Licensed Pharmacist (Associate Chief, Pharmacy Service, Perry Point)

Perry Point, Maryland
Jul 27, 2021
Jul 29, 2021
Full Time


The Associate Chief Pharmacy Service at Perry Point is responsible for managing the comprehensive pharmaceutical care activities in the ambulatory and inpatient care settings at the Perry Point Division of the VA Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS).

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Major Duties of Associate Chief, Pharmacy Service include but not limited to:

- Manage the unit dose and IV admixture distribution programs, consolidated inventory program, the drug accountability program and controlled substances program for the assigned pharmacy division. Coordinates with other departments and agencies to effectively maintain resource accountability.
- Manage the Ambulatory Care consolidated inventory program, the drug accountability program, research program and controlled substances program for the Pharmacy. Coordinates with other departments and agencies to effectively maintain resource accountability.
- Develop performance standards that are realistic, challenging and support the organizational mission, vision, and goals. Ensures that employees meet performance standards and competencies and identifies areas for improvement as needed. Effectively manages personnel and works towards resolving all labor relations issues.
- Reviews on yearly basis the Performance plans for subordinates and updates as required. Explains plan, discusses plan on semi-annual basis. Completed evaluations are signed by the employee and submitted for review by scheduled time-frame.
- Review each subordinate's competencies within applicable areas of assignment on an annual basis. Any deficiency is properly noted and training/re-training is scheduled in a timely manner.
- Establishes work schedules and allocates staff as needed to provide adequate coverage. Monitors time and attendance records and approves leave.
- Develops policies and procedures relating to pharmaceutical care and assures that the Ambulatory Care and Inpatient Pharmacy programs are compliant with all regulatory and accrediting body requirements, i.e., JCAHO, FDA, ASHP, etc.
- Maintains Pharmacy policies and procedures as required per VAMHCS Policy standards. - Ensures assigned administrative projects and reports are submitted as scheduled.
- Monitors the Veterans Integrated Systems Technology Architecture (VISTA), Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) and Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA) computer systems, automated pharmacy equipment and other computer software to provide optimal pharmaceutical care, maintain records, and produce reports.
- Monitors workflow patterns to keep drug distribution in accordance with the requirements of Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA) for both unit dose and IV admixtures programs while ensuring accurate dispensing and record keeping.
- Organizes and monitors workload, directs inpatient and outpatient activities, plans short and long range objectives/goals, solves problems, and achieves established goals within budget and staffing constraints.
- Incorporates performance improvement (PI) activities into all areas of the inpatient and outpatient pharmacy sections. Develops quality assurance criteria, monitors and evaluates quality of care provided by the Inpatient and Outpatient Pharmacy Sections and reports results to the Chief, VAMHCS Pharmacy Service.
- Reviews with other pharmacy managers and staff to identify areas of duplication of efforts and develops solutions to streamline processes, reduce waste, save costs and improve patient care.
- Provides clinical support when required based on competencies and scope of practice.
- Ensures the provision of pharmaceutical care support services are provided as required including drug distribution, drug information, database management and documentation of interventions.
- Ensures pharmacists report actual and/or potential medication errors or adverse events and participates in quality improvement initiatives to promote patient safety. Actively participates in the Adverse Drug Reaction (ADR) reporting program.
- Ensures training, orientation, and re-training of employees to Service procedures and VAMHCS policies for all subordinates is provided and documented.
- Serves with considerable independence in all areas of pharmacy activity under the general supervision of the Chief, VAMHCS Pharmacy Service, who is available to discuss matters affecting policy or other services. Functions with technical independence on all assigned professional policies and programs. Keeps Chief, VAMHCS Pharmacy Service apprised of trends/problems affecting any aspects of the activity. Recognizes need for changes in policy and procedures and works directly with the Chief, VAMHCS Pharmacy Service to initiate these changes.
- Participating in VAMHCS and VISN-level committees as assigned representing Pharmacy Service.
- All other duties as assigned, pertaining to this occupation, to meet the needs of the Agency, Department, Facility, and/or Service.

Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday; 8:00AM-4:30PM, however final schedule to be determined by management.
Telework Eligible: Telework eligibility and work hours permissible to telework are under the discretion/ determination of management at all times.
Virtual: This is not a Virtual position.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel to other VA Maryland Heath Care System Medical Centers and Community Based Outpatient Clinics 25% of the time or less.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


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.) (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).
  • 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.
  • 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. For employees who do not meet all the basic requirements required in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, the following provisions apply: (1) Employees grandfathered into the GS-660 occupational series may be reassigned, promoted up to and including the full performance (journey) level, or changed to lower grade within the occupation, but may not be promoted beyond the journey level or placed in supervisory or managerial positions. (2) Employees who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the effective date of the qualification standard may not have their temporary appointment extended or be reappointed, on a temporary or permanent basis, until they fully meet the basic requirements of the standard. Employees initially grandfathered into this occupation, who subsequently obtain additional education and/or licensure/certification/registration, that meet all the basic requirements of this qualification standard must maintain the required credentials as a condition of employment in the occupation. (3) If a licensed pharmacist who was retained under this provision leaves the occupation, the employee loses protected status and must meet the full VA qualification standard requirements in effect at the time of reentry to the occupation.
  • Physical Requirements. In addition to the below physical requirements, musthave the mental, emotional, and physical ability to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and pass the requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies.
  • English Language Proficiency. Must be proficient in spoken and written English.
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: 2 or more years of experience in both the retail (outpatient) and hospital (inpatient) pharmacy.

Grade Determinations: GS-14 Associate Chief, Pharmacy Service

Experience. In addition to the GS-13 requirements, must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.
*Examples of assignments and knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) at the GS-13 grade level include but are not limited to: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Assignment: A CPS plays a defined role in budgetary execution and serves as a mid-level provider who functions to initiate, modify or discontinue medication therapy and as a consultant for intensive medication therapy management services. KSA's: Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions; Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for their program area; Ability to solve problems, coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes in their program area or area of clinical expertise; Expert knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy; Advanced skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters, Facility Program Manager Assignment: Manages 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. Pharmacy Supervisor Assignment: 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. KSA's: Ability to effectively supervise subordinate staff; Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions; Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards pertaining to pharmacy; Skill in managing people or programs


Demonstrated KSAs.
Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following KSAs: Ability to negotiate to influence clinical and management decisions; Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing regarding complex clinical and technical issues; Skill in utilizing regulatory and quality standards to develop and implement operational programs; Skill in managing multiple and diverse people or programs; Skill in utilizing available resources to support the mission and goals of the organization; Ability to plan, organize, and direct the functions of the pharmacy staff.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G15, dated 6/7/2012

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-14.

Physical Requirements: Requires 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

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. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. 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.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Resume
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action

Note: The most recent SF-50 should not be one in which an award was received.

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • License
  • VA Form 10-2850C - Application
  • Performance Appraisal
  • Professional Certification
  • Resume
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
  • Transcript

VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: .

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit .

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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