Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Supervisory Pharmacist in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Albuquerque, NM
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (9 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 11/16/2016 (24 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):1824255 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.

The New Mexico Veterans Affairs Health Care System (NMVAHCS) strives to provide the highest quality primary, secondary and tertiary health care to its beneficiaries through a compassionate, innovative health care system, excellent training and education of health care professionals, and effective use of available resources. 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 and leadership positions 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.

Failing to submit any documentation that is required and listed under the "Required Documents" tab may result in loss of consideration.

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Relocation/Recruitment Incentives are not authorized for this position.

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.



The Supervisory Pharmacist serves as the Deputy Center Director (DCD) is the key leader next to the Center Director (CD) of the CSP Clinical Research Pharmacy Coordinating Center. The incumbent represents the CD in all Pharmacy Coordinating Center management matters and in interactions with other CSP Coordinating Center leadership, Office of Research and Development (ORD) leadership in VA Central Office, VA investigators at VA Medical Centers across the nation, representatives of academic and extramural research collaborators, and representatives of federal and international regulatory authorities, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Health Canada.

The DCD assumes the full authority of the Center Director in the absence or incapacity of the CD and works closely with the Director on a day-to-day basis. The DCD is considered a subject matter expert and leads assigned national CSP activities at the Program level and assists with national ORD initiatives including oversight and work groups.

The Deputy Director is expected to serve as the Center's Project Director for at least one national/international multicenter study. As a full member of both the planning and executive committees of each study, the incumbent participates in designing, conducting, and publishing the results of the studies. In this role, the incumbent serves as the subject matter expert on all matters related to pharmaceutical and regulatory aspects of the study, providing input to the protocol, negotiating with sponsors and FDA, preparing submissions to regulatory authorities, reviewing reports related to study participant safety (serious adverse event reports), developing drug and device handling protocols, directing and monitoring the prescribing and dispensing activities at participating medical centers, and participating in writing committees in the development of manuscripts reporting study results.

Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm Position Description Title/PD#: Supervisory Pharmacist Deputy Director / N/A Fair Labor Standards Act: Exempt Bargaining Unit Status Code: 1276

Travel Required
  • 25% or Greater
  • Frequent travel will be required.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • English Language Proficiency: Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English.
  • 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:
  • Licensure: 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.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Grade Determinations: GS-14: In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must meet 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Examples of qualifying experience include: Directing the functions of pharmacy staff; developing and implementing programs; monitoring and managing divers groups of people; designing, conducting an publishing the results of studies; and acting in the capacity of the service in chief in their absence.

* Assignment.*Responsible for coordinating multiple programs in pharmacy service in a medical facility. Serves as the Acting Service Chief in the absence of the Service Chief. Develops and maintains a system of internal reviews that ensure service programs operate at a satisfactory level of performance and in compliance with regulatory and accrediting bodies. Responsible for pharmacy utilization of resources and budget. Makes selections, assigns personnel, and serves as a mentor to help employees develop their full potential.

Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following KSAs:

  1. Skill in persuading others and gaining cooperation to accomplish goals.
  2. Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing regarding complex clinical and technical issues.
  3. Skill in utilizing regulatory and quality standards to develop and implement operational programs.
  4. Skill in managing multiple and diverse people or programs.
  5. Skill in utilizing available resources to support the mission and goals of the organization.
  6. Ability to plan, organize and direct the functions of the pharmacy staff.

References: VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15, Pharmacist, and Appendix G-15, Qualification Standards. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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: 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.

Physical Requirements: The work places no special demands on the employee. The work includes some walking, standing, bending, and carrying of light items such as paper and books. Most of the work is performed while seated.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

If you wish to know the status of your application at any time in the process, refer to the automated status updates available in your account Application Manager.

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating. If qualified, we will review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. An electronic notification letter – or-e-mail – will be sent to applicants who provide an email address. Otherwise you will receive a notification letter via U.S. Postal service within 2 to 4 weeks.

IF YOU FAIL to provide the documentation that is identified in the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS portion of this announcement you will not be considered and receive an electronic notification of either “IDMA” or “IFM”.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Receiving Service Credit for 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.

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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

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

In Accordance with VA Handbook 5383 (VA Drug-Free Workplace Program) Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA

Salary Range: $125,080.00 to $151,261.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0660-14/14

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453229500

Job Announcement Number: ABQ-17-007-MLM-1824255