Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Pharmacist in Mount Vernon, Missouri

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Mount Vernon, MO
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Tuesday 7/19/2016 (92 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 10/19/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1753297


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.


Mount Vernon, Missouri lies at the start of the Ozark Mountain Parkway which leads to the Branson/Table Rock Lake tourist areas. Mount Vernon is a small community with a population of approximately 4000. There are numerous family activities to enjoy such as fishing, boating, swimming, golf, parks, and beautiful picnic areas. The cost of living is low and the schools are excellent. Enjoy a scenic drive to Branson, Springfield or Joplin, Missouri for a day of shopping, eating at fine restaurants or attending some of the entertaining shows that Branson has to offer. For more information visit:

This position is ultimately for the Springfield CBOC. The position will start at the Mt. Vernon CBOC and move to the Springfield CBOC in approximately 2 years. To accept this position, you must be agreeable to moving your work station to the Springfield CBOC once it is opened.

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.

If you are an internal employee (i.e., VA applicant located at the facility and/or Community Based Outpatient Clinic) or VA Agency Wide employee, or current Federal employee, you should apply under the announcement* *KT-16-BCS-1753382-BU.

Recruitment or Relocation Incentives are not authorized for this position.


This is the full performance level for Clinical (Staff) Pharmacists. Employees at this grade level serve as Clinical (Staff) Pharmacists receiving little guidance from more experienced staff members handling more complex patient orders and procedures.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • The primary functions will be the interpretation and verification of physician's orders, patient medication profile review (allergy, drug interaction screens etc.) providing drug and policy information to patients and medical center staff, and participation in educational programs within the service and medical center.

  • This position assures the accuracy of drug dispensing and the compounding of medications based on patient history and medication profile review, good clinical practice, and other pertinent factors. This includes (but is not limited to) data entry into the computer, screening orders for drug-drug and drug-food interactions, dosing errors, allergies, incompatibilities, contraindications, and formulary availability. Discrepancies are reviewed with the provider and resolved. Once satisfied, the pharmacist will (release) send the order forward for filling

  • This position also provides drug information to physicians, nurses and other associated health care professionals as well as oral and written drug information to inpatients and outpatients, as appropriate. This may involve open training sessions/discussions with providers or patients, questions received via telephone or electronically (e-mail etc.).

Work Schedule: Monday – Friday 08:00a.m. – 04:30p.m.

Functional Statement Title/#: Clinical Pharmacist/000000

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
  • Full, current, and unrestricted license required

Basic Requirements:

U.S. citizenship: Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.


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


  • 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.


  • 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 US.C. § 7402(/)). 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.

For grade levels above the GS-11, the candidate must be licensed.

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

Preferred Experience: Desired area of practice Ambulatory Care.

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: In addition to the basic requirements for employment above, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade for candidates.

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. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/55 PART II APENDIX G15. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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, nonformula reviews and medication usage evaluations; documenting and assessing adverse drug events; 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.

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: Moderate lifting 15-44 pounds and light carrying under 15 pounds, reaching above shoulders, standing, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, and hearing conversational voice aid permitted.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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 is 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. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their 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: $105,571.00 to $124,201.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0660-12/12

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 444792800

Job Announcement Number: KT-16-BCS-1753297-BU