This position serves as the Associate Chief of Pharmacy for Clinical Services at the VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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: 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. 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). 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. The pharmacist must maintain current registration if this is a requirement for maintaining full, current, and unrestricted licensure. English Language Proficiency. Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). Grade Determinations: GS-13 Associate Service Chief. Responsible for coordinating multiple programs in pharmacy service in a medical facility. 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. Has extensive responsibility 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: a. Ability to negotiate to influence clinical and management decisions. b. Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing regarding complex clinical and technical issues. c. Skill in utilizing regulatory and quality standards to develop and implement operational programs. d. Skill in managing multiple and diverse people or programs. e. Skill in utilizing available resources to support the mission and goals of the organization. f. Ability to plan, organize, and direct the functions of the pharmacy staff. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/55 PART II APPENDIX G15 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. Physical Requirements: Pharmacist must be of sound mind and body to perform the daily functions required by this position. The work requires sitting, standing, light carrying and lifting (under 15 pounds); walking, bending, reaching above the shoulder, and ability to distinguish basic colors. The work also involves working around machinery with moving parts and working closely with others. ["The duties of this position include but are not limited to: Institutes policy and procedures to assure high quality clinical, consultative and informational services are provided by pharmacy staff. Develops procedures for the efficient execution of pharmacy Clinical services. Creates work schedules for clinical pharmacy specialists involved in clinical pharmacy functions and coordinates with the Lead Technician with technician work schedules to meet the needs of all pharmacy activities. Provides direct supervision and evaluation to assigned staff which participate in clinical pharmacy functions. Serves as a reviewing official on evaluations of non-supervisory employees. Assures that implementation of goals and projects set by the clinical pharmacy specialists and clinical technicians are appropriate to Pharmacy Service objectives and carried out in timely fashion. Incumbent works with them to develop a priority of goals and objectives. Responsible for making decisions on work problems presented by staff and will inform Chief, Pharmacy Service of such issues in a timely fashion. Coordinates development of staff competencies and ensures maintenance of employee competency folders for those under his or her supervision. Assists with interviews of employee candidates, recommends appointments, advancement, promotions and/or disciplinary action to the Chief, Pharmacy Service using sound, uniform personnel practices. Maintains effective channels of communications focused on customer service and consistent with VA ICARE values with internal and external pharmacy contacts. Internal contacts are to communicate goals, policies/procedures, or strategic action plans to various stakeholders. External contacts are with other healthcare providers, departments, and facilities both within the VA, as well as in the larger healthcare community. Obtains medication histories from patients, provides patient instruction regarding the safe and appropriate use of drugs, and documents findings in the medical record. Monitors drug therapy regimens, including routine analysis of patient drug therapy, medical problems, laboratory data, and specialized procedures; correlates these analyses with direct patient observation and communicates these analyses with others responsible for the patient's care. Analyzes drug treatment regimens for potential adverse drug reactions, drug interactions, or contraindications; assesses the clinical significance of such events and makes suggestions for the management of these events; identifies any drug-related problems that may be affecting the patient or contributing to the need for utilization of health care resources (i.e., hospitalization, clinic visits, additional drug therapies). Develops therapeutic regimens utilizing an assessment of risk/benefit and cost/benefit. Must have the ability to negotiate to influence clinical and management decisions, as well as effectively communicate orally and in writing regarding complex clinical and technical issues, along with utilizing regulatory and quality standards to develop and implement operational programs. Makes rounds, attends clinic sessions, and attends patient care conferences in assigned patient care areas. Develops individualized dosing regimens, based on the pharmaco-kinetics of the drug(s) employed, the status of renal and/or hepatic function, and other pertinent parameters of the patient in question; communicates appropriate recommendations in writing in the medical record. Provides drug information and consultation to professional staff; evaluates and synthesizes information from primary and secondary sources of clinical drug literature; provides interpretations and recommendations which have application to specific clinical situations; communicates responses to a wide range of health care professionals. Participates in adjudicating Prior Authorization Drug Request consults on a routine basis to ensure competency in areas covered by his or her supervision. Work Schedule: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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