Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Pharmacist Supervisor ( Outpatient ) in Brooklyn, New York
Summary The incumbent is responsible for providing "expert" level pharmaceutical advisory and supervisory services in the areas and functions of inpatient/outpatient dispensing, unit dose distribution, intravenous admixtures and purchasing inventory controls and budget reconciliation. Supervises and coordinates the activities of staff pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and program manager/secretary. As required, provides supervisory coverage on weekends, holidays, and non-administrative tours of duty. Responsibilities Provides for efficient continuing pharmaceutical service to outpatients and inpatients, assuring effective and expeditious utilization of all available resources (manpower, equipment, medication, supplies, and funds). To accomplish this, the incumbent: 1. Plans, schedules, and assigns work to subordinates based on priorities with selective consideration of the capabilities of the employee; 2. Assures proper preventive maintenance of equipment and prompt notification to responsible officials when repairs are indicated; 3. Assures that stocks of medications and supplies are available and stored properly; 4. Alerts Assistant Chief to prescribing trends promptly and inaugurates necessary procedures to assure that levels of stock are adequate to meet patient needs and that funds are utilized effectively. 5. Furnishes orientation, guidance, direction, training and supervision to pharmacy personnel in the areas assigned. 6. Insures that adequate staff is available for these areas. Is responsible for the coordination of the various programs (bulk compounding, research, education, accountability, purchasing and inventory control, storage and security of drugs and supplies, Controlled Substance, etc.) 7. Supervises the use of computer terminals and printers in assigned area. Assures that subordinates receive appropriate orientation and training before operating computer equipment. Evaluates training needs on an on-going basis. Provides additional training as necessary, i.e., new employees, refresher training to old employees, etc. Resolves operational computer problems and relays technical problems to Computer Section. Takes necessary precautions to assure the protection and security of computer equipment, proper use of access codes and confidentiality of patients' records and privacy of data as necessary. 8. Insures compliance by subordinates of hospital policies, VA Regulations, ASHP and JCAHO Standards, and laws and procedures set forth by the Drug Enforcement Agency and other regulatory bodies. On an interchangeable basis and as required the incumbent supervises the activities of subordinate pharmacy staff. 9. The incumbent evaluates employees work performance against approved Performance Plans. Gathers data to objectively appraise employees and with input from Assistant Chief and Chief, writes performance plans for employees supervised. Makes necessary changes in performance plans as dictated by program changes and observations. Other Significant Facts A. Incumbent must be knowledgeable in all the latest Pharmacy Service theories and directions to meet the needs of a large complex metropolitan teaching Healthcare System. Incumbent must be able to understand the direction of the Healthcare System as a unit. B. Fosters environment indicative of the principles of Continuous Performance Improvement, which increases quality of service, enhances employee morale, and strengthens appreciation of their value to the organization. This will result in increased productivity, customer satisfaction and employee retention. C. In the absence of the Assistant Chief, may assume these duties and responsibilities. D. The incumbent will assume staff duties when the situation demands. 3. Supervisory Controls: 1. The incumbent is under the immediate supervision of the Assistant Chief, Pharmacy Service, receiving general guidance in matters affecting service or Healthcare System policy or program. 2. Results of work are considered professionally, technically, and administratively correct are normally accepted without significant change. Work is reviewed by Pharmacy Management when the work concerns matters such as program fulfillment, effort of the work on overall Pharmacy operation, and in regards to Healthcare System policies and goals Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 393-A Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job. All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959. Must be proficient in written and spoken English. You may be required to serve a probationary period. Subject to background/security investigation. Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process. Must pass pre-employment physical examination. Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details. Qualifications 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: 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.) 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. Exception. Non-licensed pharmacists who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment at the entry level as a Graduate Pharmacist under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405(c)(2)(B). The appointing official may waive the requirement of licensure for a period not to exceed 2 years for a pharmacist that provides care under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. For grade levels above the GS-11, the candidate must be licensed. 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: GS-13Experience. In addition to the GS-12 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. Pharmacy Supervisor. Responsible for the professional and administrative management of an assigned area in pharmacy service, to include budgetary execution. Such individuals have responsibilities for supervising multiple pharmacists and technicians. Manages people, maintains effective interdepartmental relations, and cooperates with other services to accomplish the medical facility's mission and goals. Develops performance standards, assures that the program area is compliant with all regulatory and accrediting body requirements, designs and implements orientation and training programs for staff, and develops and maintains systems to monitor the performance of staff activities. Develops policies and procedures relative to their assigned area. Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following KSAs: a. Ability to effectively supervise subordinate staff. b. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions. c. Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards pertaining to pharmacy. d. Skill in managing people or programs. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G15. LICENSED PHARMACIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD GS-660 Veterans Health Administration. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. Physical Requirements: The work is mainly sedentary but may require walking, bending, standing, and/or carry of light items such as paper, files, and manuals. Work Environment: The work is performed in an area responsible for treating patients with a variety of medical/psychiatric problems. The work area is highly visible with the general public. Competence. Education 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. Additional Information Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual, based on prior work experience or military service experience. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process. If you are unable to apply online or need an alternate method to submit documents, please reach out to the Agency Contact listed in this Job Opportunity Announcement.