Director, Health System Pharmacy - Tewksbury, MA

Position Summary


This position reports to the Massachusetts Chief Pharmacy Officer and Director of Pharmacy Operations and Account Management for Cardinal Health.

Plan, organize and direct all functions of the MSOPS (Massachusetts State Office of Pharmacy Services) which distributes to 50 locations statewide.  Assure all legal, regulatory, and accrediting requirements are maintained at the best demonstrated practice. Maintain a professional presence throughout the hospital including communications with pharmacy staff and MSOPS leadership.  Assure pharmacy services and activities are carried out to meet goals and standards of both Cardinal Health and MSOPS.

Location: Tewksbury, MA

Schedule: Typically, Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm with weekend rotations; please note the facility is a 24-hour operation

Travel: 25% in the state of Massachusetts, mainly in the greater Boston area


  • Leads a team of 8 direct reports
  • Oversight of development, maintaining, and updating of pharmacy Policy and Procedure manual for the system within PolicyTech
  • Active participation in system P&T committee and all other facility P&T committees as defined by MSOPS assuring (but not limited to) the following items are part of the committee meetings: current drug trends, formulary additions, formulary deletions, annual formulary approval, non-formulary drug use, drug shortages, cost control initiatives, updates to the Policy and Procedure manual, annual review of order sets and protocols, black box warning, ADR reporting, pharmacy intervention reporting, controlled substance audit reporting, automation reporting.
  • Participate in develop and maintenance an Antimicrobial Stewardship program, in conjunction with multidisciplinary team members
  • Participate in MSOPS committee meetings necessary to enhance practice and patient care
  • Lead meeting or exceeding all Accreditation Bodies and regulatory agencies standards related to pharmacy
  • Assure there is a process for medication charges, and that they are accurately and timely posted to accounts
  • Purchase drugs and supplies in accordance with GPO bids and Cardinal Health best demonstrated practices
  • Leadership and oversight of developing and maintaining information systems and other technology applications within the Pharmacy
  • Use Econotherapeutic best practices in formulary and cost control
    • Use Cardinal Health applications and DCOA, to analyze data and manage clinical initiatives
  • Responsible for all drug storage areas (all locations) in accordance with legal and best demonstrated practice
  • Lead and oversee preparation and delivery of medication throughout the MSOPS system
  • Establish standards and training for sterile product preparation in compliance with USP 795/797/800  non-sterile and sterile preparation standards, including annual review of master formulation records
  • Leadership and oversight of design, implementation, maintaining all pharmacy quality activities
  • Leadership and oversight of design, implementation, and maintenance of a clearly outlined medication safety program
  • Achieve acceptable scores as defined by Cardinal Health on operations assessments/audits (PPA, Regulatory, Accreditation, BOP, etc)
  • Define and manage the activities and performance of pharmacy leadership team and pharmacy staff
  • Recruit, hire, retain, and separate employees using Cardinal Health policies and procedures
  • Arrange/conduct hospital and pharmacy orientation for new hires within 60 days
  • Develop and implement a training and competency program for all staff and maintain records of those completed competencies
  • Manage the pharmacy budget and all aspects related to the financial program.
    • Reconcile financial information and communicate on a timely basis
  • Assure approval of MUE criteria, perform MUE, and report results in committee meetings
  • Assure control and documentation of controlled substances as defined within Cardinal Health Regulatory requirements and best practices
    • Has Power of Attorney to order Schedule II drugs
  • Assure development and implementation of a process for all drug recalls
  • Lead departmental meetings, in-services, and quality improvement programs
  • Maintains all required training and education per department requirements prior to due date (e.g., myLearning Reimagined, myLearning, Continuing Education)
  • Use of Cardinal Health Training Matrix which is updated and published annually
  • Adheres to facility and departmental policies and procedures.  Complies with all requirements related to risk management, safety, security, fire, and infection control.  Complies with all applicable state, local and federal regulations
  • Understanding and Accountability of/for the requirements and all deliverables of the RFR/Contract and all attachments.
  • Reports
  • Hours of operation and coverage by management team to include weekends/holidays


  • Always maintains safety-integrity-professionalism of pharmacy including communication with coworkers
  • Provide in-services to pharmacy staff and hospital professional staff
  • Assure acquisition and renewal of all pharmacy licenses and permits and staff licenses
    • Annually review licenses for staff via Board of Pharmacy website prior to license expiration date
    • Print and store in pharmacy personnel file to include attachment of Cardinal Health cover sheet
  • Oversee monthly medication area inspections and have supporting documentation
  • Conducts periodic staff meetings
  • Perform special projects as requested
  • Perform as Staff Pharmacist as needed
  • Other duties and work scheduled as assigned to assure continuity of service to MSOPS


  • Current license to practice Pharmacy in the state of Massachusetts and maintains all required continuing education; would consider pending license within 90 days of hire
  • Graduate of college of Pharmacy accredited by ACPE or equivalent
  • Director of Pharmacy or supervisory pharmacy experience required
  • 4+ years of pharmacy leadership experience in a hospital setting, preferably with 100+ beds
  • Training and proficiency in age specific therapies for all patients serviced
  • Experience in patient demographic areas of behavioral, corrections, pediatric, adolescent, adult and/or geriatric
  • Ability to travel 25% within the state of Massachusetts

Cardinal Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, pregnancy, veteran status, marital status, creed, status with regard to public assistance, genetic status or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.