Who We Are

WHO WE ARE

The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) is the only international professional society devoted to optimal medication management and improved health outcomes for all older adults. Founded in 1969, ASCP is a non-profit membership organization currently based in Alexandria, VA.

ASCP represents over 9,000 pharmacy professionals, including students, serving the unique medication needs of the senior population. Our members range in the services they provide and serve seniors in a variety of settings.

The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists Foundation (ASCP Foundation) is dedicated to educating older adults and caregivers about principles and practices associated with safe and appropriate use of medicines. Our unique focus is the development, integration, and application of knowledge regarding medication use in the older adult population and the practice of senior care pharmacy to optimize health outcomes.

The ASCP Bylaws (PDF) provide for 14 members on the Board of Directors: 4 officers (president, chairman of the board, president-elect, and secretary-treasurer) and 10 additional directors (2 elected from each of ASCP’s 5 regions listed below). In addition, the Executive Director/CEO serves as an ex officio, non-voting member of the Board. Each officer serves a one-year term. Each officer must have been a director-member of the Board for a minimum of one 2-year term before running for an officer position. Each director serves a 2-year term and elections are staggered, such that only 5 of the 10 director positions are elected annually. Each director may be re-elected to no more than two consecutive terms as director. Directors are strongly encouraged to run for an officer position, since being a director is a prerequisite for being an officer.

ASCP Regions

Region 1Region 2Region 3Region 4Region 5
Connecticut*DelawareIllinois*AlabamaAlaska
MaineDCIndiana*ArkansasArizona
Massachusetts*Maryland*IowaFlorida*California*
New HampshireNorth CarolinaKentucky*Georgia*Colorado
New JerseyPennsylvania*MichiganKansas*Hawaii
New York*South Carolina*Missouri*Louisiana*Idaho
Rhode IslandTennesseeOhio*MississippiMinnesota*
VermontVirginia Oklahoma*Montana*
International MembersWest Virginia Texas*Nebraska
Canada* Nevada
Puerto Rico New Mexico*
Virgin Islands Oregon
South Dakota
North Dakota
Utah*
Washington*
Wisconsin
* indicates ASCP Chapter Wyoming

Chairman of the Board
Joe Marek
Brecksville, OH

President
Joanne Hirshfield
Deansboro, NY

Secretary/Treasurer
James R. Suhrbier

Director
Jeanne Manzi
Rockville Centre, NY
Director
Erica Estus
Wakefield, RI

Director
Linda Baggett
Smithfield, VA

Director
Tom Snader
Sellersville, PA

Director
Carla McSpadden
Paoli, IN

Director
Kevin Fearon
N. Canton, OH
Director
Lisa Moris
Sugar Land, TX

Director
Dana Saffel
Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Director
Katherine Anderson
University Place, WA

Director
Diana Quach
Las Vegas, NV

Board Member At Large
Ross Brickley
Burlington, NC

The Council of Presidents consists of all past and present presidential officers of ASCP and serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of Directors and the Society. The Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors serves as the Chair of the Council of Presidents.

Joanne Hirshfield

Chad Worz

Joe Marek

Nicki Brandt

Sharon Clackum

Jeffrey C. Delafuente

Sean Jeffery

Penny Shelton

Albert Barber

Shelly Spiro

Judy Beizer

Lee Meyer

Joseph Gruber

Robert Miller

Diane Crutchfield

Ross Brickley

Steve Feldman

Mark Sey

William Simonson

Dianne Tobias

David Kazarian

Jan Allen

Ralph Kalies

Brian Kahan

Lynn Connor

Tim Bien

Herb Langsam*

Scott Carruthers

Charles Maples

Nelson Showalter

Jack Sassone*

Elliott Tertes

Steve Adams

Arnold Cammeyer

Tom Snader

Rolf Schrader

Steve Loevner

Jerome Fine

Milton Moskowitz

Mark Abrams

Al Odell

Robert Hayes*

Larry Neimerow*

Jack Machbitz

John Kaufman*

Allan Kratz*

Richard Berman*

* deceased

Government Affairs Manager

The Government Affairs Manager will provide support to committees, advocacy outreach programs, and initiatives related to public policies impacting pharmacists who practice in the long-term care space, or provide expert medication services to older adults. The position reports to the Vice-President of Pharmacy Practice and Government Affairs.

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following:

Manage society policy development and represent the society to legislative and regulatory officials

  • Monitor Federal Register for proposed federal regulations affecting pharmacists’ clinical practice, pharmacy practice, their patients and their clients
  • Research pending and new federal legislation and legal issues affecting pharmacists’ clinical practice, pharmacy practice, their patients and their clients
  • Monitor and disseminate industry news pertaining to policy agenda issues
  • Attend and report on selected congressional and regulatory proceedings
  • Manage and/or coordinate development of policy and position statements based upon input from staff experts and society leaders
  • Manage and/or coordinate drafting regulatory comment letters and policy positions statements based upon input from staff experts and society leaders
  • Manage policy and position statement organization and archiving system
  • Cultivate and maintain good working relationships with agency and Hill staff as appropriate
  • Cultivate and maintain good working relationships with members
  • Provide resources to ASCP members in support of practice and patient advocacy activities
  • Respond to ASCP member questions and inquiries or escalate as appropriate
  • Manage and coordinate live meetings and conference calls for the advocacy committee, ASCP-PAC, DEA-TF, multi-stakeholder coalitions, and grassroots advocacy
  • Provide staff support to ASCP committees and task forces as assigned
  • Draft correspondence and publications including broadcast e-mail communications to leadership and members
  • Draft correspondence to external contacts including stakeholder organizations, federal agency contacts, and Capitol Hill contacts
  • Research and write articles for monthly e-newsletters, monthly journal magazine, department web pages and other publications
  • Draft and edit documents such as letters, memos, alerts, news releases, fact sheets, and reports for use within the society as well as outside entities
  • Draft timely and user-friendly content for social media and other multimedia platforms
  • Provide administrative support to the Department as needed

Advocacy to external stakeholders

  • Educate key stakeholders about critical issues impacting the society
  • Improve awareness and understanding of members’ vital role in improving quality of life for older persons
  • Attend and report on meetings of various coalitions, other associations, government agencies on behalf of the Society
  • Substitute for the VP in certain circumstances when needed

Manage society advocacy events and facilitate member participation

  • Manage fundraising events, including venue selection, vendor/contractor management, accounts receivable, and donor correspondence
  • Coordinate logistics of campaign and program events (staff travel, event marketing, document production, shipping, etc.)
  • Work with the VP to execute fly-in and virtual lobby day events
  • Assemble records as well as develop and maintain budgets for hosted events
  • Coordinate constituent based meetings as needed
  • Conduct Grassroots Network coalition building
  • Attending Society meetings

Qualifications:

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree in political science, public policy, or related degree required. Experienced pharmacist a plus.
  • 5 or more years experience working in government affairs/healthcare policy for an association, government agency, or healthcare insurance payer.
  • Knowledge of the legislative process, grassroots mobilization techniques, PACs, and Federal election and lobby disclosure laws
  • Expertise in Medicare and Medicaid programs or pharmacy/pharmacist reimbursement systems a plus.

Communication Skills:

  • Superior writing skills and ability to produce written materials quickly
  • Excellent oral communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Experience with social media

Other Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent research skills and the ability to analyze qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Self-starter with organizational and time management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Demonstrated ability to work and interact with a diverse array of individuals, members of Congress, legislative staff, agency staff, internal staff, and external contacts
  • Familiarity with online advocacy and organizing tools
  • Involves some weekend meetings and periodic travel

Please submit resume and cover letter with salary requirements. EOE.

Job Type: Full-time



Executive Fellow

The Executive Fellow receives training and instruction in activities relating to association management while assisting in the planning and execution of association activities.

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following:

FUNCTION 1 (50% of time) Work with each of the department directors on projects and activities designed to increase the resident's knowledge and understanding of the respective areas while assisting in the progression of the strategic plan of the Society. Concentration of time will be spent in pharmacy practice, regulatory and government affairs.

Examples:

  1. Assist in the planning and preparation of technical and professional contributions to the Society's journal and newsletters.
  2. Participate in evaluating legislative and regulatory issues and preparing the Society's strategy, comments, and testimony.
  3. Participate in various professional affairs related activities, including representing ASCP at coalition meetings and other outside events.
  4. Assist in the precepting of pharmacy students who spend time at the Society as part of their professional experiential education.
  5. Participate in the Society's continuing pharmacy education programming and in the Annual Meeting, Forum, and other meeting planning and staffing.
  6. Participate in the organization of student activities/initiatives with the Membership Department.

FUNCTION 2 (20% of time) Respond to written and telephone inquiries from members, students, pharmaceutical and public relations companies, other professional associations, and the public regarding the role of consultant pharmacists and clinical, scientific, and practice management issues in long term care pharmacy.

FUNCTION 3 (10% of time) Serve as staff liaison, assist and help coordinate the activities and communications of assigned committees and task force groups within ASCP.

FUNCTION 4 (5% of time) Assists in the planning and development of Society statements of clinical, scientific, and practice management guidelines and standards.

FUNCTION 5 (5% of time) Update ASCP Website, Practice Resource Centers and Action Center on an ongoing basis.

FUNCTION 6 (2.5% of time) Participate in the Society's exhibit program.

FUNCTION 7 (2.5% of time) Coordinate and facilitate the application and interview process for the next fellow.

FUNCTION 8 (5% of time) Participate in the Society's long-range and strategic planning activities.

Qualifications:

  • BS in Pharmacy or PharmD; eligible for licensure
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Participation in professional associations


Sr Director of Business Development

Serves as Senior Director of Business Development to supervise, coordinate and direct the day-to-day operations of business development and meetings staff, to assure efficient and prompt execution of all duties and responsibilities, and to comply with overall ASCP mission and vision. Directs and develops society-wide marketing and sales strategies; identifies and maintains key corporate relationships; expands partnership opportunities and obtains funding through promotion of ASCP’s interests.

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following:

FUNCTION 1 (40% of time) Responsible for the organization and management of ASCP’s operations in the areas of Business Development and Meetings

  1. Hire, train, supervise, and monitor performance of department staff.
  2. Supervise department staff in operational matters, coordination among departments, and other areas as delegated by the Executive Director & CEO.
  3. Provide timely and effective performance evaluations of department staff based on performance in job functions and achievement of goals and objectives.
  4. Establish priorities, coordinate, organize and allocate staff resources in order to accomplish organizational and CEO goals.
  5. Responsible for effective staff assistance to the Board of Directors and other volunteer groups.
  6. Responsible for appropriate coordination of ASCP activities through the department staff.
  7. Monitor programmatic and budgetary performance of department staff correct deficiencies when noted.
  8. Responsible for achievement of results of department staffs' activities and for their morale.
  9. Attends Annual Meetings, Midyear Meetings and other Society meetings as directed.

FUNCTION 2 (30% of time) Responsible for the day-to-day general administrative management of the division, including operating within budgetary framework.

  1. Make decisions regarding matters requiring attention or as delegated by the Executive Director & CEO.
  2. Communicate regularly with the Executive Director & CEO with regard to significant staff or operational matters.
  3. Oversee decision making at staff level regarding budget development and monitoring.
  4. Oversee and monitor departmental budget development and overall budget performance through the Directors.
  5. Maintain current knowledge of all headquarters' activities and status of issues requiring executive-level attention.
  6. Assists in preparing the budget for the department and monitors yearly program execution to ensure budgeted revenues and expenses are achieved.

FUNCTION 3 (10% of time)

Marketing
  • Perform market analyses on a regular basis and provide reports to ASCP Senior Staff
    • Direct market research collection, analysis and interpretation of data
    • Assess market competition
    • Identify short-term and long-range issues and provide information and recommendations for course of action in Society directives
  • Maintain marketing data and provide response to marketing inquiries
  • Develop and implement marketing plans/promotional strategies for Society products and services and direct promotional support for ASCP
    • Produce and prepare promotional literature
    • Prepare and produce presentations
    • Utilize market intelligence to help develop new uses for existing products and influence the development of present and future products and services for ASCP
  • Identify new clients and markets with organizations who have a strategic interest in senior care, including pharmaceutical manufacturers
Development and Sales
  • Establish development goals in conjunction with ASCP Senior Staff and the ASCP Board
  • Develop and implement solicitation strategies
  • Obtain funding for programs and services offered by ASCP
  • Organize and participate in client meetings and capabilities presentations
  • Identify and oversee grants and funding initiatives
  • Identify and align supporters with ASCP interests
  • Organize special campaigns and strategies to expand funding opportunities
Account Management
  • Organize and develop corporate relations programs
  • Maintain relations with corporate partners
  • Identify opportunities to expand current relationships

FUNCTION 4 (15% of time) Responsible for the development and promotion of new business initiatives

  1. Identify strategic goals for growing ASCP’s market position.
  2. Identify and implement profitable and sustainable business initiatives as directed by CEO.
  3. Develop resource list of new co-marketing business initiatives.

FUNCTION 5 (5% of time) Responsible for the oversite of the Meetings and Events staff for the National, Regional and leadership meetings and other meetings as needed.

  1. Identify the strategic goals of the national, regional and chapter meetings

Qualifications:

Education and/or Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent). Pharmaceutical industry communications and/or business/marketing experience preferred. Health-related degree and/or clinical expertise preferred. Experience in project management and administration, meeting planning, fundraising, and supervising others.

Language Skills:

Ability to read and comprehend complex instructions, correspondence, memos, and medical literature (English).

Communication Skills:

Ability to write correspondence, ability to present effectively information in one-on-one and small group situations to employees, outside vendors, and the general public. Ability to write utilizing medical knowledge and terms. Ability to compose proposals and budgets. Ability to discuss work/performance issues with staff supervised. Strong editing and proofreading skills. Presentation/public speaking skills.

Mathematical Skills:

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute percentages and averages. Ability to present mathematical information in the form of graphs and charts. Ability to estimate costs, compile reports of actual vs. budgeted expenditures, and analyze financials.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to logically plan and schedule activities and tasks and establish timeliness and deadlines. Ability to manage and prioritize tasks from numerous concurrent activities. Ability to deal with problems and conflicts in a rational and professional manner.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee frequently is required to talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to move from one area of the office to another. The employee is required to move, lift and set up equipment, up to 40 pounds.

Other Skills and Abilities:

Familiarity with automated office equipment, including word processing, presentation, and database software. Strong interpersonal, organizational, and telephone skills.

Mission

Empowering pharmacists to promote healthy aging through the appropriate use of medications.

Vision

Achieving safe, effective, and appropriate use of medications by all older adults.

Creed

In their role as medication therapy experts, consultant and senior care pharmacists:

  • Hold their patients' interest above all others
  • Take responsibility for their patients’ medication-related needs
  • Ensure that their patients’ medications are the most appropriate, the most effective, the safest possible, and are used correctly
  • Identify, resolve, and prevent medication-related problems that may interfere with the goals of therapy

Strategic Plan

The ASCP Board of Directors has established three strategic priority areas and goals for the Society from 2016-2018:

  1. Enable Pharmacists to Improve Patient Care
  2. Maximize Value to Members
  3. Ensure the Sustainability of the Society

Read the full 2016-2018 ASCP Strategic Plan (PDF).

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