Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Clinical Pharmacist Specialist PACT in Los Angeles, California

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

Opened Friday 6/24/2016 (121 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (69 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1737896

This position is opened until filled: First closing date is July 6, 2016 and every two weeks after the first closing date.

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.

You Can Make a Difference

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. 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. 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

The incumbent serves as a key member of PACT, partnering with other healthcare professionals to provide healthcare that is patient-centered, data-driven, team-based, and continuously improving.

Travel may be required from the assigned site to any of the other GLA sites as needed.

The duty location is at SANTA MARIA, CALIFORNIA.

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.



Provides an extensive range of clinical pharmacy specialist services to patients in PACT. Works as a member of an assigned PACT team and monitors patients for a variety of disease states including diabetes, hypertension, etc. Designs, implements, assesses, monitors, and documents therapeutic plans using the most effective, least toxic, and most economical medications. Offers additional interventions to maximize patient care outcomes, taking into consideration choice of therapy, safety, efficacy, and cost.

Works closely with other healthcare professionals including physicians and nurse practitioners. Performs physical assessments of patients and orders laboratory tests to help assess the efficacy and any negative aspects of medication therapy.

Conducts and evaluates medication histories, assesses compliance and suggests pharmacotherapeutic modifications in an effort to achieve desired outcomes and provides appropriate pharmaceutical care.

Serves as an expert PACT pharmacist providing clinical pharmacy consultations to professional staff on the pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics of pharmaceutical products.

Identifies any drug-related problems such as allergic reactions, toxicities, adverse reactions, improper dose regimen, noncompliance, etc.

Provides medication counseling and educational materials to patients. Works with patients to achieve compliance with medication regimens.

Processes pending orders, as needed.

Identifies, interprets, and resolves prescribing and dispensing issues. Documents interventions when appropriate.

Monitors patients' anticoagulation therapy through telephone consultations or clinic visits at intervals determined by the pharmacist. At each follow-up encounter, reviews lab results and evaluates patients for any changes related to their anticoagulation therapy. As needed, makes dose changes or other changes to patients' anticoagulation therapy. Documents monitoring results and any medication changes in CPRS.

Program Management and Administrative Functions:

  • Establishesand maintains work flow patterns to keep outpatient prescription waiting time to an average of 30 minutes or less.
  • Checks inpatient and outpatient prescriptions/orders that are filled by pharmacy technicians ensuring their accuracy and completeness prior to dispensing/administration. Assists in identifying, distributing, and balancing workload and tasks among pharmacy technicians.
  • Effectively organizes workload, plans short and long range objectives, solves problems, and achieves goals within budget and staffing constraints.
  • Participates in quality assurance activities related to pharmacy issues.
  • Responsible for complying with all applicable Federal, VA, and GLA regulations, policies, and procedures pertaining to control substance accountabilty and drug accountabiltiy for pharmacy.
  • Complies with Joint Commission, CAP, CARE, and any other accreditation/regulatory requirements in connection with Pharmacy.
  • Ensures assigned administrative projects and reports are submitted in a timely fashion.
  • Uses discretion in appropriately safeguarding confidential information.
  • Effectively utilizes the VISTA/CPRS computer system as well as automated pharmacy equipment.


  • Provides teaching to pharmacy trainees including residents, pharmacy students and pharmacy technician students
  • Provides forman and informal education and inservices to pharmacy, medical, nursing and other healthcare staff.
  • Collaborates with Pharmacy Program Manager (Education and Training), to promote the learning experience and improve the performance of all levels of pharmacy staff.
  • Participates in all aspects of the training such as conducting on-the-job training and monitoring performance.
  • Develops and conducts patient education classes.
  • Works with researchers on protocol requirements and investigational record keeping. Assists in protocol development and implementation, as needed.

Tour of Duty: The employees in this position will work five (5) days a week and require to rotate for staffing coverage. Employees occasionally rotate Saturdays and holidays, and who work in the weekends and holidays, are entitled to receive weekend premium and holiday pay when worked.

Monday through Friday8:00am-4:30pm

Saturdays and Holidays 8:00am-4:30pm

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Recruitment Incentive (15%)
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.


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: (COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED):(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.

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.

English Language Proficiency:Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).


GRADE DETERMINATIONS:In addition to the basic requirements, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidate.

GS-12 Clinical Pharmacist (Full Performance Level)

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.

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.

References: Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standard, VA Handbook 5005 at

*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:Applicant must be able to distinguish basic colors and shades; requires moderate walking, standing, bending, or carrying of light items, or driving an automobile, etc. The functional Requirements: heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); heavy Carrying (45 lbs and over); straight Pulling (up to 1 hour); pushing (1 – 2 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (up to 3 hours); standing (up to 3 hours); repeated bending (up to 1 hour); ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13” to 16”; hearing (aid permitted). Also works closely with others.

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

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.

This announcement is for an immediate opening. Candidates notified of tentative selection will be required to complete a physical examination and/or a background investigation to include fingerprinting. For either requirement, additional information may be required and candidates will be provided one to five business days to meet these requirements. For tentative selectees who fail to report for a physical, fail to submit additional information regarding the physical, fail to complete the on-line background investigation and/or submit the signature pages required to complete the investigation within the five day period may have their name removed from further consideration for this vacancy. These candidates may apply for future vacancies as they are posted on USAJobs.


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

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.

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: $122,131.00 to $140,761.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0660-12/12

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 442943700

Job Announcement Number: RN-16-PPA-1738869 PACT