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Job Ref:  373380700
Employer:  U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
City:  Boston
State:  Massachusetts (MA)
Position type:  Full-Time
The successful candidate will be responsible for identifying elderly patients at risk of medication discrepancies, calling them within one week post-discharge from VA Boston or VA Togus Healthcare Systems, and addressing all pharmaceutical care issues. Patient encounters will be documented as telephone notes in our electronic system, CPRS, for VA Togus. The pharmacist will interface with providers at both medical centers as needed to ensure adequate resolution of medication discrepancies. Data entry to be completed in a timely manner in relationship to the grant requirements.
Responsible for a daily schedule and assuring communication between the pharmacist and discharged patients is done in a timely manner. He/She will provide education to staff, enforce departmental and institutional policies as well as initiate and participate in Quality Management (QM) and PI programs to improve pharmacy operations and service.
The candidate works under the direction of the Rural Pill Medical Director.
The candidate will also actively participate in outstanding customer service and accepts responsibility in developing and maintaining relationships with the different services within the hospital.
Periodic travel within the VISN will be required to facilitate the program and planning between medical centers.
May serve as a preceptor to PharmD candidates as well as PGY-1 pharmacy residents.

WORK SCHEDULE: Full time, Monday through Friday, 7:30am 4:00 pm

NOTE: Flex or compressed tours are not available
NOTE:This position is a AFGE Bargaining Unit position.
NOTE:Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.
NOTE: Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed.
NOTE:Candidates who meet the qualification requirements within 15 calendar days following the closing date of the announcement will be considered.
NOTE: This position is in the Excepted Service. Initial appointment to this position is subject to the recommendation of a professional standards board and approval by the Medical Center Director. Grade and salary will be recommended by the board and is based on the personal qualifications of the candidate (i.e. education, certification, experience, etc.)

Basic Requirements:
a.Citizenship. Citizen of the United States.
b.Education. Graduate of a degree program in pharmacy from an approved college or university.
c.Licensure. Full, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the Unites States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.
d.English Language Proficiency. Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English.

GRADE DETERMINATION:

GS-13

Experience: In addition to the GS-12 requirements, must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.
Assignments: Candidates at this grade level are to be in one of the assignments listed below. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher level duties must consist of significant scope, administrative independence, complexity (difficulty) and range of variety as described in this standard at the specified grade level and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist: The clinical pharmacy specialist (CPS) functions at the highest level of clinical practice, works independently under their scope of practice as defined by the individual medical center to directly care for patients. A CPS plays a defined role in budgetary execution and serves as a mid-level provider who functions to initiate, modify or discontinue medication therapy and as a consultant for intensive medication therapy management services. This includes, but is not limited to, the following: designing, implementing, assessing, monitoring and documenting therapeutic plans utilizing the most effective, least toxic and most economical medication treatments; helping achieve positive patient centric outcomes through direct and indirect interactions with patients, providers, and interdisciplinary teams in assigned areas; performing physical assessments; and ordering laboratory and other tests to help determine efficacy and toxicity of medication therapy.

Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following KSAs:
1. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions.
2. Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for their program area.
3. Ability to solve problems, coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes in their program area or area of clinical expertise.
4. Expert knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy.
5. Advanced skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

moderate lifting,
walking,
reaching above head
bending,
stooping, standing,
pushing, pulling,
lifting/carrying of light items (up to 15 pounds)
coordination for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously.
Ability to read both computer and printed documents.
Hearing with minimal ability to carry a conversation with patient and health care staff.

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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .


The Department of Veteran Affairs must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
*Other(10-2850C)
*Resume
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
*Cover Letter
*DD-214
*Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
*OF-306
*Other Veterans Document
*SF-15
*SF-50
*Transcript
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
*Other(10-2850C)
*Resume
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
*Cover Letter
*DD-214
*Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
*OF-306
*Other Veterans Document
*SF-15
*SF-50
*Transcript


VA Form 10-2850c
- Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf ) (required).
Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

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 http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1147811.
  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 Thursday, July 17, 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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf .
  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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