Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Pharmacy Technician in White River Junction, Vermont
Summary This position is located in Pharmacy Service of the White River Junction VA Medical Center, a Complexity Level 2, highly affiliated medical center with outpatient clinics throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. Pharmacy technicians prepare medications by counting, pouring, weighing, measuring, and mixing or compounding oral and intravenous medications. Responsibilities Duties include, but are not limited to: Provide various technical support services within the pharmacy department. Provides services related to inpatient and outpatient ambulatory patients. Carry out the full range of technical support functions including processing and filling outpatient prescriptions for scheduled and non-scheduled federal legend drugs and medical devices, over-the-counter products and supply items; inpatient preparation and distribution of unit dose medications and ward stock items, intravenous admixture including cytotoxic chemotherapy, and inventory management Performs a variety of complex technical functions in Pharmacy Service under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. Responsible for all activities and functions generated by assigned tasks on a daily basis. Work Schedule: Needs of the Service. Will include Weekend, Weeknights and Holiday Schedules. Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position Recruitment/Relocation: Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications 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. 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. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations:GS-5 Successful completion of 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. Successful completion of a course for medical technicians, hospital corpsmen, medical service specialists, or hospital training obtained in a training program given by the Armed Forces or the U.S. Maritime Service under close medical and professional supervision is creditable on a month-for-month basis for general experience. Successful completion of pertinent specialized training courses in pharmaceutical and pharmacy practices while serving in the Armed Forces is creditable on a month-for-month basis up to the 1 year of specialized experience required for GS-5 Experience: Have one year experience equivalent to the next lower grade level GS 4 level, which requires 2 years of education above high school with courses related to the occupation and also 6 months of specialized experience, which includes: Ability to process and fill prescriptions under supervision, operate and maintain dispensing equipment, operate pharmacy information systems, maintain appropriate files. Grade Determinations: GS-6 Do you have one year of experience at the next lower level (equivalent to the GS-5 level)? (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. Experience must be documented on the application and is subject to verification. Part-time experience as a pharmacy technician is credited according to its relationship to the full-time workweek.) You must also fully meet the following KSAs: Ability to operate and care for automated dispensing devices and equipment. 2. Knowledge of, and ability to perform, aseptic technique. 3. Knowledge of basic inventory procedures. 4. Knowledge of pharmacy information systems. Certification: PTCB certification is required at the grade 6 level and above. Make sure to include this in your application package for consideration. References: VA Handbook 5005/15 Part II Appendix G28 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-5 to GS-6. Physical Requirements: Occasional standing and walking, lifting not to exceed 15 pounds, use of both hands and fingers, ability to use the computer. The work is primarily performed while sitting, although some work may require periods of standing. The regular and recurring work of the position involves sitting at a desk, attending meetings and conferences, etc. and occasional visits to activity work sites. Occasional use of an automobile or public conveyance may be required. 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 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.