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Job Title:Pharmacist Executive Manager (Chief)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:LL-13-amd-T38H-932821

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$132,838.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year


Friday, July 26, 2013 to Monday, September 30, 2013




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Loma Linda, CA United StatesView Map


US Citizens and Status Candidates


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):  LL-13-amd-T38H-932821

**Applicants that applied for Vacancy Announcement Number LL-13-amd-T38H-889941 which was open to Permanent VA Employees Nationwide do not need to re-apply to this announcement.  Those applicants are still being considering for the vacancy.**


**This announcement will remain open until the position is filled. Cut-off dates will be every other Friday beginning August 9th. This position will be closed once the position has been filled. Selection can be made at any time, therefore, applicants are encouraged not to delay and submit a complete application as soon as possible.**

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are authorized for this position.
The Department of Veterans Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information go to

Our mission: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?


VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply

Applicant's individual qualifications, education, professional training/internship(s) and professional experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board (PSB) in determining the most appropriate grade and salary based on the applicant's individual accomplishments.

The VA Loma Linda Healthcare System is currently seeking a dynamic, experienced leader for the position of Pharmacy Executive Manager.

The VA Loma Linda Healthcare System is part of the Desert Pacific Healthcare Network. The Healthcare System is comprised of the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center and six community clinics located in Blythe, Corona, Palm Desert, Rancho Cucamonga, Murrieta and Victorville. Opened in 1977, the Medical Center is named in memory of Congressman Jerry L. Pettis, who worked diligently to locate the facility in Loma Linda. It is one of the top 25 employers in the Inland Empire; with over 2,294 employees and 1,332 volunteers that serve over 65,000 Veterans who entrust their health care needs to the VA. The Medical Center provides a wide variety of services through inpatient, outpatient and home care programs. The major bed services are Medicine, Surgery and Behavioral Medicine. The facility has 177 acute care beds and a 108 bed Community Living Center. In 2016, we are to open our Health Care Center, 3-story 275,000 square feet, devoted for outpatient care off-site. We are a teaching institution with a number of affiliations with local educational institutions to include an affiliation with the Loma Linda Medical University.

Affiliations: Postgraduate medical and dental education programs are conducted with the Loma Linda University. In addition, the Medical Center is also affiliated with 106 other educational institutions and provides training for a variety of allied health specialists.


  • You must be a US citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a security background/suitability investigation.
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • This position requires candidates to be proficient in English.


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The Pharmacy Executive Manager (PEM) must be a licensed pharmacist and provide leadership, direction, organization, planning and implementation of pharmacy programs. These programs promote effective utilization of all resources and also promote quality pharmaceutical services throughout both Inpatient and Outpatient settings. The PEM has administrative and supervisory responsibility over a complex and growing pharmacy organization that has approximately 113 pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and other support staff. Services are provided to five Community Based Outpatient Clinics, and Research to include supporting the Centralized Mail-Out Pharmacy process. The PEM participates in all elements affecting the Medical Center mission as well as serving on committees designated to facilitate top management decisions. Based on the level of this position, the PEM may be assigned to not only VISN committees/councils but also VHA national committees and/or task groups.

Clinical Functions include, but not limited to, developing and maintaining effective, high quality clinical Pharmacy programs designed to maximize pharmacotherapeutic benefits from patient outcome and cost perspectives. Recommends program changes that would enhance patient care programs, document cost savings and maintain or improve quality of care. Responsible for provision of direct patient care, patient and family education, and drug information for other professional staff. Provides support for quality assurance and coordinates the Pharmacy’s participation in Medical Center drug utilization review, medication aggregate reviews, root cause analysis, and other quality assurance programs identified. Develops and maintains performance improvement committees and programs within Pharmacy. Ensures compliance with mandates related to all pharmaceutical services.

Education functions include, but not limited to, maintaining affiliations with the local pharmacy education institutions. Provides training for Doctor of Pharmacy students in specialty areas. Provides oversight of the Clinical Pharmacy residency program accredited by the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists (ASHP). Identifies educational needs of pharmacy staff and implements appropriate staff development programs.

Administrative functions include responsible for overall planning, operation and evaluation of pharmaceutical services delivered to the veteran population served by the Medical Center. Establishes program goals and develops operational plans and policies to achieve them. Prepares, projects, and justifies budgetary, personnel, equipment and space requirements for Pharmacy. Responsible for the fiscal allocation of the cost center for Pharmacy and maintains accurate accountability for the medical sub-accounts for drug medical supplies and other supplies within the cost center. Routinely advises the Associate Director and other medical center management staff (Executive Leadership Board, etc.), as requested, of any problems and/or cost impact of changing prescribing patterns and offers recommendations for consideration by top management.

Research functions include, but not limited to, assuring all investigational drugs for use in the medical center have complete and appropriate protocol approved by the Medical Center Research and Development Committee and our affiliate. Promotes the development and implementation of pharmacy-based research, providing leadership and assistance to research activities in Pharmacy.

Program Management functions include, but not limited to, determining resource needs and allocates resources, assuring proper utilization, productivity, efficiency and cost effectiveness of the operation. Determines the need and develops plans for organizational changes involving basic structure, operating costs and key positions. Ensures reviews of budget expenditures for assigned control points are properly budgeted and reconciled. Manages the department to assure prompt and effective response to patient and medical staff needs. Effectively defines problems and seeks workable solutions. Promotes customer service with stakeholders keeping them apprised on activities which impacts them. Is responsive to staff needs/concerns using various alternative dispute resolution techniques to resolve at the lowest level. Is a role model for and mentors staff on customer service expectations ensuring staff are timely informed on staff satisfaction results/goals and performance ratings. Recognizes staff timely IAW protocols using various staffing recognition resources/funding. Conducts periodic reviews of Pharmacy activities. Informs top management of necessary changes to fulfill program and operational goals or mandates (e.g., staff resources, equipment, space, etc.). Ensures staff competency folders are current and up to date per protocol and Joint Commission

Work Schedule: Full-Time




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· U.S. Citizenship

· Graduate of Accreditation for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited College or School of Pharmacy with a baccalaureate degree in pharmacy (BS Pharmacy) and/or Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree.

· 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.

· Proficient in spoken and written the English language.


· In addition to the basic requirements, one year of creditable experience at the next lower grade level (GS-14) which is directly related to the position to be filled.


· Must have one (1) year experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level.  


Specialized experience includes managing 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. 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. The Pharmacy should provide clinical pharmacist services to three (3) or more specialty areas such as, but not limited to, hemodialysis, oncology, operating room or an emergency department.



· Licensed pharmacist with a doctoral degree in Pharmacy and previous management experience.

· An advanced degree in public health (MPH)or business administration (MBA) is preferred.

Must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

1. Skill in persuading others and gaining cooperation to accomplish goals.

2. Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing regarding complex clinical and technical issues.

3. Skill in utilizing regulatory and quality standards to develop and implement operational programs.

4. Skill in managing multiple and diverse people or programs.

5. Skill in utilizing available recourses to support the mission and goals of the organization.

6. Ability to plan, organize and direct the functions of the pharmacy staff.

Physical Requirements: Must successfully complete a pre-employment physical examination.

RATING/RANKING PROCEDURES: Applicants who meet the qualification AND basic requirement will be further evaluated by determining the extent to which their work or related experience, education, training, etc., indicate they possess the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

Qualification Reference: VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15, Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standard, GS-660.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:  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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)  Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:  All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** 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. ***

Veterans Preference:  When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD 214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or 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 Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit


Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.


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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at


Receiving Service Credit for 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 employees 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.


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

  1. Your Résumé. Please make sure your resume includes where you worked, dates of employment (From: mm/yyyy To: mm/yyyy), and number of hours worked per week.
  2. VA Form 10-2850C available online at
  3. OF 306 available online at
  4. A complete Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  5. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, September 30, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, simply reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  After applying, return to USAJOBS ( to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:  

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.  
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire .
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. 
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.
  5. Applicants may request the OPM Form 1203-FX from OPM by calling USAJOBS at (703)724-1850; OPM will then mail the form to the applicant.  However, mailing takes time and if the announcement is nearing its closing date, this may not be practical.  The form can also be obtained on the Internet at .

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 932821.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


The following Application documents are required.

The following Eligibility documents are required. Failure to submit the required eligibility documents will result in you being notified that you have been rated ineligible for further consideration of this position.

  • Current or Former Federal Employees - Must provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" which shows your current grade level. If you have served at a higher grade level in Federal service which qualifies you for this position, please provide a copy of that SF-50.
  • Other eligibility documents: Use the CHECKLIST to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as documentation to support Veteran Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced federal employees), and any document that will verify your eligibility to apply for this position.


Anna Derito
Phone: (909)825-7084x2872
Agency Information:
VHA Loma Linda HCS
Human Resources 605/05
11201 Benton Street
Loma Linda, CA


After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed.  We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your qualifications accordingly. Based on your qualifications you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your qualifications determination has been completed. 

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