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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 295H
Category: Health Care


Directs, develops, implements and evaluates specific program areas within a pharmacy. Provides oversight of the specific program development and integration into the departmental pharmaceutical care program.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Develops and directs specific pharmaceutical program(s). Independently provides accountability for the program area, functioning with a high degree of autonomy, and offering expertise in the program area inter- and intra-departmentally and to the community.

Typical Work

Develops long range program vision, planning and execution of plan, recommending adoption, approval or endorsement; 

Coordinates program activities intra- and inter-departmentally including the marketing aspects of the program; 

Assists with the preparation and monitoring of the annual budget for the program; 

Develops, reviews, and updates policies and procedures in the specific program; 

Develops and maintains work schedules and/or assures work records are accurately maintained and processed; 

Participates in pharmacy staff development, new employee orientation and training; 

Directs the work of staff which may include interns, assistants, and pharmacists; 

Serves on hospital and pharmacy committees; 

Coordinates the reporting of respective program activities for regulatory and accrediting agencies; 

Participates in quality improvement and quality assurance programs; 

Maintains control of inventories, proper documentation or record maintenance for the program; 

Participates in research studies in the program; 

May lead staff; 

Performs the duties of a Pharmacist 3; 

Performs related duties as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  standard practices followed in compounding, filling, labeling, and distributing medical prescriptions; various medications, pharmaceuticals, and other medical supplies and solutions used in compounding and dispensing medications; pharmaceutical arithmetic; medical terms; classification of medications according to their action, use, and dosage; procedures related to medication supply work; use of weights, measures, and other dispensing devices; and record keeping and inventory procedures. 

Ability to:  operate pharmacy; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with staff; provide leadership to staff; develop long-range program vision and plan; coordinate and provide oversight for program development.

Legal Requirement(s)

State of Washington Pharmacist license. 

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Persons legally authorized to work in the U.S. under federal law, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, are eligible for employment unless prohibited by other state or federal law.

Desirable Qualifications

Three years experience in pharmacy practice. Months spent in the completion of an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists accredited residency training program may substitute month-for-month for the experience.

Class Specification History

New Class: 6-3-88
Revise MQ: 7-2-90
Revise Title/Class/MQ: 9-16-98
General revision. Revises title (formerly Pharmacist IV), class code (formerly 6033), typical work, minimum qualifications; adds knowledge and abilities; effective July 1, 2007.

Revised Legal Requirements; effective June 6, 2024, due to adopted legislative action.