2450 Pharmacist

Recruitment #CBT-2450-903536


2450 Pharmacist

Department of Public Health

*Clerically amended to include information on Behavioral Health Services positions. 

Under general supervision, the Pharmacist performs professional pharmaceutical duties for the San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) to assure quality patient care, appropriate drug therapy and compliance with all applicable regulations.


Nature of Positions: Positions are located throughout DPH including: 

  • Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center (ZSFG) Inpatient Pharmacy
  • Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center (ZSFG) Outpatient Pharmacy
  • San Francisco County Jails, both in San Francisco and in San Bruno
  • Community Behavioral Health Services 
  • Various clinics and Health Centers located throughout the City and County of San Francisco. 

Some positions may require employees to work directly with individuals within locked jails and psychiatric facilities, the homeless population and individuals who may have or may be carriers of infectious/communicable diseases. Additionally, evenings, nights, weekends, rotating and/or holiday shifts may be required.

Essential Duties: Under general direction of the Supervising Pharmacist, the Pharmacist performs the following essential job functions:

·       Reviews, processes, compounds, prepares, labels, and dispenses medication orders and prescriptions.

·       Monitors drug therapy for appropriateness, contraindications, interactions, adverse effects and therapeutic/toxic dosing.

·       Communicates drug information and/or medication counseling to patients and health care personnel.

·     Performs quality assurance by conducting drug use evaluations and medication area inspections.

·     Maintains accurate and thorough documentation of patient care activities and regulatory requirements.

·       Supervises support personnel, as required.

In addition to the essential duties listed above, Pharmacist positions in the below designated areas also perform the following duties:

ZSFG INPATIENT PHARMACY POSITIONS: (These positions require Special Condition #1 listed in the Minimum Qualification section of this announcement.) 

·       Reviews, processes, and dispenses physician medication orders and prescriptions including preparing IV admixtures and chemotherapy.

·     Consistently monitors and follows-up with unresolved medication order issues, lab orders, in-basket messages, and properly document clinical interventions in the EHR system using provided guidelines.

·       Provides therapeutic drug monitoring consultation, including determination of appropriate loading dose, maintenance dose, and predicted blood levels, based on patient specific parameters and disease process.

·       Organizes, plans, and prioritizes daily inpatient pharmacy workflow within the shift. Maintains routine workflow, integrates non-routine work and relays information as necessary to the oncoming shift.


·      Act in the capacity of the designated Pharmacist-in-Charge of the facility pharmacy and is responsible for compliance with all state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to the practice of pharmacy.


·      Reviews, processes, and dispenses medication order for mental health and substance use disorder prescription, including specialty packaging.

·      Assists clients and providers with medication insurance navigation and formulary consultations, including collaboration with outside teams to discuss and triage client treatments. 

·      Provide observed dosing for client medications and direct patient counseling for substance use disorder and mental health medications. 

The 2450 Pharmacist also performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Requires possession of a valid Registered Pharmacist license issued by the California State Board of Pharmacy.


Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

Possible Special Conditions (some positions may require the following):

1. Six months of experience (equivalent to 1,000 hours) in an inpatient pharmacy obtained within the last five (5) years.

2. One year (equivalent to 2,000 hours) of pharmacy informatics experience: (1) integrating, supporting and maintaining an Electronic Health Record (EHR) or Pharmacy Information System (PIS); and (2) implementing, developing, and evaluating Computerized Prescriber Order Entry (CPOE), within the last three years.

3. Bilingual fluency in a variety of languages depending on the department’s needs. Only those eligibles that pass the bilingual proficiency exam will be considered for bilingual positions.

4. The ability to obtain and maintain security clearance with the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department.


Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

·     Select the desired job announcement

·     Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information

·     Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”

·     Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.


Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).


Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.


Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Emily Lee, by telephone at 415-554-2913or by email at Emily.Lee@sfdph.org.

Selection Procedures

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: Qualifying)

Candidates will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online employment application. This Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications for this position. Applicants must also complete the official application. It is essential that applicants provide complete information in identifying their education, experience and training. The Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications.

Training and Experience Evaluation (Weight: 100%)

Candidates will be prompted to complete a supplemental questionnaire as part of the online employment application. The Training and Experience Evaluation Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to measure knowledge, skills and/or abilities in job related areas that have been identified as critical for satisfactory performance in this position.

All relevant experience, education and/or training must be on the application in order to be reviewed in the scoring process. Candidate responses on the Supplemental Questionnaire cannot be changed once submitted. Candidates will be places on the eligible list in rank order according to their final score on the Supplemental Questionnaire.  


The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Three (3) scores. Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.

Eligible List/Score Report:

A confidential eligible list of applicant names that have passed the civil service examination process will be created and used for certification purposes only. An examination score report will be established, so applicants can view the ranks, final scores, and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of applicants on the eligible lists, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available to public inspection, upon request, once the eligible list is exhausted or expired and referrals resolved. The eligible list/score report resulting from this civil service examination process is subject to change after adoption (e.g. as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.

The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be six (6) months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you area selecte. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

·        Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.

·        Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 31003109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:

At the City and County of San Francisco, we share a commitment to a diverse, inclusive and equitable community. Each member of our organization is responsible and accountable for what they say and do to make San Francisco an inclusive and equitable place to live and work by employing fair and just practices to and for all.


Valid licensure/certification/registration as a requirement to perform the job must be kept current throughout length of employment. Failure to demonstrate/show proof of possession of required valid licensure/certification/registration may result in dismissal and/or termination of employment. 

·       Information regarding Registered Pharmacist licenses issued by the California State Board of Pharmacy may be obtained from the California State Board of Pharmacy: https://www.pharmacy.ca.gov/.

Note on Electronic Health Record (EHR):

The Department of Public Health (DPH) is implementing a unified Electronic Health Record (EHR) system and DPH employees must demonstrate competency in the use of the system that is appropriate for their classification as a condition of employment.

Note on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

Some positions in the Department of Public Health will require the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), including but not limited to gloves, gowns, eye and face protection, and face-fitting respirators. The requirement for the use of PPE may come on short or no notice. Facial hair or any condition that interferes with a face-fitting respirator’s seal (i.e. comes between the sealing surfaces of the respirator and the wearer’s bare skin) is not permitted when face-fitting respirators are worn, including during initial or periodic respirator fit-testing.

Employees who choose not to shave and do not have either American Disabilities Act (ADA) or Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Accommodations do not have the right to alternate work assignments or the option of using a loose-fitting Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) in place of a Face Fitting Respirator.

Medical Examination/Drug Testing:

Prior to appointment, at the Department's expense, applicants may be required to take a tuberculosis (TB) screening test, a medical examination and/or drug test. 

Terms of Announcement and Appeal Rights

Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations.  [Note: The correction of clerical errors in an announcement may be posted on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.] The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 110.4. Such appeals must be submitted in writing to the Department of Human Resources, 1 S Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-5413 by close of business on the 5th business day following the issuance date of this examination announcement.  Information concerning other Civil Service Commission Rules involving announcements, applications and examination policies, including applicant appeal rights, can be found on the Civil Service Commission website at http://sfgov.org/civilservice/rules.

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at 
http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Information on requesting Reasonable ADA Accommodation: 
Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: 

Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at:



Exam Type:  Entrance
Issued: February 7, 2020, Amended February 12, 2020
Micki Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: CBT-2450-903536


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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