The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) (Associate) Scientific Liaison- Healthcare Quality Standards in Rockville, Maryland

(Associate) Scientific Liaison- Healthcare Quality Standards

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Job Description

This is a non-supervisory position responsible for supporting the coordination and execution of the Healthcare Quality standards focusing on standards development related to opioids, patient safety, and emerging trends. In addition, this position supports the HQS Expert Committee’s standards-setting activities.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Identify pertinent areas for revision or development of new General Chapters associated with opioid labeling, packaging and storage, counseling, etc., public health, and patient safety issues;

  • Support the liaisons to the Healthcare Quality and Safety Expert Committee by providing investigative background documentation for the overall committee activities and work plans. Provide assistance on issues related to patient safety and USP standards. Keep abreast of current trends and developments in the opioid crisis, and collaborate with outside agencies and government entities regarding pertinent patient safety and safe medication use vital to stemming the opioid crisis,

  • Assist the HQS liaisons in formulary support, and healthcare informatics. Provide assistance and guidance for preparation of data mining for HQS EC;

  • Engage in the formation of Expert Panels to assist, plan and organize the work assignments and develop strategies to benefit the work of the HQS-EC in standard setting activities especially as they relate to the opioid crisis. Prepare draft documents (recommendations, stimuli articles, etc.) for publication;

  • Responds to inquiries pertaining to healthcare quality and patient safety issues and USP-NF;

  • Assist with the USP Model Guideline revisions for Part D Drugs and support the expansion of the category and class database to include all drugs in support of the Affordable Care Act, Essential Health Benefits

  • Serve as a representative of USP at professional scientific meetings;

  • Assist in Updating and maintaining USP data sets related to standards in drug formulary, drug allergies, hazardous drugs, drug nomenclature, etc.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

Education and Experience:

Associate Scientific Liaison level:

Pharm.D or Advanced Practice degree with a minimum five years of relevant experience in , patient safety and safe medication use. An equivalent combination of experience and education may be substituted (e.g., RPh, MPH, MS in Nursing, Pharmacy, Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist or Healthcare related field). Experience in health informatics and research methodology, drug addiction prevention methods and familiarity with is a plus.

Scientific Liaison level:

Pharm.D or Advanced Practice degree with a minimum of eight years of relevant experience in, patient safety and medication safety. An equivalent combination of experience and education may be substituted (e.g., RPh, MPH, MS in Nursing, Pharmacy or Healthcare related field). Experience in health informatics and research methodology, drug addiction prevention methods, and vocabulary standards and code sets such as RxNorm, SNOMED CT, etc. is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the National Quality Strategy and other healthcare quality improvement initiatives

  • Possess up-to-date knowledge of the opioid crisis and other medication and patient safety initiatives as well as medication error prevention methods

  • Understanding and knowledge of organizational development within the context of non-profits

  • Strong analytical skills and ability to work on basic processes as well as strategic initiatives

  • Ability to operate independently, where appropriate, yet understand when to escalate issues and how to establish effective working relationships in a team setting

  • Knowledge of applicable Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics laws, regulations, and applications in healthcare settings

  • Must possess ability to handle multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment

  • Must possess excellent written and verbal communications skills

  • Must be proficient in the use of Microsoft software (word processing, email, spreadsheet, database, and Internet)

  • Knowledge of regulatory bodies (i.e., FDA, State Boards of Pharmacy) with regard to prescription container labeling, opioids,

  • Knowledge of Medicare Modernization Act, Medicare Model Guidelines, ACA, 21 st century Cures Act, CARA Act and drug classification systems

  • Operate collaboratively at all levels of the organization in a highly technical environment

Supervisory Responsibilities:

No supervisory responsibilities.

USP offers an impressive benefits package , including:

  • Generous paid time off – 13 paid holidays, 10 sick days and 15 vacation days per year to start

  • An annual 401(k) contribution, beginning after 1 year of service, of 10% of pay (base and bonus) every pay period that vests immediately

  • Comprehensive individual and family healthcare plans with affordable premiums and low annual deductibles ($250/individual or $500/family)

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide. USP’s drug standards are enforceable in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration, and these standards are used in more than 140 countries.

Being a part of USP means belonging to a diverse culture made up of more than 1,000 talented professionals working together at five international locations. We share our expertise in science, IT, human resources, quality assurance, communications, administrative management, and more...all to support an overall mission dedicated to making a difference by providing standards and programs that help improve the quality of medicines, dietary supplements, and foods worldwide.

USP is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer (EEOE) and affirmative action employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected class. We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities.

USP does not accept unsolicited resumes from 3rd party recruitment agencies and is not responsible for fees from recruiters or other agencies except under specific written agreement with USP.

Job Location

Rockville, Maryland, United States

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Job Category Scientific