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Pharmacist II (7981)

Pharmacist II

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: SY50
  • Class Code: 7981
  • Established: 03/02/1961
  • Revised: 10/05/1982
  • Title Changed: --


Under general direction, to administer and manage a State facility's pharmacy services or manage one or more major programs in a large comprehensive pharmacy where a Pharmacy Services Manager is in charge; to supervise the work of professional and nonprofessional assistants; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

As directing Pharmacist, supervises the work of preparing, manufacturing, and dispensing drugs and pharmaceuticals; supervises and instructs nonprofessional assistants in the routine phases of the work; supervises the filling of prescriptions; supervises the maintenance of the drug and chemical supplies of the institution; ensures proper disposition of records for drugs, poisons, and narcotics as required by Federal and State laws; ensures proper handling of investigational drugs; supervises preparation of estimates and requisitions for the drugs sundries, and chemicals required; ensures that records of those items received, on hand or dispensed are accurate and retrievable; ensures that patient's charts and medication regimens are routinely reviewed; supervises in-service training; ensures participation of Pharmacists in treatment team meetings; provides ongoing consultation to the treatment teams and Medical Review Committees; supervises implementation and/or maintenance of the unit dose system; ensures that hospital formulary and policy manuals are kept current and implements pharmacy policy as required; in smaller pharmacies may directly perform the "hands on" duties described above; performs other related duties.


As a Pharmacist in a large comprehensive pharmacy where a Pharmacy Services Manager is utilized, serves in an assisting capacity; manages one or more major pharmacy services programs; performs other related duties.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a valid certificate of registration as a licentiate in pharmacy issued by the State Board of Pharmacy. and Either IOne year performing the duties of a Pharmacist I in the California state service.



Two years of experience as a registered pharmacist, preferably including one year in a hospital pharmacy.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Compounding of prescriptions and stock pharmaceutical preparations; drugs, chemicals, and pharmaceutical supplies required in the operation of a dispensary; principles of effective supervision; operation of a large hospital; laws pertaining to dispensing and use of narcotics and poisons; principles of facility pharmacy operation and management; patient-oriented services; the department's Affirmative Action Program objectives; a manager's role in the Affirmative Action Program and the processes available to meet affirmative action objectives.


Ability to: Compound prescriptions and stock pharmaceutical preparations; manage the pharmacy or one or more major pharmacy services programs for a large hospital; lead, supervise, and instruct others in pharmaceutical work; keep records and prepare reports; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; work as a team member when necessary; effectively contribute to the department's affirmative action objectives.

Special Personal Characteristics

Willingness to work in a State institution and freedom from communicable disease; willingness to work as a team member with other professional staff; willingness to provide patient-oriented services.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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