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Job Summary

The Director of Pharmacy-University Hospital/Cardiovascular (UH/CVC) position at Michigan Medicine (MM) provides pharmacy leadership to the health system ensuring operational effectiveness within the adult and central pharmacies. The position will be leading this department in planning, organization, and ensuring clinical and drug distribution services are provided in accordance with MM policies and procedures, standards of practice based on alignment with national organizations, and state/federal laws.

The University Hospital is an 11 story, 550 bed hospital that opened in 1987. The Cardiovascular Center is a 48 bed inpatient hospital which offers extensive outpatient services that opened in 2007. Michigan Medicine is consistently ranked as one of the top hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

Pharmacy Services are state of the art, including an adult emergency service covered by dedicated pharmacist coverage 24/7/365. The pharmacy areas constructed with newly renovated sterile compounding areas. Clinical services include pharmacokinetic dosing and monitoring; anticoagulation dosing, monitoring, and transitions of care services; renal dosing; code blue response; nutrition services; pain management; and infectious disease stewardship; in addition to standard clinical intervention and order verification services. The team dispenses over 1,000,000 doses per year and provides clinical services to over 50,000 discharges and 100,000 emergency department visits per year.

The UH/CVC Pharmacies are comprised of several core teams, including medicine, surgery, cardiology, transplant, operating rooms. The team is comprised of around 70 clinical pharmacists and nearly 150 pharmacy technicians with a leadership team that includes Pharmacist Clinical and Distribution Area Leads, Technician Supervisors, and Pharmacy Managers.

As a direct report to the Associate Chief Pharmacy Officer, the Director of Pharmacy-UH/CVC will provide direction to front-line pharmacy managers in the adult inpatient pharmacies. The Director of Pharmacy-UH/CVC will ensure services and processes at inpatient pharmacy sites are standardized with regards to quality, safety, and efficiency. In this role, the Director of Pharmacy-UH/CVC will represent pharmacy to internal stakeholders at the director level within the inpatient adult care settings. The Director of Pharmacy -UH/CVC will ensure metrics are measured by front-line managers to measure the Department of Pharmacy services performance. The position will be responsible for oversight of the budget in the UH/CVC care areas and explain any variances in medication costs and/or human resources labor costs.

In accordance with the mission and vision of the Chief Pharmacy Officer (CPO), the UH/CVC will provide leadership and direction to the front-line managers within the inpatient care areas. The managers of the adult inpatient pharmacies will report to the Director of Pharmacy-UH/CVC. The Director of Pharmacy – UH/CVC will be responsible for identifying opportunities for new pharmacy services and programs. The position will also have corporate-wide responsibilities as assigned.

The person in this position will serve on the department’s Pharmacy Executive Council and be expected to assume the lead role and responsibility for department-wide activities and initiatives as assigned by the CPO.

The Director of Pharmacy-UH/CVC Hospitals will also serve as an adjunct faculty member in the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy. The Director of Pharmacy-UH/CVC Hospitals will be responsible for course material related to health-system pharmacy administration/leadership and will provide rotational opportunities to pharmacy students.

To review the Department of Pharmacy Annual Pharmacy Report please visit:

Mission Statement

The University of Michigan Health System improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally. Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Required Qualifications*

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy degree required - Residency (or equivalent experience) required - advanced business degree (ex. MBA, MHA, MS) preferred.  

Licensure/Certification: Current license to practice as a Pharmacist in the State of Michigan – or eligible 

Experience: at least 5 years of progressively responsible health-system pharmacy leadership in an academic medical center; involvement in the training of pharmacy students and residents.  Experience is preferably in the acute care pharmacy practice area.

Effective communication (written and verbal) skills

Demonstrated success leading projects and initiatives to improve efficiency, quality, safety and service levels in a complex healthcare environment

Extensive knowledge of medication safety procedures and current trends in contemporary pharmacy service provision

Extensive knowledge of regulatory board requirements in contemporary pharmacy service provision

Ability to recruit and retain highly skilled professional and technical staff

Knowledgeable about the pharmaceutical supply chain, clinical therapeutics, human resources management, and budget management

Ability to implement the strategic vision and plan for pharmacy services

Proven leadership skills in relationship to motivating and empowering managers and staff

Track record of collaboration and effective partnerships with internal stakeholders including: physicians, nurses, hospital administrators and others

Success in developing and enhancing the skills of leadership and professional staff

Demonstrated decision-making skills

Additional Information

Supervision Received

General supervision is received from the Chief Pharmacy Officer or other designated official.

Supervision Exercised

Functional supervision is excercised over pharmacy managers, or supervisors, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and students.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Application Deadline

Although the posting end date may indicate otherwise, this job may be filled and closed anytime after a posting duration of seven calendar days.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.