Assistant Pharmacy Director

County of Riverside
$176,139 - $246,094 Per year CA 26520 Cactus Ave, Moreno Valley, CA 92555, United States Apply before 5/15/2024 11:59



The County of Riverside University Health System (RUHS) 

has an exciting opportunity for an

Assistant Pharmacy Director with RUHS Medical Center located in Moreno Valley, CA.
The Assistant Pharmacy Director – Clinical Services & Quality Improvement is tasked with a range of responsibilities including but not limited to management, operations, and clinical oversight of acute care pharmacy services, ambulatory pharmacy services, transitions of care, infectious diseases, emergency department, medication reconciliation team, and academic programs. This also includes oversight of quality-improvement-related activities of the department. The Assistant Pharmacy Director shall assist the Director of Pharmacy in all aspects of pharmacy management. Under direction, plan, organize, and coordinate multiple pharmacy operations for the clinical services.

The Assistant Pharmacy Director reports to the Pharmacy Director. This classification is responsible for the organization and coordination of RUHS' Pharmacy services and operations. Incumbents assist the Pharmacy Director in the overall supervision of staff, budgeting, staffing, and directing the accomplishment of short-term and long-term objectives of the Pharmacy Department.  This class has been deemed eligible for the Performance Recognition Plan as set forth under Article 3, Section 311(C) of the County Management Resolution. Program eligibility requires employees to be in a leadership position, manage other employees or programs, and have significant influence on the achievement of organizational objectives.

RUHS is a leader in healthcare transformation within Riverside County and one of the County's largest employers.  Meet the Team! 


Specific to Clinical Service and Quality Improvement

  • Develop, implement and evaluate an integrated clinical pharmacy program that assures optimal outcomes and ongoing quality improvement. 
  • Provide on-going leadership in the areas of financial accountability, personal development, and quality care/service for assigned areas and functions.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Pharmacy, Assistant Directors, and Supervisors to continually maintain a strategic plan for clinical pharmacy services that is compatible with the mission of the Department and strategic goal of the institution.
  • Facilitating strategies to uphold a high level of patient care and promptly address patient safety issues.
  • Identify, develop and analyze quality assurance/improvement indicators for clinical pharmacy services.
  • Represent the department at hospital-wide committees, task forces, and initiatives and be able to lead teams and programs.
  • Manage pharmacy-related payment incentive programs in conjunction with the institution’s QI department.
  • Counsel employees regarding work performance and professional development, and take disciplinary actions as appropriate. Complete evaluations in a timely manner.
  • Identify and analyze the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats related to optimal delivery of care to patients.
  • Work collaboratively with all members of the management team, medical staff, health care professionals/administrators to develop new, innovative methods of providing pharmaceutical care to patients. 

• Assist the Pharmacy Director in the development of goals, policies, and programs governing the provision of medication therapy for inpatient and outpatient services; set overall standards for the quality of pharmacy services and operations; ensure compliance with federal, state, and Joint Commission pharmaceutical rules and regulations.

• Assist the Pharmacy Director in personnel selection, staff performance, monitoring, and evaluation; administer disciplinary counseling to staff as appropriate. 

• Develop, design, and implement Pharmacy Department services, procedures, policies, and programs; prepare and update departmental policy and procedure manuals; propose, evaluate, and monitor budgetary, purchasing, and productivity information and standards. 
• Maintain the drug formulary and advise medical staff of additions or deletions. 
• Promote professional development of pharmacy staff. 

• Instruct, train, and supervise inpatient and outpatient Clinical Pharmacists, Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians and other support staff engaged in the procurement, packaging, labeling and distribution of medications, solutions and preparations. 

• Direct quality assurance, drug utilization review, and medication monitoring conducted by the Department; ensure that all local, state, and federal laws regarding medications are followed; ensure that appropriate pharmacy services are provided to patients and RUHS staff as appropriate.

• Act for the Pharmacy Director in their absence; serve as liaison between the medical staff and the Pharmacy Department; consult with, and provide for, the education of nurses, physicians, and other professionals regarding pharmaceutical and department services. 


Education: Graduation from a School of Pharmacy accredited by the American Council of Pharmaceutical Education with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm. D.).

Experience: Three years as a pharmacist in an acute care hospital, including one year supervising pharmacists and related personnel. Five years supervising pharmacists in a hospital is preferred.

License or Certificate: Possession of a valid certificate of registration as a Licentiate in Pharmacy issued by the California State Board of Pharmacy and fulfillment of the continuing education requirements.

Knowledge of: Drug distribution systems and the provision of clinical pharmacy services; OPA 340b drug discount program; system development and implementation of drug distribution and/or clinical systems/services; quality assurance and continuous quality improvement; principles of effective supervision; good customer service (physicians, nurses, and patients); professional standards and practices; Federal, Board of Pharmacy, Joint Commission and Department of Health Services (DHS) laws, regulations, and guidelines pertaining to patient care, and dispensing of legal and non-legal pharmaceuticals and poisons.

Ability to: Provide quality pharmaceutical care; communicate clearly and effectively; schedule, organize, and manage standard and new responsibilities. 


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