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St. Joseph Health / Covenant Health Pharmacy Director - Pharmacy *Sign-On Bonus $25,000* in Mission Viejo, California

We are looking for a Pharmacy Director for the Pharmacy Department at Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center.

Location: Mission Viejo, CA

Work Schedule: Full time - 80 Biweekly Hours

Shift: 8-hour, Days

Job Summary:

Reports to the Vice President of Patient Care and Nursing Services and is responsible for directing Hospital pharmacy programs in accordance with all federal and state laws relating to the storage, compounding, distribution, and appropriate use of drugs. Plans, manages, and controls the provision of comprehensive, safe, efficient, and high quality pharmaceutical services for the Medical center's patients and medical staff. Assures that the pharmaceutical care needs of the infant, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patient population are served. Administers the budgetary functions of the Pharmacy Department. Establishes department purchasing parameters and oversees acquisition, storage, and inventory maintenance of medications and supplies. Establishes and maintains record keeping systems for patient billing. Regularly consults with medical and nursing staffs regarding medication use and drug therapy issues. Acts as a direct supervisor to the Clinical Coordinator, Information Specialist, Pharmacy Buyer, and Technicians.

Essential Functions:

  • Develops and administers all Pharmacy programs and services, ensuring prompt and accurate preparation and distribution of drugs and other pharmaceuticals to patients. Develops, secures approval of, implements, monitors adherence to, and administers departmental policies and procedures, and ensures same are in compliance with all federal and state laws and regulations. Assures that pharmacy staff demonstrate the ability to assess/meet the psychosocial and developmental age-related needs of the specific population served. Demonstrates the ability to perform behavioral competencies as indicated on the competency inventory.

  • Interviews, hires, evaluates the performance of and when necessary, disciplines and discharges subordinate personnel. Provides guidance and direction to subordinate supervisors in resolving complex employee relations matters. Directs the activities of the Clinical and Operations Coordinators, and Buyer to maximize communication and understanding of issues. Ensures minimal disruption of day to day operations as issues arise. Ensures that all staff training and in-service needs are met on a timely basis. Demonstrates the ability to perform behavioral competencies as indicated on the competency inventory.

  • Prepares, secures approval of, and administers departmental capital expense and operating budgets that ensure effective financial performance of the Department and which contribute to the ongoing financial viability of MHRMC. Monitors adherence to budgets and initiates corrective action in a timely manner. Maintains all expense and revenue reports, productivity, and budget data as necessary. Demonstrates the ability to perform behavioral competencies as indicated on the competency inventory.

  • Develops, recommends, and implements agreed-upon long and short-term departmental goals and objectives in order to enhance pharmaceutical services. Goals and objectives contribute to a positive financial position for the Medical Center. Demonstrates the ability to perform behavioral competencies as indicated on the competency inventory.

  • Serves as a member of the MHRMC and CHM Pharmacy and Therapeutics committees and assists the committees in evaluating the clinical use of drugs, the development of policies for drug use, and administration and managing the formulary system. Serves as an active member of other Medical Center or medical staff committees by presenting issues relating to drug therapy, providing recommendations on medication-related issues, and implementing approved policies and other changes. Performs all duties in a thorough and timely manner by being responsive to the committees needs.

  • Communicates changes in Medical Center and Department rules and policies via written and verbal means to pharmacy, medical, nursing staffs, and others in a timely manner. Serves as liaison with other Department heads to ensure accurate and timely exchange of information. Achieves and maintains positive working relationships with colleagues, physicians, employees, and other Medical Center staff to ensure quality delivery and promotion of health care.

  • Oversees the development, implementation, and maintenance of clinical services to ensure that accurate and appropriate drug therapy is being received by the Medical Center’s patients. Demonstrates the ability to assess/meet the psychosocial and developmental age-related needs of the specific population served. Demonstrates the ability to perform behavioral competencies as indicated on the competency inventory.

  • Develops and maintains the Department Quality Improvement Program, ensuring department functions are in accordance with all Medical Center standards, governmental, and accrediting agency regulations and the like. Demonstrates the ability to perform behavioral competencies as indicated on the competency inventory.

  • Oversees the processing of pharmacy charges, ensuring medications and supplies are properly billed and payment credits properly accounted for.

  • Establishes approved vendor sources and department purchasing parameters and oversees acquisition, inventory, storage, and distribution of medications and supplies. Evaluates new drugs, supplies, and equipment, and prepares written reports for senior Hospital management or medical staff detailing findings. Makes recommendations for acquisition of new pharmacy equipment and supplies or modification of existing department equipment.


  • Thorough knowledge of: adult, infant, and pediatric institutional pharmacy operating systems, pharmaceuticals and state and federal laws relating to same; JCAHO requirements; pharmaceutical storage and distribution requirements; and controlled substances regulations.

  • Analytical skills necessary to ensure accuracy and adequacy of compounding and proper dosage of medication; to oversee handling and distribution of controlled substances and investigational drugs; to perform system analysis in support of quality improvement; to prepare and administer budgets, evaluate current methods of delivering service to patients and assess effectiveness of these methods, and recommend new techniques and procedures.

  • Organizational skills necessary to coordinate departmental and interdepartmental activities, as well as activities of pharmacy personnel.

  • High degree of interpersonal relation skills and supervisorial skills to promote effectiveness and growth of subordinate work groups.

  • High degree of independent problem resolution skills to effectively solve pharmacy-related operational and clinical problems.

  • Data entry skills.

  • Working knowledge of pharmacokinetics.

  • Able to lift boxes of pharmaceuticals and supplies up to approximately 50 lbs.

  • Maintains knowledge of current trends and developments in the field by reading appropriate books, journals, and other literature, and attending related seminars, conferences, and the like.

  • Proficient in required competencies upon completion of orientation, as listed on the unit specific competency inventory.

Minimum Position Requirements:


  • 5 years experience as a director of pharmacy in an acute care hospital of equivalent size and scope of service.

  • 7 years progressively more responsible related work experience necessary to gain a comprehensive understanding of pharmacy services.

Licenses/Certifications: Current California license as a registered pharmacist.

Preferred Position Qualifications:

Education: Master's Degree in Business Administration or equivalent with an emphasis in health care management.

At Mission Hospital with locations in Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach, CA our core values of Compassion, Dignity, Justice, Excellence and Integrity translate into an environment where the welfare of our patients always comes before the bottom line. As a member of Providence Health System, we serve all of south Orange County.

Mission Hospital Mission Viejo is a Level II Trauma Center and is the area's designated regional trauma center. We have Centers of Excellence in heart, maternity, trauma, breast care, spine, vascular, stroke and brain injury.

Mission Hospital Laguna Beach provides local coastal communities with 24-hour emergency department services, medical/surgical services, behavioral health programs including inpatient and outpatient psychiatric and chemical dependency services and an outpatient eating disorder program.

Mission Surgery Center performs approximately 4,500 annual surgeries and provides a safe and convenient outpatient setting. It is accredited by the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care.

We've received two Beacon Awards for clinical excellence and in 2012 we received Magnet Designation which recognizes hospitals for top patient care, quality nursing and innovations in nursing and healthcare. We offer a collegial work environment with competitive salaries and benefits.

Mission Hospital provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Mission Hospital complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Positions specified as “on call/per diem” refers to employment consisting of shifts scheduled on as “as needed basis” to fill in for staff vacancies.

Company: Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center

Category: Non-Clinical Director/ Executive

Req ID: R346230