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Pharmacist Chief of Pharmacy

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide

Sacramento, CA

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs




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The Chief, Pharmacy Service reports to the Deputy Chief of Staff and occupies a major position on the Director's staff at this facility. Through his/her direct involvement in all program elements affecting VA Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS) mission, the incumbent helps formulate and advance overall pharmacy program planning as well as serve on committees designed to facilitate top management decisions. He/she consults and participates with all members of top management in analyzing the broad implications of higher levels of authority, laws, regulations, policies, as well as professional and administrative trends. He/she analyzes their specific impact on Pharmacy Service and seeks short range needs, formulates proposals for top management consideration, and plans and initiates improvement actions on a continuing progressive basis.

He/she is responsible for the overall planning, organizing, directing, coordinating, and control of pharmacy programs, including traditional and clinical care areas of pharmacy practice. The specific responsibilities of this position can be described as traditional, clinical care and educational.

Basic Requirements:

Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens)

English Proficiency: You must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Education: You must be a 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.)

Or, a graduate of a foreign pharmacy degree programs that meet the educational requirement and 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: You must possess a current, full, active, and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.

Specialized Experience: In addition to the GS-14 requirements, you must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Specialized experience for this position consist of: Skill in persuading others and gaining cooperation to accomplish goals; 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 missions and goals of the organization; Ability to plan, organize and direct the functions of the pharmacy staff.

Grade Level Criteria. At the GS-15 level, Chiefs of Pharmacy must meet the following:

Individuals are assigned as Chiefs of Pharmacy at Complexity Level 1a, 1b or 1c VHA facilities must meet all of the following requirements:

(1) Manages a complex medical center based pharmacy program that is defined as having multiple practice settings (e.g. hospital ambulatory care, long-term care, behavior health care) that require Joint Commission review as separate standards.

(2) In addition to the medical center pharmacy, has responsibility for pharmacy services at one or more of the following: CBOCs, Rural Health Program, domiciliary, or provides dispensing and/or clinical services to State Veterans Home.

(3) Presence of advanced clinical pharmacy programs that include pharmacist(s) that have approved scopes of practice with prescriptive privileges.

(4) Pharmacy provides clinical pharmacist services to three (3) or more specialty areas such as, but not limited to, hemodialysis, oncology, operating room or an emergency department.

In addition to the requirements listed in above, must meet at least two of the following:

(1) An ASHP Accredited Pharmacy Residency Program.

(2) A Research Program that is accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP).

(3) Actively involved in committees or advisory/work groups at the VISN and/or National level.

(4) An ongoing pharmacy student rotation in both the intermediate and advanced practice experience settings.

Service Chief. Responsible for all aspects of pharmacy services at a medical facility by maintaining effective interdepartmental relationships demonstrating active problem resolution skills and close cooperation with other programs and services in accomplishing the medical facility mission and goals. Responsible for budget management, determining resource needs, allocating resources, ensuring proper utilization in productivity, efficiency, and cost effectiveness of the operation. Formulates objectives and priorities and implements plans consistent with the long-term interest of the organization, capitalizing on opportunities and managing risks. Responsible for compliance with all safety, regulatory, and accrediting body requirements. Delegates authority to several supervisory and program levels to meet the goals of the service and staff. Ensures orientation and training programs are established to ensure staff development, oversees academic affiliations, and participates in medical facility, VISN, National, other external governmental agencies, and professional associations.

References: VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15, Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standard, Dated June 7, 2012. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.


Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview. Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

Physical Requirements: The physical demands of this position involve primarily walking, talking, use of the telephone, etc. Strenuous physical activity is not required although the incumbent is expected to withstand pressure and stress as part of their day-to-day activities.


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


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

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, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

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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 .

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The Veterans Health Administration is home to the United States’ largest integrated health care system consisting of 152 medical centers, nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliaries. Together these health care facilities and the more than 53,000 independent licensed health care practitioners who work within them provide comprehensive care to more than 8.3 million* Veterans each year.

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