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Facility Program Manager Pharmacy Research

Decatur, GA

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Facility Program Manager (Pharmacy Research)
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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Georgia (GA)
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This position is located in the Pharmacy Service at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Atlanta, GA. The Program Manager, Pharmacy Research is responsible for providing clinical expertise and guidance in connection with research studies. This position works with both the Administration and Clinical sections of pharmacy service. The incumbent works under the supervision of the clinical pharmacy supervisor for inpatient and specialty pharmacists. The responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Organizes research workload, plans short and long range objectives, solves problems, and achieves goals within budget and staffing constraints; Evaluates research protocols to determine if they are consistent with applicable laws, regulations, and VA policies. As needed, recommends modifications.
Reviews research protocols at different levels; Review pre-submission to Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Research and Development Committee (R&D); Reviews the assigned protocols by R&D chair to be discussed at R&D meeting; Provides reports to R&D after comprehensive review.
Coordinates the procurement of investigational drugs with the principal investigator. Collaborates with the research investigators and coordinators on protocol requirements and investigational record keeping. Develops and implements research protocols in collaboration with principal investigators according to IRB criteria.
Monitors the quantity of medications in stock and informs the principal investigator when more medication needs to be ordered. Coordinates and return or disposal of investigational drugs. Accompanies research officials during audits and answers any questions they may have regarding research medications. Receives, stores, packages, and labels investigational drugs in accordance with the VA requirements and protocol provisions.
Dispenses investigational drugs. Prior to dispensing any study medication, reviews the investigational drug folder and ensures that the prescriber is an authorized prescriber and a properly completed consent form is on file. Consults with investigators and Investigational Review Board members regarding investigational drugs and their use.
Provides information on the chemistry, pharmacology, pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics of investigational drugs. Provides drug profile reviews and patient counseling. Maintains a current list of all active research drug studies for which investigational drugs are being dispensed. Maintains copies of informed consents. Ensures assigned administrative projects and reports are submitted in a timely.
Work Schedule:
Monday-Friday (8:00am-4:30pm)
nancial Disclosure Report:
Not required 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. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED).
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. (COPY OF LICENSURE REQUIRED).
English Language Proficiency:
Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C.7402(d),and 7407(d).
Failure to Obtain License:
In all cases, pharmacists must actively pursue meeting state prerequisites for licensure starting from the date of their appointment. At the time of appointment, the supervisor will provide the unlicensed pharmacist with the written requirement to obtain licensure, the date by which the license must be acquired, and the consequences for not becoming licensed by the deadline. Failure to become licensed within 2 years from date of appointment will result in removal from the GS-0660 Pharmacist series and may result in termination of employment.
Preferred Experience:
Three years of experience in human studies research, protocol review, IRB/R&D involvement and research drug accountability is highly preferred. Preferably the experience was at a government facility. Also PhD is preferred.
Grade Determinations
GS-13 Experience:
In addition to the basic requirements for employment, candidates must have one (1) year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level(GS-12 Federal grade level). One year of experience may consist of: Responsible for assuring all aspects of drug control, drug accountability and drug security are maximized and are in accordance with the VA Medical Center and Pharmacy Service policies and procedures, and other applicable VA, FDA and Federal regulations; Developing and maintaining effective pharmacy operations within the outpatient pharmacy that are synergistic with other healthcare system programs and are designed to maximize drug distribution processes, inventory management and patient care.
Individuals in these assignments coordinate a single program area of a complex pharmacy operation, or multiple programs areas within a facility, to develop, organize, manage, and control complex pharmacy programs. Comprehensive knowledge of DEA, FDA, VA, the State (Territory of District of Columbia, if appropriate), TJC and other standards related to the distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs to both inpatients and outpatients (including research and investigational drugs).
Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs):
KSA-1: Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions.
KSA-2: Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for their program area.
KSA-3:Ability to solve problems, coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes in their program area or area of clinical expertise.
KSA-4: Expert knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy.
KSA-5: Advanced skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters.
References: VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15, Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standard ****.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13.
Physical Requirements:
Moderate lifting (25 pounds); moderate carrying (25 pounds); reaching above the shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; Walking (up to 3 hours); Standing (up to 3 hours); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Mental and emotional stability; Near vision correctable at 13 to 16; Hearing (aid permitted); Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shade of colors.None
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
VA Form 10-2850c/ Licensure
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: ****. (Required at the time of applying).
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).
Cover Letter
VA Form 10-2850c/ Licensure
Other Veterans Document
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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