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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Pharmacy Technician - Outpatient Vault Technician in Iowa City, Iowa


The Iowa City VA Health Care System is currently recruiting for one Pharmacy Technician - Outpatient Procurement position located with the Pharmacy Service line.


Maintain competence in all operational aspects of pharmacy service including specialty equipment and materials, automation, distribution, labeling, packaging, documentation, controlled substance accountability, procurement, and inventory management. Operates and maintains complicated pharmacy equipment including robotic automation (ScriptPro). Ability to troubleshoot in the event of equipment or associated software malfunction, including the ability to request service assistance from VA entities or the equipment vendor. Reads and interprets prescriptions for technical accuracy, completes prescription filling process including labeling and batching prescriptions utilizing robotic automation (ScriptPro) when applicable. For those medications and/or supplies unavailable for fill by robotic automation (ScriptPro), technician manually obtains correct medication or material in the proper strength and dosage form, manually counts, pours, and/or measures correct amount of medication, and manually affixes proper label; records required data in robotic automation (ScriptPro) database or on Pharmacy's copy of prescription/order hardcopy when required. Presents completed prescriptions to pharmacist for final verification prior to dispensing. Will report trends and examine trends in controlled substance use and access for potential diversion, working in tandem with VA police for diversion investigation. Performs emergency drug cache inventory; inspection responsibilities include 72-hour visualization on tags and security numbers, inclusion of cache in monthly inspection program, quarterly inspection opening controlled substance cache storage for visual content inspection and resealing security tags. Checks, rotates, and places into stock all items received from logistics and prime vendor and reconciles any discrepancies to assure the correct stock has been received. Maintain ordering officer designations and applies accounting concepts and financial management principles with knowledge of various Pharmacy and Logistics rules, regulations, laws, contracts, and computer programs to effectively purchase controlled substances for the pharmacy. Inventories, assesses, and determines medical center pharmacy controlled substances needs to have adequate stock. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, with the potential for nights, weekends and holidays.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.


Conditions of Employment


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: A high school diploma or equivalent; or at least 3 months experience. Certification by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is required. English language proficiency. In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. Pharmacy Technicians appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Policy (chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part) Grade Determinations: In addition to the Basic Requirements above, to qualify for this position at the GS7 level, you must meet the following requirements:

Experience: One year experience at the next lower level (GS-6) and must fully meet the KSAs at the next lower level. The KSAs for the GS-6 level are:

  1. Ability to solve problems and make recommendations, e.g., troubleshoot operational problems and refer for appropriate action.

  2. Knowledge of the operation and care of automated equipment.

  3. Knowledge of, and ability to follow, written instructions for compounding with aseptic technique for hazardous materials such as oncology agents.

  4. Knowledge, and ability to perform, compounding with aseptic technique for routine sterile products.

  5. Knowledge of policies and procedures for inventory management in specialized areas such as emergency carts.

  6. Knowledge of the computerized prescription process demonstrated by the ability to input prescriptions and medication orders.

  • AND -

In addition to the experience above, at the GS-7 level, you must fully demonstrate the following technical knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):

    • Ability to evaluate, analyze workflow, and coordinate work activities.
  1. Ability to independently gather, evaluate, and analyze data to generate reports and/or for other projects/statistical purposes.

  2. Knowledge of pharmacy policies and procedures sufficient to train and orient new employees and other staff4. Comprehensive knowledge of the operation and care of specialized pharmaceutical equipment.

  3. Comprehensive knowledge of the procurement and formulary process.

  4. Comprehensive knowledge of investigational drug policies and procedures.

  5. Comprehensive knowledge of controlled substance policies and procedures, and the ability to identify and investigate discrepancies in these policies and procedures.8. Comprehensive knowledge of, and ability to, analyze data in VA information systems. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-7.


IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on 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. For further information, visit:

Additional Information

Receiving Service Credit or 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 employee's 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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. 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. 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. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.