Pharmacy Technician - CC - DE

Washington D.C.
Jul 17, 2017
Jul 24, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

The NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world. Its 27 Institutes and Centers employ approximately 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation. For information on the NIH mission, goals, and Institutes and Centers, visit NIH Overview.

The NIH Clinical Center Pharmacy Department provides pharmaceutical care to inpatients and outpatients on NIH intramural research protocols at the NIH Clinical Center. The Clinical Center facility encompasses 200 inpatient beds, 93 day-hospital stations, and 15 clinics. Clinical Center pharmacy staff provide sophisticated research support to health care providers as well as clinical investigators. Pharmacists conduct and participate in research programs that enhance knowledge regarding investigational drugs and new uses of commercially available agents.

Ideal Candidate Statement:

Under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist, the technician will perform duties related to medication distribution, dispensing, and delivery. The ideal candidate will be able to perform compounding of sterile and hazardous sterile medications. The ideal candidate should also be able to compound non-sterile medications and assist with the maintenance of medication inventory, procurement and storage. Candidates should be able to answer the phone and be able to manage work queues, while also working in a fast-paced environment. The ideal candidates should have experience performing pharmaceutical calculations, be able to read labels and be a proficient typist. The candidate will have experience functioning in accordance with standard written procedures, guidelines and federal regulations.

  • Not Required

  • No

  • U.S. Citizenship requirement met by closing date.
  • Position is subject to a background investigation.
  • This position may include weekend and shift schedules.
  • This position is considered an "emergency essential" position.
  • Pre-employment physical screening may be required.
  • To qualify at the GS-05 level: You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of qualifying experience equivalent to at least the GS-04 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: obtaining and reconstituting sterile medications in intravenous solutions and additive orders; receiving and filling ward and clinic drug supply orders for pharmacy stocked items; and bulk compounding, packaging, and labeling complex products, many of which are for internal consumption, e.g., cough syrups, laxatives.


    Successfully completed a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study in pharmacy, or that included at least 24 semester hours in pharmacy-related courses.


    Completed one full year of specialized training courses in pharmaceutical and pharmacy practices while serving in the Armed Forces.


    Have a combination of post-high school education and experience that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.

    To qualify at the GS-06 level: You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: performing bulk compounding pharmaceutical prescriptions which may require making adjustments in amounts of ingredients and solution concentrations for special orders; performing sterile solution operations for pharmaceutical equipment and assuring adherence to sterile procedures; reading, properly labeling, and dispensing individual prescriptions in accordance with pharmacy policies and limitations; and obtaining, counting or pouring/placing correct amounts of medication, in appropriate container(s).


    Completed one half year (or 9 semester hours) of graduate education, or an internship, in pharmacy.

    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). 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.

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    If you qualify on the basis of education in lieu of experience, you must submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed, and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to receiving an official offer. Click here for information on Foreign Education

    Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service.

    Q - Nonsensitive


    As a Pharmacy Technician in the Clinical Center, your duties will include but are not limited to the following:

    • Answer phone calls and in person contacts on questions from pharmacy and non-pharmacy staff regarding policies and procedures, drug availability, delivery times, drug costs, prescription status, tracking of prescriptions, and other pharmacy related issues;
    • Log investigational drugs according to department policy to maintain inventory balance;
    • Determine when the pharmacist is to be immediately alerted to a therapeutic problem;
    • Perform final verification of simple non-sterile compounds, prepackages medication and provides documented monthly inspection of pharmacy and clinics;
    • Conduct controlled substance inventories and maintains inventory records and prepares and fills clinic/pharmacy order requests for controlled substances;
    • Receive and verify drug deliveries;
    • Use proper sterile techniques, manufactures sterile injections, including antineoplastic chemotherapy, used to treat patients in Clinical Center protocols to be delivered in the form of large volume, small volume, infusion syringe, etc.;
    • Coordinate activities of other pharmacy technicians of a lower grade, students, and residents when assigned to the unit;
    • Meet regularly with staff to share information and to plan and schedule projects;
    • Other duties as assigned.

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