Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Pharmacy Technician in Baltimore, Maryland

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

Opened Thursday 10/13/2016 (11 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 10/26/2016 (2 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1823897

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?

NOTE TO APPLICANTS: YOUR CV or Resume MUST include: contact information; descriptions of jobs held, including the name and address of employer, job title, description of duties, beginning and ending date (month/year) of employment, average hours worked per week, and supervisor's name and phone number; education, including name and location of college, dates attended, and type and date of any degree earned; other information such as possession of licenses, certificates, etc. Descriptions of duties must be sufficiently detailed to document the level of experience.*Failure to include all the above information in your CV or Resume may result in an ineligible rating - REGARDLESS OF YOUR PRIOR REFERRAL FOR THE SAME OR SIMILAR POSITION.*

Come join our team and get pure job satisfaction, while caring for those who have served (or are currently serving) our country...our nation's Veterans.

As one of the most modern health care facilities in the country, the Baltimore VA Medical Center offers veterans state-of-the-art medical technology, clinical services and research programs. The medical center is home to the world's first filmless radiology department, which allows health care providers to have nearly instant access to patient radiology images from anywhere in the facility and throughout the health care system. The medical center's "patient friendly" design features plant-filled atriums, natural light from overhead skylights and comfortable patient rooms and waiting areas.

The Baltimore VA Medical Center is located in a vibrant city, neighbors the University of Maryland at Baltimore, and is within walking distance of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, M&T; Bank Stadium (home of the Baltimore Ravens), Lexington Market and the Inner Harbor.

Top 5 reasons YOU should choose a career with VA

  1. A premium benefits package

  2. A fulfilling and challenging work environment

  3. Work where you want to live

  4. On-the-job growth and advancement

  5. To discover the career you want, for the future you deserve

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 incumbent will perform duties in all areas of the Inpatient Section. The position is an evening shift Pharmacy Technician, who, under the authority of the Chief, Pharmacy Service, is directly involved in all aspects of the preparation and dispensing of drug orders and prescription items.

Incumbent will serve as a pharmacy technician primarily evenings, but they may rotate through the various shifts: days, evenings and night shift. The technician will effectively perform a full range of inpatient drug distribution duties. These include assisting the inpatient pharmacy IV program, stocking medication carts, delivering medications to the floors, Omnicell and OR/Clinic replenishment, monitoring expiration dates of pharmacy stock and nursing units, and replenishing crash carts. The technician will assist the pharmacist in prioritizing, processing and delivery of all IV and PO doses to maintain the consistency of overall pharmacy services both to inpatients and emergency room patients. The technician will assists with the stocking of drugs, solutions, supplies and will be responsible for ordering IV and irrigation solutions for the pharmacy.

Incumbent is responsible for processing and filling orders for scheduled and non-scheduled federal legend drugs and supplies, including the preparation of IV admixtures. Responsible for training of technicians, or students assigned to employee tour. Assists with procurement of pharmaceutical supplies as needed and works closely with patients and healthcare staff to meet the needs of the customer.

Preference: Experience working in an inpatient pharmacy preparing Chemotherapy, using sterile compounding skills in accordance with USP 797.

Work Schedule: Based on the needs of the service. This position requires incumbent to rotate through all pharmacy programs and rotation through all shifts (including evening, day, weekend, holiday, and potentially midnight). The incumbent will be required to work tours of duty as assigned. Tour is 2:30-11pm weekdays with occasional holiday and weekend coverage.

Functional Statement Title/#:Pharmacy Technician/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.
  • Must possess American Heart Association Basic Lifesaver Certification

Basic Requirements:

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 or Experience. A high school diploma or equivalent; or at least 3 months experience.

Certification. Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification 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


Experience. One year experience at the next lower level (GS-5)*

Examples of duties at the next lower grade level include but are not limited to...

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

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

  • Knowledge of basic inventory procedures.

  • Knowledge of pharmacy information systems.

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

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

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

  • Knowledge of the operation and care of automated equipment.

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

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

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

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

*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.

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.

References : VA Handbook 5005 at available 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: A pre-placement physical examination is required for all full-time, part-time and intermittent employees identified by VA Directive and Handbook 5019. The pre-placement physical examination shall be completed prior to appointment to determine the physical and mental fitness of candidates for appointment in VA. The examination will be concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and will include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies.

Must be able to lift/carry pharmaceutical supplies weighing 50 lbs. or less; bending and stooping; and regular and recurring physical exertion involving walking and standing for prolonged periods

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 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.

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.

If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

Salary Range: $39,311.00 to $51,102.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0661-06/06

Supervisory Status: No

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

Control Number: 453191700

Job Announcement Number: H16-149-DB-1759518-BU-R1