Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Associate Chief, Pharmacy (Inpatient Operations) in Palo Alto, California

Job Overview

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1955020**

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.

The VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) consists of three inpatient facilities located at Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Livermore, plus seven outpatient clinics in San Jose, Fremont, Capitola, Monterey, Stockton, Modesto, and Sonora. These facilities provide some of the world's finest medical care and cutting-edge technology.

VAPAHCS is a teaching hospital with an affiliation with the Stanford University School of Medicine which provides a rich academic environment including medical training for physicians in virtually all specialties and subspecialties. Our Health Care System operates over 800 beds, including three nursing homes and a 100-bed homeless domiciliary - all to serve more than 67,000 enrolled Veterans.

You can learn more about VAPAHCS by visiting

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.

Current VA and/or Federal employees should apply under VK-17-SF-1954275-OCA.**

Current VA and/or Federal employees must submit their SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, at the time of application.

The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.

NOTE:Declining to be interviews, failure to respond/accept interview attempts, or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy.**



SEPTEMBER 30, 2017

  • The initial cut-off date is May 31, 2017

  • Applications will be referred as received or as additional vacancies arise.

  • Applications will remain on file for 12 months.

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

Functional Statement Title/#:Associate Chief, Pharmacy (Inpatient Operations) GS-0660-14/000000

Relocation Incentives /Moving Expenses are not authorized

The Associate Chief of Inpatient Pharmacy Operations is responsible for providing leadership, direction, organization, planning and implementation of pharmacy programs and services for the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS). The VAPAHCS is a major teaching tertiary care referral center (affiliated with Stanford University Medical Center) with three hospital-based divisions (1,000 inpatient beds) and a network of 7 community based clinics, serving approximately 85,000 veterans.

This pharmacist is ultimately responsible for all aspects of pharmacy operations in the Palo Alto Inpatient Pharmacy and Menlo Park Division Pharmacy (including an inpatient and small outpatient clinic operation). Each of these sections has a Pharmacy Manager (Palo Alto Day Shift, Palo Alto Evening Shift, Menlo Park) that will report directly to the incumbent. Additionally the incumbent will have supervisory and programmatic responsibility for All System Floating Pharmacists x2, All System Floating Technicians x2, an Investigational Drug Pharmacist, and a service-wide Automation Technician. There are a total of 10 FTEE direct reports, 48.5 second level reports. The incumbent assures uniform quality of care across the pharmacies and satellite dispensing clinics making up the VAPAHCS inpatient section, and collaborates with other Pharmacy Associate Chiefs and Managers. Particular emphasis is placed on customer satisfaction, compliance with VHA directives and regulatory agencies, and managing performance improvement initiatives system-wide.

Supervisory Status


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

United States Citizens

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • 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.
  • Current valid State issue pharmacy license required.


  • U.S. citizenship: Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy).

  • Education: (1) Graduate of a 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)[TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH APPLICATION]

(2) Graduate of foreign pharmacy degree program that meets the educational requirement if 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). [COPY OF YOUR FINAL DEGREE TRANSCRIPT OR COPY OF FPGEC CERTIFICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH APPLICATIONO PACKAGE]

  • Licensure: Full, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia. A pharmacist who has, or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16. [A COPY OF LICENSE MUST BE SUMBMITTED WITH APPLICATION]

  • English: Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).

Specialized Experience: Must have experience managing and supervising multiple pharmacist and technicians in an inpatient setting (extended care or acute care).

Preferred Experience:At least three (3) years of pharmacy management experience, supervising/mentoring pharmacy supervisors; completion of a PGY2 in Health System Pharmacy Administration.

Grade Determinations:

(a) In addition to the basic requirements, applicants must have one (1) year of experience at the next lower grade level (GS-13) or equivalent which is directly related to the position to be filled.

(b) Assignments: Candidates at this grade level are to be in one of the assignments listed below. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher level duties must consist of significant scope, administrative independence, complexity (difficulty) and range of variety as described in this standard at the specified grade level and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.

1. Associate Service Chief/Associate CMOP Director: The Associate Chief is responsible for coordinating multiple programs in pharmacy service in a medical facility. He/she serves as the Acting Service Chief in the absence of the Service Chief. Develops and maintains a system of internal reviews that ensure service programs operate at a satisfactory level of performance and in compliance with regulatory and accrediting bodies. He/she is responsible for pharmacy utilization of resources and budget. Makes selections, assigns personnel, and serves as a mentor to help employees develop their full potential.

Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following KSAs:

KSA 1. Skill in persuading others and gaining cooperation to accomplish goals.

KSA 2. Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing regarding complex clinical and technical issues.

KSA 3. Skill in utilizing regulatory and quality standards to develop and implement operational programs.

KSA 4. Skill in managing multiple and diverse people or programs.

KSA 5. Skill in utilizing available resources to support the mission and goals of the organization.

KSA 6. Ability to plan, organize and direct the functions of the pharmacy staff.

References: VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15, LICENSED PHARMACIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated June 7, 2012,

Experience refers to paid and unpaid, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic; religious, spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps bu8ld 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.

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.

Physical Requirements: This position requires walking, standing, and sitting for long periods of time. Incumbent will be climbing stairs, lifting up to 50 pounds, use dexterity of the hand and wrist and arm strength to perform dispensing of medication orders.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklistor visit

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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 is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

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 job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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

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: 2017-05-06 to 2017-09-30

Salary: $157,763 to $161,900 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 14

Series: 0660 Pharmacist

Appointment type: Excepted Service Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: VK-17-SF-1955020-OCA

Control number: 469310200