This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. 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) 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. 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-7 Experience. One year experience at the next lower level (GS-6) and must fully meet the KSAs at the next lower level: 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. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the required experience, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*): Ability to evaluate, analyze workflow, and coordinate work activities. Ability to independently gather, evaluate, and analyze data to generate reports and/or for other projects/statistical purposes. Knowledge of pharmacy policies and procedures sufficient to train and orient new employees and other staff. Comprehensive knowledge of the operation and care of specialized pharmaceutical equipment. Comprehensive knowledge of the procurement and formulary process. Comprehensive knowledge of investigational drug policies and procedures. Comprehensive knowledge of controlled substance policies and procedures, and the ability to identify and investigate discrepancies in these policies and procedures. Comprehensive knowledge of, and ability to, analyze data in VA information systems. References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G28, Pharmacy Technician Qualification Standard, GS-0661, dated March 17, 2006. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-7. Physical Requirements: The work involves regular and recurring physical exertion including walking, bending, prolonged standing, stooping, lifting and carrying packages weighing up to 40 pounds. Dexterity is required for the operation of Pharmacy equipment. ["VA Careers - Pharmacy: https://youtube.com/embed/Fn_ickNBEws The please see the following duties associated with the Specialized Pharmacy Technician (Procurement), which include but are not limited to: The Procurement Technician performs the duties of this position in all areas of the Inpatient/Outpatient Pharmacy Section, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS), Pharmacy Service. The incumbent is a highly specialized technician, who, under the authority of the Chief, Pharmacy Service, is responsible for general and specialized procurement and its management in all pharmacy areas. Maintains Pharmacy fund control records, verifies information and reconciles problems, questions, or discrepancies in this area with the Pharmacy Service Budget Analyst. Uses this information to monitor cash flow and adjust inventory levels and procurement activities to the extent possible to stay within allocated financial resources while maintaining medication inventories sufficient to sustain all areas of patient care. Provides weekly current and accurate budget information to the Pharmacy Service Budget Analyst and the Chief, Pharmacy Service. Independently provides information to supervisors on matters that will require additional funds due to changes made by the medical center, the agency, pharmaceutical manufacturers or usage trends. Budgetary demands on Pharmacy fund control points frequently require the incumbent to provide alternate procedures to budget plans for management to select in the closing weeks of the quarter or the fiscal year. These plans involve supplemental funding requests based on historical and current data, selection of items and sources to order to match budget balances, and projections based on the incumbent's judgment and/or alternate methods of postponing obligations based on inventory review and management by the incumbent. Accomplishes data entry of Logistics orders into VistA programs. This includes information from initial procurement requests, fund control data, and, receiving reports. Reconciles accounts such that computer printouts containing current data are available to management upon request. Independently resolves budgetary discrepancies that arise among Fiscal, Logistics, and Pharmacy services due to changes that occur during the procurement, obligation, and delivery process. Compiles, categorizes, and records workload data for various reports in order to establish a comprehensive record of work performed. Maintains work areas in a clean and orderly condition by assuring that all stock and equipment are in assigned places and all shelves and counters are free of dust and debris. The technician will be assigned additional duties by the supervisor as necessary to support Pharmacy operations. Maintenance of all required documentation and files is checked during routine use by the Supervisor and through routine reviews/surveys from pharmacy and non-pharmacy personnel as per VHA Handbook. In the absence of the Supervisor, the incumbent will be considered as the authoritative source of information concerning procedural matters relating to drug procurement. Any additions to or modifications of existing procedures will be approved by the Supervisor, Pharmacy Service. Reviews inventory levels and usage rate information to make recommendations for lists of posted stock items for Logistics Service. Incumbent discusses these with Logistics personnel and initiates requests for corrective action and alterations or deviations from past practices, ordering intervals, or stock levels based on changing medical situations and utilization trends. Initiates and coordinates actions to complete return and credit arrangements for outdated, deteriorated, or excess stocks to ensure Pharmacy control points are properly credited. Assures documentation of these medications is in compliance with all VA mandates and directives. Assures Acquisition Plans are appropriately entered into FORCE along with all required paperwork and 2237 entry as indicated. Maintains all appropriate paperwork for receipt of procured orders, with all required signatures, dates and actions taken notated as required by procurement regulations. Assures that all ordering is completed only after the \"prepare\" option such that all orders are compliant with all national contracts and are the most cost-effective product available to the government. Work Schedule: Based on the needs of the service (the specific tours of duty will be discussed during the interview).\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Contact email@example.com , the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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