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Director of the Evidence-based Prescription Drug Program

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of the Evidence-based Prescription Drug (EBRx) Program within the UAMS College of Pharmacy which includes a 12-month (year-round) faculty appointment in the Department of Pharmacy Practice.  

The successful candidate will:

  • Develop and cultivate partnerships and stakeholder relationships within the healthcare industry, government and lay population
  • Provide oversight of the development, implementation and operations of EBRx products and services
  • Collaborate with non-client professional trade organizations (e.g., Arkansas Pharmacists Association), regulatory agencies (e.g., State Board of Pharmacy), state policymakers, and internal UAMS partners
  • Support the educational, scholarship, and service missions of the UAMS College of Pharmacy

This is a non-tenure track position at the Assistant, Associate or full Professor level. Salary and academic appointment and rank are commensurate with education and experience.

About the College of Pharmacy: 
The College of Pharmacy (COP) enjoys a 71-year history of preparing pharmacists for practice, has an enrollment of 300 professional and 20 graduate students and 17 pharmacy residents; and employs about 125 faculty and staff members. The COP is supported by over 400 pharmacist preceptors throughout the state. The college appreciates its strong relationship with community independent pharmacy owners throughout the state. The academic responsibility of the College of Pharmacy is to nurture an environment of excellence in the pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences with appropriate concern for the communication and acquisition of new knowledge through sound teaching methods and the pursuit of new knowledge through research and study.

College of Pharmacy researchers work with the National Institutes of Health, American Cancer Society, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, along with other national/international agencies and foundations. Researchers in the COP work in all areas along the translational spectrum from drug discovery and development to evaluation of economic, humanistic, and clinical outcomes to implementation science.

Programs operated by the College include the Arkansas Poison Control Center, the Nuclear Education Online program, and the Evidence-Based Prescription Drug Program.  The College offers dual-degree programs in conjunction with UAMS College of Public Health (Master of Public Health) and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law.

The mission of the UAMS College of Pharmacy is to improve the health of culturally diverse populations by:

  • Educating pharmacy leaders to address community health needs
  • Advancing scientific discovery to produce innovations in healthcare
  • Fostering progressive pharmacy practice through service to the profession

About UAMS:
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is the state’s only academic health sciences center, comprised of five health professions colleges (Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions, and Public Health), a graduate school, six institutes, eight Regional Centers and a comprehensive Rural Hospital Program. Its College of Medicine has held a unique and vital role in Arkansas for more than 143 years. UAMS is the largest public employer in the state of Arkansas with more than 10,000 employees. UAMS and its clinical affiliates, Arkansas Children’s and the VA Medical Center, are an economic engine for the state with an annual economic impact of $3.92 billion.  Centrally located within the state, UAMS’s Little Rock campus is a tertiary referral center and the only Level 1 adult Trauma Center and Comprehensive Stroke Center for Arkansas.

UAMS has several prominent research centers, including the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Translational Research Institute, the Stephens Spine and Neurosciences Institute and the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. The UAMS strategic plan Vision 2029 outlines the institution’s commitment to growth in research.

UAMS is located in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Little Rock – North Little Rock communities consist of approximately 750,000 people and offers a high quality of life with a modest cost of living, excellent schools, and recreational opportunities. 

UAMS Regional Campuses: Founded in 1973 through combined efforts of the Governor, the State Legislature, and UAMS, UAMS Regional Campuses serves as an educational outreach network for UAMS and the principal means to decentralize medical and other health professions education throughout the state and encourage graduates to remain in Arkansas and strengthen the healthcare in underserved communities.

Candidate Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will have the following professional qualifications and personal characteristics:

  • Ph.D. or terminal professional degree (e.g., PharmD, MD) required
  • Five (5) or more years of leadership experience in managed care or pharmacy benefit management
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills
  • Ability and motivation to work collaboratively with colleagues across UAMS and its partners

Preferred Personal Characteristics

  • Well-developed emotional intelligence with exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
  • Passion for excellence and a high level of energy and enthusiasm
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a matrixed organization with multiple lines of reporting
  • Demonstrated record of promoting collaboration and cultivating strong internal and external relationships
  • Capacity to embrace change with an appropriate respect for culture and tradition
  • Analytical and intellectual skills to lead cogent planning and sound management systems
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Motivator and mentor capable of developing others
  • Unquestioned personal integrity

Procedure for Candidacy:

For full consideration, applications shall be submitted via the UAMS career portal here by November 15th, 2022, and include the following documents:

  1. A curriculum vitae
  2. A letter of interest providing a concise summary of qualifications for the position
  3. A list of three professional references

The UAMS Executive Search Group is facilitating this search. For confidential inquiries and nominations, contact Jill Johnson, Pharm.D.; email: johnsonjillt@uams.edu; phone: (501)686-7919.

UAMS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and is committed to excellence. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by telephone at (501) 686-6432 and let us know the nature of your request. We will only respond to messages left that involve a request for a reasonable accommodation in the application process. We will accommodate the needs of any qualified candidate who requests a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check and drug screen. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication alone shall not disqualify an applicant except as provided by law. Any criminal history will be evaluated in relationship to job responsibilities and business necessity. The information obtained in these reports will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The safety of our team members at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is our top priority.  For this reason, successful applicants for this position must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or have filed a request for medical or religious exemption as a condition of employment.  UAMS will adhere to all federal, state and local regulations and will obtain necessary proof of vaccination prior to employment to ensure compliance.