Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Pharmacy Technician, GS-0661-6, Pharmacy, Portland OR in Portland, Oregon

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

Opened Wednesday 9/21/2016 (33 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (67 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number: 1806256 Preference Eligible Veterans will be given consideration before all other applicants. Current permanent VA and/or Federal employees apply under VS-16-DMH-1806910-BU.

Signed- VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (required). Available at the VA Forms website:;=&Action;=Search must be signed and dated within 6 months of the closing date for this announcement.

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.

“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” 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.**

For more information on the “Who may apply” eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

The incumbent serves as a clinic patient advocate by answering patient inquiries and resolving patient concerns at a local level. He/she acts as patient advocate to assure appropriateness and quality...acts as a patient guide and advocate, assisting the patient in seeking information, assuring that the patient has the opportunity for informed consent for treatment decisions, and promoting our core I CARE values: to act with Integrity and Commitment, to Advocate for Veterans, to show Respect to all, and to pursue Excellence.



Under the supervision of a Pharmacist, Pharmacy Technicians perform routine pharmacy functions including receiving prescriptions from patients in writing or electronically from Physicians. Pharmacy Technicians prepare prescriptions by counting, pouring, weighing, measuring, and mixing the medication if necessary. Pharmacy Technicians maintain patient profiles. Prepares insurance claim forms, stock, and take inventory of medications. Pharmacy Technicians prepare medications for patients in various settings, including sterile product preparation. Major duties include but are not limited to:


Sterile Product Compounding:Accurately prepares sterile IV antibiotics, parenteral admixtures, sterile ophthalmic preparations, and other compounded sterile preparations (CSP's) using aseptic technique described in chapter 797 of the US Pharmacopoeia. Accurately prepares sterile pharmaceuticals which are associated with a high degree of toxicity, such as antineoplastics. Verifies correct formulation and ingredients; selects and measures appropriate components; mixes components using asceptic technique; inspects the final product accuracy, suitability and appearance; labels the product; and takes responsibility for ensuring timely deliver.

Non-Sterile Product Compounding:Performs second check/verification of non-sterile compounds and medications prepared by other technicians, as outlined by the Inpatient Supervisor. Performs record keeping for compounding activities, as outlined by local policy and procedures.

Unit Dose Medication Management: Accurately fills patient cassettes, as applicable and unit dose "pre-exchange" orders. Receives inventory from vendors, applies bar-code or other labeling as indicated, and restocks shelves. Assembles various medication and supply kits for Pharmacist sign off. If applicable, performs automatic replenishment and processes requests for ward stock; performs record keeping for these activities.

Ward Stock: Screens all requests against the ward stock list, providing appropriate adjustments and/or communications/clarification as required. When instructed by the Inpatient Supervisor or designee, replenishes ward and clinic stock drugs and emergency stock drugs, making sure that the drugs are correctly packaged in accordance with Quality Assurance standard.


  • Processes all applicable orders and requests in a timely fashion.
  • Utilizes basic inventory management principles and practice, including but not limited to ward inspections, expiration dating, cycle counts, narcotic vault inventory, and emergency carts.
  • Solves problems and makes recommendations as appropriate.
  • Selects, compounds, and/or admixes a range of drugs including but not limited to prepacks, IV Admixtures, extemporaneous preparations, topical/oral formulations, ophthalmics, narcotics, investigational drugs, oncolytic agents.
  • Maintains appropriate files and records for prepacking, IV compounding and other preparations as applicable.


  • Process and triages all applicable orders and requests in a timely manner.
  • Reviews medication profiles and notifies Pharmacist for compliance or potential abuse issues.
  • Responsible for the safe and appropriate distribution of unit dose, IV admixture, and oncology care medication.
  • Assists in monitoring of medication stock levels and ordering of medications when necessary.
  • Responsible for the safe and appropriate distribution of medications with the Pharmacy Service ward stock, automated dispensing units and trouble-shoots problems involving equipment.

Work Schedule:Variable shifts, may include weekends and Holidays.

Functional Statement Title/#:Pharmacy Technician Inpatient Functional Statement

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
  • PTCB


  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Education or Experience: A high school diploma or equivalent; or at least 3 months of experience
  • Certification: Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Board (PTCB) is required at grades GS-6 and above.
  • English Language Proficiency: Pharmacy Technicians appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:All Salary and grade level determinations are made by the Professional Standards Board and grade level will be commensurate with experience and education


a. Definitions

(1) Creditable Experience: To be creditable, the experience must gave required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with the scope of pharmacy technician practice.

(2) Quality of Experience: To be creditable, pharmacy technician experience must be documented on the application and verified in an employment reference, or through other independent means.

(3) Part-time Experience: Part-time experience as a pharmacy technician is credited according to its relationship to the full-time work week. For example, a pharmacy technician would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work.

(4) Grade Determinations:In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade at the:

At the GS-6 level must also meet the GS-5 level KSAs:

  1. Ability to operate and care for automated dispensing devices and equipment.

  2. Knowledge of, and ability to perform, aseptic technique.

  3. Knowledge of basic inventory procedures.

  4. Knowledge of pharmacy information systems.

GS-6 level:

Experience: One year experience at the next lower level, and must fully meet the KSAs at the next lower level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):

  1. Ability to solve problems and make recommendations, e.g. troubleshoot operational problems and refer to appropriate action.

  2. Knowledge of the operation and care of automated equipment.

  3. Knowledge of, and ability to follow, written instructions for compounding with aseptic technique for hazardous materials such as oncology agents.

  4. Knowledge, and ability to perform, compounding with aseptic technique for routine sterile products.

  5. Knowledge of policies and procedures for inventory management in specialized areas such as emergency carts.

  6. Knowledge of the computerized prescription process demonstrated by the ability to input prescriptions and medication orders.

Certification: PTCB certification is required at this grade level and above.

Assignments:Pharmacy technicians may be assigned to any area of the pharmacy including expanded distributive function assignments; for example assignment as team leaders for specific process improvement teams involving technical areas or performing more highly complex duties including preparation of oncology agents for clinical pharmacy specialists. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.

In addition to the above qualifications Inpatient Pharmacy Technicians at the GS-06 level must demonstrate minimum of 1 year inpatient experience with IV admixture experience.

You will be disqualified if the following form is not submitted as part of your application package:

VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (required). Available at the VA Forms website:;=&Action;=Search must be signed and dated within 6 months of the closing date for this announcement.

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.

References: References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G28 ( * 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 requires regular and recurring physical exertion, involving standing/sitting for prolonged periods of time, lifting/carrying of pharmaceutical supplies weighing up to 50 lbs, and bending /stooping. The work may entail repetitive wrist movement while using various size syringes, vial cap removal, and typing.

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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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: $38,022.00 to $49,427.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0661-06/06

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Preference Eligible Veterans will be given consideration before all other applicants.

Control Number: 451135800

Job Announcement Number: VS-16-1806256-BU