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Job Title: Chief - Pharmacy Service
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Harlingen, TX
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 05/27/2018
Expire Date: 07/26/2018
Job Categories: Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical, Healthcare, Other, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Information Technology, Internet/E-Commerce, Research & Development, Medical, Web Technology, Writing/Authoring
Job Description
Chief - Pharmacy Service

Duties include but are not limited to the following:

Clinical:

  • Provide diverse and complementary clinical pharmacy services in support of the Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) model.I
  • Interview the patient, review the drug regimen, and current lab values and develop, initiate, monitor and adjust an appropriate clinical care plan.
  • Additional functions included extending refills and/or referring the patient to his/her primary care physician, coordinating traveling veteran prescription needs, providing smoking cessation services, and chronic pain management consultation.
Education:
  • Provide active educational support to the medical staff and nursing staff on a regular basis. Support is in the form of formal and informal in-service presentations, pharmacotherapy news bulletin, and distribution of printed information on pharmaceuticals and drug therapies.
  • Advise all health care practitioners on drug product selection within the VA National formulary. Make recommendations on alternate therapy when necessary.
  • Maintain active membership in the assigned committees.
Administration:
  • Establish and maintain policies and procedures for all aspects of pharmacy operations. Operations include custody, control, storage, distribution, destruction, and evaluation of drug utilization within the Health Care System.
  • Ensure that space, automation, equipment, and fixtures are adequate to meet the needs of the Service.
  • Develop and maintain liaison with local health organizations for exchange of ideas, best practices, training programs, and enhancement of the image of VA Pharmacy.
Program Administration:
  • Establish, implement, and revise a Pharmacy Service Quality Management Plan that is integrated with goals and objectives of the Medical Center. Participate and lead systems redesign activities to improve and sustain pharmacy operations throughout the facility.
  • Evaluate, plan, implement, coordinate, and review all Pharmacy Service programs to ensure timely and quality distributive and pharmaceutical care.
  • Accountable for ordering, receiving, control, distribution, and destruction of Schedule II-V agents within the Health Care System.
  • Maintain a clean, safe organized work environment. Ensure that the work site is in compliance with basic safety standards set by OSHA and the Medical Center and that Service employees receive all mandatory training in safety related topics.
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. Must be a 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 (PharmD) 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/. (Note: Prior to 2005 ACPE accredited both baccalaureate and Doctor of Pharmacy terminal degree program. Today the sole degree is Doctor of Pharmacy.)

    (*) 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 (TOEFLiBT)
  • Licensure. Must have a 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.
  • English Language Proficiency. Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).
Preferred Experience: 3+ years of Pharmaceutical Management Experience.

Grade Determinations:

GS-15 Experience: Must have at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 level as an Associate Service Chief or Associate Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacy Director? Specialized experience would include but not limited to the following: Responsible for coordinating multiple programs in pharmacy service in a medical facility. Serves as Acting Service Chief in the absence of 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. Makes selections, assigns personnel, and serves as a mentor to help employees develop their full potential. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher level duties must consist of significant scope, administrative independence, complexity and range of variety and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.

Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities (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 missions and goals of the organization.
6) Ability to plan, organize and direct the functions of the pharmacy service.

In addition to the basic requirements, specialized experience, and KSAs, applicant must meet ALL of the following:

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 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 pharmacists(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 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.


References: VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15 Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standard, GS-660

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-15.

Physical Requirements: Light carrying, under 15 pounds, Use of fingers, Both hands required, Walking (1hour), Near Vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, Hearing (aid permitted)

None

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • VA 10-2850c
  • Resume


VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • VA 10-2850c
  • VBA Compensabiliity Letter
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript


Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Qualifications & Requirements
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. Must be a 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 (PharmD) 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/. (Note: Prior to 2005 ACPE accredited both baccalaureate and Doctor of Pharmacy terminal degree program. Today the sole degree is Doctor of Pharmacy.)

    (*) 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 (TOEFLiBT)
  • Licensure. Must have a 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.
  • English Language Proficiency. Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).
Preferred Experience: 3+ years of Pharmaceutical Management Experience.

Grade Determinations:

GS-15 Experience: Must have at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 level as an Associate Service Chief or Associate Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacy Director? Specialized experience would include but not limited to the following: Responsible for coordinating multiple programs in pharmacy service in a medical facility. Serves as Acting Service Chief in the absence of 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. Makes selections, assigns personnel, and serves as a mentor to help employees develop their full potential. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher level duties must consist of significant scope, administrative independence, complexity and range of variety and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.

Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities (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 missions and goals of the organization.
6) Ability to plan, organize and direct the functions of the pharmacy service.

In addition to the basic requirements, specialized experience, and KSAs, applicant must meet ALL of the following:

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 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 pharmacists(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 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.


References: VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15 Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standard, GS-660

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-15.

Physical Requirements: Light carrying, under 15 pounds, Use of fingers, Both hands required, Walking (1hour), Near Vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, Hearing (aid permitted)
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