This pharmacist functions as an Associate Chief of Outpatient Pharmacy Operations and is responsible for providing leadership, direction, organization, planning and implementation of pharmacy programs and services to the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS). VAPAHCS is a 1000 bed multi-division Health Care System with specialties in Medicine, Surgery, Psychiatry, Spinal Cord, Intensive Care, Sub Acute, Hospice, Nursing Home Care, and Geriatric Medicine. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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: (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. 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.) (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 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. NOTE: Individuals who have or have had multiple licenses and had any such license revoked for professional misconduct, professional incompetence or substandard care, or who surrendered such license after receiving written notice of potential termination of such license by the State for professional misconduct, professional incompetence, or substandard care, are not eligible for appointment to the position unless such revoked or surrendered license is fully restored (38 U.S.C. § 7402(f)). Effective November 30, 1999, this is a requirement for employment. This requirement does not apply to licensed pharmacists on VA rolls as of that date, provided they maintain continuous appointment and are not disqualified for employment by any subsequent revocations or voluntary surrenders of State license, registration or certification. Grandfathering Provision. All licensed pharmacists employed in VHA in this occupation on the effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series and grade held, including positive education and licensure/certification/registration that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019 English Language Proficiency. Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). 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).Preferred Experience: At least two years of Pharmacy Supervisor work experience, prior clinical pharmacy specialist work experience, completion of a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency, and ideally completion of PGY-2 Pharmacy Residency. Preferred Experience: At least two years of Pharmacy Supervisor work experience, prior outpatient pharmacy work experience, completion of a PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency, and ideally completion of PGY-2 Pharmacy Residency. In addition to the GS-13 basic requirements for employment stated above, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. Grade Determinations:GS-14 Experience. In addition to the GS-13 requirements, must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Assignments. Candidates at this grade level are to be in one of the assignments listed below. . For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher level duties must consist of significant scope, administrative independence, complexity (difficulty) and range of variety as described in this standard at the specified grade level and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. Associate Service Chief/ Associate CMOP Director. 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. Demonstrated KSAs. The KSAs shown below apply to all assignments at this grade level, and the specific KSA designated by an asterisk (*) applies to assignment 2 and 3. 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 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15, VA Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standards, GS-660, dated June 7, 2012. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-14. Physical Requirements: The work requires standing, light carrying and lifting (under 15 pounds); walking, bending, reaching above the shoulder, and ability to distinguish basic colors. The work also involves working around machinery with moving parts and working closely with others. ["Under the direct supervision of the Chief, Pharmacy Service, the Associate Chief of Outpatient Pharmacy Services is responsible for providing leadership, direction, organization, planning and implementation of outpatient pharmacy programs and services for the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS). VAPAHCS is a major teaching tertiary care referral center (affiliated with Stanford University Medical Center). This Associate Chief has 11.0 FTEE direct reports; including 3.0 Pharmacy Supervisors, 1.0 Procurement Pharmacist, 2.0 Procurement Technicians, 2.0 System Floating Clinical Pharmacist, 1.0 System Floating Technician, and 2.0 System Clinic Medication Clinical Pharmacists. This Associate Chief has 50.3 FTEE second level reports, consisting of Clinical Pharmacy Specialists, Clinical Pharmacists, and Pharmacy Technicians that are located throughout the organization. Therefore, occasional travel to various sites is required. Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Performs the full complement of supervisory functions for the direct reports. Supervisory functions include, but are not limited to: Effective Leadership, Effective Program Management, and Effective Human Resource Management. This includes mentoring and supervising the 3.0 Pharmacy Supervisors. Works collaboratively with the Chief of Pharmacy and the two other Pharmacy Associate Chiefs (Inpatient and Primary & Specialty Care) to lead and direct the Pharmacy Service. Performs process and performance improvement activities, to ensure optimal patient care in the outpatient settings. Ensures the successful attainment of local, VISN, and national performance measures. Ensures accountability among staff in meeting performance standards by establishing and monitoring results-oriented performance metrics and addressing deficits in a timely manner. Manages operational and programmatic issues in an effective and timely manner and assure compliance with all applicable laws, VHA regulations, Joint Commission standards, as well as VAPAHCS and Pharmacy Service policies and procedures. Provides staff development through coaching, mentoring, and supporting opportunities for learning. Fosters strong working relationships within the pharmacy service and outside of pharmacy. Collaborates directly with the Associate Chief of Staff for Ambulatory Care (MD) and the Chief Nurse of Ambulatory Care (Ambulatory Care Leadership Dyad) and other health care system leaders. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:00 am-4:30 pm\nCompressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Available\nTelework: Available\nFunctional Statement Title/#: Associate Service Chief (Outpatient Pharmacy Services) / 000000\nBargaining Unit: Non-Bargaining Unit\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.