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Grade: 12

Carefully read each question and all possible answers before selecting a response. Some questions will be used to screen out ineligible applicants. Applicant errors in responses will not be corrected. You are responsible for the accuracy of your application. Your application must describe your work and experience, in your own words. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information submitted is insufficient, you may lose consideration for the position.
Applicants MUST meet the below-listed MINIMUM qualification requirements for this position. In the event you do not meet these requirements, you will be found ineligible for the position.
  1. A 4-year bachelor's degree in pharmacy recognized by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education.

  2. AND

  3. Candidates must be licensed to practice pharmacy in a State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia.
1 Do you meet ALL of the minimum qualification requirements listed above? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes, I meet ALL the minimum qualification requirements described above.
  • No, I do not meet ALL of the minimum qualification requirements described above.
NOTE: ALL applicants MUST submit college transcipts and pharmacy license documentation for verification.
2 In addition to the minimum education and licensure requirement, applicants must have one year of professional pharmacy experience equivalent to at least the GS-11, as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the experience requirements for this position? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No

LISTED BELOW ARE GROUPED STATEMENTS RELATING TO THE ASSESSMENTS/COMPETENCIES NECESSARY FOR THE POSITION. Read each question carefully and select the answer choice that best describes your experience.
3 Chief Pharmacists must have the ability to provide advice and instructional information to patients, medical staff, and other institution personnel in pharmaceutical matters, as well as security and other areas. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have informed supervisor on an unusual issue and provided alternatives for resolution; and/or I have briefed probation officers on inmate case information; and/or I have solicited information from outside sources or agencies for case resolution; and/or I have coordinated efforts with other internal departments to resolve complaints or issues encountered.
  • I have given briefings to supervisors on sensitive issues; and/or I have guided workgroups in addressing or resolving a topic or issue; and/or I have given presentations and responded to related questions.
  • I have presented complex and/or technical information to external personnel which resulted in case resolution; and/or I have participated on agency advisory panel; and/or I have lectured to other professionals and community groups; and/or I have taught a course or presented technical information to an audience; and/or I have served as a union or management official.
  • I have coordinated tours and/or developed a clinical pharmacy rotation with a school of pharmacy; and/or I am active within professional/community organizations; and/or I have handled a difficult situation using tact and diplomacy; and/or I have successfully resolved complex conflicts among supervisors, co-workers, and/or peers.
  • None of the above.
4 Chief Pharmacists must have the ability to properly select, mix, and dispense a variety of therapeutic agents. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I possess knowledge of drugs that do not have approval for general use; and/or I have selected appropriate formula or agent from among those widely used to prepare standard compounds and dispense medication according to established trade practices mixed and dispensed routine prescriptions; and/or I have followed formulary lists; and/or I have familiar with affects of drugs on the formulary list.
  • I have checked all extemporaneous preparations by pharmacists; and/or I have edited, when necessary, physician orders for parenteral products; and/or I have ensured national contract compliance in accordance with the Prime Vendor (PPV) program, VA contracts, FSS, GSA, and mandatory contracts; and/or I have operated autonomously in the purchasing of drugs and supplies.
  • I have developed special formulas, extemporaneous compounding, and special preparations; and/or I have served as authoritative consultant and advisor on known potential affects of new and/or investigational drugs; and/or I have provided expert information in side-affects of any prescription or non-prescription medication; and/or I have formulated approved pharmacy medication list.
  • None of the above.
5 Chief Pharmacists must have knowledge of the procedures, duties, and responsibilities involved in managing a full service pharmacy program in an outpatient clinic setting. They must have knowledge of a wide variety of pharmaceuticals and of proper record-keeping, maintaining adequate inventories, estimating budget requirements, and maintaining security of controlled pharmaceutical items. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have managed day to day pharmacy operations of the medication delivery system; and/or I have managed Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee; and/or I have coordinated pharmacy inpatient, outpatient, parenteral pharmacy programs with all other departments; and/or I have integrated pharmacy services with the overall Improving Organizational Performance (IOP) of the overall Health Services Program.
  • I have worked as staff pharmacist in-charge or acted as the Chief Pharmacist; and/or I have worked as a team member in a large professional pharmacy environment; and/or I have worked as pharmacist in a pharmacy store franchise, independently owned pharmacy, or hospital pharmacy.
  • I have provided logistical solutions to pharmacy services for satellite facilities, detention centers, camps, WitSec units, administrative detention, disciplinary segregation, etc.; and/or I have served as gatekeeper of the BOP National Formulary to include involvement in local non-formulary request process; and/or I have ensured all medications were properly packaged and labeled.
  • I have estimated and submitted budgets; and/or I have been responsible for ordering, storing, and dispensing medications; and/or I have served in an advisory capacity on matters related to pharmacy operations; and/or I have maintained strict daily inventory of all controlled substances; and/or I have performed quarterly narcotic audits; and/or I have maintained strict compliance with the American Correctional Association (ACA) and other accrediting agencies.
  • I have ensured profile existed for all medication orders and assured there were no contraindications; and/or I have worked as a pharmacist in charge or pharmacy director in a hospital pharmacy.
  • None of the above.
6 Chief Pharmacists, as well as all employees working in a correctional environment, must react to crisis situations. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have notified the supervisor/Correctional Services Supervisor after detaining an inmate found picking a lock; and/or I have taken corrective action to contain a small fire; and/or I have intervened to prevent a fight between inmates; and/or I have assisted in coordinating efforts to move a critically injured inmate from housing unit to an ambulance.
  • I have effectively calmed a volatile inmate; and/or I have during an institution altercation or disturbance, filled emergency prescription due to life-threatening situation; and/or I have, during an incident in the medical area, directed pharmacy staff and other medical staff on specific procedures to be taken; and/or I have participated in an escape hunt to capture escapees.
  • I have conducted confrontation avoidance with non-compliant inmates; and/or I have used communication skills to calm a disruptive inmate; and/or I have reported a dangerous inmate to correctional staff with recommendations for managing the inmate; and/or I have trained as a hostage negotiator; and/or I have managed a staff crisis referring them to an Employee Assistance and/or counseling program.
  • None of the above.

Grade: All Grades

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