Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Kansas City, Missouri

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Kansas City, MO
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent NTE 1 year

Opened Tuesday 10/11/2016 (12 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/31/2016 (8 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1822261

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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The Kansas City VA is embarking on a journey of moving beyond performance measure and becoming the Healthcare System Veterans Trust and Choose. Our patients depend on us and we depend on professionals like you. If you are interested in being a part of a LEAN organization and putting other's needs before your own this may be the organization for you. Yours might be the first face they see when they come through our doors. Yours might be the voice they hear right after a surprise diagnosis. Yours might be the eyes they look into asthey are pushed in a wheelchair to a frightening procedure. Your attitude reflects us and everything we are proud of in this organization. By applying for this position you have chosen to help serve our patients and we appreciate you. With the initiation of cultural change, along with knowledge and tools for change, the Kansas City VA will continue to move towards a practice of continuous improvement. In the endeavor, we recognize that this change will not occur suddenly, that dedicated individuals like you will be required, that leadership involvement is necessary, and employee engagement paramount. As a 157 bed medical, surgical, and psychiatric facility, the Kansas City VA provides comprehensive health care through primary care and tertiary care in subspecialty medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation. It is also a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri Kansas City. Take a closer look at Kansas City at

This is an external announcement, open to U.S. Citizens. Facility employees, VA employees, or other Federal employees should apply under the internal announcement # CD-17-MS-1822253-BU. *All applicants applying under this external announcement will be subject to veteran's preference. *

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 Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (CPS) functions at the highest level of clinical practice as mid-level practitioners, working independently under their scope of practice as defined by the individual Medical Center to directly care for patients. The incumbent has prescriptive authority and is a mid-level provider that can initiate, modify and discontinue medications in accordance with their prescriptive privileges. A CPS is an expert in all assigned areas of coverage and functions as a consultant to other health care professionals. 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.

Major duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Coordinates workload activities and expected to direct colleagues, technicians, and subordinates to complete routine tasks of the shift and assigned area.

  • Identifies, interprets, and resolves prescribing and dispensing issues, including pharmacotherapeutics and the formulary issues.

  • Independently identifies and resolves clinical and administrative problems that occur in their service. Effectively communicates across service lines as necessary to achieve resolution.

  • Continually identifies and implements strategies to optimize the cost-effective use of medications for KCVAMC.

  • Orders, reviews and interprets appropriate laboratory tests and other studies necessary to monitor, support and modify the patient's medication therapy.

  • Maintains working knowledge of applicable medication criteria for use. Applies knowledge to direct appropriate medication therapy and adjudicate non-formulary medication requests according to scope of practice.

  • Professionally expresses thoughts and ideas to co-workers and supervisor. Effectively participates in the decision making process and willingly complies with team decisions.

  • Evaluates procedures/process and demonstrates the ability to make timely and effective decisions that facilitate change and produce results that improve performance or patient care.

  • Assesses the educational needs of medical center staff and provides appropriate and timely formal/informal education on an ongoing basis.

  • Designs and coordinates drug utilization evaluations and the clinic's quality assurance program. This includes the collection and compilation of data and the preparation of reports to be provided to the appropriate committees.

Work Schedule:Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm *Functional Statement Title/#: * GS-13 Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Travel Required
  • Not 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.

Basic Requirements:

  • 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. 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.) OR 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) (MUST provide copy of transcripts with application).

  • 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(MUST provide current license with application).

Preferred Experience:

  • Completion of the equivalent of 1 year of creditable experience at the next lower grade level which is directly related to the position to be filled.

  • Completion of a PGY-1, ASHP accredited Residency or equivalent experience.

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.

Grade Determinations:

This position is a GS-13. In addition to the basic requirements, the applicant must meet the following requirements to be considered qualified and eligible for referral:

In addition to the GS-12 requirements, must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level and demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  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.

References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/55 Part II Appendix G15: Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standard. 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 is primarily performed while sitting, though some work may require periods of standing. The regular and recurring work of this position involves sitting at a desk. Frequent use of automobile and public conveyances is required. Occasional lifting of boxes is also required.

Security Clearance


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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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides 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.

Salary Range: $107,815.00 to $140,166.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0660-13/13

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453041400

Job Announcement Number: CD-17-MS-1822261-BU