Pharmacist(Clinical Spec) Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) Manager

Salem, Virginia
Jan 31, 2023
Feb 04, 2023
Full Time

  • Co-leads the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) along with the Provider Champion
  • Develops and manages necessary programs and services such as consultation services for acute and chronic disease state management, patient therapeutic drug monitoring, patient and staff education, and comprehensive medication management (CMM) relevant to the appropriate use of antimicrobials
  • Leads and participates in interdisciplinary patient safety, quality improvement, and regulatory compliance activities designed to measure, evaluate, and improve the use of antimicrobials, patient safety, quality measures/metrics, and outcomes in accordance with VA and national guidelines and regulatory requirements
  • Manages and coordinates components related to the ASP such as development and revision of the ASP Policy, strategic planning, and ASP Committee.
  • Tracks and reports ASP metrics and outcomes
  • Prepares and presents the ASP Annual Report to relevant stakeholders
  • Serves as a pharmacy leader with Infectious Diseases team and stakeholders, representing pharmacy service in a professional manner.
  • Performs any duties and special projects deemed necessary by Pharmacy Administration, for the proper operation of the Pharmacy Service
  • Promotes cost-effectiveness of formulary and reviews restricted and non-formulary drug requests
  • Functions as an advance practice provider for comprehensive medication management (CMM) services to achieve defined outcomes through direct interactions with patients and providers across the continuum of care
  • Functions as an advance practice provider for comprehensive medication management (CMM) services to achieve defined outcomes through direct interactions with patients and providers across the continuum of care
  • Makes drug, dose, route, and duration adjustments and recommendations based on patient specific information and expertise in the principles of infectious diseases, microbiology and clinical pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics
  • Orders, reviews and analyzes appropriate laboratory tests and other diagnostic studies necessary to monitor and support the patient's drug therapy. Follows-up with patients on lab or test results to discuss the plan of therapy (i.e. changes in medication therapy, monitoring and evaluation, additional testing requirements)
  • Participates in care coordination by designing pharmaceutical care plans if needed and documents interventions performed in electronic health record, allowing for seamless transitions of care and effective communication within the patient's healthcare team
  • Utilizes motivational interview skills with patient, family, caregiver and other healthcare professionals to collect patient-specific data, conduct medication history taking to identify problems and individualize care to complement patient's medication therapy history, formulate a pharmaceutical care plan, and identify additional data needed for medication review assessment and medication reconciliation as part of component provider duties
  • Manages acute and chronic disease states under Scope of Practice. The ASP Manager will assess the Veteran, order appropriate labs, analyze and prescribe appropriate medication therapy for optimal outcomes and improve patient access to care
  • Reviews and evaluates requests for non-formulary and restricted drugs for appropriateness and compliance with established criteria where applicable.
  • Provides support and coverage for Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Services outside of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program based on the needs of the facility
VA Careers - Pharmacy:

Work Schedule: 7:45AM-4:30PM Rotated holidays and weekends
Functional Statement #: 000000
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required


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.


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.
  • 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).
  • 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:

  • Must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.
  • OR
  • Completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program

  • The full performance level of this vacancy is 13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of 13.

    References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/55 PART II APPENDIX G15

    Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019


    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

    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 to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .