Indian Health Service Pharmacist in Browning, Montana

Indian Health Service
Few vacancies in the following location:
  • Browning, MT
Work Schedule is Multiple Schedules - Multiple Appointment Types

Opened Monday 6/20/2016 (126 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (68 day(s) away)

Job Overview

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The IHS goal is to raise Indian health status to the highest possible level. IHS provides leadership and direction to programs and activities designed to improve health outcomes to over 1.9 million AI/AN through a system of IHS, Tribal, and Urban operated facilities and programs.

The IHS is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified applicants who meet the Secretary of the Interior's definition of Indian for appointment to vacancies within the IHS in accordance with established IHS policy as outlined in the Indian Health Manual Part 7, Chapter 3. The IHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

This position is being announced concurrently under Excepted Service Examining Plan/Merit Promotion (ESEP/MP) procedures. Please review vacancy announcement - IHS-16-BI-1726982-ES/MP - for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: This position is located in the Indian Health Service, Blackfeet Service Unit, Billings Area IHS. The purpose of this position is to maintain high quality pharmacy services to patients and patients' families. The incumbent reports to the Pharmacy Supervisor.

  • Provide information on policies and procedures and/or information on use of drugs in the patient treatment plan. Provide advisory information to patients and the medical professionals at the facility.

  • Dispense drugs, maintains controls and security of narcotics and other controlled substances.

  • Monitor drug therapy for interactions, adverse effects and therapeutic efficacy.

  • Provide consultation to Medical, Dental and Nursing staff.

  • Provide primary patient care where guidelines have been developed; exercises clinical judgment in management of chronic care patients.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Travel, transportation and relocation expenses MAY or MAY NOT be paid primarily in the interest of the government and not in the interest of the selected employee. Employee will be required to sign a one year service agreement. Failure to fulfill the one year service agreement may require repayment of relocation expense allowances.
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • The selected applicant will be subject to a pre-employment background
  • investigation, which will include a fingerprint check.
  • If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59)
  • U.S. Citizenship is required

To qualify for this position, your resume must state sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are applying. 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; religious; spiritual; community; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week. For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned) in your resume. BASIC REQUIREMENT(S): Education: Four-year bachelor's degree in pharmacy recognized by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education.

Licensure: Except for research positions that do not entail patient care, all applicants must be licensed to practice pharmacy in a State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia.

In addition, to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below - Applicants who meet the basic requirements qualify for GS-7.Additional Requirements for Grades GS-9 and Above: For GS-9: Successful completion of a 5-year course of study leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in pharmacy from an approved pharmacy school, or 1 year of professional pharmacy experience equivalent to at least GS-7. For GS-11: Successful completion of a 6-year course of study leading to a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree; 1 year of professional pharmacy experience equivalent to at least GS-9; or, for research positions, completion of all of the requirements for a master's or equivalent degree in a related scientific field. For GS-12: One year of professional pharmacy experience equivalent to at least GS-11; or, for research positions, completion of all the requirements for a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a related scientific field. To qualify based on specialized experience for GS-12 level, you must have one year of experience (equivalent to the GS-11) level that included duties such as: Compounding prescriptions, and formulating, preparing, bulk compounding, selecting, dispensing, and preserving drugs medicines, and chemicals. Advising on drug therapy and usage in a hospital, clinic or a facility in the pharmaceutical industry. Medical Requirements:

Applicants must be able to distinguish basic colors. The selected individual is required to obtain and maintain medical staff clinical privileges, including any licensure requirements. If privileges are not obtained or maintained during employment, the employee will be subject to adverse actions, up to and including removal from Federal service.

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Saturday, December 31, 2016

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Applicant MUST verify the completeness and successful submission of their applications by logging into the USAJobs Application Manager to check the “Status”. Your qualifications for the job will be reviewed against other applicants to determine, if you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps have been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

You will no longer need to call the HR Office to determine your application status. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to provide status updates for applicants. You can elect to activate the status updates from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process.

If all required documentation is not submitted with your application you will lose consideration. It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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Other Information

Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. IHS may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their directly related previous non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which annual leave is earned.


  • Security Clearance: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a pre-employment fingerprint check and background investigation. Fingerprint results and background investigation documentation must be cleared prior to hire. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints and background investigation documentation. After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges.

  • Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957.

  • Additional selections may be made on this vacancy.

  • Government housing may be available - depending on availability.

  • Drug testing is not required.

  • This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit.

  • Selectee(s) are required to have a viable bank account at a financial institution for electronic direct deposit of salary payment.

  • A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection

  • Recruitment and relocation incentive maybe authorized.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $69,936.00 to $117,991.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0660-09/12

Promotion Potential: 12

Supervisory Status: No


Control Number: 442302600

Job Announcement Number: IHS-16-BI-1726983-DH