Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Facility Program Manager - Pharmacy Informatics/ADPAC/Research in Iowa City, Iowa
Summary The Program Manager, Pharmacy Informatics/ADPAC/Research (PM) will be assigned to Pharmacy, located in the main hospital. The incumbent will be consulted by pharmacy management, the research department, and pharmacy staff to plan, coordinate, and manage aspects functions of that position. Responsibilities The Program Manager, Pharmacy Informatics/ADPAC/Research Coordinator must be licensed pharmacist. The core functions related to ADPAC and Informatics are to plan, coordinate, and manage all aspects of Pharmacy Service's information management systems and automation technology. The core functions of the Research Program Coordinator are planning, coordinating, and managing all aspects of the Pharmacy Investigational Drug Service, and the Research Program Coordinator may serve as a voting member of the IRB and R&D committees. The functions related to these key aspects of the position will include work within the service line and across other service lines in the ICVAHCS as well as work potentially at the VISN and National level. Beyond the core functions of the position, the incumbent will be responsible for preparing reports or updates regarding their work to be presented in appropriate meetings and forums. Duties include, but are not limited to: Coordinates the use of VISTA, CPRS, pharmacy software, equipment and systems and other systems for the provision of quality clinical care and to support the clinical decision-making process. Works occasionally or may orientate and shadow other pharmacists in the inpatient and outpatient areas needed to gain a better understanding of how the automated software and equipment impacts the overall pharmacy process and end-user. Works in the controlled substance vault by performing inventory and drug accountability duties. Assists Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee with medication use evaluations and other safety initiatives. Works with providers to ensure compliance with national, VISN, and local initiatives. Responsible for the accurate processing, preparation, dispensing and documentation processes as related to the Pharmacy Drug Research Program. Prepares and presents educational material (e.g., handouts, outlines, flow sheets, lectures) to physicians, pharmacy service employees, nurses, and other allied health professionals and assists with medical center-wide instruction on the VISTA package. Assists with training of new providers (staff and residents) in CPRS applications which pertain to medication processes. Coordinates efforts with the Facility Program Manager (Economics and Education) in relation to staff development topics or in-services regarding system, policy or process updates related to the medication process. Serves as training coordinator for Pharmacy Service and, when assigned, trains and orients new pharmacists and supportive personnel. Serves as an authoritative information source on investigational drugs and their utilization in therapy. Serves as a consultant on regulatory matters to all investigators. Ensures compliance with appropriate regulatory bodies. Coordinates patient care and addresses procedural concerns when patients are admitted to the Medical Center and are currently enrolled, or previously have been previously enrolled in investigational studies. Assures information security over all Pharmacy areas and immediately reports inconsistencies to Pharmacy Management. Coordinates all activities and functions of the Pharmacy computer and information system to ensure the availability of these programs for the timely and correct distribution of medication and pharmacy services in all areas of the medical center and outpatient clinics. Manages the pharmacy information systems related to inpatient, outpatient, and clinics in coordination with Pharmacy Management and VISN 23 sites, when applicable. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 7:30am to 4:00pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized 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 To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 06/08/2023. 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. (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. English Language Proficiency: Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). Facility Program Manager, GS-13 Requirements: Experience: In addition to the GS-12 requirements, must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, GS-12. These requirements include: Knowledge of professional pharmacy practice. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to both patients and health care staff. Knowledge of laws, regulations, and accreditation standards related to the distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs and pharmacy security. Skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters. AND Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following KSAs: 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. Preferred Experience: Candidates for the Program Manager, Pharmacy informatics/ADPAC/Research should possess the skills outlined above with specific experience in the area of Informatics and Research. Candidates should have recent experience in a current or previous job (including residency training) that includes Informatics training and perform functions in research. Preferred candidates will have an advanced pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.), board certification (BPS), PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, or equivalent experience or mentorship. All qualifying experience you possess must be clearly described in your application package. We will not make assumptions when reviewing applications. Failure to demonstrate your experience in your resume may result in disqualification. It is strongly recommended that you write to each KSA in your application package. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/55, PART II, APPENDIX G15 Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application. 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 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. The VA Midwest Health Care Network advocates for a Whole Health System of care in each of the Medical Centers. This is an approach to healthcare that empowers and equips people to take charge of their health and well-being and live their lives to the fullest. As an employee operating in a Whole Health System of care, you will operate in a model with three core elements, seeking to create a personalized health plan for each Veteran. This is done in the context of healing relationships and healing environments and a connection back to the Veteran's community. This aligns with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Mission Statement to Honor America's Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being. 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.