Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Pharmacy Technician-Outpatient in San Francisco, California

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • San Francisco, CA
Work Schedule is Part Time 40 hours - Permanent

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

** Closes Monday 10/31/2016 (7 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1821034

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**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.

Current VA Employees should apply under NQ-17-JAC-1821017-BU.


This Outpatient Pharmacy Technician position is located at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center Outpatient Pharmacy. The Incumbent is responsible for providing support to all outpatient pharmacy operations including filling and packaging prescription, dispensing and managing inventory for controlled substances, basic use and maintenance of automation, assisting patients on the hone or in person, procurement activities, clinic inventory management, and other responsibilities designated by the supervisor.

As a Pharmacy Technician your duties include but are not limited to:

  • Duties include selection of chemicals and drugs, compounding, packaging, labeling, and maintenance of appropriate records.
  • Performs all duties pertaining to the unit to use packaging and compounding and packaging of internal and external liquids, ointments, creams, sterile solutions, and other drug products.
  • Fills and delivers drug stock requests from the Ambulatory Care Clinics, Inpatient Hospital and Research Services.
  • Interpreting prescriptions and determines drug, strength, and dosage to be dispensed.
  • Generates prescription labels and processes prescriptions by obtaining correct stock, counting or measuring correct amount of medication, placing medications in proper containers, and affixing prescription and ancillary labels.
  • Receives phone calls from patients, physicians and other Medical Center staff regarding patient medication information, including: medication name, strength, dosage form, and refill information.
  • Answer specific questions about drug availability or other limited information, referring therapeutic questions to a pharmacist.
  • Operates and maintains all equipment utilized in the compounding, prepackaging and dispensing of drug products, which includes balances, scales, counting machines, and laminar flow hood.
  • Assists in the generation and maintenance of all records and reports pertinent to the Section (e.g. AMIS report data, quality control data).
  • Maintains all work areas in a neat, clean, orderly, and safe condition by following infection control and fire and safety guidelines.
  • Trains volunteers, students, and new employees in technical, computer, and clerical skills necessary for performing Outpatient Pharmacy tasks.
  • Performs other duties which are consistent with the overall responsibilities of a pharmacy technician.


*Functional Statement Title/#: PHARMACY TECHNICIAN/ OUTPATIENT/0000*

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.
  • Education or Experience. A high school diploma or equivalent; or at least 3months experience.
  • Certification. Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board(PTCB) is required at grades GS-6 and above.
  • Physical Requirements. You must undergo a Pre-Employment physical and Drug test.
  • English Language Proficiency. Pharmacy technicians appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D. paragraph 5a

Preferred Experience: At least One year of recent Outpatient pharmacy technician experience in a medical setting.

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:

1.Creditable experience. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with the scope of pharmacy technician practice.

  1. Quality of Experience. To be creditable, pharmacy technician experience must be documented on the application and verified in an employment reference, or thorough other independent means.

  2. Part-time experience. Part-time experience as a pharmacy technician is credited according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a pharmacy technician would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work.

  3. Grade Determination. In addition to the basic requirement for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates: GS-5

Education or Experience.Successful completion of a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree that included at least 24 semester hours of courses related to pharmacy or pharmacy technology; successful completion of pertinent specialized training courses in pharmaceutical and pharmacy services while serving in the Armed Forces is creditable on a month-for-month basis up to the 1 year of experience required for the GS-5 level; or at least 1 year of experience at the next lower level that demonstrates the core competencies (KSAs) described at the GS-4 level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

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

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

  3. Knowledge of basic inventory procedures.

  4. Knowledge of pharmacy information systems.

Assignments. This is the full performance level for pharmacy technicians. Employees at this grade level serves as staff pharmacy technicians receiving little guidance from more experienced staff members for more complex patients and procedures, and require minimal supervision.


*Experience. *One year experience at the next lower level, and must fully meet the KSAs at the next lower level. In addition, the candidates must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designed by an asterisk (*):

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

Demonstrated 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 techniques for hazardous materials such as oncology agents.

  4. Knowledge, and ability to perform, compounding with aspetic 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.

*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 prepartation of oncology agents for clinical pharmacy specialists. For all assignemtns, above the full performance level. the higher level duties must consist of significant scope, cmpexity (difficulty) and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.

References: VA Handbook 5005 reference and appropriate VA 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:The physical requirements for this position in accordance with HRML No. 05-12-02, Employment of People with Disabilities, Including Under Schedule A, 5 CFR 213.3102(u).]

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. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

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: $44,268.00 to $53,718.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0661-06/06

Promotion Potential: 6

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Non Citizens

Control Number: 452852600

Job Announcement Number: NQ-17-JAC-1821034-BU