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As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.

#116063 Associate Chief Pharmacy Officer

Extended Deadline: Tue 5/31/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 05/16/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Associate Chief Pharmacy Officer (ACPO) for Ambulatory and Retail Pharmacy Services is responsible for implementation and outcomes (service, quality, and financial) of UC San Diego Health Retail and Specialty pharmacy services, and clinical pharmacist services for UCSDH clinics. This is conducted through direct reports, or indirectly through managers or supervisors. The ACPO reports to the Chief Pharmacy Officer. The ACPO is a member of the Pharmacy Executive Team, the Pharmacy Leadership Council, and represents pharmacy on committees across the organization.

The UCSDH retail and specialty pharmacy services include two hospital discharge pharmacies, three clinic-based retail pharmacies, and two specialty pharmacies. Other pharmacy services under this leader include clinical pharmacists embedded in clinics (virtually or physically), to support optimum patient care, pharmacy support for population health, pharmacy medication access and refill services, and the retail pharmacy billing and reimbursement analysts. The ACPO is responsible for development and implementation of services, budget development and leads in the completion of defined Pharmacy Department planning goals.

Pharmacy Manager 3: Leads change and approves new programs and policies across the organization and/or health system. Participates with leadership to develop short and long term strategies. Accountable for resource management, budget and compliance for functional area. Represents pharmacy on cross-functional committees and in the industry.

Key Responsibilities:
* Instills strong management practices and monitors that subordinate managers achieve quality results, implement compliant procedures, attain fiscal goals and guide professionals on applying best practices in pharmacy management. Fosters change management skills in subordinate leadership to promote an agile and flexible workforce.
* Provides strategic and operational planning for staffing, fiscal and material resources. Participates in developing and implementing new systems, policies and programs. Ensures compliance to agency regulations and professional standards.
* Participates in strategic planning with senior pharmacy leadership across services to develop plans and systems for integration of Pharmacy services across the health system. Proactively manages change and risk through guiding subordinate manager improvement of drug use protocols and workflow systems.
* Reviews patient service analytics across the organization and/or health system. Negotiates with senior managers from different functions, advocating for resources and influencing significant matters related to Pharmacy services.
* Develops, implements and monitors the short and long range financial plans for pharmacy services. Oversees through subordinate managers, the accountability and stewardship of resources. Analyzes budget variances and implements corrective action plans. Collaborates with senior management on fiscal planning proposals.
* Represents the pharmacy function across the organization and/or health system, supporting the exchange of ideas to continually improve patient care outcomes. Maintains an external presence and increases sphere of influence through participating in professional organizations and through developing relations with industry leaders and sharing insights and perspective on pharmacy standards.
* Forecasts workforce planning and talent development needs based on organizational strategy. Assists in the development of annual staffing plans, based on organizational strategy, patient acuity, benchmarks and staffing data. Allocates resources efficiently, in calibration with quality objectives.
* Oversees ongoing mentorship and relevant professional development programs, ensuring professionals critically evaluate evidence and solve problems. Trains managers to foster effective teamwork, collaboration, and a culture open to change.
* Other duties as assigned.


  • Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm D) or equivalent training.

  • Registered Pharmacist - issued by the state of California (RPH).

  • Eight (8+) or more years of relevant experience.

  • Pharmacy post graduate year 1 Residency; or equivalent experience.

  • Experience and proven success in Pharmacy practice and industry best practices in optimizing the use of medication to treat patients. Consistently stays updated on pharmacy regulations, drug products, and developments in research and design.


  • Master's Degree in Health Administration, Business, or related field.
  • Five (5+) or more years of relevant health system management experience.
  • Experience in development of new programs.
  • Experience in management of a union-represented workforce.
  • Experience in budget development and management in similar setting.


  • Must pass a background check.
  • Must pass a pre-employment physical, TB test, immunization and drug screening.
  • Must be able to work various hours and locations based on business needs.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, the only Burn Center in the county, and and dozens of outpatient clinics. We invite you to join our team!

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