The Pharmacy Procurement Manager provides guidance for procurement, automation, and vault personnel, works closely with clinical subject matter experts, maintains effective interdepartmental relations, and collaborates with other services to accomplish the facility's mission and goals. Incumbent is required to keep abreast of the latest developments in the pharmaceutical field to perform duties of this position 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.) [TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH APPLICATION] (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). [YOU MUST SUBMIT COPY OF FPGEC CERTIFICATION WITH THE APPLICATION PACKAGE]. 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. 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. 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: Pharmacy Procurement Manager must be a licensed pharmacist with an understanding of the goals, objectives, and performance measures associated with the development, maintenance, and improvement of pharmacy procurement programs and Joint Commission Medication Management standards. Incumbent is responsible for providing leadership, direction, coordination, clinical guidance, organization, planning, and implementation of pharmaceutical procurement and inventory management throughout the VA Tuscaloosa Healthcare System. Advanced degree (Pharm.D., M.S., MBA, MPH, or equivalent) and VA pharmacy procurement and leadership experiences are preferred. Grade Determinations GS-13: Experience. 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. Facility Program Manager. Manages all aspects of a distinct program to include policy development, quality resources and specialty functions unique to the program to optimize cost effectiveness (budget) and patient outcomes. Coordinates a single program area of a complex pharmacy operation, or multiple program areas within a facility to develop, organize, manage, and control complex pharmacy programs. Develops, organizes, coordinates and manages single or multiple program areas within the medical facility; this may include a single program area at multiple facilities. The Program Manager title is reserved for those individuals who have one or more of the following: supervisory responsibilities for various sections within Pharmacy Service; a complex program requiring coordination of multiple locations such as medical center care facilities, Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs), rural health, telemedicine, etc; specialized areas of a complex nature such as nuclear pharmacy, quality assurance, pharmacy informatics, clinical applications coordinator, Home Based Primary Care, pharmacoeconomist or liaison pharmacist duties requiring the coordination of processes with other medical facilities or VISNs. Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following KSAs : a. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions. b. Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for their program area. c. Ability to solve problems, coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes in their program area or area of clinical expertise. d. Expert knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy. e. Advanced skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters. References: VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15, Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standards, dated June 7, 2012. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. Physical Requirements: Work is generally sedentary. Typically, the Pharmacist sits comfortably to do the work. However, there may be some walking, standing, bending, carrying of light items such as papers, books, small pieces of equipment and supplies, or driving an automobile. No special physical demands are required to perform the work. ["Duties include but are not limited to: Program Management: Coordinates all activities related to procurement and inventory of all medications, supplies and IV fluids for pharmacy services to include but not limited to receiving, stocking, maintaining inventory, establishing maximum/minimum levels for ordering and automation, rotating stock to minimize expiration and under/overstock, borrowing, returns and destruction. Monitors and regularly reports status of pharmacy expenditures identifying significant changes, including data and information on specific drugs, therapeutic classes, supplies, etc., that have contributed to the change. Maintains knowledge and competency to appropriately carry out all purchase card duties. Serves as the primary coordinator, develops, and implements action plans for drug recalls, shortages, and backorders. Maintains proficiency in software programs and internet resources related to purchasing, inventory and pharmaceutical care including but not limited to facility automation, electronic health record, prime vendor and other vendor resources, reverse distributor, Federal government, VHA, CMOP, VISN, and local medical center resources, medication dispensing and distribution, drug accountability, controlled substances, IFCAP, vendor files, Fund Control, GIP, purchasing agent menus etc. Serves as a primary liaison with the pharmaceutical prime vendor, Logistics Services, VISN procurement group and pharmaceutical representatives. Employs proper purchasing procedures and maintains inventory turn-over to ensure effective inventory and budget management. Administrative: Strives to increase productivity and efficiency of assigned personnel and other Pharmacy Service activities to improve processes and pharmaceutical care provided to patients. Communicates effectively with employees, keeping them informed of necessary information; keeps in close communication with each Section Supervisor regarding drug procurement, drug use, drug accountability, drug budget, etc. Assists in meeting all Joint Commission medication management standards by having an expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for the area of practice. Ensures accuracy, validity, and timely submission of pharmacy workload activity reports, systematic review/performance improvement reports, operations reports, drug utilization/data reports, and other special reports that are pertinent to the incumbent's program areas. Research: Participates in the development of protocols for research projects for the Pharmacy Services as appropriate. Enables appropriate distribution of research project information to involve personnel to facilitate the proper handling and use of investigational drugs as appropriate. Enforces policies and procedures regarding the proper handling, storage, record keeping, and dispensing of investigational drugs, as well as relevant patient monitoring as appropriate for the assigned Pharmacy Section. VA Careers - Pharmacy: https://youtube.com/embed/Fn_ickNBEws Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Telework: Available (As needed basis) Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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