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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Director of Pharmacy in Needham, Massachusetts

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Director of Pharmacy

Department Description:Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital−Needham (BID−Needham) is a licensed 58-bed acute care community hospital. BID−Needham has served residents in Needham, Newton, Dedham, Dover, Medfield, Sherborn, Wellesley, Westwood and other surrounding communities for more than 100 years. The hospital has been recognized by several organizations for quality and safety, including the Gold Seal of Approval® from The Joint Commission and a first-place Accountable Care Compass Award from the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association (MHA).

BID−Needham is part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, a new health care system that brings together academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals, more than 4,000 physicians and 35,000 employees in a shared mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through groundbreaking research and education.

BID Needham has had a direct affiliation with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center since 2000, facilitating the clinical integration of staff and resources in emergency medicine, hospital medicine (hospitalists), cardiology, radiology, orthopaedics, pathology, as well as many surgical services and oncology housed in the Beth Israel Deaconess Cancer Center and Surgical Pavilion.

Job Location:Needham, Massachusetts

Req ID:41632BR

Job Summary:The Director of Pharmacy is responsible and accountable for management and leadership of the Pharmacy Department. The Director oversees the development, implementation, evaluation and revision of programs and processes to provide necessary patient care services using appropriate resources. Inherent in the role is active involvement and leadership in quality improvement activities to enhance patient care and improve service. Additionally, the Director is responsible and accountable for setting care and performance standards to ensure that identified patient care needs and regulatory requirements are met and/or exceeded. The Director actively develops and monitors financial pharmacy data and prepares rationale for budget development and variance explanations.

The Director reports to the Vice President, Operations, and collaborates with the Chairperson of the Pharmacy Committee to ensure quality, cost effective patient care.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Provides leadership and management of the Pharmacy department and interacts with all appropriate personnel to ensure that all services are consistent with hospital and national standards.

  • Maintains twenty-four (24) hour accountability for pharmacy services.

  • Implements processes and programs to ensure patient focused care and services are delivered.

  • Develops and sustains an environment that supports clinical excellence.

  • Designs and implements a monitoring system to effectively track and prevent actual and potential adverse medication events.

  • Has the authority to direct and support employees daily work activities. Has the direct responsibility to undertake the following employment actions: hiring, termination, corrective action and performance reviews. Direct Reports: More than 7 Indirect Reports: None

  • Has full responsibility for planning, monitoring and managing department budget.

Required Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree required in Pharmacy.

  • License required: Pharmacist

  • 5-8 years related work experience required and 5-8 years supervisory/management experience required

  • A PharmD degree from an accredited college of Pharmacy (or Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy for those that graduated prior to the PharmD requirement) is required. Master¿s in Business Administration, Hospital Pharmacy Administration or the equivalent degree or relevant experience is required.

  • Advanced technical computer skills as required for technical support specific to functional area and related systems.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in managing professional pharmacy staff

  • Experience with Computerized Physician Order Entry

  • Experience with Meditech


  • Written Communications:Ability to communicate complex information in English effectively in writing to all levels of staff, management and external customers across functional areas.

  • Oral Communications:Ability to verbally communicate complex concepts in English and address sensitive situations, resolve conflicts, negotiate, motivate and persuade others.

  • Knowledge:Ability to demonstrate broad and comprehensive knowledge of theories, concepts, practices and policies with the ability to use them in complex and/or unprecedented situations across multiple functional areas.

  • Team Work:Ability to lead collaborative teams for larger projects or groups both internal and external to the Medical Center and across functional areas. Results have implications for the management and operations of multiple areas of the organization.

  • Customer Service:Ability to lead operational initiatives to meet or exceed customer service standards and expectations in assigned unit(s) and/or across multiple areas in a timely and respectful manner.

Age based Competencies:

Employees in this job must be competent to provide patient care to the following age groups: Neonatal:Birth to 6 months, Youth: 6 months to 16 years, Young adult: 16-30 years, Middle Age: 30 - 60 years, Elderly: 60 -.

Physical Nature of the Job:

Light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force frequently to move objects. Some elements of the job are sedentary, but the employee will be required to stand for periods of time or move through out the hospital campus

EOE Statement



As a health care organization, we have a responsibility to do everything in our power to care for and protect our patients, our colleagues and our communities. BILH requires that all staff be vaccinated against influenza (flu) and COVID-19 as a condition of employment.Learn more ( about this requirement