Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Clinical Pharmacist Specialist in Fort Polk, Louisiana

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

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (9 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 11/7/2016 (15 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1822069

Applicant selected for this position will be eligible to apply for an award under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP). Final decision on an EDRP award amount is contingent on the availability of EDRP funds.

Grade and Salary:The grade and salary will be determined by the VISN 16 Pharmacist Professional Standards Board (PSB) and is commensurate with experience and education.

Alexandria VA Health Care System Employees are encouraged to apply to announcement FG-17-KNB-185517-BU.

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 Alexandria VA Health Care System is seeking a Clinical Pharmacist to provide service to the Fort Polk Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). The Alexandria VA Health Care System, Alexandria, Louisiana is a Joint Commission accredited, complexity level 3 facility serving Veterans within 23 of Louisiana's 64 parishes. The Alexandria VAHCS is located in Pineville, Louisiana with community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) in Jennings, Lake Charles, Lafayette, Fort Polk, and Natchitoches, Louisiana.

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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.**


This position for a Clinical Pharmacist Specialistwith clinical duties providing pharmaceutical care to outpatients at the Fort Polk Community Based Outpatient Clinic, in Fort Polk, Louisiana. This position is located at the Fort Polk Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). He or she performs all duties assigned to a staff pharmacist relating to verification of prescriptions, filling, and medication counseling when necessary. The incumbent reviews the patient's drug regimen for appropriate indication, dosing, allergy verification, interactions potential, lab monitoring and non-VA medication documentation. He or she provides pharmaceutical care services according to the scope of practice for clinical pharmacy specialists designated to specialty clinics for Hypertension, Anticoagulation, and Lipids as well as any additional clinics so described. Incumbent provide cost-effective management of drug utilization within the above stated clinics and support the goals and objectives of the Health Care System cost reduction standards. The incumbent develops protocols or clinical pathways to identify therapeutic goals for patients enrolled into these clinics. He or she reviews patient's drug regimens for appropriate indication, dose, drug allergies, and duplication if medications and drug interactions. He or she monitors the process and outcome of patient care relating to drug therapy.

Work Schedule:**Monday - Friday, 08:00 AM - 04:30PM

Functional Statement Title/#:Clinical Pharmacist Specialist / 000000

Relocation Expenses: *Relocation expenses are *not authorized for this position.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasionally Travel to the Alexandria VA Health Care System is 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.
  • Indicate the month & year to start and end dates on work experience
  • Indicate full-time or part-time on work experience.

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.)


(1) Graduate of a degree program in pharmacy from an approved college or university. The degree program must have been approved by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE), or prior to the establishment of ACPE, have been a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). Verification of approved degree programs may be obtained from the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education, 311 West Superior Street, Suite 512, Chicago, Illinois 60610-3537 Phone: (312) 664-3575), or through their Web site at:

(2) Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs or those who graduated from a U.S.-based non-ACPE accredited degree program meet the educational requirement if their degree is found to be equivalent to degree programs recognized by the ACPE. This finding may be based on any of the following:

(a) A letter of acceptance into a United States graduate pharmacy program recognized by the ACPE.

(b) Written certification from the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Commission, 700 Busse Highway, Park Ridge, IL 60068, Phone (847) 698-6227, that the individual has successfully passed the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination.

(c) A letter from a United States college or university with a pharmacy degree program recognized by ACPE stating that the individual’s pharmacy degree has been evaluated and found to be equivalent to its Bachelor of Pharmacy degree or higher.

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. 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.

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

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: Clinical Pharmacy Specialists spend the large majority of their time in clinical practice at a higher level (GS-13) than the GS-12 level. Clinical Pharmacists at this level may be board certified and recognized by the American Pharmaceutical Association’s Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties or the America society of Consultant Pharmacists. Examples of practice sites include but are not limited to: medicine, surgery, psychiatry, neurology, spinal cord injury, primary care, ambulatory care including open pharmacy, rehabilitation medicine, geriatrics, medical research and others recognized by the professional standards board. Clinical Pharmacists at this level have a broader Scope of Practice than at the GS-12.

A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

References: VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15, Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standard, dated June 7, 2012 for Pharmacist Series 0660 at

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 involves prolonged periods of standing with some walking of generally short distances. There may be occasional lifting of up to 30 pounds. There may be mental fatigue due to repetitive screening and interpretation of medication orders.

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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Other Information

PBI INTERVIEWS: Any interviews that may be conducted will utilize the Performance Based Interviewing process (PBIs). For more information on the performance based interview process, see

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization or other non-merit factors.

ELIGIBLES: Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). Federal Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and copy of their most recent SF50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE: The VA has established a Drug-Free Federal Workplace Policy. All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with the VA for a period of six months. This policy extends to random testing for the use of illegal drugs by employees who occupy testing designated positions defined as sensitive in Section 7(d) of Executive Order 12564.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS: Federal agencies provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need accommodation for any part of the application process, contact the hiring agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Salary Range: $99,692.00 to $129,605.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0660-13/13

Promotion Potential: 13

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: All United States Citizens and Federal Employees

Control Number: 452987000

Job Announcement Number: FG-17-KNB-1822069-BU