County of Alameda

Senior Pharmacist, Behavioral Health Care Services (#5645)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Hospital Para Prof/Tech (007)
$66.46-$80.78 Hourly / $5,316.80-$6,462.40 BiWeekly /
$11,519.73-$14,001.87 Monthly / $138,236.80-$168,022.40 Yearly

Under general direction of the Director of Pharmacy or Medical Director, assists in coordinating and monitoring the delivery of pharmacy services to mental health and alcohol and drug programs for the Health Care Services Agency Department of Behavioral Health Care Services (BHCS). This position assists in the monitoring of medication prescribing and performs related work as required.


An incumbent in the class of Senior Pharmacist, BHCS functions as lead and assists the Pharmacy Director in coordinating and monitoring pharmacy services and medication prescribing for Behavioral Health Care Services and its clients throughout BHCS programs and network pharmacies. The Senior Pharmacist, BHCS has clinical experience working with mentally ill clients and extensive training and knowledge in psychotropic medications. The class of Senior Pharmacist, BHCS is distinguished from the next lower class of Pharmacist, BHCS in that the former functions as a lead in coordinating and monitoring pharmacy services for Behavioral Health Care Services, whereas the Pharmacist, BHCS position is the entry level position in this series and can only provide assistance under close supervision while learning the field of psychotropic medications and the treatment of psychiatric illnesses.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Provides lead coordination of BHCS Medication Monitoring Program which includes quarterly monitoring of all programs' charts using the BHCS Practice Guidelines, annual monitoring goal of 15% of each physician's caseload, and semiannual program reports & trending data to the BHCS Pharmacy and Medical Director.

2. Acts as a liaison in providing pharmacy system through interface with pharmacy benefit management (PBM) services, physicians and pharmacies, and collection of prescribing information and database population.

3. Monitors and oversees psychotropic prescribing patterns including monthly usage, dosing and cost data for long-range planning and cost analysis.

4. Acts as a liaison with drug company medication and Patient Assistance Programs (PAP) by generation of medication reports, patient assistance applications, and quarterly medically indigent adult (MIA) pharmacy monitoring of medications.


5. Monitors and oversees program supply of medication on a quarterly basis and medication disposal as necessary.

6. Conducts Medi-Cal site certification reviews regarding medication storage.

7. Compiles and maintains accurate records and files regarding psychotropic medications and prepares periodic and special statistical or narrative reports as assigned by the Pharmacy Director.

8. Participates in ongoing Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program for all BHCS staff.

9. Coordinates the Adverse Drug Reaction reporting system.

10. Provides education and support for BHCS staff, programs, clients and local Alliance of the Mentally Ill groups.

11. Provides psychopharmacologic consultations and advisory as requested by the medical staff.

12. Coordinates on-site pharmacy services at BHCS programs.

13. Provides work direction and assists in training at least one licensed professional pharmacist.

14. Keeps informed of new drugs and innovations in the psychiatric pharmaceutical field, maintains awareness of current literature and information for BHCS staff, serves as a resource for the professional staff and answers technical pharmaceutical questions.

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The equivalent of one year of full time experience as Pharmacist, BHCS in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney's Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)


Graduation from an accredited College of Pharmacy.


The equivalent of two years full-time experience working as a psychopharmacologist having direct clinical experience and face to face interaction with seriously and persistently mentally ill clients.


Graduation from an accredited psychiatric pharmacy residency program.


Possession of a valid license to practice pharmacy in California.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the "Examples of Duties" section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Psychiatric pharmacy practice
• Psychotropic and physical medications
• Disease states treatment options, focusing on major mental illness and co-occurring disorders
• Pharmacy Benefit Management Services and reimbursement
• Cost benefit analysis

Ability to:

• Evaluate clinical data
• Communicate effectively orally and in writing
• Prioritize, plan and organize
• Analyze and problem-solve
• Educate

AB:po 4/24/09
Newspecs: 5645.doc
CSC Date: 5/20/2009


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.