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Pharmacist, Supervising

Salary: $54.69-$66.76 hourly / $9,511-$11,611 monthly / Range: 7356

DEFINITION: Under general direction, plans, organizes, and coordinates multiple pharmacy operations for the Public Health Department; compounds or dispenses pharmaceutical drugs and prescriptions; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a single-position class. The Pharmacist, Supervising is distinguished from the Pharmacist-in-Charge (PIC) in that the PIC is responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance of a single pharmacy, whereas the Pharmacist, Supervising is responsible for planning and directing the work of Public Health Department pharmacies countywide. The Pharmacist, Supervising is further distinguished from the PIC in that the former has full supervisory responsibility for all Pharmacists and PICs.



May serve as Pharmacist-in-Charge (PIC) for Santa Barbara facility, assuming accountability for facility and staff compliance with state regulations; ensures that the PICs for other locations are fulfilling their PIC responsibilities.

Supervises professional, paraprofessional, and clerical staff; selects and trains staff; assigns and evaluates work; develops policy and procedures for staff and pharmacy operations. Documents, evaluates, and reports medication errors and initiates corrective action plan. Counsels employees regarding work performance and professional development; takes disciplinary actions as appropriate.

Confers with Public Health Department managers and representatives of areas such as fiscal, information technology (IT), and patient accounting to determine pharmaceutical needs for new and continuing programs and for unique public health situations; assesses inventory needs; meets with manufacturers' representatives to learn about new pharmaceutical products; orders, prices, and maintains adequate inventory of pharmaceuticals and supplies; maintains a formulary of approved medications.

Prepares and monitors pharmacy budget; ensures proper cash flow; reviews and authorizes all pharmaceutical invoices for payment.

Fills prescriptions for pharmaceutical preparations and devices for patients at County facilities; consults with physicians and nurses regarding pharmaceutical questions; advises physicians on formulary medications and cost-effective and innovative therapies; answers pharmaceutical questions from patients and staff; monitors storage, distribution, and use of pharmaceuticals for all pharmacy locations, and provides education to clinical staff related to pharmaceutical care.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Possession of a valid Pharmacist license issued by the California State Board of Pharmacy; and,

1. Two years of professional experience as a Pharmacist, including one year in a supervisory, lead, or PIC capacity; or,
2. one year of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Pharmacist-in-Charge with Santa Barbara County; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge, abilities, and license.

Additional Qualifications: Independent travel is required.

Knowledge of: modern pharmacy management issues such as accounting procedures within medical payment/reimbursement programs; information technology related to pharmacy operations; inventory control; pharmaceutical chemistry and manufacturing methods; state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to the legal operation of a pharmacy including the storage, dispensation, and use of pharmaceuticals.

Ability to: learn and apply principles and practices of supervision; assign, prioritize, and evaluate the work of others; develop and implement operational procedures; use effective communication skills to establish and maintain working relationships with clinical and other department staff; collect and analyze data, draw conclusions, and make recommendations; learn principles of budget preparation and administration; maintain accurate records and document actions taken; make arithmetic calculations; maintain confidentiality of information; understand, interpret, explain, and comply with laws, regulations, and policies governing pharmacy operations.

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