The Northern Indiana VA Health Care System (VANIHCS) is a level 2 medical care facility providing inpatient and outpatient services. The VANIHCS includes dual campuses in Marion, IN and Fort Wayne, IN (separated by 55 miles) and Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) in Muncie, Peru, and Goshen as well as the St. Joseph County VA Clinic. One vacancy at the Marion or Fort Wayne Indiana location. 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. 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. 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. 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: (a) Specialized Experience. In addition to the GS-14 requirements, must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. (b) Grade Level Criteria. At the GS-15 level, Chiefs of Pharmacy must meet the following: a. Must meet all of the following requirements: (1) Manages a complex medical center based pharmacy program that is defined as having multiple practice settings (e.g. hospital ambulatory care, long-term care, behavior health care) that require Joint Commission review as separate standards. (2) In addition to the medical center pharmacy, has responsibility for pharmacy services at one or more of the following: CBOCs, Rural Health Program, domiciliary, or provides dispensing and/or clinical services to State Veterans Home. (3) Presence of advanced clinical pharmacy programs that include pharmacist(s) that have approved scopes of practice with prescriptive privileges. (4) Pharmacy provides clinical pharmacist services to three (3) or more specialty areas such as, but not limited to, hemodialysis, oncology, operating room or an emergency department. b. In addition to the requirements listed in 2a above, must meet at least two of the following: (1) An ASHP Accredited Pharmacy Residency Program. (2) A Research Program that is accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP). (3) Actively involved in committees or advisory/work groups at the VISN and/or National level. (4) An ongoing pharmacy student rotation in both the intermediate and advanced practice experience settings. Service Chief. Responsible for all aspects of pharmacy services at a medical facility by maintaining effective interdepartmental relationships demonstrating active problem resolution skills and close cooperation with other programs and services in accomplishing the medical facility mission and goals. Responsible for budget management, determining resource needs, allocating resources, ensuring proper utilization in productivity, efficiency, and cost effectiveness of the operation. Formulates objectives and priorities and implements plans consistent with the long term interest of the organization, capitalizing on opportunities and managing risks. Responsible for compliance with all safety, regulatory, and accrediting body requirements. Delegates authority to several supervisory and program levels to meet the goals of the service and staff. Ensures orientation and training programs are established to ensure staff development, oversees academic affiliations, and participates in medical facility, VISN, National, other external governmental agencies, and professional associations. Demonstrated KSAs. The KSAs shown below apply to all assignments at this grade level. 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 missions 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 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-15 Physical Requirements: Work requires moderate lifting, walking, bending, stooping, standing, pushing, and pulling. ["The Chief, Pharmacy Service is a licensed pharmacist that is responsible for planning, directing and coordinating comprehensive and complex pharmacy activities at all VANIHCS sites through effective management of resources. The Chief, Pharmacy Service is responsible for operations involving all facets of inpatient, outpatient, and clinical pharmacy programs as well as providing support to specialty medical programs. The Pharmacy Service offers a full range of pharmaceutical and clinical services to include, but not limited to, unit dose dispensing, intravenous (IV) admixture program, and specialized medical services. The Pharmacy Service serves as an educational program site for students from schools of pharmacy and pharmacy technician programs. Pharmacy Service provides oversight to students participating in the VA Learning Opportunities Residency (VALOR) Program. The incumbent represents VANIHCS Pharmacy Service in the Medical Center, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN), VA Central Office (VACO), professional organizations, and the community. Establishes, promotes and maintains positive relations, demonstrating sensitivity and responsiveness to their needs and concerns. He/she demonstrates effective utilization of the core competencies; systems thinking, organizational stewardship, technical competency, service, interpersonal effectiveness, creative thinking, flexibility/adaptability, and personal mastery, in the leadership of the Pharmacy Service and in support of the medical center. Administrative/Supervisory: 1) Supervises a diverse pharmacy staff consisting of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians,\nand administrative staff.\n2) Provides advice, counsel, and instruction to individual supervisors and employees\nconcerning technical and administrative matters. Assists with resolving conflicts and\nproblems when requested by supervisory staff.\n3) Recruits, interviews, and selects suitable personnel in collaboration with Human\nResources in order to maintain a staff that can effectively fulfill the needs of the service.\nRecommends individuals for appointment and advancement.\n4) Evaluates competency and performance of employees in an objective manner and\nimplements effective strategies to improve performance. Program Management:\n1) Plans for the development and direction multi-functional programs for the delivery of\npharmacy benefits.\n2) Exercises full and final technical, professional and administrative responsibility for\nplanning, developing, coordinating, directing and evaluating an integrated pharmacy\nprogram.\n3) Formulates and prioritizes long and short-term goals for Pharmacy Service and ensures\nthat these align with the goals of the medical center, VISN, and VHA. Develops action\nplans to accomplish these goals within established timelines. Works with other services\nto complete goals and improve communications. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:00 am - 4:30 pm\nLocation: Fort Wayne or Marion Indiana\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 91175-0\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): May be 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.