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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Associate Service Chief - Pharmacist in Fayetteville, Arkansas

Summary The Associate Chief, Pharmacy Service must be a licensed pharmacist and is responsible to direct and coordinate comprehensive inpatient and ambulatory care pharmacy activities and services including patient care, research, quality assurance and performance improvement and pharmacoeconomics to improve the care and treatment of patients utilizing all areas of the medical center. The individual will report directly to the Chief of Pharmacy. Responsibilities VA Careers - Pharmacy: https://youtube.com/embed/Fn_ickNBEws The duties of the Associate Chief - Pharmacist in Pharmacy Service include but are not limited to: Program Management Assists in maintaining close liaison with clinical and administrative services while assisting in the overall responsibility to monitor all medical center and outpatient clinic programs and reporting to the Chief of Pharmacy Service potential service and resource requirements. Effectively organizes, directs, manages, supervises, and controls all inpatient and outpatient 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. Responsible for pharmacy utilization of resources and budget. Manages effective quality assurance and performance improvement programs for the entire Pharmacy Service through close coordination with the Quality Assurance Service. Actively coordinates with the Associate Chief, Clinical Pharmacy Services regarding the pharmacy student program, including activities involved with the local, VISN and National Formulary, the UAMS College of Pharmacy rotations for students and other trainees. Provides administrative oversight to the Pharmacy Service outcomes research program involving appropriate staff from multiple pharmacy sections. Actively participates in the medical center Pharmacy & Therapeutics and MUE Committees and serves as Pharmacy Representative in other medical center, VISN and National Committees, as assigned by the Chief of Pharmacy. Provides oversight and evaluation of all new automation initiatives within Pharmacy Service and coordinates these projects with other affected services in the medical center. Responsible for the supervision, issuance, and safe storage of controlled substances, and the maintenance of required records and reports. Coordinates with Chief of Pharmacy to directly support sharing agreements/contracts with various retail pharmacies geographically connected with Community Based Outpatient Clinics. Monitors and comanages with the Chief of Pharmacy expenses associated with prime vendor contract and the Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacy (CMOP). Develops and manages other sharing agreements as opportunities develop. Administrative/Supervision Serves as Acting Service Chief in the absence of the Service Chief. Interviews employee candidates, recommends appointments, and evaluates employee performance. Initiates action based on employee's performance as necessitated. Effectively maintains resource accountability utilizing sound fiscal accounting techniques and pharmacoeconomic principles. Assures 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. Interprets policy, procedures, and philosophy for pharmacy and medical staff. Direct front line supervisor over the inpatient, community care, ambulatory care, supply and administrative sections of Pharmacy Service. Works with front line supervisors to assure smooth transition of services in all sections and between all sections. Establishes procedures, methods, and working schedules for the efficient accomplishment of pharmacy operations. Coordinates pharmacy activities with other services and clinics of the facility and communicates clearly with a wide variety of significant others (e.g. AFGE, Service Officers, Veterans, etc.). Complies with labor-management agreement for Bargaining Unit Employees. Approves or disapproves vacation requests complying with union contracts. Coordinates pharmacy activities with other services and clinics of the health care system. 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 (such as OIG, and Joint Commission). Clinical Activities Effectively assists in the development and maintenance of pertinent clinical pharmacy programs from cost and patient outcome perspective. Effectively utilizes MUE/DUE outcomes to positively influence patient care, education and pharmacoeconomic outcomes. Identifies problems that affect patient care programs and effectively utilizes problem-solving techniques to resolve these problems. Effectively develops pertinent service procedures/standards for implementation. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 564-00641-F Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job. All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959. Must be proficient in written and spoken English. You may be required to serve a probationary period. Subject to background/security investigation. Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process. Must pass pre-employment physical examination. Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details. Qualifications 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: Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. ยง 7403(f). 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. OR 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). Grade Determinations: Associate Service Chief, GS-14 Experience. In addition to the GS-13 requirements, must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Examples of specialized experience includes but 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, and interdisciplinary teams in assigned areas performing physical assessments and ordering laboratory and other tests to help determine efficacy and toxicity of medication therapy. Resume must include hours per week for work experience credit. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate 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. (KSAs must be clearly reflected in resume under description of duties in order to be found qualified for this position/grade level). Preferred Experience: Currently employed at the VHSO in the Pharmacy Service. References: VA Handbook 5005/120, Part II Appendix G24, Title Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. The position is above full performance level, GS-14. Physical Requirements: Light carrying (under 15 pounds), pushing (2 hours), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, hands required, walking/standing (8 hours), climbing (legs only .5 hours), Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, 20/50 or better vision in one eye, ability to distinguish colors and shades of colors, hearing (aid permitted), able to hear conversation voice (aid permitted), read printer material without strain (glasses permitted), mental and emotional stability. Environmental factors include working closely with others, working alone, and protracted/irregular hours of work. (See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Services). Education 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. Additional Information This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 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. Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process. If you are unable to apply online or need an alternate method to submit documents, please reach out to the Agency Contact listed in this Job Opportunity Announcement.