Director of Pharmacy

St Vincent Sydney Hospital
January 25, 2023
Darlinghurst, Australia
Job Type
State or territory


Position Title: Director of Pharmacy
Employment Type: Permanent, Full Time
Hours per week: 38 hours per week
Position Grade: Pharmacist Grade 7
Salary: $160,542.50 - $164,431.89 base salary per annum
Enterprise Agreement: The Named NSW (Non-Declared) Affiliated Health Organisations' Professional & Associated Staff Agreement 2022
Department Name: Pharmacy, Allied Health

About us:
St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney is a leading not-for-profit organisation providing health services to our community. Guided by our values of compassion, excellence, integrity and justice, we promote a culture of diversity and inclusion and empower our people to learn, grow and innovate.

Benefits of working at St Vincent’s include:
• Generous salary packaging and Fitness Passport for eligible staff
• Opportunity to access a large range of clinical and non-clinical education programs
• Supported post graduate opportunities within applicable fields
• Career development opportunities across the St Vincent’s Health Australia Network
• Employee Assistance Program
• Work/Life balance

About the role:
This is an amazing opportunity for a pharmacy leader to join our team as Director of Pharmacy. Lead a skilled pharmaceutical workforce who provide effective, efficient and safe delivery of Pharmacy services at SVHNS. The skill set is diverse, including clinical trials pharmacists, antimicrobial stewardship, procurement and quality use of medicines. As a result of our centres of excellence we have specific expertise in transplant medications, immunologic medications and anti virals.

Operationally, this position involves maintaining a high level of clinical supervision, recruitment, regulatory oversight and strategic direction for the Network. You must be a registered pharmacist with the Pharmacy Board of Australia with no restrictions on your scope of practice and have a clear vision to deliver innovative pharmacy services to meet the needs of an evolving healthcare system.

Our Culture:
St Vincent's is committed to employing a workforce that reflects the community we care for. We strongly encourage applications from people that are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, culturally diverse, sexuality or gender diverse and/or living with disability.

Employment with St Vincent's is subject to you having current immunity status that complies with the Occupational Assessment, Screening & Vaccination against Specified Infectious Diseases - NSW Health Policy Directive (PD2022_030). Appointment and ongoing employment will be subject to continued compliance with this policy directive.

About you:
We are seeking a skilled and energetic Position Title who possess a passion for person centred care. We welcome applications from people who are;

  • Passionate about provide leadership, management and direction for the Pharmacy Department in alignment with the SVH strategic plan reflective of the Mission and Values of SVHA.

  • Able to manage the effective, efficient and safe delivery of Pharmacy services at SVHNS.

  • Determined about ensuring accurate and timely supply of pharmaceuticals, including clinical trial medications to patients of SVHNS.

  • Prepared to oversee the development and implementation of policies and procedures relating to medications.

  • Willing to contribute to SVHNS Drug and Therapeutics Committee activities and provide the Committee with information on drug usage as required.

  • Actively ready to participate in Quality use of Medicines and Medication Safety strategies, including Standards 3 and 4.

  • Confident to oversee the procurement of all pharmaceutical products in line with the NSW State Contract, SVHA policies and procedures and SVHN Drug Committee recommendations.

  • Able to ensure staffing resources are efficiently and effectively allocated by specific recruitment, induction, monitoring, training and staff development.

  • Capable to develop, monitor and review the Pharmacy budget to meet agreed targets.

  • Eager to perform other duties as reasonable directed by the Executive Director of Allied Health.

Application Instructions:
To have you application considered you are required to upload a current CV/Resume as well as a separate cover letter/document addressing the ‘Selection Criteria’ as below. Internal applicants i.e. current employees of St Vincent’s Hospital or an entity of SVHA are required to apply via their Workday account.

Selection Criteria:

  • Personal integrity and demonstrated commitment to the Philosophy, Mission and Values of Mary Aikenhead Ministries and St Vincent’s Health Australia

  • Pharmacist registered with the Pharmacy Board of Australia with no restrictions on scope of practice. Preferred Master’s degree in pharmacy administration, healthcare administration, business or other relevant subject area.

  • Proven high level management experience in an acute hospital pharmacy, including demonstrated ability to effectively manage financial, physical and human resources in accordance with State and National legal requirements and recognised professional standards.

  • A strong understanding of pharmacoeconomics, cost effectiveness, budget management and the principles of procurement and contracting of drug acquisition and supply in a public healthcare setting.

  • Effective communication skills both in written and verbal presentation with a communication style that is open and fosters trust, credibility and understanding. Ability to collaborate with management and employees at all levels within the organization.

  • Demonstrated experience with Drug and Therapeutics Committees, medication safety initiatives, quality use of medicines and quality improvement activities.

An example on how to address and upload selection criteria is provided in the attachment below in order to assist you with completing your application. Please ensure you review the instructions on how to upload this document as applicants that do not address the selection criteria may have their application automatically culled.

Applications close on 7 February 2023

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