Location: Salem, VA, USA
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Academic Detailer
##### Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
- ##### Open & closing dates
08/22/2019 to 09/05/2019
- ##### Service
- ##### Pay scale & grade
- ##### Salary
$125,251 to $148,255 per year
- ##### Appointment type
- ##### Work schedule
1 vacancy in the following location:
##### Relocation expenses reimbursed
##### Telework eligible
Yes as determined by agency policy
The incumbent functions at the highest level of clinical practice,
working independently under his/her scope of practice as defined by
the medical center to directly care for patients. This Academic
Detailer Pharmacy Program Manager/ Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
functions to initiate, modify, discontinue, & monitor medication
therapy and acts as a consultant for medication therapy management
services. This includes: designing, implementing, assessing,
monitoring, & documenting therapeutic plans.
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Functions of the position include, but are not limited to, the
- Cooperate and collaborate with the VPE to align standard work
with VISN and local objectives.
- Participate in local/VISN/National workgroups.
- Develop tools (clinical guidance, policies, clinical
dashboards/reports, consults) to optimize disease management.
- The A.D. Pharmacist will be available to give lectures or
smaller in-service presentations related to the Clinical
- Educate providers with current updates in evidence based
- Provide guidance and methods for improving care
- Provide consultation support in the field of specialty care
assigned to the CPS
- Develop, implement, and manage programs to optimize drug therapy
costs, including the development of disease management programs.
- Identify, develop, and implement appropriate formulary programs,
outcomes, assessment, and cost-saving initiatives.
- Design and coordinate the implementation of pharmacoeconomic and
outcomes related evaluations.
- Responsible for consult responses and recommendation in assigned
- Monitors and trends pharmaceutical costs to include reviewing
Pharmaceutical utilization to identify best practices and
opportunities for improvement.
- Conduct prospective/retrospective Medication Use Evaluations of
high-use, high costs, and/or high risk drugs to develop
corrective actions and provide education programs/interventions
that would alter aberrant prescribing or work patterns.
- Responsibility for and track cost savings achieved through
various cost-saving initiatives and implementation of clinical
**Preferred Experience and/or Education:** Preferred Completion of
PGY-1 or PGY-2 Pharmacy Residency Program.
**Specialized Experience:** Preferred 3 years Experience as
Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist.
**Work Schedule:** 7:45am to 4:30pm **"Occasional Alternate Tour
**Financial Discloser Report:** Not required
### Travel Required
25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.
##### Supervisory status
##### Promotion Potential
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### Conditions of Employment
- United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be
appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens
in accordance with VA Policy.
- Designated and/or random drug testing required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online
- Must pass pre-employment physical examination
- **United States Citizenship**: Non-citizens may only be
appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens
in accordance with VA Policy.
- **Education (Transcripts Required).** Graduate of an
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited
College or School of Pharmacy with a baccalaureate degree in
pharmacy (BS Pharmacy) and/or a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)
degree. Verification of approved degree programs may be obtained
from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 20 North
Clark Street, Suite 2500, Chicago, Illinois 60602-5109;
phone: (312) 664-3575, or through their Web site at:
- **Licensure.** Full, current and unrestricted license to
practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the
United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.
**Preferred Experience:** Completion of PGY-1 or PGY-2 Pharmacy
(a) **Experience:** 1 year of experience equivalent to the next
lower grade level (GS-12) and must fully meet the following KSAs:
Knowledge of professional pharmacy practice; Ability to communicate
orally and in writing to both patients and health care staff;
Knowledge of laws, regulations, and accreditation standards related
to the distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs
and pharmacy security; Skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome
of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation
of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters.
(b) **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:
(c) **Demonstrated KSAs:** The KSAs shown below apply to all
assignments at this grade level:
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.
**References:** VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15
**Physical Requirements:** Moderate lifting/carrying (15-44 pounds),
reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, walking (2 hours), standing
(8 hours), repeated bending (2 hours), climbing (1 hour), both legs
required, operation of Cushman, near vision, far vision, hearing
(aid permitted), emotional/mental stability.
**IMPORTANT:** A transcript must be submitted with your application
if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
**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:
http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit:
### Additional information
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have
faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer
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.
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If you are unable to apply online view the following link for
information regarding an Alternate Application.
### How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the
**IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE
MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your
application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be
verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or
omissions may affect consideration for employment.**
**NOTE:** The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group)
will review the selected candidate's education and experience and
recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be
placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board
will recommend grade and HR will determine step in accordance with
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.
### Background checks and security clearance
##### Security clearance
##### Drug test required
##### Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
##### Trust determination process
- Required Documents
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application
Package which includes:
- SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can
be found at:
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your specialized experience);
3) Month and year start/end dates (e.g. 04/2007 to 04/2008);
4) Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week);
5) Supervisor's contact information and whether or not the
supervisor can be contacted.
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if
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transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation
to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for
displaced Federal employees).
- Cover Letter
- SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
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character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are
currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or
discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to
your active duty service which reflects the dates of service,
character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.
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#### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution
recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be
credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the
attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting
institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this
vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may
affect the overall rating.
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- How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this
position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the
documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The
complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on
09/05/2019 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire
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who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where
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### Agency contact information
### Cheryl Thomason
Salem VA Medical Center
1970 Roanoke Boulevard
Salem, VA 24153
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