Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Mental Health Pharmacist in Eugene, Oregon

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The primary responsibility of the Mental Health 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. 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 as part of the Pharmacy Service to accomplish department missions and goals.


  • The CPS works with the Outpatient Mental Health clinic to manage patients chronic mental health conditions as well as assist with the appropriate and safe use of benzodiazepine and opioid controlled substance prescribing
  • The CPS uses advanced knowledge of pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacotherapeutics. The CPS serves as a drug information resource, answering inquiries 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.
  • The CPS obtains medication histories from patients and performs medication reconciliation of all transitions of care. This includes updating the medication profile to reflect accurate, active list of VA and non-VA medications.
  • 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, document findings in accordance with facility policies and procedures. When assessing or providing patient care the CPS will consider the 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 using 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 VHA Directives 2008-043 and 2010-025 for clinical pharmacists providing direct patient care under a scope of practice.
  • The CPS will be responsible for collecting, organizing, interpreting and presenting requested datea in order to support the position.


  • The CPS will assume an active role in the overall pharmacy training program including pharmacy students, residents and professional and non-professional staff members, and actively participates in all clinical pharmacy activities (e.g. staff development, clinical pharmacy meetings, etc.)
  • The CPS will be responsible for keeping informed of changes in Pharmacy Service (e.g. VA National Formulary additions and deletions, interdepartmental memoranda, relevant station memoranda, and policies and procedures) and to maintain a general knowledge of VA, DEA and Joint Commission regulations and standards.
  • The CPS will effectively instruct patient and family members in the appropriate use of medications and medical devices and is able to adjust communication and tracking methods based on age, literacy level and learning barriers (e.g. low vision, hard of hearing, dementia, etc.) The CPS is able to accurately assess and document patient comprehension.

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

Functional Statement Title/#: Outpatient Mental Health Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Current VA Employees Only

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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Conditions of Employment
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • 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.

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 (aids permitted).


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 Experience:

  • Completion of PGY-1 Residency Program
  • Specialized training in Mental Health Pharmacotherapy
  • Advanced certification (e.g. Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist, BCPP)

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


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.

Additional information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

NOTE:The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy. **

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Not Applicable

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Required Documents

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

  • Other (10-2850c)

  • Resume

  • SF-50

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:

  • Cover Letter

  • OF-306

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VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (required). Available at the VA Forms website:;=&Action;=Search.

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.

*Veterans' Preference:*When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.

*Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: *You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 2018425.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, October 27, 2017 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin,* click Apply Online* to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

  2. Click Submit My Answersto submit your application package.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete,log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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Next steps

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.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.

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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

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: 10/12/2017 to 10/27/2017

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

Pay scale & grade: GS 13

Work schedule: Full-Time - Full Time

Appointment type: Agency Employees Only