Pharmacy Technician - Procurement

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
May 23, 2019
Closes
May 31, 2019
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The incumbent has operational responsibility for all ongoing inventories of drug products and pharmaceutical supplies and their procurement. Utilizes basic accounting and budgetary skill to assure pharmaceuticals and supplies are maintained. May answer many telephone inquiries from the staff for information on drugs in stock, availability, new drugs, drug cost and usage, drug dosage forms, and stability.
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Responsibilities

Duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Functioning as a resource person to all members of the Pharmacy staff including the Chief of Pharmacy regarding inventory status and control.
  • Provides training for other supportive staff members, professional staff members including pharmacy residents and professional and supportive people in intra-VA details at the station.
  • Has direct contact with the prime vendor via computer and placement and receipt of drug orders after an assessment of the various contracts available and selection of the most effective items.
  • Reviews drug orders on computer scree/printed copy, verifying amounts that need to be ordered, and transmitting the order to the prime vendor.
  • If an item is unavailable, the incumbent decides whether to order and equivalent generic substitute, different strengths, bottle size, or to wait and reorder the next day.
  • Using the Prime Vendor database, determines the cost differential to purchase from a different manufacturer, as well as the expected due-in date of the unavailable product at the prime vendor.
  • Assists in determining high priority or emergency requirements of medication and initiating procurement activity to local Hospitals, Prime Vendor, or direct to manufacturer to ensure that the medication is available as soon as possible.
  • Initiates direct purchases from the manufacture either by use of the credit card (for purchases under $3500) or for purchases over $3500, the order must be placed through IFCAP to A&MM service.
  • Checks all incoming orders with the appropriate order request to assure accuracy and completeness.
  • Monitors the filling of pharmacy orders for all ward and clinic areas.
Work Schedule: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
None

Requirements

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


Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 06/03/2019.
Basic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • 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. Creditable Experience. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with the scope of pharmacy technician practice. Quality of Experience. To be creditable, pharmacy technician experience must be documented on the application and verified in an employment reference, or through other independent means. Part-time Experience. Part-time experience as a pharmacy technician is credited according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a pharmacy technician would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work.
Grade Determinations:

GS-7

(a) 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 and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):

(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

* 1 . Ability to evaluate, analyze workflow, and coordinate work activities.

2 . Ability to independently gather, evaluate, and analyze data to generate reports and/or for other projects/statistical purposes.

3 . Knowledge of pharmacy policies and procedures sufficient to train and orient new employees and other staff

4 . Comprehensive knowledge of the operation and care of specialized pharmaceutical equipment.

5 . Comprehensive knowledge of the procurement and formulary process.

6 . Comprehensive knowledge of investigational drug policies and procedures.

7 . Comprehensive knowledge of controlled substance policies and procedures, and the ability to identify and investigate discrepancies in these policies and procedures.

8. Comprehensive knowledge of, and ability to, analyze data in VA information systems.

References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G28.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-07.

Physical Requirements: Requires moderate lifting of 15-44 pounds, use of fingers, climbing, use of legs and arms, periods of standing and walking.

Education

IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/ . 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html .

Additional information

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 view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

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.

NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will recommend grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.

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

Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
Yes

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • VA Form 10-2850c AND copy of current PTCB
  • Resume


VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search . REQUIRED AT TIME OF APPLICATION

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
  • OF-306
  • VA Form 10-2850c AND copy of current PTCB
  • VA Letter
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript


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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .

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.

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