Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Pharmacy Technician-Amcare/Outpatient in San Diego, California

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • San Diego, CA
Work Schedule is Part Time 12 hours - Excepted Service Permanent

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

** Closes Wednesday 11/2/2016 (10 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1822768

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?

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

VHA provides patient centered care, delivered by engaged, collaborative teams in an integrated environment that supports learning and continuous improvement. The Veteran's experience and health outcomes are improved with an emphasis on prevention through healing relationships in an optimal healing environment.

We are seeking new team members interested in working in this environment. We are looking for team members that possess high energy, a strong work ethic, integrity, who are kind and empathetic, have a sense of humor, and who enjoy working for a collaborative, team-oriented system. The team member must be willing to build customer confidence by professional dress and demeanor.

We invite you to apply to become part of a team of professionals engaged in promoting positive organizational change to improve business outcomes and create a positive healthcare experience for patients, families, and caregivers. 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.


This position is for a highly trained and skilled pharmacy technician in the VA Health Care System San Diego. The incumbent will perform a variety of complex technical skills and functions which requires comprehensive knowledge of pharmaceuticals and pharmacy practices. The employee will assist the pharmacist in providing optimal care and timely customer service in accordance with the mission, vision and goals of the VAMCSD and Pharmacy Services. Employees functioning at this grade level serve as staff pharmacy technicians requiring little guidance and supervision from more experienced staff members for more complex patients and procedures.

  • Read and interpret prescriptions, obtain proper medication or material in the proper strength and dosage form; determine proper amount and count, pour, or measure the medications, affix the proper label and record required data on Pharmacy's copy of prescription/order.

  • Dispense medication in ambulatory care, pass or discharge situations.

  • Responsible for inventory and replenishing emergency carts without a second review.

  • Maintains, verifies, stocks, and replaces outdated drugs; monitors refrigerator temperature on weekly basis in-patient care areas.

  • Prepares products for mailing, ensuring items are wrapped, logged properly, and forms completed for items being sent certified mail or UPS.

Work Schedule: Tour of duty will be a rotating schedule

Weekend, Holiday and overtime work will be required

Functional Statement Title/#: Pharmacy Technician - Amcare/Outpatient

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.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

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

  • Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).

  • Physical Standards.

  • English Language Proficiency.

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 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.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

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

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G28, Pharmacy Technician Qualification Standard. 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: This position requires moderate lifting of 15-44 pounds, moderate carrying of 15-44 pounds, walking and standing for up to 8 hours, repeated bending up to 8 hours, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other, ability to distinguish basic colors, hearing aid permitted.

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.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

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: $39,295.00 to $51,082.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0661-06/06

Promotion Potential: 06

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453070200

Job Announcement Number: OP-17-SCa-1822768-BU