Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Pharmacist, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Syracuse, New York

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

Opened Friday 10/7/2016 (18 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/28/2016 (3 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1818668

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?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries.

The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").

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 Syracuse VA utilizes modern technology to provide a full range of patient care services. The 106-bed general medical and surgical facility provides primary and behavioral health care in a 13-county area of Central New York through eight community based outpatient clinics.

The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (CPS) functions at the highest level of clinical practice, works independently under their scope of practice as defined by the individual medical center to directly care for patients. The incumbent selected may be expected to travel to the Tompkins/Cortland County Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) located in Freeville, N.Y.


This position is located half time in at the Syracuse VAMC, Syracuse N.Y. and half time at the Tompkins/Cortland County VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC), Freeville, N.Y.

The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist provides support where pharmacy services are delivered. Incumbent will be responsible for facilitating the highest quality of pharmaceutical care to Veterans by providing direct and indirect patient care and through the advocacy of medication best practices. Interpretation of providers orders, drug regimen review, therapeutic drug monitoring including ordering of appropriate laboratory tests, initiation and/or adjustment of drug therapy including changes in dose, dosage form and therapeutic substitution as per protocol or scope of practice, or provider consultation. As authorized, may initiate, monitor, adjust, and discontinue drug therapies as well as order non-pharmacy consults and laboratory tests necessary to provide value added pharmaceutical care services to Veterans. Routinely sees patients scheduled into face-to-face, telephone and shared medical appointments; reviews patient records prior to each visit; writes medication orders, and documents patient encounters in the electronic medical record. Has a defined role in budgetary execution through the management of formulary conversions, recommending equally effective therapeutic alternatives, and influencing the drug prescribing patterns of other prescribers. Has primary responsibility for processing Non-Formulary Drug consults in a timely manner and for recommending alternatives to achieve the best possible outcomes from medications. Performs formulary utilization reviews, and other specified clinical functions. Acts as a liaison between Pharmacy Services and healthcare providers to optimize resources and patient outcomes.

Other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Full time days, may include occasional weekends/holidays

Functional Statement Title: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist 0660-13

Travel Required
  • 25% or Greater
  • To associated CBOC clinic as 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.

Basic Requirements:

  1. U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  2. Education. Graduate of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited College of School of Pharmacy with a baccalaureate degree in Pharmacy (BS Pharmacy) and/or a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) degree.
  3. 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.
  4. English Language Proficiency. Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

*Preferred Experience: *

Documented experience and knowledge working as a clinical pharmacy specialist in the field of ambulatory care.

Residency (PGY-1, PGY-2 Ambulatory Care) and/or professionally recognized specialty certification in the area of 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:**One (1) year experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12).

References: VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15, Licensed Pharmacist VA Qualification Standards

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.

The full performance level of this vacancy is a GS-13. Your salary and grade will be determined by the Professional Standards Board (PSB). The PSB is a peer review process. The PSB will review your individual qualifications, education, professional training/internship(s) and professional experience to determine the most appropriate salary and grade based on your individual accomplishments.

Physical Requirements: Light carrying, under 15 lbs.; Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 4 hours); Standing (up to 4 hours); Both legs required; Both eyes required; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted).

The clinical pharmacy specialist (CPS) functions at the highest level of clinical practice, works independently under their scope of practice as defined by the individual medical center to directly care for patients. A CPS plays a defined role in budgetary execution and serves as a mid-level provider who functions to initiate, modify or discontinue medication therapy and as a consultant for intensive medication therapy management services. This includes, but is not limited to, the following: designing, implementing, assessing, monitoring and documenting therapeutic plans utilizing the most effective, least toxic and most economical medication treatments; helping achieve positive patient centric outcomes through direct and indirect interactions with patients, providers, and interdisciplinary teams in assigned areas; performing physical assessments; and ordering laboratory and other tests to help determine efficacy and toxicity of medication therapy.

Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following KSAs:

  1. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions.

  2. Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for their program area.

  3. Ability to solve problems, coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes in their program area or area of clinical expertise.

  4. Expert knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy.

  5. Advanced skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

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 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.

Vacancy WV-17-KE-1820177-BU is open to Current permanent VA-wide employees.

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. Recruitment and Relocation expenses are not authorized. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Salary Range: $108,314.00 to $130,472.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0660-13/13

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens and current permanent employees of other Federal agencies.

Control Number: 452813100

Job Announcement Number: WV-17-KE-1818668-BU