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Job Ref:  360378100
Employer:  U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
City:  North Chicago
State:  Illinois (IL)
Position type:  Full-Time
The incumbent of this position is responsible for the filling, dispensing, procurement, storage, preparation, review, distribution, and control of medications/other pharmaceutical products to patients, inpatient and outpatient treatment units, and research investigators.BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
a.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.)
b.Education or Experience. A high school diploma or equivalent; or at least 3 months experience.
c.Certification. Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is required at grades GS-6 and above.
Applicants must possess the following experience and/or education requirements:
Certification: PTCB Certificate is required at this grade level and above.
Experience at the GS-06 grade level: Applicants must possess at least one year of experience at the next lower grade level (GS-05) and must fully meet the KSA's at the next lower level.
In addition, candidates must demonstrate the following technical KSAs:
KSA #1 - Ability to solve problems and make recommendations, e.g., troubleshoot operational problems and refer for appropriate action.
KSA #2 - Knowledge of the operation and care of automated equipment.
KSA #3 - Knowledge of, and ability to follow, written instructions for compounding with aseptic technique for hazardous materials such as oncology agents.
KSA #4 - Knowledge, and ability to perform, compounding with aseptic technique for routine sterile products.
KSA #5 - Knowledge of policies and procedures for inventory management in specialized areas such as emergency carts.
KSA #6 - Knowledge of the computerized prescription process demonstrated by the ability to input prescriptions and medication orders.
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.
Quality of Experience. To be creditable, pharmacy technician experience must be documented on the application and verified in an employment reference, or through other independent means.
Resume Format: Please include information such as: the vacancy announcement number, position title and grade; how to contact you; 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; and other information, such as possession of licenses, certificates, etc. Descriptions of duties must be sufficiently detailed to document the level of the experience. Although not mandatory, if the position is (was) with the Federal government, either military or civilian, you should state the series and grade or pay grade (rank) and the date of last promotion.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Employees are typically required to work forty hours per week. This may include days, evenings, midnights, weekends and/or holidays as assigned. Principle duties require repetitive use of hands and fingers (e.g., preparing IV admixtures, use of a computer keyboard, etc.). May require lifting and carrying light loads (up to 44 lbs.), including boxes, equipment, unit dose-cassettes, and IV solutions; stooping or kneeling (e.g., to file drawers, etc.); sitting, walking, or standing for long periods of time (4-8 hours). Normal ranges of hearing and vision are required to perform work and communicate effectively; must have the visual ability to distinguish between basic colors and shades of color. An ability to perform tasks requiring rapid mental and muscular coordination functions simultaneously is necessary. Employees may be required to work at various pharmacy locations as assigned.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit .

To be considered for this position you must provide a complete application package which includes:
Résumé - please see Qualifications section for required format.
Completed and signed VA Form 10-2850c, Applications for Associated Health Occupations:
Copy of your transcript(s).
Responses to the online occupational questionnaire. View Occupational Questionnaire
Copies of PTCB certification.
Evidence of your eligibility to apply for this vacancy. Please see checklist .
Most recent performance appraisal (Required from all FHCC employees) or submit a written statement as to why you are unable to do so.
Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment:
Also include any other documents required by the checklist .
* INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS: You will not be contacted for additional information and you will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms).

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Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete,do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1040148.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items .
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

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