Open & closing dates
Opening and closing dates
07/22/2021 to 10/22/2021
Pay scale & grade
$45,423 to $59,049 per year
6 vacancies in the following locations:
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
Clarification from the agency
AREA OF CONSIDERATION : US CITIZENS
The VISN 2 New York/New Jersey VA Healthcare system is currently accepting applications on an ongoing basis for the position of Pharmacy Technician. This is an open continuous announcement until October 22, 2021. Qualified applicants will be considered and referred as vacancies become available at any of the following facilities: New York Harbor VA HCS, James J. Peters VAMC (Bronx VA), Northport VA Medical Center and the New Jersey VA HCS.
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The incumbent must be knowledgeable in all areas of pharmacy, since they float, rotate, and cover all technician positions within the department. The incumbent must be able to perform a variety of complex technical functions, which require extensive knowledge of pharmaceuticals and Pharmacy practice.
The incumbent functions in the Inpatient and Outpatient Sections of the Pharmacy; however, he/she also provides services and products to ambulatory care settings. Pharmacy technicians will perform all aspects of the preparation and dispensing of drug orders and prescription items. He/she will rotate responsibilities as deemed necessary by supervisory staff depending on patients' needs. The employee arranges the timing and sequence of assigned task to meet variable workload demands. All work on prescription/medication orders and intravenous solutions is checked by a pharmacist; other work is reviewed for overall accuracy of results. The employee may rotate among various sections/divisions, as determined by scheduling and workload requirements, performing duties as assigned in order to provide technician coverage on all operating shifts. The employee will be assigned to specific pharmacy sections based on training & competencies. This position requires basic computer knowledge and familiarity with complicated Pharmacy equipment. The pharmacy technician assists the pharmacist in providing optimal pharmaceutical care and timely customer service in accordance with the mission, vision and goals of the medical center.
The Technician performs a variety of duties when assigned to this area Receives, reviews, prioritizes, and routes prescriptions selects proper medications, counts or measures proper quantities, places in appropriate containers, attaches required labels (including auxiliary labels) and records required dispensing information on prescriptions and/or medication requests. Technician may be assigned to fill front window scripts, which also include filling discharge scripts, and pick up items. Technician may be assigned to the dispensing window. This includes: bar coding scripts that are ready to be dispensed to the veteran. Technician must get proper ID and signature of any veteran receiving prescriptions. Technician also explains Pharmacy refill policy and where to send co-payment. Technician assigned to fill mail reviews scripts with filling documents for correct drug item, quantity, sig., correct physician, and number of refills. Labels all prescriptions filled appropriately, including auxiliary labels. Operates and maintains complicated pharmacy equipment.
Receives, prioritizes, prepares and routes doctors' orders for IV medications in order to prepare labels. Selects IV additives and containers, mixes and/or prepares IV medications. Records IV compounding and dispensing information and delivers finished IV products to the wards. Reviews each ward for extra or returning doses of IVs.
Selects medications in proper dosage size, form, and quantity. Prepares and immediately dispatches medications to patient care locations. Fills ("picks") individual patient medication drawers according to patient profile with the designated quantity of medications. Delivers ward stock and/or exchanges unit dose cassettes in order to provide adequate supplies of medications for patient care. Deliveries include the stocking of automated medication storage units (Omnicell) on ward and clinics.
Maintains an exact perpetual inventory of all narcotic and controlled substances in the outpatient locked cabinet and the pharmacy vault room area. Recognizes and promptly resolves any discrepancies or irregularities in inventory, inventory records, inventory balances, or orders, and forwards information to supervisor or clinical research pharmacist for follow-up. Communicates any changes in usage/usage trends to supply personnel to ensure appropriate stock is maintained for current needs. Upon receipt of inventory, verifies receipts and vouchers, adjusts inventory balances, and secures stock.
Stocking/Packaging/Compounding: Inventories, restocks, and rotates as necessary all pharmacy chemicals, medication stocks, IV solutions, supplies, and all expendable and nonexpendable pharmacy operational supplies and equipment. Receives checks, rotates, and places into stock all items received and reconciles any discrepancies in order to assure the correct stock has been received.
Work Schedule: Rotating Shifts, varies by location
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Conditions Of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
- ALL APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT ALL THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS, FAILURE TO PROVIDE THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION FROM BEING CONSIDERED.
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 grades GS-6 and above.
Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
English Language Proficiency. Pharmacy technicians appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.
Grade Determinations. In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:
Experience. One year experience at the next lower level, and must fully meet the KSAs at the next lower level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs :
Certification. PTCB certification is required at this grade level and above.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
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.
Assignments. Pharmacy technicians may be assigned to any area of the pharmacy including expanded distributive function assignments; for example assignment as team leaders for specific process improvement teams involving technical areas or performing more highly complex duties including preparation of oncology agents for clinical pharmacy specialists. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.
References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/15 PART II APPENDIX G28
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-05.
Physical Requirements: This position requires regular and recurring physical exertion, involving standing for prolonged periods of time, lifting/carrying of pharmaceutical supplies , pushing and pulling of large carts. The job may include significant time at a computer terminal.
There is no educational substitution at this grade level..
Applicant Expiration: Applicants will remain active for 3 months after their initial application is received and/or updated. After that time, you must update your application through your USAJobs account if you would like to be made active again for possible consideration during the open period.
Receiving Service Credit or 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. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
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 competitive status.
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.
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
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.
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
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
- PROOF OF CURRENT UNEXPIRED PTCB CERTIFICATION
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: https://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf
. This document must be completed in full, dated within a year of application date. Failure to provide this document, if selected may delay onboarding.
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist
to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.
- Cover Letter
- DD-214/ Statement of Service
- Disability Letter (VA)
- VA FORM 10-2850C- APPLICATION FOR ASSOCIATED HEALTH OCCUPATIONS- DATED AND SIGNED WITHIN A YEAR OF APPLICATION DATE
- PROOF OF CURRENT UNEXPIRED PTCB CERTIFICATION
- SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
FINAL DOCUMENTS REMINDER- ALL APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT ALL THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION. FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION FROM BEING CONSIDERED. THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS ARE REQUIRED: CURRENT DETAILED RESUME, RESUME MUST SHOW COMPLETE START AND END DATES, PROOF OF CURRENT UN-EXPIRED PTCB CERTIFICATION. IF YOU ARE A CURRENT FEDERAL EMPLOYEE YOU MUST PROVIDE MOST CURRENT SF-50 SHOWING GRADE, STEP AND SALARY. SF-50 CANT BE AN AWARD SF-50.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and 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. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit Feds Hire Vets - Veterans - Job Seekers - Veterans' Preference
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.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
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 10/22/2021 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11181613.
- To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
- Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login
, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). It is a requirement that all HCP to receive annual seasonal influenza vaccination or obtain an exemption for medical or religious reasons. Wearing a face mask is required when an exemption to the influenza vaccination has been granted. HCP in violation of this directive may face disciplinary action up to and including removal from federal service.
HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations or who come into contact with VA patients or other HCP as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased medical facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, remote and onsite, paid and without compensation, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, researchers, volunteers and health professions trainees (HPTs) who are expected to perform any or all of their work at these facilities. HPTs may be paid or unpaid and include residents, interns, fellows and students. HCP also includes VHA personnel providing home-based care to Veterans and drivers and other personnel whose duties put them in contact with patients outside VA medical facilities.
Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. 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. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. 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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