Under the direction of the Chief of the Pharmacy Service, the Pharmacy Automation and Technology Specialist is responsible for management, maintenance and further development of the Kansas City VA Pharmacy Service automation, technology and data systems. As such, the incumbent assists the Chief, Pharmacy Service and Pharmacy Informatics Section in all matters involving automation assessment, purchasing, implementation and maintenance. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet basic requirements AND grade determination by the closing date of this announcement: 09/30/2022 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. Candidates must possess a high school diploma, or equivalent; OR at least three (3) months experience. Candidates must be certified by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is required for this position. (Must be submitted with application. Copies can be obtained through www.ptcb.org). English Language Proficiency. Pharmacy Technicians appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Chapter 2, Section D, paragraph 5a. Preferred Experience/certification: Informatics certification and/or degree in computer science preferred. Grade Determinations: GS-08 Level: Candidate must have one year specialized experience at the next lower grade (GS-7) directly related to the position being filled, that demonstrates the clinical competencies needed to provide services as a Pharmacy Technician -AND- must fully meet the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) as determined from your supporting documents: Knowledge of human resource management policies and procedures, and the ability to supervise various levels of pharmacy technicians and other technical personnel (for supervisory assignments). Ability to apply management and leadership principles. Ability to communicate orally and in writing. Extensive working knowledge of the pharmacy operation. Ability to assess staff needs and provide appropriate training References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G28 Pharmacy Technician Qualification Standard Physical Requirements: The work is primarily performed while sitting, though some work may require periods of standing. The regular and recurring work of this position involves sitting at a desk, conferences, meetings, etc. Frequent use of automobile and public conveyances may be required. Occasional lifting of boxes is also required. ["This position serves as a beginning level data analyst and assists in data transfer, processing and mining, reporting, and interfaces with station, VISN, Regional and National Data Warehouse programs. The Clinical Pharmacy Automation, Technology and Data Specialist will interface and collaborate with other federal, local, regional and national sites to promote the advancement of local, regional and national automation systems. The incumbent also serves as a consultant to the service line managers and staff on clinical decision support tools and evaluation and implementation of cost effective automation and technology solutions. Duties include but are not limited to: Develops competency assessments and coordinates training of assigned pharmacy staff to ensure that the highest level of training is provided. Coordinates training of all new pharmacy staff members with regard to inpatient and outpatient pharmacy operations and the automation and technology utilized within each area. Coordinates the technical aspect of Inpatient Pharmacy drug distribution activities to ensure standard operating procedures are in alignment with automation capabilities so that efficiencies are maximized. Recommends changes for the improvement of the workflow, work methods and priorities involved within the drug distribution system. Schedules meetings and conducts in-services with the vendors to ensure product installations, maintenance, and any necessary repairs are completed for the pharmacy automation. Manages and coordinates all aspects of evaluation, purchase, implementation, maintenance and enhancement of automated pharmacy related devices. Reviews activity reports from Pyxis for discrepancies, inventory verification, and medication deliveries and uses those reports accordingly to resolve technical and workflow issues. Evaluates system stock levels for the pharmacy automation by generating reports based on activity/formulary and loading/unloading items. In addition, adds new medications and adjusts inventory levels based on the increased or decreased usage due to formulary changes, clinical and/or patient specific needs, and seasonal vaccines or medications. Uses a working knowledge of medication dispensing equipment (Pyxis, Scriptpro, Scriptalk, PickPoint and Talyst) to resolve minor issues or contact the appropriate support if further assistance is needed. Assists in the development of health informatics tools that will be used to appropriately monitor clinical care processes, outcomes and safety of patients. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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