Director Clinical Pharmacy - USMD, Arlington TX


About the Job

As one of the largest pharmacy benefits managers in the United States, UnitedHealth Group provides a professional culture where you're empowered and encouraged to exceed the expectations of our members, with better schedules than retail and more reach than any hospital. Join us and start doing your life's best work.(sm)


The Director of Pharmacy is responsible for planning, budgeting, directing and supervising pharmacy activities and personnel, including managing new programs within the department and for the hospital. They will maintain the pharmacy within established hospital and regulatory agency laws, The Joint Commission, and Department of Public Health Regulations.



Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provides leadership and guidance to other leaders and staff in goal setting, problem solving, resource management, and outcome achievement
  • Defines performance objectives and metrics for the department and assesses the level of competence of staff in a timely manner
  • Demonstrates a commitment to a healthy work environment by modeling the desired behaviors and encouraging those in others and to create an environment where it is safe for everyone to talk about real and potential organization vulnerabilities and failures without fear of retaliation
  • Demonstrates the ability to cope with and manage change, as well as help others do the same
  • Collaborates with other departments to create systems and problem solve ongoing issues that impact departmental / organizational goals and/or patient care delivery
  • Demonstrates fiscal accountability for department resources and the ability to achieve outcomes within allocated resources
  • Incorporates quality improvement data and / or patient satisfaction data into departmental goals and organizational safety
  • Demonstrates a clear understanding of regulations applicable to patient care and / or other department functions
  • Responsibility for the direction and supervision of pharmacy department. Responsible for the performance of duties required by the pharmacy as defined by the scope of service to ensure that the unique nature of the client is addressed
  • Plans, organizes, and directs department activities
  • Develops goals and objectives, and establishes and implements policies and procedures for department operation
  • Selects trains / orients and assigns department staff
  • Develops standards of performance and monitors and supervises staff; evaluates performance and initiates or makes recommendations for personnel actions such as salary increases, promotions, and disciplinary action
  • Develops policies and procedures relating to pharmacy department and to distribution and administration of drugs throughout the hospital; maintains and updates hospital formulary.  Ensures delivery of quality and safe pharmacy services to inpatients, outpatients, and employees
  • Develops and recommends department operating budget and ensures that department operates within allocated funds.  Develops and recommends capital expenditures
  • Responsible for acquisition and purchasing of quality drugs for hospital usage
  • Develops and maintains quality assurance records and techniques of the department
  • Develops and maintains department records, reports, and patient records / profiles
  • Collects statistical data as required. Coordinates the duties and assigns daily work assignments of all pharmacists
  • Prepares work and vacation schedules
  • Participates in administrative staff meetings and attends other meetings as assigned
  • Establishes and maintains communications within the department and with other hospital departments
  • Develops relationships with professional affiliations, others, as is appropriate
  • Maintains department facilities and equipment in a condition to promote efficiency, health, comfort, and safety of staff and patients
  • Coordinates medication deliveries for the department
  • Maintains an orderly workflow for all medication dispensing activities in the hospital
  • Ensures timely deliveries of all medications
  • Attends all meetings and trainings as required
  • Attends all mandatory education programs and can describe his / her responsibilities related to general safety and regulatory compliance
  • Attends all required department-specific education and training programs and can describe his / her responsibilities related to department safety and specific job‑related hazards
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in pharmacy

  • Active, unrestricted Texas Pharmacist License

  • 3+ years of management/leadership experience in a hospital setting

  • Hands on experience as primary contact during Joint Commissions


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Pharm D

  • Budgetary experience

  • Familiarity with Pyxis system

  • IV Certification



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