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Job Ref:  361790300
Employer:  U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
City:  Charleston
State:  South Carolina (SC)
Position type:  Full-Time
Duties: Serves as the coordinator, advisor, analyst, and planner for their assigned production area for prescription mail-out fulfillment. Responsible for the day to day technical administration of their assigned operations area and to ensure that their assigned area is fully coordinated with other production areas. The position requires the candidate to be certified by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) and candidate will also have to maintain their national Pharmacy Technician recertification.

Will be assigned primary responsibility for one of the following areas: Tablet/Capsule Automation (TCA), Unit of Issue Dispensing, Manual Dispensing, Bulk Dispensing, or Controlled Substance Dispensing. Required to have knowledge of inventory control, warehouse operations, and receiving processes in order to function with the Inventory Management Specialist assigned to their area.

Major Duties include, but are not limited to:
Plan, organize and review work of pharmacy technicians/aids.

Develop work schedules and rotate duties of non-professional staff. Plan overtime work as needed.

Assist in the evaluation of work performance of all non-professional staff on a regular basis under the performance appraisal system.

Determines who will be nominated to receive awards under the incentive award system.

Oversees training of new employees in technical aspects of job.

Provide ongoing training and development program for technical staff to enable them to maintain acceptable skills.

Serve as a liaison between professional staff (pharmacists) and non-professional staff to improve inter-professional communications and to resolve work related problems.

Plans and participates in staff meetings to resolve problems and to explain and gain support for management policies and goals.

Deals effectively with employee suggestions and complaints and other matters involved in day to day administration.

Assists in interviewing and selecting new employees and candidates for promotion and/or reassignment.

Assists in planning new programs or changes in existing programs by obtaining technical staff involvement and cooperation.

Evaluate, analyze workflow, and coordinate work activities.

Work Schedule:3:00 pm to 1:30 am Monday thru Friday
Position Description Title/PD#:Lead Pharmacy Technician /#00006A

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all the requirements by Thursday, March 06, 2014

GS-07Specialized Experience: One year experience at the next lower level (GS-06)and must fully meet the KSAs at the next lower level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and the potential to acquire the
assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):

*1. Ability to evaluate, analyze workflow, and coordinate work activities.
2. Ability to independently gather, evaluate, and analyze data to generate reports and/or for other
projects/statistical purposes.
3. Knowledge of pharmacy policies and procedures sufficient to train and orient new employees and other
4. Comprehensive knowledge of the operation and care of specialized pharmaceutical equipment.
5. Comprehensive knowledge of the procurement and formulary process.
6. Comprehensive knowledge of investigational drug policies and procedures.
7. Comprehensive knowledge of controlled substance policies and procedures, and the ability to identify and
investigate discrepancies in these policies and procedures.

Assignments. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. Pharmacy technicians at this grade level may be assigned as a supervisor; lead technician in a particular area of the pharmacy; a controlled substance technician; an investigational drug technician; a procurement/inventory management technician; a clinical pharmacy technician; or similar assignment with this level of complexity. The GS-7 level is for select, complex pharmacy technician positions, as established by each health care facility. To be advanced, employees must meet all of the following standards, provided the standard is part of their assignment.Determinations concerning placement of positions at this grade level shall take into consideration the skill mix and the availability of supervision in the work unit. Although these positions are under the supervision of a pharmacist, employees in such settings successfully and consistently demonstrate the exercise of independent technical judgment (without the need for readily available supervision) as well as comprehensive and thorough working knowledge of the most complex or difficult practices and procedures. Such individuals may also serve as leaders or co-leaders in a Pharmacy Service or for a specific unit or section.
PTCB Certification: Candidates at the GS-07 level are required to possess a PTCB certification and must submit such certification with your application packet.
All individuals applying under this announcement must meet the qualifications for appointment as contained in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G28, Pharmacy Technician Qualifications Standard, GS-0661, Veterans Health Administration.

GS-07 Experience: One year of experience at the next lower level and/or equivalent experience outside the Federal Service that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position. This is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Examples of experience may include:
  • Provides timely pharmaceutical services to veterans within limits of control
  • Compiles, categorizes and records workload data for various reports
  • Responds to inquiries from staff, patients or their agents, and CMOP personnel
  • Provides requested information utilizing patient and/or dispensing data available
  • Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of the procurement and formulary process.

Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's web site at .

Certification: A current and valid PTCB certification is required at the GS-07 grade level.

Physical Requirements for Position:
a. Work is performed in a highly mechanized warehouse setting around production machinery. Moderate noise and traffic requires attention to safety. Some work areas involve a moderate risk requiring exercise of safety precautions when operating or working around the automated equipment (i.e., accumulators, moving belts, etc.).
b. Wearing gloves is mandatory when handling specific medications.
c. The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion, involving standing for prolonged periods of time, lifting, bending, stooping, reaching, and carrying of pharmaceutical supplies weighing up to 50 lbs.
Veterans' 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 .

The following documents are required:
You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. VA Form 10-2850c, Application for Associated Health Occupations. Applications must be received by the closing date of this announcement. (Please list the vacancy announcement number for which you are applying for on your application.)
2. Resume
3. Written responses to the rating factors (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities) - use plain bond paper or VA Form 5-4676A, Employee Supplemental Qualifications Statement
4. Copy of your current PTCB certification
5. Transcripts which show courses you completed, the grades and credit hours that were received for those courses and the degree awarded.
6. Form OF-306 (Declaration for Federal Employment, October 2011 or later version required).
    7. A completed Occuaptional Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
    8. Most recent performance apprasial (Required by Federal employees).
Also include any other documents required by the checklist

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