Clinical Pharmacist Specialist-IDS

City of Hope

Duarte, CA

Job posting number: #7144694 (Ref:10021491)

Posted: August 28, 2023

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

About City of Hope

City of Hope is an independent biomedical research and treatment organization for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a leader in bone marrow transplantation and immunotherapy such as CAR T cell therapy. City of Hope’s translational research and personalized treatment protocols advance care throughout the world. Human synthetic insulin, monoclonal antibodies and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs are based on technology developed at the institution. AccessHope™, a subsidiary launched in 2019 serves employers and their health care partners by providing access to City of Hope’s specialized cancer expertise.

A National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope is ranked among the nation’s “Best Hospitals” in cancer by U.S. News & World Report and received Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Its main campus is located near Los Angeles, with additional locations throughout Southern California and in Arizona.

City of Hope’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We believe diversity, equity and inclusion is key in serving our mission to provide compassionate patient care, drive innovative discovery, and advance vital education focused on eliminating cancer and diabetes in all of our communities. Our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion ensures we bring the full range of skills, perspectives, cultural backgrounds and experiences to our work -- and that our teams align with the people we serve in order to build trust and understanding. We are dedicated to fostering a community that embraces diversity - in ideas, backgrounds and perspectives; this is reflected in our work and represented in our people.

Position Summary

The Investigational Drug Services (IDS) Clinical Pharmacist Specialist (CPS) functions at the highest level of clinical practice and works independently to support the provision of pharmaceutical care services and the development and ongoing growth of the clinical research program. The individual will work through direct and indirect interaction with Pharmacy and Research leadership, external customers (Sponsors and their representatives), regulatory agencies, the research care team, study team and investigators. This CPS functions as a member of the COH multidisciplinary team working collaboratively with other stakeholders to establish advanced research support by providing professional guidance to staff within assigned service line and to promote expansion, regulatory compliance and quality to the COH research program. This individual will also act as a drug information resource across the COH Enterprise and will be responsible for education and standardized use of investigational medications in compliance with all applicable Federal and State laws as well as local and institutional procedures.

The CPS will guide as a pharmacy subject matter expert throughout a matrixed research enterprise to develop, implement, and maintain systems that support strategic clinical research initiatives. This role will also help with complex therapeutic, regulatory or logistical issues, acting as the liaisons between the Pharmacy and Research enterprises. The pharmacist will be the research pharmacy representation across disease teams and research committees/meetings as required. It is expected that the individual who holds this position can actively participate with peers, subordinates, administrators and supervisors in constructive problem solving, as well as providing continued education activities while supporting the professional growth of the departmental staff.

The Hybrid CIDS/IDSA (a Clinical Pharmacist II role) willhave oversight and maintenance of all COH investigational medications, including the ability to account for each dose of medication received, dispensed, disposed, transferred or returned to the pharmaceutical sponsor. The pharmacist is responsible for the operational support of IDS services, support of IDSA pharmacists, oversight of all IDS technician duties, understanding clinical trial design, adhering to Good Clinical Practice and compliance with local/state/federal requirements for investigational drugs. Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

Key Responsibilities include:

Primary Duties Responsibilities

  • Undertake primary responsibility for investigational drug use and management for multiple disease team research portfolios.
  • Application of established anti-neoplastic and immunomodulating medication use processes for investigational drugs.
  • Collaboration with City of Hope Enterprise stakeholder teams as a pharmacy subject matter expert to supports strategic program goals for clinical research in accordance with accreditation/regulatory standards, institutional policy and best practices.

Education and Mentoring:

  • Serves as subject matter and clinical expert as related to investigational drug management to health care providers and project teams.
  • Actively participates in the education and development of pharmacists, pharmacy residents and pharmacy students.

Professional Development:

  • Committed to personal growth and development.
  • Completes all assigned study related or program development or administrative projects and activities.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrates ability to work as a member of the team by exhibiting good interpersonal skills and remaining flexible and open minded.
  • Participates in departmental meetings and other meetings as assigned by the Leadership Mentors new pharmacists and consistently models service excellence.
  • Obtains and maintains licenses and certificates required for job function and completes all assigned trainings in a timely manner.
  • Follows established City of Hope and department policies, procedures, objectives, performance improvement, attendance, safety, environmental, and infection control guidelines, including adherence to the workplace Code of Conduct and Compliance Plan Practices a high level of integrity and honesty in maintaining confidentiality.

Basic education, experience and skills required for consideration:

  • Graduate of ACPE-accredited Pharmacy School
  • Pharmacy Practice Residency (PGY 1) and Hematology/Oncology Specialty Residency (PGY2), or
  • Five years of experience as a clinical pharmacist in a research or hematology/oncology or other specialty settings with exposure to investigational studies, may substitute for the required residencies, or
  • A PGY1 residency plus three years of experience as a clinical pharmacist in a research or hematology/oncology or other specialty setting with exposure to investigational studies may substitute for the required PGY2 residency.

Req. Certification/Licensure:

  • Current CA Pharmacist License or to obtain license within 90 days of job entry.
  • BLS – American Heart Association or obtain within 3 months of hire date.

Preferred Education:

  • Pharm D preferred
  • Board Certification in Hematology/Oncology
  • GCP/ICH Training, CCRP Certification, or equivalent

Preferred Experience:

  • Two years of experience as a pharmacist in a hospital setting.

Additional Information:

  • As a condition of employment, City of Hope requires staff to comply with all state and federal vaccination mandates.
  • Full Time

Salary / Pay Rate Information:
Pay Rate: $70.71 - $113.14 / hour

The estimated pay scale represents the typical [salary/hourly] range City of Hope reasonably expects to pay for this position, with offers determined based on several factors which may include, but not be limited to, the candidate’s experience, expertise, skills, education, job scope, training, internal equity, geography/market, etc. This pay scale is subject to change from time to time.

City of Hope is a community of people characterized by our diversity of thought, background and approach, but tied together by our commitment to care for and cure those with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The innovation that our diversity produces in the areas of research, treatment, philanthropy and education has made us national leaders in this fight. Our unique and diverse workforce provides us the ability to understand our patients' needs, deliver compassionate care and continue the quest for a cure for life-threatening diseases. At City of Hope, diversity and inclusion is a core value at the heart of our mission. We strive to create an inclusive workplace environment that engages all of our employees and provides them with opportunities to develop and grow, both personally and professionally. Each day brings an opportunity to strengthen our work, leverage our different perspectives and improve our patients’ experiences by learning from others. Diversity and inclusion is about much more than policies and campaigns. It is an integral part of who we are as an institution, how we operate and how we see our future.

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