Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Pharmacy Technician (Chemotherapy) in Richmond, Virginia

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

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

** Closes Thursday 10/27/2016 (3 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):1822444 (Include on all documents)

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?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. 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.

NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed at the GS-7 level. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

VA Encourages Persons with Disabilities to Apply


The Chemotherapy Pharmacy Technician is assigned to the Inpatient Section of Pharmacy Service at the McGuire VA Medical Center Richmond, VA. The incumbent is responsible for the sterile preparation of chemotherapeutic medications handled by Pharmacy Service. The majority of the duties are performed n the Chemotherapy Pharmacy Satellite, IV room and Inpatient Pharmacy, duties include:

  • Reviews, interprets, and prepares physician orders for cytotoxic medications, premedication, hazardous, preparations and chemotherapy orders, checking for eligibility, status, and entitlement to determine that the prescription meets all legal, hospital and pharmacy requirements.
  • Processes refill requests, enters, collates and prepares prescriptions for distribution.

  • Compounds chemotherapeutic products including sterile IV preparations.

  • Accurately and aseptically prepares sterile products for dispensing, using appropriate personal protective laminar flow and vertical flow hoods.

  • Prepares uncomplicated and/or complicated parenteral intravenous admixture products.

  • Prepares chemotherapy medications under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. This includes dose calculations, selection of appropriate reconstruction solution and final diluent and concentration.

  • Follows proper USP <797> and USP <800> requirements, including monitoring IV room temperatures, cleanliness and other testing protocols as necessary.

  • Cleans a variety of pharmacy equipment, including glassware, IV preparation equipment, and vertical laminar flow hoods for preparing IV medications, etc. and all documents cleaning activities in accordance with USP <797> and USP <800>. Keeps work and storage areas neat and clean.

  • Answers routine phone inquiries regarding chemotherapy orders based on information available through the computer system.

  • Replenishes Ward Stock Chemotherapy Clinic and other areas as assigned. Labels medications with appropriate bar codes as necessary.

  • Orders and maintains proper levels of supplies. Checks in shipments of drugs and supplies, as well as verifies accuracy of those shipments and maintains pharmacy medication storage areas with special emphasis on proper storage and rotation of stock.

  • Inventories chemotherapy satellite and clinics for established levels of medications, IV fluids, and supplies. Restocks the chemotherapy satellite and clinic as necessary.

  • Maintains records of pharmacy transactions as required by policy necessary to maintain adequate control and accountability of all medications and supplies. Maintains equipment and work area in a clean and orderly fashion.

  • Provides on the job training to new employees, pharmacy students, and volunteers. Assists in training new pharmacy technicians in proper technique for preparing chemotherapy medications.

  • Uses judgment and initiative in developing efficient methods of operation which facilitates the clerical and computer support functions of the pharmacy. Participates in Performance Improvement activities, collecting and reporting data.

  • Assists the Chemotherapy Pharmacy Specialist, IV Admixture Program Manager and Inpatient Pharmacy Supervisor in collecting samples required for USP <797> and <800>.

  • Maintains records as requested by the Chemotherapy Pharmacy Specialist.

  • Performs all technical functions of Inpatient Pharmacy Technicians as assigned.

Salary: The applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by the Pharmacy Technician Professional Standards Board to determine the step of the selectee. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

Work schedule: Rotating tours to include days, evenings and weekends. Includes holidays at the discretion of the supervisor/Service Chief and the operational needs of the Service.

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status: Non-exempt

Supervisory Position: No.

Bargaining Unit Position: Yes

Recruitment/relocation incentives: N/A

Relocation expenses: N/A

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English proficiency required
  • 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

*Licensure - *

  • PTCB certification is required.

Physical Requirements -

  • Position requires repetitive motion, standing, walking, reaching, stooping, lifting heavy objects up to 45 pounds, pushing heavy or bulky carts and at times may be physically demanding, sometimes for extended periods of time.

*English Language Proficiency - *

  • Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).

*Grade Requirements - *

One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-6 level in Federal Service). Candidates application package must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Ability to evaluate, analyze workflow, and coordinate work activities.
  • Ability to independently gather, evaluate, and analyze data to generate reports and/or for other projects/statistics.
  • Knowledge of pharmacy policies and procedures sufficient to train and orient new employees and other staff.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of chemotherapeutic medications sufficient to assist the clinical pharmacy team in ensuring optimal care of patients and avoid adverse events.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the procurement and formulary process.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of investigational drug policies and procedures.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of controlled substance policies and procedures, and the ability to identify and investigate discrepancies in these policies and procedures.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of, and ability to, analyze data in the VA information systems.

Notes Regarding Experience and Education -

National Service - Experience requirements refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service program (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g. professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Transcripts - Unofficial transcripts are required whenever qualifying based on education. Education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work. A transcript or course listing must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Education accreditation - *Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. * 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 - *Employment in this position requires repetitive motion, standing, walking, reaching, stooping, lifting heavy objects up to 45 pounds, pushing heavy or bulky carts and at times may be physically demanding, sometimes for extended periods of time.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address. Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.


Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at

Other Information
  • Veteran's Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit
  • Performance Based Interviewing (PBI): PBI is utilized by our agency as part of the selection process. Please consult the website at for further information.
  • Additional vacancies:This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
  • Competitive Status: This position is in the excepted service and does not confer competitive status.

Salary Range: $40,877.00 to $53,140.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0661-07/07

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: All U.S. Citizens are eligible to apply. Current permanent Department of Veterans Affairs employees and qualified preference eligible veterans will be given first consideration.

Control Number: 453177400

Job Announcement Number: VHA-652-17-PAD-1822444-BU