Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Clinical Pharmacist - Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (RRTP) in Dublin, Georgia

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

Opened Monday 10/3/2016 (17 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 10/25/2016 (5 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1817015* *

  • 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?

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 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.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

Tour of Duty: Monday thru Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Functional Statement #: F557517


This position's primary responsibility is coordinating pharmacotherapy related issues for the Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (RRTP) encompassing , therapeutic drug monitoring, medication histories, medication reconciliation, medication counseling, adverse drug reactions, order processing, and coordinating administrative activities as outlined in VHA Handbook 1108.06 and 1108.05 as well as MCM 00-345 Safe Medication Management Program for the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitative Treatment Program. The incumbent will support the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist of the RRTP and serve as the lead liaison between VA providers, patients, laboratory service line and quality management service line in regards to pharmacy operations and pharmacotherapy for RRTP patients.

In addition to the programmatic responsibilities, this individual will fulfill administrative, clinical, and distributive responsibilities.

Major Duties include:

Responsible for developing and managing pharmacy educational programs.

Provide medication counseling to patients and caregivers.

Assists in the development, coordination, and provision of medication therapy in-service programs, staff development programs, patient education groups, and other system-wide drug information programs.

Assists the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist with development, organizing, management and control of the RRTP pharmacy program.

Provide and promote cost-effective pharmaceutical services by offering rational and appropriate alternatives to high cost drugs and non-formulary medications.

Provide written and/or verbal patient education on complex drug regimens as appropriate

Completing ward inspections, medication reconciliations, and other administrative duties where necessary.

Participate in Interdisciplinary Treatment Teams and complete monthly medication reviews to support patient care and comply with established standards and regulations.

Complete non-formulary and prior-authorization consults.

Responsible for medication reconciliation to include evaluation of new admissions to the RRTP.

Provide pharmacological and therapeutic education on a formal and informal basis concerning medication management to physicians, nurses and other members of the health care team.

Provide medical literature searches through automated retrieval methods and evaluate information for relativity and usefulness in medical conditions.

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


  • U.S. citizenship. 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.)
  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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)


(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. 3. OR I will complete a 1 year post-Pharm.D. ASHP accredited VA Residency within the next 90 days.

(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.

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; religions; 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.


References : VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15, Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standard *QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated June 7,2012, and OPM Pharmacist Series Qualifications at *

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Requires sitting for long periods of time, bending and some light lifting (up to 15 lbs.) will be required. Job is performed in a office setting. Mental stability and able to work under stressful situations.

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.

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 your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made.


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, thrift savings plan, 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 .

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

Other Information

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

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.

Salary Range: $96,878.00 to $125,940.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0660-12/12

Promotion Potential: 12

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Open to current Permanent employees of the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center & its satellite employees, Permanent Veterans Canteen Service (VCS) Employees and Title 38 employees eligible under the VA Interchange Agreement

Control Number: 452357300

Job Announcement Number: OA-17-CS-1817015-BU