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Job Ref:  378357100
Employer:  U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
City:  Loma Linda
State:  California (CA)
Position type:  Full-Time
Incumbent must be able to rotate through all sections of the pharmacy service to include drug preparation and distribution of unit dose, IV admixture, chemotherapy, processing drug orders, outpatient prescription, medication compounding, pre-packaging medication for unit of use within the Medical Center, and narcotic/controlled substance handling. The incumbent is responsible and capable of arranging the sequence and timing of their own workload relative to demand in their assigned area. They are capable of shifting from one area within the section to another and from one shift to another. Incumbent instructs pharmacy technician students, volunteers, summer students, etc. when required. Operates and maintains complicated pharmacy equipment needed for manufacturing/compounding sterile products including chemo-therapeutic agents. Responsible for manufacturing all products requiring compounding which are made in large or small batches for patients. Prepares and fills all inpatient and outpatient orders for controlled substances. Replenishes ward stock automatically and by Pharmacy Order for assigned clinics and wards.

Work Schedule: Full-time, variable shift, Sunday through Saturday (40 hours/week) including working weekends or holidays.

Basic Requirements:
Citizenship. Citizen of the United States.
Education or Experience. A high school diploma or equivalent; or at least 3 months experience.
Certification. Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is required at the GS-6 grade level and above.
English Language Proficiency. Pharmacy technicians appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English.
GS-4 Education or Experience:Successful completion of 2 years above high school with courses related to pharmacy or pharmacy technology, or 1 year of general experience that may have included experience in another medical field (licensed practical nurse, laboratory technology, etc.) Successful completion of a course for medical technicians, hospital corpsmen, medical service specialists, or hospital training obtained in a training program conducted by the Armed Forces or the U.S. Maritime Service under close medical and professional supervision is creditable on a month-for-month basis for general experience. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
1. Ability to process and fill prescriptions under supervision.
2. Ability to operate and maintain dispensing equipment.
3. Ability to operate pharmacy information systems.
4. Ability to maintain appropriate files.
5. Ability to prepare sterile compounds under supervision.
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:
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.
5. Ability to prepare sterile compounds under supervision.
GS-6 Experience: One year specialized experience at the next lower level (GS-5) and must fully meet the following KSAs:
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.
In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs:
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.
Specialized Experience that is directly related to this position includes: includes experience in a hospital inpatient setting performing the following duties: pharmaceutical nomenclature; characteristics, strengths, and dosage forms of pharmaceuticals; pharmaceuticals systems of weights and measures; and the variety of procedures and techniques involved in the care, storage, repackaging, bulk compounding, and distribution of pharmaceuticals.
Best Qualified (Preferred) applicant possesses 1 year of specialized experienced (described above) and PTCB Certification.
Time-In-Grade Requirements: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. The grade may have been in any occupation but must have been held in Federal Service.
Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds; pushing 4 hours; reaching above shoulder; kneeling, 2 hours; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; hearing (aid permitted); both eyes required; correctable near vision. Environmental factors include solvents (degreasing agents), grease and oils, electrical energy and working closely with others.
RATING/RANKING PROCEDURES: Applicants who meet the qualification AND basic requirement will be further evaluated by determining the extent to which their work or related experience, education, training, etc., indicate they possess the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at .
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).
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 DD 214(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 .
The following Application documents are required.
  • Your Résumé. Please make sure your resume includes where you worked, dates of employment (From: mm/yyyy To: mm/yyyy), and number of hours worked per week.
  • Responses to the Questionnaire.
The following will be required if selected:
  • VA Form 10-2850C available online at
  • OF-306 available online at
    • Copy of your transcript if you are using education to qualify.
    The following Eligibility documents are required. Failure to submit the required eligibility documents will result in you being notified that you have been rated ineligible for further consideration of this position.
    • Current or Former Federal Employees - Must provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" which shows your current grade level. If you have served at a higher grade level in Federal service which qualifies you for this position, please provide a copy of that SF-50.
    • Other eligibility documents: Use the CHECKLIST to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as documentation to support Veteran Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced federal employees), and any document that will verify your eligibility to apply for this position.

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