The Associate Chief of Pharmacy John Cochran (JC) assists the Chief of Pharmacy in planning, directing, and coordinating all aspects of pharmacy services for the St. Louis VA Health Care System JC Division in providing pharmaceutical care service to all patients.
Pharmacy provides seven-day-a-week coverage and comprehensive pharmaceutical services to over 30,000 patients in acute, sub-acute, and outpatient settings of care.
Pharmacy provides support services to a number of medical specialties.
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The Associate Chief of Pharmacy JC assists the Chief of Pharmacy in maintaining a complex pharmacy program consisting of clinical pharmacy services, clinical specialists, pharmacy program managers, staff pharmacists and technicians working in a variety of settings in a highly complex 1a facility.
Responsible for the full range of technical, professional and administrative functions as related to the procurement, preparation, storage, dispensing, and monitoring of medications within the health care system.
Operates in a capacity to monitor and augment delivery of clinical pharmacy services throughout the medical center.
Represents pharmacy in a variety of settings including VISN committees, facility committees, associated colleges and universities.
The Chief of Pharmacy may delegate responsibility for managing the day-to-day operation or the direct supervision of any specific pharmacy section, program or activity to the Associate Chief of Pharmacy JC.
The incumbent is responsible to the Chief Pharmacy Service.
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
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens, in accordance with VA Policy.)
Education: (1) Graduate of a American Council on Pharmaceutical 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. If prior to the establishment of ACPE, have been a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). Verification of approved degree programs may be obtained from the ACPE Web site at: http://www.acpe-accredit.org/
(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. A pharmacist who has, or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issue/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only 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).
Selective Placement Factor: Pharmacy management experience including but nt limited to supervising/mentoring pharmacists and technicians in a large pharmacy setting (inpatient and outpatient), leadership and project management experience is preferred.
(1) 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.
(2) 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).
(3) 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.
(4) 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
Grade Determinations: GS-14:
In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must have 1 year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level GS-13, which is directly related to the position to be filled.
Demonstrated KSAs: 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 mission and goals of the organization.
6.Ability to plan, organize and direct the functions of the pharmacy staff.
Candidates at this grade level are to be in one of the following: National or VISN Program Manager,Associate Service Chief/ Associate CMOP Director, and Service Chief.
References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, appendix G15, Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standard, GS-660. Can be found at following website: http://vaww1.va.gov/OHRM/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf or in the local Human Resources Office.
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.
Work is mostly sedentary in nature but may require physical exertion at times.
Work requires moderate lifting/carrying, walking, bending, stooping, standing, pushing, and pulling. For further information see VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S.
Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S.
Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html
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