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Pharmacist Supervisor - DOH4644

at State of Washington

Pay: $110184 to $124692/year
$110184 - $124692
Posted: 12/1/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2542412

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


NOTE:  This recruitment will remain Open Until Filled.  Applicant review begins August 29, 2019. The hiring authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time.  It is to the benefit of the applicant to apply early.   
Pharmacist Supervisor
Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission
Tumwater, Washington

Our ideal candidate is an innovative, thoughtful licensed Pharmacist who has the personal courage, tenacity, and humility to hold themselves and all others responsible for embodying our purpose and values.
We are seeking a culturally humble and respectful licensed Pharmacist who is passionate about implementing the strategic and tactical direction for the commission.  The successful candidate will be highly motivated, adaptable, conscientious, and courteous in both written and verbal communication to all interested and involved parties.


Reporting to the Deputy Director for the Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission, the Pharmacist Supervisor supervises the pharmacy inspection unit and is responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance of pharmacy personnel and pharmaceutical firms.  This position hires, assigns work, evaluates, and supervises a team of eight (8) pharmacist inspectors who are tasked with inspecting pharmaceutical firms under the authority of the Commission.   
The Office of Health Professions is responsible for the regulation and support of the health professions (including the regulatory boards, commissions, and committees), impaired practitioners, medical marijuana and prescription monitoring program. 
The Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission was established in 1891 and regulates the practice of pharmacy and the distribution, manufacturing, and delivery of pharmaceuticals within and into the state. The commission protects and promotes public health and safety by issuing licenses, registrations, and certifications to qualified persons and entities and responding to complaints or reports of unprofessional conduct.
This is a full-time permanent Pharmacist Supervisor position within the Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission.
About DOH and our Employer of Choice Initiatives

Washington State Department of Health (DOH) works with federal, state, tribal, and local partners to help people in Washington stay healthy and safe.  Our programs and services help prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live and work, provide education to help people make good health decisions and ensure our state is prepared for emergencies. To learn more about the agency, visit our websiteDOH Infographic, and see what it's like to Work@Health!
DOH is a great place to work and has implemented several "Employer of Choice" initiatives, including:
  • We are committed to diversity and inclusion. DOH fosters an inclusive environment that encourages all employees to bring their authentic selves to work each day. We strive to hire, develop, and retain a competent and diverse workforce that is reflective of the customers we serve.
  • We have an engaging Wellness@Health program which offers programs that support healthy behaviors and work/life balance. Our program provides wellness education, access to healthy food, physical activity classes, stress relief, and many other resources to support a healthy you.
  • We support a healthy life/work balance by offering flexible/alternative work schedules, and mobile and telework options.  (Depending upon job duties.)
  •  We are making exciting steps towards modernizing our workplace by providing motivating and inspiring workspaces that promote creative thought, innovation, and collaboration among co-workers.
  • We have an Infant at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of breastfeeding newborns and infant-parent bonding.  Eligible employees who are new mothers, fathers, or legal guardians can bring their infant (6 weeks to 6 months) when returning to work.  (Depending upon job duties and work location.)

What will you be doing? – Duties include 
  • Supervise pharmacy inspectors by coordinating and organizing activities related to inspections of pharmacy firms.
  • Assist staff with complex inspections.
  • Develop and implement training for pharmacy inspectors.
  • Serve as a technical resource to staff, Commission executive management team, and internal and external customers.
  • Assist with policy development, review, and implementation.
  • Assist with the development of unit performance measures consistent with agency and OHP measures as well as ensuring the work unit meets the performance measures.
What we're looking for

The Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission is currently engaged in a comprehensive rule re-write which will impact the regulation of the practice of pharmacy.  This position will be vital in assisting the Commission in implementing the new rules through education of staff as well as the regulated community, and through the inspection process itself. 
Success in this position requires you be a team player, defined as having a driving passion for the work, bringing humility to their job and people interactions, and understanding how their words and actions impact others.
Required Qualifications 
  • A Bachelor of Science degree or higher in Pharmacy.
  • A licensed Pharmacist in Washington State OR a licensed Pharmacist in another state and able to obtain licensure in Washington State within the first 6 months of employment through reciprocity.
  • Five (5) or more years of experience as a licensed pharmacist WHICH INCLUDES two (2) or more years of experience as a lead or supervisor.
SPECIAL NOTE:  Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted.  Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.
As well as demonstrated experience in the following competencies: 
  • Ability to work in a team and lead a team - Builds rapport with others and develops and facilitates teamwork within different functional areas; demonstrates respect for others' perspectives and needs; treats others with dignity and actively supports the good ideas of others; demonstrates broad knowledge of the department and division missions and guiding principles, and the teams' role within that structure.
  • Analysis and Problem Solving - Demonstrates the ability to address problems with new and effective solutions.  Effectively develops and uses performance measures and data to identify opportunities and measure process improvement.  Recognizes the scope of problems and understands the impact of change on others.
  • Communication skills - Communicates clearly and concisely avoiding bureaucratic language and jargon whenever possible.  Demonstrates understanding and empathy with the listener or reader.  Responds timely to emails, phone messages, and mail.  Participates in meetings in an active, cooperative and courteous manner by following ground rules.
  • Critical Thinking - The disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information generated by observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action.
  • Ethical Conduct - Respects and maintains confidentiality.  Avoids inappropriate situations and actions which present the appearance of a conflict of interest.  Avoids misrepresentation.  Does not misrepresent self or use the position for personal gain.  Uses the public's funds and resources appropriately.
  • Knowledge and enforcement of rules, regulations - Accurately explains and applies health care systems inspection-related rules and regulations.
  • Observation & Inspection - Understands what is appropriate action to head off or respond to anticipated problems or events. Exercises informed judgment in choosing the best option according to the situation.
Conditions of Employment/Working Conditions
     With or without an accommodation, I am willing and able to do the following:
  • Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted.  Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.
  • Work at a tobacco-free campus and environment.
  • Perform work in an open office environment with possible conversation and other noise distractions.
  • Standard business hours are Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.  An alternative work schedule may be considered upon request and supervisory approval, after an initial review period.
  • Legally operate a state or privately owned vehicle.
  • Travel and stay overnight when work schedule demands.
  • Move or transport boxes of files weighing up to 35 pounds.
  • Interact and work with hostile clients and highly educated/trained healthcare professionals who are demanding and stressed.
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is an equal opportunity employer.  DOH strives to create a working environment that is inclusive and respectful.  It is our policy to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of our workforce.
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Application Process
Intrigued? We'd love to hear from you.  Click "Apply" to submit your detailed application profile along with the following:
  1. A letter of interest, describing how you meet the specific required and desired qualifications for this position
  2. A current resume.
  3. Three (3) or more professional references, to be included in your profile. Please include at least one supervisor, peer, and (if you have supervised staff) a subordinate.
Do not attach transcripts or other documents that are not requested in the Application Process. These documents will not be forwarded to the hiring manager.

Supplemental Information

Only applicants who follow the directions and complete the Application Process in-full will have their responses reviewed for consideration. 

Education and experience selected, listed and/or detailed in the Supplemental Questions must be verifiable on the detailed applicant profile submitted.
This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification within the agency.