Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Clinical Pharmacist Specialist (HCV/Infectious Diseases) in Dallas, Texas

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

Opened Monday 10/3/2016 (20 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/24/2016 (1 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1814269

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.


VA North Texas Health Care System is the second busiest VA system in the nation and we are growing! Comprised of the Dallas VA Medical Center, Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center in Bonham, Fort Worth Outpatient Clinic and Tyler VA Primary Care Clinic, VANTHCS is an integrated health care system with approximately 4,600 employees and over 1,600 volunteers and clinical trainees. VANTHCS also coordinates a Community Based Outpatient Clinic program throughout its 40-county primary service area to improve access to care for veterans throughout 38 North Texas and 2 in southern Oklahoma. Through these four distinctive facilities and relationships with other agencies, VANTHCS provides a continuum of health care services to a veteran population of approximately 110,000.

Housed on an 84-acre campus, Dallas VA Medical Center is the corporate headquarters for VANTHCS and serves as the tertiary referral center. Through its partnership with The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (UT Southwestern), it also has emerged as a major teaching and medical research center. Primary care and multi-specialty outpatient clinics are also provided, making VANTHCS the 2nd largest health care system based on number of patients seen.

Dallas provides a wide variety of cultural and educational opportunities, has a variety of affordable housing opportunities, and is easily accessible nationally and internationally.

VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to


The Hepatology / Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (CPS) serves as a provider with prescribing privileges as outlined in the individual's Scope of Practice. The incumbent is responsible for the medication therapy management of Hepatitis C. The incumbent will evaluate patients for treatment candidacy, educate patients at initiation of therapy, follow up and end of treatment. In addition, the incumbent will serve as a provider for the Hepatology shared medical and telehealth appointments, prescribing therapy for hepatitis C and adjusting other medications as needed based on drug interactions or clinical indication. Given large number of patients needing treatment for hepatitis C at VANTHCS, the primary responsibility will be for this patient population until the majority of patients have been treated and the need decreases. At that point, the incumbent will transition to be an active member of the Antimicrobial Stewardship team while maintaining some coverage in the Hepatitis C and Infectious Diseases Ambulatory Care clinics. They will also be responsible for prior authorization consults as assigned. This pharmacist promotes and manages drug therapy based on current clinical knowledge that is consistent with policies and guidelines established at the national, VISN, and local levels. Clinical Pharmacy Specialists are employees of their medical center's Pharmacy Service, to ensure they receive all professional guidance, policy and communications, along with department missions and goals, especially regarding the VA National Formulary, VISN and local medical center Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee objectives for formulary management activities and patient safety updates (i.e. notices, bulletins). The CPS will be provided appropriate resources for the direct care of their patients.

Tour of Duty: Monday-Friday (08:00am - 4:30pm) 40 hour work week.

Relocation Expenses and/or Incentives are not authorized.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
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


Candidates must meet all the requirements identified in the VA Qualification Standard for Licensed Pharmacist, GS-660 as set forth in VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15 dated June 7, 2012.

Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)


(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).

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.

Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.



In addition to the GS-12 requirements, applicants must have 1 year of experience clinical practice in an outpatient or inpatient hospital setting OR completion of a 1 year and/or PGY2 residency training post-Pharm.D. Clinical Practice (Direct Patient Care). Individuals in these assignments are responsible for patient care activities involving highly innovative methods of health care delivery. These individuals have a high level of independence designated in their Scope of Practice and are recognized by their peers as performing assignments that require an exceptional level of competence.

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist. The clinical pharmacy specialist (CPS) functions at the highest level of clinical practice, works independently under their scope of practice as defined by the individual medical center to directly care for patients. A CPS plays a defined role in budgetary execution and serves as a mid-level provider who functions to initiate, modify or discontinue medication therapy and as a consultant for intensive medication therapy management services. This includes, but is not limited to, the following: designing, implementing, assessing, monitoring and documenting therapeutic plans utilizing the most effective, least toxic and most economical medication treatments; helping achieve positive patient centric outcomes through direct and indirect interactions with patients, providers, and interdisciplinary teams in assigned areas; performing physical assessments; and ordering laboratory and other tests to help determine efficacy and toxicity of medication therapy. In addition, the candidate's application packet/resume, Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following KSAs:

  1. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions.

  2. Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for their program area.

  3. Ability to solve problems, coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes in their program area or area of clinical expertise.

  4. Expert knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy.

  5. Advanced skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters

Preferred Qualifications: permanent

  1. PGY1 and/or PGY2 residency training setting

  2. Experience as a prescriber under a scope of practice in an ambulatory care setting

  3. BPS certification preferred

Applicants must successfully complete VETPRO VA credentials databank if selected.


All requirements must be meet by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis.

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

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.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment)

  • 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 will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability. Male applicants born

after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the

Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law.

  • Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector

General Sanctions database.

  • Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a one or two year

probationary period.

  • 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d) requires that persons appointed to direct patient-care positions must

possess the required basic proficiency in spoken and written English.

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

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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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

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. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

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

Salary Range: $105,852.00 to $128,010.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0660-13/13

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Current Permanent VA Nationwide Employees Only

Control Number: 452029900

Job Announcement Number: AH-16-WMC-1814269-BU