Pharmacist Administrator

Recruitment #042722-MDJZ02-350500


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Summary Statement

Acts as liaison to National Pharmaceutical Program and HRSA Drug Certification Programs to meet the standards established by the Department and the Food and Drug Administration. Designs and develops policies for stockpiled medications and pharmaceutical supplies for state health programs. Assist in preparing the state to respond to EIDS that threaten the health and safety of Delawareans. Coordination and participation in large scale preparedness exercises and drills. Conducts surveillance and on-site inspections for antimicrobial resistance and prescription monitoring initiatives. Prepares and Ensure that pharmaceutical services provided in health care facilities, school based wellness, public health clinics, and warehouse pharmacy site are in compliance with state laws and federal rules and regulations. Develop policies and training programs that ensure the health and safety of the people of Delaware during public health emergencies. Maintain active and passive medication stewardship surveillance for adverse drug events, pathogen monitoring, and prescription drug monitoring program alerts.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
  • Conducts pharmacy services inspections in hospitals, nursing homes, public health and mental health clinics, industrial clinics, group homes and residential treatment centers to ensure compliance with laws, rules and regulations pertaining to pharmacists, pharmacies, practitioners and other health professionals. Directs follow-up to ensure appropriate corrective measures have been taken.
  • Conducts inspections of researchers registered under the State Controlled Substance Act to ensure compliance.
  • Directs follow-up to ensure appropriate corrective measures have been taken.
  • Plans, assigns reviews and evaluates the work of subordinate staff conducting the daily and on-going work of the unit.
  • Administers, directs and controls the contract for provision of pharmacy services to Pharmacy Services, Division of Public Health Long Term Care Facilities.  Consults with hospital directors, medical directors, nursing directors, and other state officials to ensure compliance to contract standards and state and federal laws.
  • Designs and monitors a Quality Assurance Program for the departments pharmacy programs.
  • Assists in the development of the drug bidding standards, assuring quality control and cost containment.  Reviews drug bids with Pharmaceutical Control Officer to determine if the products meet standards established by the Department and the Food and Drug Administration. Reviews complaints about drugs received by State institutions and coordinates corrective action with DBAG's procurement.
  • Prepares and presents lectures and seminars on topics related to pharmacy inspections, laws, pharmacology, etc.
  • Is a member of the Department of Health and Social Services Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee and is responsible for updating the Departments formulary when that committee votes additions or deletions.
  • Represents the Pharmaceutical Control Officer at various meetings and programs when he is not available.
  • Assists drug agents with investigations and inspections that require the knowledge of a pharmacist.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Pharmacist Administrator
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Possession of a Delaware Pharmacist license or eligibility for a Delaware license.
  2. Three years experience in practicing as a pharmacist. 
  3. Three years experience in dispensing procedures, drug distribution systems and contract requirements pertaining to pharmaceutical services.
  4. Three years experience in determining compliance with controlled substance laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures.
  5. Knowledge of Pharmacy dispensing computer systems.
  6. Knowledge of staff supervision acquired through course work, academic training, training provided through an employer, or performing as a lead worker overseeing the work of others; OR supervising staff which may include planning, assigning, reviewing, and evaluating the work of others; OR supervising through subordinate supervisors a group of professional, technical, and clerical employees.
  7. Possession of a valid Driver's License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).

Additional Posting Information

Due to a new requirement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) the following mandate is effective January 27, 2022: As a condition of employment, employees providing health care services and/or support services in covered facilities must show proof that they have received the dose of a single J&J dose or the 1st dose of Moderna/Pfizer two-dose vaccine effective date January 27, 2022, and proof of the single J&J dose or the 2nd dose of Moderna/Pfizer two-dose vaccine by February. 28, 2022. Employees may not provide any care, treatment, or other services until proof is provided.  Based on CMS guidance, the date for compliance may extend into March due to the health care facilities high vaccination rate of staff.  If you accept a position with the facility, your Human Resources representative can provide more guidance.  The only exception to these requirements is for those employees granted medical or religious exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which may require weekly COVID-19 testing. This will be in effect until further notice.  More information can be found here

This posting may be closed on or before 08/01/2022 upon filling the vacant position(s).

Conditions of Hire

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. The State of Delaware participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. For more information refer to our Job Seeker Resources.

DHSS does not provide employment-based sponsorship.

Selection Process

The application and supplemental questionnaire are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email.  Please keep your contact information current.  You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at Delaware State Jobs.


Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.

The State of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage and seek out a workforce representative of Delaware including race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.