The Associate Chief, Pharmacy Department, is responsible for providing leadership, direction, organization, planning and implementation of pharmacy programs within the outpatient section of the department. Of this 600 plus bed teaching general medical, surgical psychiatric medical center with a large outpatient service and a highly active Medical Research Program. 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. Verification of approved degree programs may be obtained from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 20 North Clark Street, Suite 2500, Chicago, Illinois 60602-5109; phone: (312) 664-3575, or through their Web site at: http://www.acpe-accredit.org/. 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. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. English Language Proficiency. Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Preferred Experience: 3 years supervisory experience and 5 years experience in outpatient/ambulatory care pharmacy operations Grade Determinations Experience. In addition to the GS-14 requirements, you must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-13). Examples of specialized experience includes supervising subordinate pharmacy staff; utilizing effective communication both orally and written to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions; managing programs or people; applies expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards pertaining to pharmacy management. Grade Level Criteria (GS-14, Service Chief) Your resume must demonstrate experience with the following KSAs: 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 5005/55 Part II Appendix G15 June 7, 2012. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-14. Physical Requirements: This position is typically non-sedentary, and frequently involves being in the standing position. This position may require moving about accomplish tasks, such as assisting with patient ambulation and moving one patient area to the next. This position may require the raising of objects from a lower position to a higher position or the movement of objects horizontally position to position. Lifting may be done to move a patient from one location to the next, i.e.- from the exam table to the chair, and in the movement of equipment or supplies. ****All required documentation must be uploaded before the announcement closes, to support eligibility.**** Failure to submit documentation will constitute the application being categorized as incomplete and therefore ineligible for referral. ["VA Careers - Pharmacy: https://youtube.com/embed/Fn_ickNBEws Areas of emphasis include patient care, research, patient safety and performance improvement, formulary management, budgetary control, and regulatory compliance of the medical center's pharmacies (24 hours daily). The framework for all leadership and management activities shall be the improvement of veteran care, the treatment of our veteran patients, and the enhancement of a quality and team-based work environment for our pharmacy teams. The incumbent has independent administrative and supervisory responsibilities for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and other support team members, and will organizationally report directly to the Chief of Pharmacy. Customer Service Treats Veterans, facility employees, and visitors with respect, courtesy, and tact. Acts in a cooperative manner to improve customer satisfaction at all times. Responds to needs appropriate for the Pharmacy as above and in a timely fashion. Advocates and teaches the importance and value of customer service to all trainees and staff and as a supervisor holds direct reports accountable for quality customer service. Represents the Medical Center and Pharmacy in the community and nationally by participation in community outreach and residency specific activities as needed/requested. Develops and implements dynamic marketing plans for the purpose of achieving multidisciplinary participation and support for pharmacy services. Program Management: Effectively conceptualizes, organizes, directs, manages, implements and controls all activities, plans short and long range objectives, solves problems, and achieves results within budgetary and staffing constraints. Effectively develops annual budget information and maintains effective fund control accountability throughout the fiscal year. This includes advanced accounting principles applied to trend drug budget growth and methods to manage the budget in a fiscally responsible manner. Provides oversight and evaluation of all new automation initiatives within the Pharmacy Department, and coordinates these projects with other affected services in the Medical Center. Coordinates all levels of drug recalls and patient safety/ISMP alerts. Maintains and updates drug file as necessary to reflect current pricing and practices. Administrative/Supervision: Actively promotes participatory management in strategic planning, program development, and team development. Interviews employee candidates, recommends appointments, and evaluates employee performance. Initiates action based on employee's performance as necessitated, including documentation and recommendation for awards, counseling and disciplinary actions. Effectively maintains resource accountability utilizing sound fiscal accounting techniques and pharmaco-economic principles. Ensures that assigned administrative projects and reports are submitted in a timely fashion and reports are well arranged, easily understood and are submitted in the proper format in final form. Ensures departmental compliance with all regulatory statues, guidelines and criteria (e.g., JCAHO, IG, GAO, VHA Directives). Clinical Activities: Assists in the development and maintenance of pertinent clinical pharmacy programs that are synergistic with the goals of the institution, that promote clinical economics, and that optimize patient outcomes. Effectively utilizes D.U.E. outcomes to positively influence patient care, education and pharmaco-economic outcomes. Effectively develops pertinent department policies, procedures and standards for implementation. Education: Instructs or participates in the instruction of supervisors, assigned team members, residents, students and healthcare personnel as needed. Serves as primary preceptor for the Pharmacy Department administrative rotations for both residents and students. Identifies potential candidates for positions of higher responsibility and plans/assists in their HPDM related developmental experiences. Research: Provides direct oversight for the department's research team, including procedural and operational oversight to ensure that investigational drugs are maintained and used in compliance with VA and FDA regulations. Encourage and supports all service related efforts to provide original or collaborative research activities, including assisting in the development, implementation and/or maintenance of plans to enhance research grant application processes, department skills, and team member capabilities. Works with VAPOR to ensure that all research endeavors follow sound research principles and are supportive of medical center goals. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 7:30am to 4:00pm\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.