Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Behavioral Health) in Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Lebanon, PA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 9/9/2016 (45 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 11/30/2016 (37 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1798478

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

Heroes-Serving Heroes: Join this dynamic team of professionals providing quality health care, with dignity, compassion and respect to Veterans in South Central PA as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist. For over 60 years, Lebanon VA Medical Center has passionately served with trust, excellence and commitment. We are affiliated with Penn State Hershey College of Medicine and are the healthcare provider of choice for our Veterans. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

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.

Note: Initial cut-off date is September 16, 2016. Subsequent referrals will be made weekly until position is filled.

VA employees should apply under vacancy number 1798672.

Note: The duties section was amended on September 16, 2016.


As a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, you will be assigned to our Pharmacy Service Care Line and will be responsible for providing a broad range of pharmacy services to patients with behavioral Health pharmacotherapy needs consulted or assigned to your care. You will place practice priority on improving safe and effective medication use by the patients you serve. Your duties will include:

  • Serving as a provider with prescribing privileges.
  • Providing evidence-based pharmaceutical care services through both direct and indirect interaction with patients and providers.
  • Promoting and managing drug therapy based on current clinical knowledge that is consistent with policies and guidelines.
  • Providing direct medication therapy management services through new or established clinics as assigned by the Chief, Pharmacy Service.

Work Schedule:Monday through Friday*, *8:00 am and 4:30 pm, unless an alternate tour is approved by supervisor.

*NOTE: *Should the mission of this facility's patient care dictate, the incumbent(s) may be reassigned to other BH&S; services at the medical center or any of its VA Clinics.

Functional Statement Title/#: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (Behavioral Health)/000000

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. (i.e., by birth or naturalization)

  • Education(1) 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. (2) Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs meet the educational requirement if the graduate is able to provide proof of achieving the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Commission (FPGEC) Certification.

  • 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. The pharmacist must maintain current registration if this is a requirement for maintaining full, current, and unrestricted licensure. Physical Requirements.See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

  • English Language Proficiency.Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).

Preferred Experience: Pharm. D. degree, PGY-2 residency training, and/or with comparable experience in this area of practice. Board Certification in Psychiatry by the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties.

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.

Grade Determinations:*GS-13:*

(1) ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program AND at least one year of experience as a professional pharmacist; OR

(2) ACPE-accredited baccalaureate degree in pharmacy AND at least two years experience as a professional pharmacist; OR

(3) ACPE-accredited baccalaureate degree in pharmacy AND a residency or fellowship in a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice that was at least two years in duration. The pharmacy residency program must be accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). A fellowship program that is not accredited by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) will need to have comparable standards for experience to be creditable; OR

(4) ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program AND a residency or fellowship in a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice that was at least one year in duration. The pharmacy residency program must be accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). A fellowship program that is not accredited by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) will need to have comparable standards for experience to be creditable.

In addition to requirements above, candidates must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  1. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management.

  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 Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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: 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.

Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting, 15-44 lbs.; moderate carrying, 15-44 lbs.; reaching above shoulders; use of fingers; both hands required; walking up to 3 hours/day; standing up to 6 hours/day; near vision correctable at 13' to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; ability to read printed materials; ability to distinguish colors; emotional stability.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: 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.

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Salary Range: $93,542.00 to $115,700.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0660-13/13

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens and current permanent employees of other Federal agencies.

Control Number: 450150700

Job Announcement Number: YC-16-JLS-1798478-BU