The Associate Chief of Pharmacy, Clinical Services is primarily responsible for the direct patient care, consultant, educational and other clinical functions of pharmacy staff of the Medical Center and its CBOCs and other outlying clinics. The incumbent assumes responsibility to perform specific functions of the Associate Chief of Pharmacy, Operations as necessary, or to assume the responsibilities of Acting Chief, Pharmacy Service if assigned as such by the Chief in his or her absence. 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. Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). 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). [TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH APPLICATION] (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). [YOU MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF FPGEE AND TOEFL WITH YOUR APPLICATION] NOTE: Prior to 2005 ACPE accredited both baccalaureate and Doctor of Pharmacy terminal degree program. Today the sole degree is Doctor of Pharmacy.) 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. [YOU MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF CURRENT LICENSE WITH THE APPLICATION PACKAGE]. 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. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment stated above, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. Preferred Experience: Preferred Characteristics/Experience: PGY-1 Residency with VA is preferred GS-14 Service Associate Chief: (a) Experience: In addition to the basic requirements, you must have 1 year of experience equivalent to GS-13, which is the next lower grade level. Examples of assignments at the GS-13 level include, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (CPS), Facility Program Manager or Pharmacy Supervisor. Responsibilities at this grade level can include but are 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, managing all aspects of a distinct program to include policy development, and supervising multiple Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians. Assignments: Associate Service Chief will be responsible for coordinating multiple programs in pharmacy service in a medical facility. Serves as the Acting Service Chief in the absence of the 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. Responsible for pharmacy utilization of resources and budget. Makes selections, assigns personnel, and serves as a mentor to help employees develop their full potential. Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's): 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, Part II, Appendix G15, dated June 7, 2012, VA Pharmacist Qualification Standards, GS-660. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-14. Physical Requirements: Work is mostly sedentary in nature. Work requires moderate lifting, walking, bending, stooping, standing, pushing, and pulling. ["VA Careers - Pharmacy: https://youtube.com/embed/Fn_ickNBEws Duties of the position include, but are not limited to: Clinical\n(1) Plans, develops and implements progressive clinical pharmacy activities to improve patient therapy outcomes, encourages responsible and cost-effective medication use, and promotes and advances the role of the profession of pharmacy in patient care.\n(2) Establishes programmatic goals for clinical services and assigns responsibility to staff for achievement of those goals.\n(3) Develops and expands clinical pharmacy roles and services.\n(4) Ensures that all patient encounters are properly recorded, coded and completed.\n(5) Ensures that all pharmacy consults are properly completed, within established time limits.\n(6) Directs continuous quality improvement initiatives to identify, analyze, and resolves issues in patient care, staff effectiveness and use of program\nresources.\n(7) Identifies and promotes innovative roles and activities for pharmacy technicians, specifically to support clinical practice of pharmacists, expand the\nscope of clinical pharmacy services, and improve efficiency of pharmacy operations.\n(8) May serve as a Clinical Pharmacy Practitioner with a scope of practice, providing occasional clinic coverage as circumstances warrant. Education\n(1) Promotes the development and education of pharmacy staff to improve the performance of all pharmacy personnel. In concert with supervisors and\nmanagers, identifies and plans relevant staff development and education programs, utilizing appropriate pharmacy staff and/or others as needed to\nimplement those programs.\n(2) Manages and supports training of pharmacy students, interns, office personnel, and technicians.\n(3) Provides oversight for the ASHP accredited pharmacy PGY-1 residency program. Fosters communication among the Residency Program Director,\nResidency Program Coordinator, preceptors and /or pharmacy supervisors to assure that all program issues are openly discussed and resolved.\n(4) Assists in the development of personnel who are seeking positions of higher responsibility by providing additional or enhanced experience opportunities where possible.\n(5) Identifies and participates in activities that maintain and increase professional competence.\n(6) Promotes and supports pharmacy staff member efforts to publish in professional journals and present at professional meetings.\n(7) Maintains affiliation agreements for education with Colleges of Pharmacy, technician training programs and area hospitals as needed to assure effective collaboration to meet the educational needs of Pharmacy Service, the medical center and the respective affiliated institutions.\n(8) Assists in preparing and coordinating new employees' on-boarding experience. Administrative\n(1) Effects policies and procedures to assure high quality clinical, and consultative, and informational services are provided by pharmacy staff.\n(2) Develops procedures and methods, for the efficient accomplishment of clinical pharmacy operations. Assists section supervisors to create work\nschedules fostering the participation of pharmacists and technicians in defined clinical activities. Coordinates clinical pharmacy activities with other\nservices and clinics of the facility and communicates clearly with a wide variety of significant others (e.g. AFGE, Service Officers, Veterans, etc.).\n(3) Maintains progressive and innovative and clinical pharmacy programs.\n(4) Interviews candidates for supervisor/manager positions and clinical specialist positions.\n(5) Coordinates all clinical pharmacy activities and programs provided by pharmacists, residents, students, technicians, and support staff.\n(6) Works with VISN 10 Pharmacoeconomist(s), pharmacy staff and residents to monitor drug use for compliance with formulary, drug use guidelines and treatment guidelines, with particular respect to cost-effective use of available agents. Initiates local and system-wide interventions as necessary to assure efficient usage of resources.\n(7) Assists the Chief of Pharmacy in the preparation of a budget which projects and justifies personnel, equipment and space requirements for clinical\npharmacy services, and advises on overall budget, equipment and space needs for Pharmacy Service.\n(8) Coordinates with the Chief of Pharmacy, Associate Chief of Pharmacy Operations and Pharmacy Informatics and Procurement staff to ensure the\nMedical Center Drug File contains a current listing of drugs, diagnostics and selected supply items that may be ordered or prescribed by authorized\nproviders. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8am - 4:30pm\nCompressed/Flexible: Not available\nTelework: Not available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 91776-0\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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