Date Posted
01 / 13 / 2020
Hours Required
40 hours
Bachelor's Degree Required
Mount Auburn Hospital - Cambridge, MA

Assistant Director of Pharmacy

Mount Auburn Hospital - Cambridge, MA


Working with the director of pharmacy, the Assistant Director of Pharmacy is responsible for the pharmacy operations at Mount Auburn Hospital. This person assists the Director of Pharmacy with the interviewing, hiring, orientation, and ongoing training of all pharmacy staff as well as maintaining records, and license status for quality assurance required by Joint Commission and the Board of Pharmacy. The Assistant Director of Pharmacy oversees the day to day operations to assure best practices, regulatory requirements and Mount Auburn Hospital policies and Procedures are followed. Pharmacy policies are developed, implemented, and administered in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations under the direction of the Assistant Director of Pharmacy . Pharmacy activities are planned and directed, including the following: employment, training, competency and development, employee discipline and grievance resolution, decentralized clinical and centralized technical pharmacy practices, and performance improvement programs.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

1. Manages a professional pharmacy practice in accordance with the laws and regulations of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy, the Department of Public Health, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

2. Develops and implements Pharmacy security precautions to prevent theft and/or drug diversion within the institution.

3. Reviews and evaluates periodic audit reports of controlled substances.

4. Oversees all staffing and scheduling of pharmacists and supportive personnel within the department.

5. Assists in training, directing, evaluating, and, when necessary, disciplines and/or recommends discharge for Pharmacy personnel.

6. Participates in maintenance and review of the formulary system to ensure that it meets the needs of patients and practitioners.

7. Directs and implements, through subordinates, procedures for the control and dispensing of investigational drugs.

8. Develops and directs drug dispensing policy and procedures to ambulatory clinics and specialty clinics.

9. Coordinates all information system components of the department,including maintaining the Pharmacy computer system and interacting with the Information Systems Department.

10. Ensures, through subordinates, that the IV admixture program policy, procedures, and operation conform to sterility standards of practice.

11. Assists in planning and implementing written policies and procedures for overall Pharmacy operations.

12. Plans and prepares Pharmacy operational and capital equipment budgets. Analyzes Pharmacy fiscal performance in relation to budget.

13. Develops, implements, and evaluates antibiotic drug utilization review in the institution.

14. Oversees performance improvement programs.

15. Participates on various departmental and hospital committees.

16. Maintains and enhances clinical and administrative expertise through appropriate educational experience.

17. May be called upon to fulfill various other activities needed to maintain pharmacy operation (e.g. Staffing)

18. Participates in and as needed manages the departments drug shortage program

19. As needed oversees and manages the department’s investigation, reporting and interactions with Quality and Safety regarding incident reports (e.g. rL) involving pharmacy and medication related matters

20. Actively participates in all inventory related matters to ensure cost and waste are optimally aligned with hospital and department needs

21. Effectively operates across all hospital disciplines to ensure departmental and hospital pharmacy and medication goals and objectives are met.



1. Bachelor of science degree in pharmacy (five-year program) from an accredited college of pharmacy, and licensure to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

2. Effective oral and written communication with members of the healthcare disciplines, hospital administrators, representatives of government agencies, sales and marketing organizations, patients, and the community.

3. Comprehensive in-depth knowledge of pharmacy systems and designs in order to develop and supervise departmental operations. This knowledge may be acquired through the completion of a Pharmaceutical Doctorate or a Master's degree in Hospital Pharmacy Administration and an approved ASHP residency program or through a prolonged period (five years) of intense administrative involvement in a medium-sized teaching healthcare organization.

4. Familiarity with employee relations laws and their administration, normally acquired through supervisory experience.

5. Demonstrated ability to motivate staff to participate actively in departmental goals and objectives.


1.Normal office environment.

2.Occasional exposure to infectious disease and to possible carcinogenic mutagenic, and sensitizing medications. Minimal exposure to caustic agents, acids, and fumes.