Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration CPS Pharmacist (Primary Care) in Roseburg, Oregon

Job Overview

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1999306 OUR MISSION**: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

This position is with the VA Roseburg Healthcare System, in Roseburg Oregon. Roseburg is centrally located in Southwestern Oregon and you will find an excellent quality of life in a family-oriented community. With the Cascade Mountains to the East and the beautiful coastline to the West, activities abound for outdoor enthusiasts. Plus, Roseburg has all the amenities of a larger city while still offering the relaxed atmosphere of a small town environment. For more information on the Roseburg area please visit the following links:;;

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 primary responsibility of the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (CPS) is the provision of evidence-based pharmaceutical care services through both direct and indirect interaction with patients and providers, routinely functioning with minimal supervision as an independent practitioner operating under a scope of practice at a minimum of 25% of their duties. This pharmacist promotes and manages drug therapy based on current clinical knowledge that is consistent with policies established at the National, VISN and local levels. The incumbent must be capable of using professional judgment and clinical expertise to solve complex problems and to provide clinical information to both providers and Veterans. This pharmacist functions a part of the Pharmacy Service to accomplish department missions and goals.


  • Using advanced knowledge of pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacotherapeutics, the CPS serves as an authority on pharmaceutical care in specialized and routine areas of clinical pharmacy practice. The CPS serves as drug information resource, answering inquires regarding therapeutics, drug interactions, dosing, side effects, formulary options, etc.
  • The CPS is responsible for the evaluation, monitoring and medication management of Veterans referred by consult to the clinical pharmacy specialist for chronic disease state management. This will involve the design of a therapeutic regimen or plan, based on patient-specific information, which includes establishing a therapeutic endpoint, electing an appropriate drug and related therapy and establishing an appropriate dosage regimen. This includes the initiation, modification and discontinuation of appropriate pharmacotherapy and laboratory monitoring related to national guideline-based treatment of diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension, chronic pain management, tobacco cessation and other chronic disease state medication management as consulted. The CPS is expected to maintain a 70-80% available clinic time utilization.
  • The CPS obtains medication histories from patients and performs medication reconciliation at all transitions of care, including updating the medication profile to reflect an accurate, active list of VA and non-VA medications. This may include adding non-VA medication or discontinuing duplicate medications or those the Veteran is not taking. Significant findings are summarized and documented in the medical record and communicated to other members of the health care team as appropriate.
  • The CPS is actively involved in reviewing patient medication regimens for drug selection, dosing, contraindications, side effects, potential drug interactions, cost-effectiveness and therapeutic outcomes as appropriate. Findings and recommendations for alternatives to current treatment plan will be communicated to providers as appropriate.
  • The CPS will monitor for and report medication errors, adverse drug reactions, allergies and patient compliance/adherence issues, documenting findings in accordance with facility policies and procedures.
  • When assessing or providing patient care the CPS will consider age, literacy level and learning barriers (e.g. low vision, hard of hearing, dementia, etc.) of the patient as it relates to his/her ability to understand and follow directions, provide objective self-assessment or any other pertinent factors which may affect the Veteran's overall treatment plan.
  • The CPS reviews electronically-submitted non-formulary drug requests utilizing National VA PBM Criteria for Use, completing review and documenting adjudication in CPRS in a timely manner as determined by VISN and National PBM leadership.
  • The CPS participates in Pharmacy Service and Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee quality assurance/performance improvement activities, including MUE projects.
  • The CPS serves on medical center and/or VISN committees as assigned.


  • The CPS manages clinical practice by scheduling, reviewing consults, and finishing encounters to meet timeliness standards.
  • The CPS participates and/or supports Pharmacy Service-initiated cost/benefit programs in support of VA efforts at maintaining stewardship of resources.
  • The CPS participates in the Pharmacy Service Ongoing Performance Practice Evaluation process as stipulated by VA Directives 2008-043 and 2010-025 for clinical pharmacists providing direct patient care under a scope of practice.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm

Functional Statement Title/#: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist GS-0660-13 Functional Statement

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Agency Employees Only

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Completion of PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency program
  • Post Graduate (1 year) Pharmacy Residency or Board of Pharmacy Specialty Certification in Ambulatory Care or Pharmacotherapy or equivalent experience

To qualify at the GS-13 level the applicant must meet the listed requirements:

Must have 1 full year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12) and completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm D. Program

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/55 Part II Appendix G15 This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

1.Graduate of an Accreditation council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited College or School of Pharmacy with a baccalaureate degree in pharmacy (BS Pharmacy) and/or a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D) degree. (NOTE: Prior to 2005 ACPE accredited both baccalaureate and Doctor of Pharmacy terminal degree program. Today the sole degree is Doctor of Pharmacy)

  1. Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs meet the educational requirement if the graduate is able to provide proof of achieving the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Commission (FPGEC) Certification, which includes passing the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination (FPGEE) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT).

* 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 *

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: 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.

Licensure:Current, full and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia.

NOTE: Individuals who have or have had multiple licenses and had any such license revoked for professional misconduct, professional incompetence or substandard care, or who surrendered such license after receiving written notice of potential termination of such license by the State for professional misconduct, professional incompetence or substandard care, are not eligible for appointment to the position unless such revoked or surrendered license is fully restored. Effective November 30, 1999 this is a requirement for employment. This requirement does not apply to licensed pharmacists on VA roles as of that date provided they maintain continuous appointment and are not disqualified for employment by any subsequent revocations or voluntary surrenders of State license, registration or certification.

Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting 15-44 pounds; moderate carrying 15-44 pounds; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers, both hands required, walking up to 4 hours per day; standing up to 6 hours per day, repeated bending up to 2 hours, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aid permitted).

Security Clearance


Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Receiving Service Credit for 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 employees 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.

Other Information

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.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-08-11 to 2017-08-31

Salary: $112,268 to $145,955 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 13

Series: 0660 Pharmacist

Appointment type: Agency Employees Only

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: LW-17-CAS-1999306

Control number: 476885300