods of time, heavy lifting 45, pounds and over, heavy carrying, 45 pounds or over, pushing, use of fingers, both hands required, walking, repeated binding, both legs required, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordinator simultaneously, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, ability to distinguish basic colors, hearing (aid permitted), other 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 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 or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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