Pharmacist - GS-0660-13

Washington D.C.
May 10, 2017
Aug 01, 2017
Full Time

Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American!  At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere.  It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens.  Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is the agency Americans trust with their lives.  As a global leader in public health, DHHS is the nation's premier health promotion, prevention, and preparedness agency.  Whether we are protecting the American people from public health threats, researching emerging diseases, or mobilizing public health programs with our domestic and international partners, we rely on our employees to make a real difference in the health and well-being of people here and around the world. 

"This HHS position meets the criteria outlined in OMB M-17-18 and is exempt from the hiring freeze".

*There are no Pharmacist positions in the Center for Tobacco Products (CTP).

 This announcement may be used to fill multiple positions in multiple locations.

Cut Off dates are Wednesday, May 31, 2017, Friday, June 30, 2017 and Monday, July 31, 2017  Applications received after the cut-off dates will receive consideration through the closing date. 

  • Not Required

  • No

  • A valid license must be submitted at time of application to be considered
  • Transcripts are required
  • United States Citizenship required
  • Background investigation is required
  • In order to qualify for this position, applicants must possess the basic education requirement, medical requirement, licensure and specialized experience as defined below:

    Basic Education Requirement:  Four-year bachelor's degree in pharmacy recognized by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education.


    Licensure: All applicants must be licensed to practice pharmacy in a State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia.   


    Medical Requirement:  Be able to distinguish basic colors. 

    Additional Qualification Requirements for the GS-13:  Applicants must possess one (1) year of professional pharmacy specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level or equivalent band level in the Federal service which has equipped you with the specific knowledge, skill and ability to perform successfully in this position, coordinating and managing the activities of medical project areas and evaluating the progress to ensure timely completion;  evaluating and interpreting contents of submitted professional and consumer labeling information; prepare written analyses and evaluation for professionals and participates in discussions; gathering information, identifying problems and developing scientific, risk-based approaches to assignments which are appropriate and consistent with office policy AND providing advice, consultation, and assistance on post-marketing surveillance of drug products and their applications; preparing summaries describing clinical assessment of adverse reaction analyses; and contributing to the development and improvement of procedures for post-marketing surveillance and the processing and evaluation of adverse drug product reaction reports.

    Verification of approved degree programs may be obtained from the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education, 311 West Superior Street, Suite 512, Chicago, Illinois 60610-3537 Phone: (312) 664-3575), or through their Web site at:

    Foreign Education:  If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.  For further information, visit:

    Conditions of Employment:

    1. Security and Background Requirements:  If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action.  In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.  Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.  False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

    2. E-Verify:  If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System.  Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.

    3. Direct Deposit:  All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

    4. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

    5. Financial disclosure statement may be required.

    6. One-year probationary period may be required.

    7. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses may be paid.

    8. Bargaining Unit Position: May vary by Center

    9. Drug Screening Required: No

    10. Recruitment Bonus may be authorized: No

    11.  Licensure:  Must be licensed to practice pharmacy in a State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia.

    Not Applicable


    This position is being filled through the Direct Hire Authority for this occupation and is open to all US Citizens.  All applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration. Traditional rating and ranking of applications does not apply. Applications received as a result of job fairs, recruitment events, and emergency hiring mechanisms in support of this hiring initiative will also be accepted during the duration of the direct-hire authority.

    Positions are located in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Montgomery County, MD, and may be filled in the following Centers:  These positions are located throughout the FDA Centers:

    Center for Biologics & Evaluation Research (CBER) - Regulates biological products for human use under applicable federal laws, including the Public Health Service Act and the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. To ensure the safety, purity, potency, and effectiveness of biological products.

    Center for Drug Evaluation & Research (CDER) Provide regulatory oversight for investigational studies during drug development and making decisions regarding marketing approval for new (innovator or non-generic) drugs, including decisions related to changes to already marketed products.

    Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) - Facilitate medical device innovation by advancing regulatory science, providing industry with predictable, consistent, transparent, and efficient regulatory pathways, and assuring consumer confidence in devices marketed in the U.S.

    Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) - Responsible for the safety of the nation's domestically produced and imported foods, cosmetics, drugs, biologics, medical devices, and radiological products.

    Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) - Set performance standards review premarket applications for new and modified risk tobacco products, requiring new warning labels, and establishing and enforcing advertising and promotion restrictions.

    Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) –Inspects regulated products and manufacturers, conducts sample analyses of regulated products and reviews imported products offered for entry into the United States.

    National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) - Provides the field offices with coordinated direction, assistance, and management for investigational activities in international arenas.

    Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) - Conducts research that helps FDA ensure the safety of animal drugs, food for animals, and food products made from animals; and monitors the safety and effectiveness of animal drugs on the market.

    As a Pharmacist, you will:

    • Review, evaluate, interpret, analyze, and abstract pertinent adverse drug reaction reports in the Adverse Events Reports Systems (AERS);
    • Utilize the medical-scientific judgment in determining the adequacy of clinical documentation, the severity of the adverse reaction, and the possible causal relationship between specific therapeutic agents and the adverse reaction;
    • Prepare summaries describing clinical assessment of adverse reaction analyses;
    • Contribute to the development and improvement of procedures for post-marketing surveillance and the processing and evaluation adverse drug product reaction reports;
    • Keep abreast of new developments in drug products and their applications in order to anticipate possible safety and reporting problems.

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