Pharmacy Supervisor (#RH4331)
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$65.71-$79.87 Hourly / $11,390.14-$13,844.79 Monthly / $136,681.72-$166,137.49 Yearly


Under general direction, supervises pharmacists, paraprofessional, and clerical support staff in a pharmacy department in the Department of Health Care Services; does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


An employee in this class functions as a working supervisor and is responsible for directing pharmacy personnel and coordinating the daily operations and services of a pharmacy in the Department of Health Care Services. These include drug procurement, quality assurance, inpatient and outpatient drug distribution systems, intravenous admixture services, professional consultation and patient counseling services. General direction is received from the Hospital Pharmacy Manager or the Agency Director of Pharmacies.


  • Supervises the work of professional and paraprofessional staff performing and participating in: interpretation and filling of medication orders for patients written by authorized medical practitioners; review of orders to determine appropriate quantity, strength and frequency of medication and assurance of clinical, chemical and therapeutic compatibility; compounding of pharmaceuticals; counseling of patients regarding use of drugs, their effects and precautions to observe in their use.
  • Provides a full scope of pharmacy services in accordance with applicable federal, state and local requirements; consults with medical staff, nursing staff, and ancillary professional staff regarding drug therapy regimens, pharmacy policies, and drug-related issues.
  • Plans, organizes, directs and coordinates activities of assigned pharmacy personnel; supports the objectives of pharmacy management in accordance with federal, state and local requirements for control and accountability of drugs and pharmacy/pharmacist licensure; may register with the State Board of Pharmacy as the duly-recognized Pharmacist-in-Charge.
  • Assists the department manager in personnel matters; recruits, selects, orients, trains, assigns and evaluates professional and paraprofessional pharmacy staff.
  • Assists the department manager in developing, implementing, and maintaining pharmacy programs, policies and procedures; performs quality assurance, quality control and quality improvement audits, studies, and other analyses; analyzes daily work flow and provides for staffing adjustments as needed; ensures that staff are scheduled to meet the workload demands of the department; assists in the reporting of workload statistics.
  • Assists the department manager in controlling expenditures, maintaining inventory, and implementing cost containment practices.
  • As assigned, represents department at meetings; participates on various related committees; acts as liaison between the Pharmacy and other areas of the division, agency and outside agencies.
  • Prepares and participates in staff development and in-service training programs for medical, nursing and other professional and paraprofessional staff on pharmacy matters; participates in training of student pharmacists.


License: Possession of a valid license as a Registered Pharmacist issued by the California State Board of Pharmacy.

Education: Possession of a Master's or Doctor of Pharmacy degree in Pharmacy from an accredited university.

Experience: Two years experience as a Registered Pharmacist or completion of an ASHP-accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency. 


Pharmacology; pharmacokinetics; drug interactions; patient monitoring techniques; drug information retrieval; quality initiative activities and processes; drug distribution systems; methods of sterile compounding; Title 22 and JCAHO, federal and state laws and applicable to the practice of pharmacy, and other pharmacy regulatory standards; legalities on procurement, storage, distribution, and sale of drugs; principles of management and supervision including the budgetary process and reimbursement requirements of common programs.


Organize the activities of personnel to ensure optimal pharmacy services; evaluate professional and paraprofessional staff; monitor and control departmental expenditures; plan and coordinate performance improvement activities; develop and implement policies and procedures; supervise professional and sub-professional staff; ensure safe distribution of drugs; communicate effectively, verbally and in writing; establish effective working relationships.


Mobility-Frequent operating of keyboard, sitting for long periods; Visual Requirements-Constant reading close-up, and frequent overall vision; Dexterity-Frequent writing; Hearing/Talking-Constant hearing normal speech, frequent hearing and talking on the telephone, talking in person; Emotional/Psychological-Constant decision-making and concentration; frequent public contact.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RH4331; EST: 2/13/2002;