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Kaiser Permanente Pharmacy Director -Clinical, Quality and Safety in Sterling, Virginia

Plans, develops, implements and assesses a comprehensive regional strategy to enhance the quality and cost effectiveness of prescribing. Supervises clinical pharmacy specialists, clinical pharmacists, and other health care professionals. Manages assigned services areas, including but not limited to, Primary Care CPS, and Anticoagulation Service. Partners with MAPMG regional leaders regarding formulary and drug use management regional initiatives.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Sets goals and objectives for clinical pharmacy staff consistent with department and division objectives.

  • Provides leadership in regional drug initiatives, disease state management, and regional internal medicine utilization initiatives.

  • Assesses clinical and quality outcomes.

  • Communicates department and organizational goals. Provides feedback and follow-up.

  • Promotes loyalty and high morale; supports program and department initiatives.

  • Creates a climate of professional development, creativity, innovation, and high productivity. Coordinates clinical pharmacy programs, evaluates drug utilization appropriateness and develops drug education plans and strategies to promote cost effective prescribing.

  • Supervises, mentors, coaches and assists Supervisors of clinical services and other staff.

  • Evaluates staff; provides feedback on areas of excellence/improvement.

  • Coordinates and participates in school of pharmacy activities. Develops and participates in research activities.

  • Interviews, selects, orients, instructs, evaluates, and disciplines the staff.

  • Oversees Drug Education Coordinator programs and activities.

  • Facilitates interdepartmental collaboration and communication in appropriate areas.

  • Manages staff scheduling, problem solving and conflict resolution. Monitors vacation, time-off, sick leave, and wage & salary reports.

  • Coordinates budgetary need for Primary Care clinical Pharmacy Services, Anticoagulation Clinic and other Clinical Pharmacy Services.

  • Analyzes statistical data; prepares reports of workload and drug-related problems.

  • Monitors therapeutic outcomes of patients. Identifies system modifications and staff education which lead to further improvements.

  • Serves as an informational/educational resource to medical provider staff.

  • Manages transitional care pharmacy services and provides leadership to ensure consistent, comprehensive, cost-effective and high quality care at each service location.

  • Supervises and mentors quality and transitional care pharmacy supervisors, clinical pharmacy specialists, clinical pharmacists and other health care professionals.

Coordinates transitional care pharmacy services activities with Hospitalists, managers and supervisors of other services, departments and the area pharmacy management team.

  • Accountability for creating a culture of compliance, ethics and integrity. Responsible for ensuring ongoing compliance for area(s) of assigned responsibility. Maintains knowledge of policies and procedures and performs in accordance with applicable regulatory requirements and accreditation standards as they relate to the assigned department.

  • Assures compliance to all regulatory rules and regulations specific to:Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). State Board of Pharmacy. HIPAA.

  • Coordinates and provides direction and support for regional clinical pharmacy activities including those related to staff development of clinical skills, continuing education, cost effective prescribing initiatives, research and clinical services for medical staff and members.

  • Provides support and drug therapy information in response to requests from internal and external customers.

  • Works with regional multi-disciplinary committees such as the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee (P&TC) to develop and update the drug formulary and develop clinical guidelines pertinent to best outcomes.

  • Works collaboratively with MAPMG P&T co-chairs and drug education coordinator to educate physician department leaders and clinical staff regarding the regional drug formulary in effort to augment appropriate prescribing practices.

  • Works inter-regionally with Clinical Supervisors and Drug Education Coordinators to develop strategies, coordinates inter-regional decisions, and ensures that inter-regional clinical pharmacy resources are maximized and not duplicated.

Provides oversight for the KPMAS Pharmacy residency program; ensures integrity of clinical research methodology, coordinates efforts regarding related to publications and presentations. Coordinates pharmacy research efforts in areas related to drug therapy outcomes and interventions that demonstrate improvement in outcomes and quality. Maintains relations with colleges of pharmacy for purposes of recruiting training and educating future pharmacists in the specialty area of managed care and increasing the pool of available candidates to this specialty.

  • Oversees preparation of research papers and communications for publication or presentation.

  • Supervises the work and projects of the pharmacy students, residents, and coordinates the work of the Pharmacy Analyst related to utilization reports.

  • Oversees coordination of drug shortage situations and related communication between the Pharmacy department and MAPMG leadership.

  • Performs other duties as directed.

Basic Qualifications:


  • Minimum three (3) years of clinical pharmacy practical experience required.


  • Graduated from an accredited college or university with a Pharm.D or BS degree in Pharmacy required.

License, Certification, Registration

  • Licensed in the State Maryland, Virginia, and / or District of Columbia as a Registered Pharmacist required.

Additional Requirements:

  • Experience in managing all aspects of clinical pharmacy services and clinical pharmacy specialists required.

  • Computer literate with common word processing, spreadsheet and database computer software and applications required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Post-graduate clinical pharmacy residency training and/or Board Certification preferred.

Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.

External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.


TITLE: Pharmacy Director -Clinical, Quality and Safety

LOCATION: Sterling, Virginia


External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status.