Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration ACADEMIC DETAIL PHARMACY PROGRAM MANAGER/CLINICAL PHARMACY SPECIALIST VISN 16 GS-0660-13 in Little Rock, Arkansas

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
3 vacancies in the following location:
  • Little Rock, AR
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Thursday 5/26/2016 (275 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 5/25/2017 (89 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1715680

“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.

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.


Duty Location/Campus:Pharmacy Service, CAVHS Little Rock

Tour of Duty:MONDAY-FRIDAY, 8:00AM-4:30PM

The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System is seeking a VISN 16 Academic Detail Pharmacy Program Manager/Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for the Pharmacy Service (3 Positions)

Area of Consideration: U.S. CITIZENS

THIS POSITION MAY BE CONSIDERED FOR Telework or Virtual at potential VISN 16 facility.


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?

Every job at the VA impacts the Veterans that we serve. You can be part of that team, helping tomake sure that our Veterans receive the top-quality care they deserve.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. 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**

Note: The full performance level of this vacancy is [13]. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

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.


GENERAL DESCRIPTION: LR POSITION The Academic Detail Pharmacy Program Manager/ Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (CPS) for VISN 16 functions at the highest level of clinical practice and works under a scope of practice as approved by the Medical Executive Committee. The CPS functions to initiate, modify, discontinue, and monitor medication therapy and acts as a consultant for medication therapy management services throughout VISN 16 Medical Centers. The CPS plays a defined role in meeting performance measures and budgetary execution while helping achieve positive patient centric outcomes through direct and indirect interactions with patients, providers and interdisciplinary teams in assigned areas. The CPS travels VISN 16 locations to interact with identified Providers and pharmacy staff to share educational materials, medically based data such as prescribing patterns, and promotes better Veteran health outcomes as well as alignment with national and VISN priorities and drug therapy goals.DUTIES:

  • Directly involved in the design, implementation and monitoring of therapeutic drug plans to achieve definite outcomes through direct interactions with patients and providers in assigned areas.

  • Actively involved in reviewing patient medication regimens for clinical effectiveness, drug selection, dosing, contraindications, side effects, potential drug interactions, and therapeutic outcomes as required. Communicates findings with prescribers and provides appropriate alternatives to current treatment plans as needed.

  • Able to apply knowledge of normal laboratory values in the evaluation of patient care and recognizes significant abnormalities.

  • Is an expert in the principles of clinical pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics and is knowledgeable and able to make dose adjustment recommendations based on objective laboratory findings.

  • Documents clinical interventions in CPRS in a timely and professional manner as appropriate.

  • Obtains medication histories from patients and summarizes significant findings in the medical record and/or to the provider as appropriate.

  • Performs drug use evaluations on behalf of national, VISN and local medical center initiatives as needed.

  • Reviews and verifies medication orders to be administered to patients in primary care, prior to administration, for appropriateness and to reduce potential risk of adverse drug event.

  • Reviews and evaluates requests for non-formulary and restricted drugs for appropriateness and compliance with established criteria where applicable.

Unique functions requiring the individual to maintain a SOP:

(a) Serves as the primary provider to initiate, modify or discontinue patient's medication therapy.

(b) Orders, performs, reviews and analyzes appropriate laboratory tests and other diagnostic studies necessary to monitor and support the patient's drug therapy.

  • Monitors for and reports drug errors, adverse drug reactions, allergies, and patient compliance issues, documents findings per facility procedures.

  • Promotes and monitors compliance for established drug therapy policies.

  • Works with providers to ensure compliance with national, VISN, and local initiatives.

  • Serves on medical center and/or VISN committees as requested.

  • Performs drug conversions assists with drug shortages when needed.

  • Participates in professional staff recommendations designed to influence national and cost-effective drug therapy in Primary Care.

  • Participates in the training and in-servicing of medical staff, nursing staff, residents, students and other allied health professionals as required.

Travel Required
  • 25% or Greater
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
  • Must have 1 year experience at the next lower grade


* a.* 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.)

b. 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: 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).

c. 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.


  • Residency training or commensurate experience

  • Must possess good written and verbal communication skills

  • Must be proficient in CPRS

  • Must have a BLS (Places to take courses:

American First Response, 8735 Sheltie Dr Ste F, N Little Rock, AR 72113, (501) 771-1778

Lifesaver Associates, 5407 Stagecoach Rd, Ste 16 in Grant Plaza, Bryant, AR 72022,


American Heart Association, 909 W. 2nd Street, Little Rock AR 72201, 501-375-9148


GRADE DETERMINATIONS: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G15-Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standard.

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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Work may involve prolonged standing and/or walking. Work involves lifting of weights up to 40 pounds. Incumbent will be subject to bending and stooping. Transportation of goods from pharmacy to pharmacy will be required.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit

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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

Other Information

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

Series & Grade: GS-0660-13/13

Promotion Potential: 13

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 440204900

Job Announcement Number: RQ-16-KG-1715680