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Pharmacist (Program Manager - Clinical Informatics)

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Richmond, VA
  • Posted: April 26, 2019
  • Full-Time

  • Duties
The incumbent, under the direction of the Chief Health Informatics Officer, is responsible for the management, assessment, design, integration, modification, maintenance and analysis of programs and processes related to clinical and administrative data and data management services, and the electronic health record and related software, with the goal of improving patient care, population health, reducing costs and waste, and improving the staff experience.
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This role combines clinical, administrative, and technical knowledge that involve multiple specialized areas of a complex nature to develop, manage, maintain, and lead major clinical informatics initiatives and projects of a broad scope. The incumbent will primarily serve to manage one major, distinct, clinical informatics program and will coordinate with and provide cross-coverage for other informatics programs and their managers when needed. These high-level informatics programs include but are not limited to: 1) Pharmacoeconomics, 2) Clinical Decision Support, and 3) Modernization of Information Systems.
  • Works directly with clinical and informatics staff, including physicians, pharmacists, mid-levels, and nurses from various services to develop, initiate, and execute projects that aim to improve clinical quality, efficiency, reduce costs, and improve staff satisfaction of the VA healthcare system.
  • Maintain intimate knowledge of the VHA data repositories such as: OQP, VSSC, Allocation Resource Center (ARC), Decision Support Service (DSS), Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA), VISN 6 and VA Corporate Data Warehouse, Inpatient Evaluation Center (IPEC), and Chief Business Office (CBO). Incumbent is regarded as a Medical Center and VISN subject matter expert for OQP, VSSC, local clinical registries, and data warehouse data.
  • Work closely with the facility Quality Management, EPRP Coordinators, OQP staff, and VSSC to monitor and track the accuracy of clinical process measures data and performance measures data.
  • Develop reports using a variety of methods and tools such as Structured Query language (SQL), SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) from the VISN 6 and VA corporate data warehouse.
  • Inspect and validate overall report functionality and accuracy of data, verify report requirements match the project charter, and ensure to the best of their ability that reports are user friendly and easy to use.
  • Maintains and protects information security and complies with OI&T; requirements of data collection and reporting.
Work Schedule: M-F, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status:Exempt
Supervisory Position: No
Bargaining Unit Position:Yes
Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: Not authorized.
Recruitment Expenses: Not authorized.
Financial Disclosure Report Required: Not required.
Compressed/Flexible: Not authorized
Telework: May be authorized
Virtual:May be authorized.
Travel Required
Not required
Supervisory status
Promotion Potential
  • #### Job family (Series)
0660 Pharmacist
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  • Requirements
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
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 05/06/2019.
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 (PharmD) 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.)
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. A pharmacist who has, or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16.
Individuals who have or have had multiple licenses and had any such license revoked for professional misconduct, professional incompetence or substandard care, or who surrendered such license after receiving written notice of potential termination of such license by the State for professional misconduct, professional incompetence, or substandard care, are not eligible for appointment to the position unless such revoked or surrendered license is fully restored (38 U.S.C. 7402(f)). Effective November 30, 1999, this is a requirement for employment. This requirement does not apply to licensed pharmacists on VA rolls as of that date, provided they maintain continuous appointment and are not disqualified for employment by any subsequent revocations or voluntary surrenders of State license, registration or certification.
Physical Requirements-
Required to sustain extended periods of stretching, standing and reaching in the course of his/her employment, which may involve lifting heavy items (up to 45 pounds).
English Language Proficiency -
Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).
Experience Required - One (1) full year of experience in equivalent to the GS-12 level in Federal service. Your application package must reflect creditable experience that requires the use of knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics associated with current professional pharmacy practice:.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions.
  • Expert understanding of VA policies and regulations pertinent to clinical informatics and active with external VA groups on the maintenance and improvement of VA clinical information systems.
  • Ability to solve problems, coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes in clinical informatics.
  • Expert knowledge of clinical informatics in order to lead major clinical informatics initiatives and projects of a broad scope.
  • Advance skill in the management, assessment, design, integration, modification, maintenance and analysis of programs and processes related to clinical and administrative data.
References: VA Handbook 5005.
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
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

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