Pharmacy Program Manager (Inpatient)

Baltimore, Maryland
Jul 06, 2022
Jul 08, 2022
Full Time

VA Careers - Pharmacy:

Pharmacy Program Manager (Inpatient) include but not limited to:
  • Developing performance standards that are realistic, challenging and supporting the organizational mission, vision, and goals as well as ensuring employees meet performance standards competencies and identifies areas for improvement as needed
  • Managing personnel and working towards resolving all labor relations issues
  • Establishing work schedules and allocates staff as needed to provide adequate coverage; Maintaining time and attendance records and approving leave
  • Developing and establishing policies and procedures defining operational requirements
  • Ensuring assigned administrative projects and reports are submitted in a timely fashion
  • Utilizing the Veterans Integrated Systems Technology Architecture (VistA), Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) and Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA) computer systems and other automated pharmacy equipment (ADCs) and computer software systems effectively
  • Assisting and engaging in continuous survey readiness in the inpatient pharmacy program and that the area of responsibility is compliant with all regulatory and accrediting body requirements, i.e., TJC, CARF, FDA, DEA, ASHP, etc.
  • Planning, directing, controlling, coordinating, overseeing, and evaluating comprehensive distributive pharmacy services
  • Maintaining good workflow patterns to keep drug distribution in accordance with the requirements of BCMA for both unit dose and IV admixtures programs while ensuring accurate dispensing and record keeping
  • Incorporating performance and quality improvement activities into all areas of the inpatient pharmacy section
  • Overseeing day-to-day maintenance and operation of pharmacy equipment and automation; Utilizing available reporting functions to optimize the efficiency of this equipment
  • Ensuring pharmacists understand how to report actual and/or potential medication errors or adverse events and participates in quality improvement initiatives to promote patient safety. Actively participates in the VA Adverse Drug Event Reaction System (VAADERS) reporting program and the Joint Patient Safety Reporting (JPSR) system
  • Collaborating with Pharmacy administration on pharmacy training and development, to promote the learning experience and improve the performance of all levels of pharmacy staff, residents, and students
  • Integrating research protocol criteria and study medication use into the inpatient pharmaceutical care dispensing procedures
  • Ensuring inpatients participating in drug studies have their medication needs met in a timely cost-efficient manner
  • Participating in VAMHCS and VISN-level committees as assigned or deemed appropriate representing Pharmacy Service
  • Serving as preceptor to students of affiliated schools and Pharmacy Practice residents
Work Schedule: All shifts are determined or approved by management and based on service needs
Telework: Eligible per management and service line needs
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
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Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

This position is not covered by the bargaining union.


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.


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: 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: (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.
  • 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).

Grade Determinations:

GS-13 Grade Requirement:
  • Must possess one year of experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level that includes handling routine medication-related activities in accordance with local, regional and national policies and regulations and that demonstrates knowledge of professional pharmacy practice; knowledge of laws, regulations, and accreditation standards related to the distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs and pharmacy security; ability to communicate orally and in writing to both patients and health care staff; and skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters.
Preferred Experience:
  • 2 or more years of hospital (inpatient) and/or Long-Term Care (LTC) pharmacy experience with:
    • Managing Day to Day Pharmacy Personnel, Schedules, Workflow, and Operations
    • Utilizing the Veterans Integrated Systems Technology Architecture (VistA), Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) and Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA) computer systems and other automated pharmacy equipment (ADCs- namely Omnicell) and computer software systems
    • Maintaining all controlled substances processes and procedure according to standards, regulations, and laws (local, state, federal) to ensure patient safety and organizational compliance including but not limited to ordering, filling, inventory management, handling, and destruction
References: VA Handbook 5005/55, PART II, APPENDIX G15

Physical Requirements: Physical demands of the position require regular and recurring physical exertion, involving standing for prolonged periods of time, lifting/carrying of pharmaceutical supplies weighing up to 40 pounds, pushing and pulling of large carts. The job may include significant time at a computer terminal


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: . 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: .

Additional information

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.

Due to COVID-19, VA is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement. Management officials will provide information about returning to the official, pre-pandemic worksite, when applicable. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework depending upon the terms of your organization's telework policy and the duties of the position.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .