Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Pharmacist Chief, Pharmacy in Loma Linda, California

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

Opened Friday 8/5/2016 (82 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (66 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number 1769785

This announcement is open until filled. The first review of applicants will begin September 05, 2016 and qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. The subsequent review will be at the end of each month.

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?


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 .

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 Professional Standards Board (PSB) (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For Internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.


Provides leadership, direction, organization, planning and implementation of pharmacy programs promoting effective utilization of all resources and also promote quality pharmaceutical services throughout both Inpatient and Outpatient settings. Has administrative and supervisory responsibility over a complex and growing pharmacy organization that has approximately 113 pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and other support staff. Services are provided to five Community Based Outpatient Clinics, and Research. This position interacts extensively with the VHA's Centralized Mail-Out Pharmacy process. Participates in all elements affecting the Medical Center mission as well as serving on committees designated to facilitate top management decisions. Based on the level of this position, may be assigned to not only VISN committees/councils but also VHA national committees and/or task groups.

Work Schedule: Full-time permanent, Monday - Friday, 8am - 4:30pm

The VA Loma Linda Healthcare System is part of the Desert Pacific Healthcare Network. The Healthcare System is comprised of the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center and six community clinics located in Blythe, Corona, Palm Desert, Rancho Cucamonga, Murrieta and Victorville. Opened in 1977, the Medical Center is named in memory of Congressman Jerry L. Pettis, who worked diligently to locate the facility in Loma Linda. It is one of the top 25 employers in the Inland Empire; with over 2,294 employees and 1,332 volunteers that serve over 65,000 Veterans who entrust their health care needs to the VA. The Medical Center provides a wide variety of services through inpatient, outpatient and home care programs. The major bed services are Medicine, Surgery and Behavioral Medicine. The facility has 177 acute care beds and a 108 bed Community Living Center. In 2016, we are to open our Health Care Center, 3-story 275,000 square feet, devoted for outpatient care off-site. We are a teaching institution with a number of affiliations with local educational institutions to include an affiliation with the Loma Linda Medical University.

Affiliations: Postgraduate medical and dental education programs are conducted with the Loma Linda University. In addition, the Medical Center is also affiliated with 106 other educational institutions and provides training for a variety of allied health specialists.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • PCS is authorized. Recruitment/Relocation Incentive of 15% per year/yearly for a total of 4 years may be authorized for a highly qualified candidate.
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a US citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a security background/suitability investigation.
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination or PPD/TB Skin test.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • This position requires candidates to be proficient in English.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.


  • U.S. Citizenship

  • Graduate of Accreditation for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited College or School of Pharmacy with a baccalaureate degree in pharmacy (BS Pharmacy) and/or Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree.

  • 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.

  • Proficient in spoken and written the English language.


In addition to the basic requirements, must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the the next lower grade level (GS-14).

Specialized experience includes managing a complex medical center based pharmacy program that is defined as having multiple practice settings (e.g. hospital ambulatory care, long-term care, behavior health care) that require Joint Commission review as separate standards. In addition to the medical center pharmacy, has responsibility for pharmacy services at one or more of the following: CBOCs, Rural Health Program, domiciliary, or provides dispensing and/or clinical services to State Veterans Home. The Pharmacy should provide clinical pharmacist services to three (3) or more specialty areas such as, but not limited to, hemodialysis, oncology, operating room or an emergency department.


  • Licensed pharmacist with a doctoral degree in Pharmacy and previous management experience.

  • An advanced degree in public health (MPH)or business administration (MBA) is preferred.

Must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  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 recourses to support the mission and goals of the organization.

  6. Ability to plan, organize and direct the functions of the pharmacy staff.


Graduate of Accreditation for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited College or School of Pharmacy with a baccalaureate degree in pharmacy (BS Pharmacy) and/or Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree.

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

Physical Requirements: Lifting; carrying; walking; standing; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable. Subject to solvents, grease, oils, electrical energy and working closely with others.

RATING/RANKING PROCEDURES:Applicants who meet the qualification AND basic requirement will be further evaluated by determining the extent to which their work or related experience, education, training, etc., indicate they possess the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

APPLICANTS PLEASE 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 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 for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. Submit a legible copy of your DD 214(s) indicating character of service and the dates of service or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.

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 visit

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (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 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.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on "Application Status." For a more detailed update of your status, click on "more information." Information regarding application notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.


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, 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

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.

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

Salary Range: $136,866.00 to $160,300.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0660-15/15

Promotion Potential: 15

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 446779200

Job Announcement Number: LL-16-JOH-T38H-1769785-SR