Service Chief (Pharmacy)
This position closed on 09/30/18
Ann Arbor, MI
Department of Veterans Affairs
$130,295 to $161,900
10/26/2017 to 09/30/2018
Internal to an agency
General Description: a. The Pharmacy Service Chief will be a licensed pharmacist who is responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating the pharmacy services of a complex, highly affiliated, tertiary healthcare system located in Ann Arbor, Michigan with associated community based outpatient clinics (CBOC) located in Flint, Michigan, Jackson, Michigan and Toledo, Ohio. The Medical Center is a complexity level 1A with inpatient care consisting of acute medical, surgical, intensive care, telemetry and psychiatric units. Surgical services include general surgery, neurosurgery, cardiac and orthopedic surgery and a bariatric surgery program. Medical services include invasive cardiology and a TAVR program. There is a broad spectrum of outpatient specialty care available including oncology as well as primary care and mental health services. The position is located at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System (VAAAHS), located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. b. The Pharmacy Service offers a full range of pharmaceutical and clinical services to include, but not limited to, unit dose dispensing, intravenous (IV) admixture program, hematology, oncology and pain services. c. The Pharmacy Service also serves as an educational program site for pharmacy students from the local schools of pharmacy and has a pharmacy practice residency program accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). d. The Pharmacy Service Chief is responsible for the provision of professional and distributive pharmacy services to Veterans and for the professional and administrative activities supporting these services including procurement, drug safety and adverse drug event reporting. e. The Pharmacy Service Chief works collaboratively with finance and other service chiefs on drug cost avoidance and the monitoring of the pharmacy budget with timely communication of unusual or increased expenditures. f. The incumbent interacts professionally with other leaders of the VAAAHS, VISN and CMOP management on all pharmacy related fiscal and quality of care issues. g. The incumbent will demonstrate the VA Core Values of Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (I CARE) and will develop positive relationships with all leaders and staff and will actively support the mission and vision of the VHA and the VAAAHS. h. The Pharmacy Chief is responsible for compliance of Pharmacy Service with all safety, regulatory and accrediting body requirements. Functions of Position (Including, but not limited to): Program Management: (1) Manages and implements an effective continuous quality assessment and improvement program and operations for Pharmacy. (2) Formulates and prioritizes long and short term goals for Pharmacy Service and ensures that these align with the goals of the medical center and VHA. Develops action plans to accomplish these goals within established timelines and available resources. Works with other services to complete goals and improve communications. (3) Prepares, manages, and forecasts the budget for medications, supplies, equipment, and personnel. (4) Controls and accounts for all regulated substances in the Pharmacy in accordance with medical center policy, VA, and DEA regulations. This responsibility includes establishing and maintaining reports and participating in inspections. (5) Serves on appropriate medical center and VISN committees and applies knowledge, judgment, and experience to guide the committees' decisions and actions. (6) Ensures pharmacy adherence to the requirements of regulatory agencies. Coordinates medical center requirements and provides for inspection of wards and clinics drug stocks to ensure these supplies are maintained in a safe, convenient, efficient and economical manner. (7) Identifies and implements a performance improvement program consistent with Joint Commission, VACO, and other relevant quality management standards. (8) Develops effective operational policies and procedures to ensure proper control for the compounding and dispensing of all therapeutic and diagnostic agents and supplies furnished. Clinical: (1) Coordinates the professional and clinical aspects of the Pharmaceutical Care program. (2) Assesses and evaluates the pharmacy program to ensure proper coordination between the delivery of pharmacy services and the overall delivery of healthcare. (3) Develops and enhances clinical programs to ensure the maintenance of quality and safe patient care. (4) Participates as a member of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee and ensures the timely distribution of the VA National Formulary of therapeutic and diagnostic agents.
Work Schedule:Days (Monday thru Friday), but may include weekends and holidays based on clinical need
Financial Disclosure Report:Not Required
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Physical Requirements:The work environment is an inpatient pharmacy, an outpatient pharmacy or a patient care area environment (including the Surgical Suite or Emergency Department). There may be extremes of temperature, distractions, noise from equipment or patient care activities. Deals with frozen and refrigerated products often. May be required to use heating equipment . Exposure to negative and positive air pressure rooms is also possible. Must be able to don and work with protective garments and equipment as necessary for assignment. Some lifting (25 lbs), stretching and forward and overhead reaching is involved. Walking and standing 8-12 hours; repeated bending 8 hours; May have to kneel in order to retrieve product from lower cabinets or the floor. May be required to operate robotic packaging machinery and automated dispensing devices. Near vision correctable @ 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; depth perception; ability to distinguish shades of colors. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials. Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:Citizenship. Citizen of the United States (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens). 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. (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). 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). Grade Determination Requirements
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. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. GS-15 Experience. In addition to the GS-14 requirements, must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Grade Level Criteria. At the GS-15 level, Chiefs of Pharmacy must meet the following: Individuals are assigned as Chiefs of Pharmacy at Complexity Level 1a, 1b or 1c VHA facilities must meet all of the following requirements: (1) Manages a complex medical center based pharmacy program that is defined as having multiple practice settings (e.g. hospital ambulatory care, long-term care, behavior health care) that require Joint Commission review as separate standards. (2) In addition to the medical center pharmacy, has responsibility for pharmacy services at one or more of the following: CBOCs, Rural Health Program, domiciliary, or provides dispensing and/or clinical services to State Veterans Home. (3) Presence of advanced clinical pharmacy programs that include pharmacist(s) that have approved scopes of practice with prescriptive privileges. (4) Pharmacy provides clinical pharmacist services to three (3) or more specialty areas such as, but not limited to, hemodialysis, oncology, operating room or an emergency department. In addition to the requirements listed in above, must meet at least two of the following: (1) An ASHP Accredited Pharmacy Residency Program. (2) A Research Program that is accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP). (3) Actively involved in committees or advisory/work groups at the VISN and/or National level. (4) An ongoing pharmacy student rotation in both the intermediate and advanced practice experience settings. 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, Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standard, Dated June 7, 2012. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
IMPORTANT:A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note:Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
NOTE:The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
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