The location of this position is at the VAPORHCS Inpatient Pharmacy Division. The incumbent is responsible for assisting in coordinating comprehensive pharmaceutical care activities in the VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) under the direction of the section's Supervisory Pharmacist. 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. Certification: Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is required. English Language Proficiency. Pharmacy technicians appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English. 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). Grade Determinations: GS-8 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 (*): Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities *1. 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). *2. Ability to apply management and leadership principles. 3. Ability to communicate orally and in writing. 4. Extensive working knowledge of the pharmacy operation. 5. Ability to assess staff needs and provide appropriate training. Assignments. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. Pharmacy technicians at this level may be assigned supervisory positions or assignments as lead technicians in a highly complex area of the pharmacy. The GS-8 level is for very select, complex pharmacy technician positions as established by each health care facility. To be advanced, employees must meet all of the following standards, provided the standard is part of their assignment. Determinations concerning placement of positions at this grade level shall take into consideration the skill mix and availability of supervision in the work unit. Although these positions are under the supervision of a pharmacist, employees in such settings successfully and consistently demonstrate the exercise of independent technical judgment (without the need for readily available supervision) as well as comprehensive and thorough working knowledge of the most complex or difficult practices and procedures. Such individuals may also serve as supervisors or in an equivalent assignment in a Pharmacy Service, or for a specific unit or section. References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G28 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-08. ["Duties for this position include, but are not limited to: Knowledge of all aspects of the Inpatient Pharmacy and the ability to perform all tasks when required including but not limited to compounded sterile preparations, unit-dose prepackaging, hazardous drug management, non-formulary requests, automated dispensing cabinets, etc. Operates and maintains automated dispensing devices and equipment. Reviews, edits and distributes annual competencies. Oversight of technician training. Responsible for schedule(s) and daily rotation(s). Manages leave requests including annual leave and holiday calendars. Manages appropriate staffing levels and approves overtime hours as appropriate. Approving official for procurement purchases. Responsible for technician performance appraisals. Conducts staff meetings. Ensures TMS compliance. Assists with annual EIL inventory management. Participates in the hiring of new technicians. Assists with reverse distribution activities. Responsible for performing balance adjustments with Pharmacy Supervisor. Assists Pharmacy Supervisor in data collection for vault discrepancies. Assists Pharmacy Supervisor in data collection for medication errors. Responsible for the procurement of all administrative supplies as it pertains to the operational needs of the department. Develops, implements, and monitors procedure guidelines for technician duties to ensure that each prescription/order is clearly and accurately labeled and properly dispensed per local policy. Oversees quality control assessments for technician assignments and duties. Monitors and assesses workload and quality of work. Makes recommendations to management based on assessments. The incumbent is expected to perform a staffing role as directed. Utilizes basic inventory management principles, including but not limited to ward inspections, expiration dating, cycle counts, narcotic vault inventory, and emergency carts. Utilizes pharmacy communication systems in accordance with local pharmacy policies (i.e. instant messaging, pagers, telephones). Utilizes pharmacy computer programs as applicable. Solves problems and makes recommendations as appropriate, e.g., troubleshoot operational problems and refer for appropriate action. Completes mandatory trainings and education in a timely fashion. Complies with area specific policies and procedures including but not limited to Green Environment Management System (GEMS), drug formulary, drug recall and shortages. Maintains knowledge of pharmacy nomenclature (i.e., generic, trade, and Latin names), drug characteristics (i.e., strengths, dosage forms, storage requirements), systems of weight, measure and conversion. References the Medical Center High Alert medication list, Look-A-Like/Sound-A-Like list, and unapproved abbreviations. Selects, compounds, and/or admixes a range of drugs including but not limited to prepacks, IV Admixtures, extemporaneous preparations, topical/oral formulations, ophthalmics (subconjunctivals and intravitreal injections), narcotics, investigational drugs, oncolytic agents, etc., in both outpatient and inpatient areas. Processes and triages all applicable orders and requests in a timely manner. Work Schedule: Monday to Friday, 6:30am to 3:00 pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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