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Associate Pharmacy Service Chief - Clinical

Company: US Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Prescott
Posted on: May 13, 2019

Job Description:

The Pharmacy Service Associate Chief, must be a licensed pharmacist and assists the Pharmacy Service Chief in the management of all pharmacy services, which includes comprehensive inpatient and ambulatory care; pharmacy activities and services including patient care, distributive services, clinical services, quality assurance and performance improvement; and pharmacoeconomics to improve the care and treatment of patients.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.The incumbent's principal duties and responsibilities are to be completed independently, these include, but are not limited to:


  • Assists in maintaining a close liaison with clinical and administrative services, assists in the overall responsibility to monitor all Medical Center and Outpatient Clinic programs, and reporting to the Pharmacy Service Chief potential service and resource requirements.
  • Effectively organizes, directs, manages, 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, which includes accepted accounting principles applied to trend drug budget growth and methods to manage the budget in a fiscally responsible manner.
  • Interviews employee candidates, recommends appointments, and assists in evaluating employee performance. Initiates action based on an employee's performance as necessitated, including documentation and recommendation for awards, counseling, and disciplinary actions.
  • Effectively maintains resource accountability utilizing sound fiscal accounting techniques and pharmacoeconomic principles.
  • Fills in at both pharmacist and technician positions as needed during sick call, annual leave or other acute (or chronic) staffing shortages.
  • Is the liaison to the patient advocate regarding patient assistance or complaints for any of the Pharmacy services. Also, assists other pharmacy staff with any service issues that may come up on the phone or for walk-ups at the pharmacy window.
  • Effectively assists in the development and maintenance of pertinent clinical pharmacy programs from an administrative, cost and patient outcome perspective.
  • Effectively assists in interpreting Drug Utilization Evaluation (D.U.E.) outcomes to positively influence patient care, education, and pharmacoeconomic outcomes.
  • Works and communicates effectively with others while remaining courteous, tactful, and understanding when interacting with others, even in potentially difficult or volatile situations.
  • Support the product line management and team development process by promoting harmonious relationships with the work environment.


    Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. work schedule. Schedule may be adjusted to meet the needs of the service.

    Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredBasic Requirements:


    • Citizenship. Citizen of the United States.
    • 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. (NOTE: Prior to 2005 ACPE accredited both baccalaureate and Doctor of Pharmacy terminal degree program. Today the sole degree is Doctor of Pharmacy.) 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.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). (Unofficial Transcripts Required).
    • Licensure. The incumbent must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license in a State, Territory, Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia.
    • 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 Determinations: GS-13 - Pharmacy Assistant Service Line Manager

      Experience. In addition to the GS-12 requirements, must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.

      Preferred Experience: Three (3) years of hospital management experience, PGY-2 in administration or extensive experience in clinical pharmacy.

      Associate Service Chief. 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. Has extensive responsibility 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 (KSAs):

      Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities



      • Ability to negotiate to influence clinical and management decisions.
      • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing regarding complex clinical and technical issues.
      • Skill in utilizing regulatory and quality standards to develop and implement operational programs.
      • Skill in managing multiple and diverse people or programs.
      • Skill in managing multiple and diverse people or programs.
      • Ability to plan, organize, and direct the functions of the pharmacy staff.


        References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G15. Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standard, GS-660, dated June 7, 2012.The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13.

        Physical Requirements: The incumbent work is moderately. Heavy lifting (45 lbs. and over); Moderate Carrying (15-44 lbs.); Straight Pulling, Pushing, reaching above shoulder, Walking (up to 3 hours); Standing (up to 3 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Both eyes required; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of color; Hearing aid (permitted).

Keywords: US Department of Veterans Affairs, Prescott , Associate Pharmacy Service Chief - Clinical, Healthcare , Prescott, Arizona

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