The Associate Chief of Operations, Pharmacy Service is a licensed pharmacist responsible for assisting the Chief of Pharmacy in the planning, directing and coordinating comprehensive and complex pharmacy activities at all Aleda E. Lutz VAMC sites through effective management of resources. Responsible for providing leadership, direction, organization, planning, and implementation of pharmacy programs involving all facets of inpatient and outpatient services, including CBOC operations. 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. English Language Proficiency. Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). Education (1) 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. (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) 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). [YOU MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF FPGEE AND TOEFL WITH YOUR APPLICATION] NOTE: Prior to 2005 ACPE accredited both baccalaureate and Doctor of Pharmacy terminal degree program. Today the sole degree is Doctor of Pharmacy.) 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. 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. [YOU MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF CURRENT LICENSE WITH THE APPLICATION PACKAGE]. Creditable Experience. Knowledge of Professional Pharmacy Practices. To be creditable, the experience must have demonstrated the use of knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with professional pharmacy practice. Professional practice means paid/non-paid employment as a professional or unlicensed graduate pharmacist as defined by the appropriate licensing board. Residency and Fellowship Training. Residency and fellowship training programs in a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice may be substituted for creditable experience on a year-for-year basis. The pharmacy residency program must be accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). A fellowship program that is not accredited by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) will need to have comparable standards for experience to be creditable (Professional Standards Board refers to the Deputy Chief Consultant for Professional Practice for the determination). Quality of Experience. Qualifying experience must be at a level comparable to pharmacy experience at the next lower level. Experience as a Graduate Pharmacist is creditable provided the candidate was used as a professional pharmacist (under supervision) and subsequently passed the appropriate licensure examination. Part-time Experience. Part-time experience as a professional pharmacist is credited according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a pharmacist employed 20 hours a week, or on a 1/2-time basis, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment stated above, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates: GS-14 Service Associate Chief: (a) Experience: In addition to the basic requirements, you must have 1 year of experience equivalent to GS-13, which is the next lower grade level. Examples of assignments at the GS-13 level include, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (CPS), Facility Program Manager or Pharmacy Supervisor. Responsibilities at this grade level can include but are not limited to: designing, implementing, assessing, monitoring and documenting therapeutic plans utilizing the most effective, least toxic and most economical medication treatments; helping achieve positive patient centric outcomes through direct and indirect interactions with patients, providers, managing all aspects of a distinct program to include policy development, and supervising multiple Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians. Assignments: Associate Service Chief will be 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. 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 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's): 1. Skill in persuading others and gaining cooperation to accomplish goals. 2. Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing regarding complex clinical and technical issues. 3. Skill in utilizing regulatory and quality standards to develop and implement operational programs. 4. Skill in managing multiple and diverse people or programs. 5. Skill in utilizing available resources to support the mission and goals of the organization. 6. Ability to plan, organize and direct the functions of the pharmacy staff. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G15, dated June 7, 2012, VA Pharmacist Qualification Standards, GS-660. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-14. Physical Requirements: Work is mostly sedentary in nature. Work requires moderate lifting, walking, bending, stooping, standing, pushing, and pulling. ["VA Careers - Pharmacy: https://youtube.com/embed/Fn_ickNBEws Duties of this position include, but are not limited to: Administrative/Supervisory\ni. Provides advice, counsel, and instruction to individual supervisors and employees concerning technical and administrative matters. Assists with\nresolving conflicts and problems when requested by supervisory staff.\nii. Functions as the primary contact for operational pharmacy supervisors and program managers under his/her supervision. Acts as an advisor/coach and source of information and direction.\niii. Participates in the recruitment, interviewing, and selection of suitable personnel in collaboration with Human Resources to maintain a staff that can effectively fulfill the needs of the service. Makes recommendations to the Chief of Pharmacy for the appointment and advancement of individuals.\niv. Evaluates competency and performance of employees in an objective manner and implements effective strategies to improve overall performance.\nv. Assists employees with their development; successfully delegates responsibilities to utilize employees to their fullest potential and provide them opportunities for a meaningful role in accomplishing Pharmacy Service and Medical Center objectives.\nvi. Encourages diversity within the Pharmacy Service and develops a work environment free from discrimination and harassment.\nvii. Works with front line supervisors to ensure appropriate staff coverage is accomplished in all work areas during all work hours and that dissemination of the annual vacation and holiday requests comply with all union guidelines.\nviii. Meets VHA and local requirements for management reports on personnel matters such as performance evaluations, personnel actions, EEO reports, and functional descriptions. Program Management\ni. Performs all functions of the Chief, Pharmacy Service in a satisfactory manner during periods of leave.\nii. In conjunction with the Chief, Pharmacy Service, helps to manage and optimize all resources entrusted to the Pharmacy Service (i.e. personnel, fiscal, equipment, space).\niii. In conjunction with the Chief, Pharmacy Service, formulates and prioritizes long and short-term goals for Pharmacy Service and ensures these align with the goals of the medical center, VISN, and VHA. Develops action plans to accomplish these goals within established timelines. Works with other services to complete goals and improve communications.\niv. Ensures pharmacy adherence to the requirements of regulatory agencies, Directives and Handbooks and that pharmacy policies and procedures are\nconsistent with the current standards of professional pharmacy practice.\nv. Works with frontline supervisors and program managers under their supervision to monitor working conditions to ensure a safe working environment for Pharmacy Service employees and patients.\nvi. Develops policies and procedures to ensure proper control for the compounding and dispensing of all therapeutic and diagnostic agents and supplies furnished.\nvii. Coordinates efforts to ensure the timely completion and submission of pharmacy related reports and suspense items.\nviii. Accepts assignments from the Chief, Pharmacy Service for continuous improvement of Pharmacy Service activities. Demonstrates the ability to gather, organize, and interpret information from a variety of resources.\nix. The employee will be responsible for the planning, procurement and implementation of automation equipment used in operations.\nx. Ensures all pharmacy security and medication storage is consistent with VHA Directives, VHA Handbooks, and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) security regulations. Resource Management\ni. In collaboration with the Chief, Pharmacy Service, prepares projections and justifications for budget, personnel, equipment, and space requirements\nconsistent with the continuously expanding services and roles of pharmacy.\nii. Works with procurement staff to maintain effective communication with Fiscal Service to assure adequate funds are available for essential drug needs. Clinical\ni. Serves as Pharmacy Service representative to Medical Center and VISN committees, to provide pharmacy support, involvement, and representation as assigned by the Chief, Pharmacy Service.\nii. Serves as a consultant within the Pharmacy Service and with other healthcare staff for monitoring and evaluating healthcare delivery to patients. Education\ni. Promotes staff development and training programs that improve the proficiency and performance of all levels of pharmacy personnel.\nii. Assists employees, residents, and students with their developmental experiences. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8am - 4:30pm\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 91777-0\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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