• Lead Pharmacist

    Location US-IL-Woodridge
    Job Post Information* : Posted Date 2 weeks ago(2 weeks ago)
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  • Overview

    Symbria Rx Services is currently seeking a Lead Pharmacist . The primary purpose of the Lead Pharmacist is to lead assigned staff, as well as, during scheduled shifts, provide workflow direction to other on-duty staff pharmacists, in accordance with current state, federal, and local legal requirements, applicable policies, procedures, while safeguarding patient safety.


    As one of the few 100% employee-owned companies in healthcare, our business practices are guided strictly by the values to which our employee owners are committed to.  For more than 20 years, Symbria has been providing an outstanding work environment for talented employees to deliver patient centered care to the geriatric population in senior-living and post-acute settings.





    • Supervise Staff Pharmacists.
    • Leads and/or coordinates shift operations of assigned staff, activities, resources, and/or policies and procedures. Assign daily tasks as needed and effectively prioritize work to assure that all required medications, supplies, and services are provided correctly and completely within the defined time schedules.
    • Assist Pharmacist-In-Charge with pharmacist work schedules including assignments, job rotation, vacations and paid time off, telecommuting, cover for absenteeism, and overtime scheduling.
    • Research and identify opportunities to improve efficiencies via workflow modifications or technology.
    • Test new versions of pharmacy software presented by the Information Technology department.
    • Assist Pharmacy Manager in special projects related to establishing long-term goals.
    • Perform all principle functions and responsibilities of the Staff Pharmacist role:
      • Interpret and assess new and refill order requests accurately to  recommend therapy adjustments based on patient status, lab work, and culture results.
      • Monitor Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) lab work, recommend dosing adjustments when appropriate, communicate with nursing staff and prescribers, enter orders into the pharmacy software, and coordinate deliveries to communities.
      • Provide physicians, nursing staff, and public with drug information such as drug selection, dosage, proper administration, etc.
      • Counsel patients and review medications using audio/visual technology for tele-pharmacy.
      • Maintain established goals for initial and final review productivity levels, which meets operational needs and ensures deliveries leave as scheduled.
    • Provide “On Call” coverage as needed.


    Department Management

    • Engaging the team by living and fully communicating Symbria’s vision and values.
    • Development of an employee-oriented company culture that emphasizes quality, continuous improvement, key employee retention and development, and high performance.
    • Assist in management of the overall operational, budgetary, and financial responsibilities and activities of the department.
    • Plan, evaluate, and improve the efficiency of business processes and procedures to enhance speed, quality, efficiency, and output.
    • Make business decisions that are financially responsible, accountable, justifiable, and defensible in accordance with organization policies and procedures in partnership with management.
    • Review performance data that includes financial, sales, and activity reports and spreadsheets, to monitor and measure departmental productivity, goal achievement, and overall effectiveness.
    • Communicate regularly with other managers, department heads and other designated contacts within the company.
    • Communicate corporate and company policies and procedures to staff members.

    Human Resources Management

    • Plan and allocate resources to effectively staff and accomplish the work to meet departmental productivity and quality goals. Work with Human Resources staff to recruit, interview, select, hire, and employ an appropriate number of employees.
    • Provide oversight and direction to the employees in the department in accordance with the organization's policies and procedures.
    • Coach, mentor, train and develop staff, including overseeing new employee onboarding and providing career development planning and opportunities.
    • Empower employees to take responsibility for their jobs and goals. Delgate responsibiity and expect accountability and regular feedback.
    • Foster a spirit of teamwork and unity among department members. Consciously create a workplace culture that is consistent with the overall organization's and that emphasizes the identified mission, vision, guiding principles, and values of the organization.
    • Lead employees using a performance management and development process that provides an overall framework to encourage employee contribution and includes goal setting, feedback, and performance development planning. Identify training and career development needs and work with employees to achieve growth in these areas.
    • Provide effective performance feedback through employee recognition, rewards, and corrective action, with the assistance of Human Resources, when necessary.
    • Lead employees to meet the organization's expectations for productivity, quality, and goal accomplishment.
    • Maintain employee work schedules including assignments, job rotation, training, vacations and paid time off, telecommuting, cover for absenteeism, and overtime scheduling.Maintain transparent communication; appropriately communicate organization information through department meetings, one-on-one meetings, and appropriate email, and regular interpersonal communication.



    HOURSThe two Lead Pharmacists will be rotating weekly working 7am-3:30pm and 11:30am-8pm. This is subject to change to accommodate the business demands. The 2 Leads have to help cover one weekend a month. So it may be every other month for each of them. No assigned holidays but they may cover a holiday if we are in a bind.




    • Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy or Doctorate of Pharmacy (PharmD) from NABP accredited College of Pharmacy.
    • Valid state registered pharmacist license in good standing.
    • Institutional pharmacy experience, minimum two years.
    • Ability to adapt in a dynamic work environment, make independent decisions, and demonstrate ability to lead and assist team other team members.
    • Possess knowledgeable understanding of current medication information, health care concepts, and all state and federal laws and regulations relative to the practices of institutional pharmacy.
    • Demonstrated ability to stay up to date on medication information, health care concepts, and all regulations relative to the practices of institutional pharmacy.
    • Advanced problem-solving skills and the ability to work collaboratively with other departments to resolve complex issues with innovative solutions.
    • Ability to maintain organization, multi-task, problem-solve and prioritize by exhibiting initiative and reliability; strong conflict resolution skills.
    • General computer knowledge including Microsoft Office: Word, Excel and Outlook.
    • Excellent customer service, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
    • Must be able to work and lead in a flexible schedule as 24/7/365 operational needs dictate, including, when necessary, nights and weekends, holidays, covering open pharmacist shifts, or taking off-site phone calls to assist with emergent needs of the department.


    • Basic knowledge of Docutrack and Framework LTC prescription processing.
    • Managerial experience; one year.


    • Staff Pharmacists (in partnership with Pharmacist-In-Charge)


    Why work at Symbria?

    • 100% employee-owned company through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan, also known as an ESOP. You, along with your co-workers, have an ownership stake in this company!
    • Competitive compensation
    • ESOP retirement plan
    • 401(k) & Roth 401(k) plans
    • Employee Assistance Program
    • Full-time employees are eligible for medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short/long term disability, flexible spending accounts (FSA), Paid Time Off (PTO) and Yearly Tuition Reimbursement.






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