County of Santa Clara
Full Time, Part Time $168,205 - $203,871 Per year CA 751 S Bascom Ave, San Jose, CA 95128, United States Apply before 5/17/2024 11:59


Under direction and subject to state and federal laws and regulations and professional practice standards governing the practice of pharmacy in the State of California, to select, prepare and distribute drugs, chemicals, solutions and materials for medical and scientific use; to functionally direct supportive personnel involved in the above activities; to provide clinical judgments necessary to proper utilization and administration of medications in cooperation with the medical and nursing staff; and to provide patient counseling and medication education services.

The established eligible list will be used to fill Outpatient Pharmacist vacancies across Santa Clara Valley Healthcare as they occur.  

Santa Clara Valley Healthcare includes Primary Care Pharmacies, Specialty Care Pharmacies, and Inpatient Pharmacy services across three hospitals: Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Hospital & Clinics, O'Connor Hospital, and Saint Louise Regional Hospital. There are 18 Outpatient Pharmacies across Santa Clara County, including 11 primary care pharmacies, a discharge pharmacy, six (6) specialty care pharmacies at Specialty clinics, Behavior Health, Public Health, and Pharmacy Purchasing. 
In addition to the employment standards for Pharmacist, candidates must possess Outpatient/Ambulatory/Retail Pharmacy experience as a practicing Pharmacist.

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Typical Tasks

  • Directs/participates in the stocking, inspection, storage, preparation, dispensing, and administration of medications in the patient care area and functionally directs assigned personnel and operations of the pharmacy area to which assigned;
  • Prepares reports on activities within the section as required;
  • Assures that strict aseptic techniques are followed in preparing sterile solutions and that records are properly completed;
  • Advises patients of drug use, giving information on the medication regarding proper use, storage, common side effects, and drug interactions.
  • Monitors the safety and efficacy of drug therapy through the maintenance of medication profiles in computerized data base;
  • Participates in management of medical emergencies, adverse drug interactions or reactions, acute and chronic disease states;
  • Participates in the education of health-care practitioners;
  • Provides drug information to prescribers and other health care practitioners; assists prescribers in the proper selection and adjustment of drug therapy;
  • Acts as pharmacist-in-charge when so designated;
  • Participates in Pharmacy/hospital committees as required;
  • Initiates and participates in drug use reviews, quality assurance programs, patient care audits, clinical drug investigations, and development of systems for improved delivery of services;
  • Develops and utilizes system for cost effective fiscal management and reimbursement;
  • Assumes the responsibilities and performs the duties of a professional pharmacist as defined the pharmacy practice provision of Business and Professional Code;
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Employment Standards

Possession of an academic degree in Pharmacy from an accredited College of Pharmacy and a valid license to practice as a pharmacist in the State of California. Sufficient education, training and experience to perform the above named typical tasks and to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge and abilities:

        Knowledge of:

  • Prescription and non-prescription drugs and drug products and their indications, efficacy, dosage, mechanisms of action; fate and disposition (if known), major contraindications and potential side effects;
  • Influence of patient's age, sex, concomitant disease states, concurrent drug therapy, foods and diagnostic procedures on drug activity and disposition.
  • Physiology, anatomy, pathology, chemistry and mathematics as they relate to pharmacy practice;
  • Major reference sources to answer drug information/ingestion questions;
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturing methods;
  • Legislation governing pharmacy practice and hospital pharmacy services/hospital operations as they relate to pharmacy services.

        Ability to: 

  • Identify, achieve, maintain and use those competencies directly relevant to his/her area of practice;
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships and provide functional direction to para-professional personnel;
  • Effectively counsel patients regarding use, possible side effects and storage of medications;
  • Effectively advise and consult with medical, nursing and other personnel regarding properties of drug substances;
  • Use and evaluate information in appropriate reference sources and clinical literature.