Salem VAMC is a level 1c, university affiliated, teaching facility providing comprehensive tertiary medical care services. The Chief, Pharmacy Service is responsible for managing all facets of pharmacy for said medical center that has 298 operational beds and five Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) located in Staunton, Lynchburg, Wytheville, Danville, and Tazwell, respectively. 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/. 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. 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. 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: Department level Pharmacy Supervision Experience in a hospital setting. GS-15 Grade Determinations: Experience: In addition to the GS-14 requirements, must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Assignments: Candidates at this grade level are to be in one of the assignments listed below. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher level duties must consist of significant scope, administrative independence, complexity (difficulty) and range of variety as described in this standard at the specified grade level and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. Service Chief: Responsible for all aspects of pharmacy services at a medical facility by maintaining effective interdepartmental relationships demonstrating active problem resolution skills and close cooperation with other programs and services in accomplishing the medical facility mission and goals. Responsible for budget management, determining resource needs, allocating resources, ensuring proper utilization in productivity, efficiency, and cost effectiveness of the operation. Formulates objectives and priorities and implements plans consistent with the long term interest of the organization, capitalizing on opportunities and managing risks. Responsible for compliance with all safety, regulatory, and accrediting body requirements. Delegates authority to several supervisory and program levels to meet the goals of the service and staff. Ensures orientation and training programs are established to ensure staff development, oversees academic affiliations, and participates in medical facility, VISN, National, other external governmental agencies, and professional associations. References: VA Handbook 5005/55 Part II, Appendix G15 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-15. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-15. Physical Requirements: Must be physically capable of operating various types of equipment used for the job. The work requires repetitive motion, standing, walking, reaching, stooping, lifting heavy objects up to 45 pounds, pushing heavy or bulky carts and at times may be physically demanding, sometimes for extended periods of time. Must be able to adjust to changing environments and must demonstrate the ability to stay on task, to multi-task, and to adapt to the speed of the workflow as required to provide the best customer service possible to the veterans and staff. ["VA Careers - Pharmacy: https://youtube.com/embed/Fn_ickNBEws Major duties include, but are not limited to: The Chief, Pharmacy Service provides administrative, clinical, and technical leadership for the Pharmacy to ensure achievement of the clinical, research, and education goals as well as applicable performance measures. The Chief is accountable for the delivery all health care delivered by the Pharmacy staff and said responsibility includes the administration, management, and leadership of the entire service. The Chief is accountable for the assessment of the health care delivery system, as well as developing a plan for the delivery of health services to patients, consistent with the policies and guidelines of the Veteran's Health Administration. Moreover, the Chief establishes a climate within Pharmacy Service that promotes optimal patient care. Establishes and implements long- and short-term plans, policies and procedures, assuring that clinical and administrative programs are integrated to provide high quality patient care with optimum utilization of medical center resources. Is cognizant of and assures that all patient care programs are in compliance with the standards of accrediting and regulatory bodies. Develops, evaluates, adjusts and prioritizes programs, budget allocations and administrative processes in order to accomplish the mission of the medical center. Provides program direction to managers in administrative and clinical units in the development of policies for the health care delivery system. This includes continuing review and evaluation of operations, funding, policies and procedures to achieve efficiency, balance and coordination among programs. Review and evaluation will also identify the need to request additional or redirected resources. Is knowledgeable of overall medical center goals, missions and priorities in order to prevent adverse impact upon other medical center programs or resources. Plan, direct, and coordinate comprehensive pharmacy activities at the Salem VA Medical Center and five associated Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) in the practice settings of hospital care, ambulatory care, long-term care, and behavioral health, all of which require Joint Commission review under separate, definable standards. He/She is responsible for managing all facets of pharmacy to include inpatient, outpatient, clinical, and administrative providing added support to specialty medical programs that include, but are not limited to, inpatient programs on pharmacokinetics, nutrition, surgery, medicine, geriatrics, long term care, women's health, infectious disease, nephrology, dialysis, acute psychiatric, pain management, hematology/oncology, research, and anticoagulation; outpatient programs in emergency medicine, geriatrics, Home Based Primary Care, anticoagulation, dialysis, prescription refill, smoking cessation, Clozapine monitoring, polypharmacy, SARRTP, patient education, and PACT; administrative focus on revenue capture, formulary management, development of expanded scopes of practice, generation of ongoing professional practice evaluations (OPPE), and development of a clinical pertinence review program. Work Schedule: Monday- Friday, 07:45am - 16:30pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: Chief Pharmacy Service/ 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May Be Authorized Financial 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.