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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Pharmacy Technician in Saginaw, Michigan


This is an external job announcement. Current permanent Aleda E. Lutz employees, current permanent VA employees from another facility, and current permanent employees from another Federal Agency MUST apply under the INTERNAL announcement, CBSR-10926246-20-CR unless applying by using Veteran Preference. All applicants applying under this external announcement will be subject to Veterans' preference.


This position functions primarily in inpatient sections of Pharmacy Service, and inpatient point of care areas within the VA Medical Center. The incumbent functions independently to organize, oversee and execute medication preparation and distribution to inpatient points of care. Execution of duties requires evaluation and analysis of workflow and distributive processes, coordination of work activity, and direction of staff. Duties include but are not limited to: Plans coordinates and executes inpatient medication distribution, including auto-replenished ward/clinic stock, patient specific unit dose cassettes, on demand medications. Products distributed include oral, intravenous, and topical pharmaceutical entities in various dosages and dosage forms. Compounds and/or reconstitutes oral or external medications (non-sterile). This includes calculating and converting to proper weights and measures the amount of drug or solution to be used. Prepares/distributes inpatient drug orders including all medicinal dosage forms such as chemotherapy, intravenous admixtures, oral solids, etc., according to established procedures and protocols. Prepares sterile products using aseptic technique, in accordance with applicable USP standards. Assists the Chief, Pharmacy Service, in process planning to assure continuing maximal operational effectiveness and efficiency. Assists the Chief, Pharmacy Service in cost usage analyses of high cost medications to identify usage areas and trends. Work Schedule: 11:30 AM -8:00 PM (Monday through Friday, may be required to work some evenings)

Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Available

Virtual: This is not a virtual position.

Functional Statement Title: Pharmacy Technician

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required


Conditions of Employment


Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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). 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).

Grandfathering Provision. The following is the standard grandfathering policy for all Title 38

hybrid qualification standards. Some of these provisions may not apply to this occupation. Please carefully

review the qualification standard to determine the specific education and/or licensure/certification/

registration requirements that apply to this occupation.

All persons employed in VHA in this occupation on the effective date of this qualification standard are

considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series and grade held, including

positive education and licensure/certification/registration that are part of the basic requirements of the

occupation. For employees who do not meet all the basic requirements required in this standard, but

who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, the following

provisions apply:

Such employees in an occupation that does not require a licensure/certification/registration, may be

reassigned, promoted, or demoted within the occupation.

Such employees in an occupation that requires a licensure/certification/registration, may be reassigned,

promoted up to and including the full performance (journey) level, or demoted within the occupation,

but may not be promoted beyond the journey level or placed in supervisory or managerial positions.

Such employees in an occupation that requires a licensure/certification/registration only at higher grade

levels must meet the licensure/certification/registration requirement before they can be promoted to

those higher grade levels.

Employees who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the effective date of the qualification

standard may not have their temporary appointment extended or be reappointed, on a temporary or

permanent basis, until they fully meet the basic requirements of the standard.

Employees initially grandfathered into this occupation, who subsequently obtain additional education

and/or licensure/certification/registration that meet all the basic requirements of this qualification

standard must maintain the required credentials as a condition of employment in the occupation.

If an employee who was retained in an occupation listed in 38 U.S.C. ยง 7401(3) under this provision

leaves that occupation, the employee loses protected status and must meet the full VA qualification

standard requirements in effect at the time of reentry to the occupation. Preferred Experience: Inpatient hospital pharmacy experience, extended knowledge of Automated dispensing systems Grade Determinations: GS-06 You may qualify based on your experience as described below: Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-05 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Employees at this grade level serve as staff pharmacy technicians receiving little guidance from more experienced staff members for more complex patients and procedures, and require minimal supervision. Additionally, you will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Please make sure that each is addressed in your application package. GS-5 Ability to operate and care for automated dispensing devices and equipment. Knowledge of, and ability to perform, aseptic technique. Knowledge of basic inventory procedures. Knowledge of pharmacy information systems. GS-6 Ability to solve problems and make recommendations, e.g., troubleshoot operational problems and refer for appropriate action. Knowledge of the operation and care of automated equipment. Knowledge of, and ability to follow, written instructions for compounding with aseptic technique for hazardous materials such as oncology agents. Knowledge, and ability to perform, compounding with aseptic technique for routine sterile products. Knowledge of policies and procedures for inventory management in specialized areas such as emergency carts. Knowledge of the computerized prescription process demonstrated by the ability to input prescriptions and medication orders. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. References: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-28, PHARMACY TECHNICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD. 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-6 to GS-6. Physical Requirements: A. Pulling: This position requires frequent use of the upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, drag, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion, as in pulling equipment from one area to the next. Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 25 pounds of force frequently to move objects. This could include moving objects such as pieces of equipment and assistance in moving clients. B. Grasping: This position requires the constant application of pressure to an object with the fingers and palm, as in the holding of a pen to jot notes, messages, etc. C. Feeling: This position requires the perception of attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature, or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips and palms palpitation of a patient's skin for integrity, temperature. D. Sitting: This position frequently requires the maintenance of a seated position, as when seated to work at the computer and while participating in meetings. E. Carrying: This position constantly requires the use of upper extremities to hold or grasp and lower extremities to move about on foot to move objects from position to position, as when carrying medications from the med cart to the patient for administration.


There is no educational substitute.

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. The Medical Center is smoke free in all areas. 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.