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Salary: $5,673.00 - $8,206.00
Posted: 02/26/2014

Job Description:
**Salary shown does not include the $2000 per month Recruitment and Retention Bonus


The Pharmaceutical Consultant (PC) II (Specialist) must perform all duties and responsibilities outlined below for multiple Licensing & Certification (L&C) District Offices, using an extensive knowledge of pharmaceutical drugs and drug utilization, pharmacy practice, and pharmaceutical services which are required in health care facilities including administrative, distributive, and clinical functions.

The incumbent must be an expert in both Federal and State regulations regarding pharmaceutical practice and services as they relate to multiple practice settings in all health facilities, home health agencies, hospices, clinics, correctional treatment centers, ambulatory surgical centers and chronic dialysis facilities licensed and certified by the L&C Program. The PC II (Specialist) is required to successfully complete the L&C New Surveyor Academy, and pass the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Surveyor Minimum Qualifications Test (SMQT) Part A & B competency examinations. The PC II (Specialist) must master written skills consistent with the Federal Principles of Documentation as well as verbal and written communication skills to effectively interact with the public, providers, Departmental staff, and other governmental agencies. Must be able to independently analyze, problem solve, and make judgments and decisions without immediate supervision. The incumbent must also develop and maintain effective working relationships with multiple district offices, numerous evaluators, providers, consumers, outside governmental agencies, and provider organizations. A current California pharmacist license in good standing and the ability to travel is required.


40% Must travel to conduct surveys of licensed health care facilities as a specialist surveyor in facilities which have a poor compliance history, high psychotherapeutic drug use, frequent complaints related to medication therapy or pharmaceutical services and/or for surveys that the Department may anticipate to be complex and require special expertise. Conducts surveys of licensed health care facilities to evaluate implementation of medication error reduction practices and use of Automated Drug Delivery Systems (ADDS) in health care facilities.

Performs investigations of complaints regarding drug therapy, pharmaceutical services, and other drug related issues. Evaluates the quality of pharmaceutical services and care delivered to all patients in licensed health facilities and compliance with both separate and unique Federal/State licensing and certification requirements for each facility type.

30% Provides consultation and guidance to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, L&C Program staff, Departmental staff, health care providers, professional associations, other governmental agencies, and members of the public on the pharmaceutical aspects of medical care and health care delivery systems, including medication therapy, pharmaceutical services provided and related regulatory issues as they pertain to all health facilities licensed and certified by the L&C Program. The PC II (Specialist) will give expert advice to the aforementioned entities in order to ensure compliance with State and Federal requirements.

15% Develops and implements training for Departmental staff, healthcare providers and their associations, professional organizations, other governmental agencies, ombudsman programs, and members of the public in regard to pharmaceutical drugs, drug utilization, pharmacy practice, and pharmaceutical services which are required in health facilities in order to ensure that education on proper pharmaceutical practices and drugs are utilized. The PC II (Specialist) will gather materials and research most current tools used for training purposes, as well as conduct and instruct training sessions.

5% Writes citations for health facilities with deficiencies in regard to pharmaceutical practices and Federal and State regulations. Gives expert witness testimony in legal hearings as necessary such as arbitration hearings, administrative law judge hearings or appearance in Municipal, Superior, or Federal Court. Provide relevant information and consultation in citation review conferences, informal dispute resolutions, and complaint appeals.

5% Develops guidelines, policies, regulations and statutes relating to pharmaceutical services in all health facilities, home health agencies, hospices, clinics, correctional treatment centers, ambulatory surgical centers and chronic dialysis facilities licensed and certified by the L&C Program and regularly monitors their effectiveness. Evaluates Title 22, CCR, and program flexibility requests for pharmaceutical services regulations from providers, and makes recommendations to L&C supervisors and managers.

5% Develop and participate in continuous quality assurance programs with a goal to ensure accurate and consistent interpretation and enforcement of regulations related to drug therapy and pharmaceutical services.


The Pharmaceutical Consultant Unit is currently looking for individuals who have experience with the following:

• Positive attitude

• Professionalism

• Fast learner with ability to prioritize workloads

• Effective communication skills

• Ability to mentor and develop staff

• Ability to collaborate with others

• Effective at team building

• A good coach

• Ability to be accessible

• Remains calm under pressure

• Respectful and inspirational

• Excellent people skills

• Fosters accountability

• A motivator

• Ability to assess issues and quickly identify the best possible solution(s)

• Recognize and make use of individual employee’s strengths

• Ability to meet the challenge of working in a fast-paced and continuously changing work environment

• Demonstrated management skills, with emphasis on establishing goals and objectives and achieving measurable results in a short timeframe

• Knowledge of Licensing and Certification Rules, Regulations, and Policies

Interested applicants must submit:

a) A completed Standard State Application (Form std. 678) which can be located at

b) A ‘Statement of Qualifications.’ The Statement of Qualifications is a narrative discussion that individually answers each of the questions below. Each question response shall be on a separate sheet of paper and no longer than one page in length. In addition, each page must list your name in the upper right hand corner and the question number.

The Statement of Qualifications serves as a documentation of each candidate’s ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing and must be typed using no less than Arial 11 pt. font. Applications received without a clearly titled Statement of Qualifications will not be considered for this position.

Resumes do not take the place of the Statement of Qualifications.


Your Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) must address the above desirable qualifications. Your SOQ will be considered the first interview for this position. If your qualifications are competitive, you will be invited to come in for an on-site interview. When completing the SOQ, please include all relevant experience, education, and training for each desirable qualification and explain your answers thoroughly. Please include 1) places of employment; 2) pertinent dates; 3) duties performed, etc. when responding. A notation or reference to other materials such as resumes or the applications will not be considered. Incomplete or missing responses to the information requested may negatively impact the assessment of your qualifications. Responses should be no longer than a total of two pages, single spaced, with 11 pt. font and 1 inch margins.

Please Note: Resumes, letters, and other materials will not be evaluated or considered as responses to the SOQ.

*A completed application includes the Position Title, Position Number, and your eligibility in the Job Title line and MUST be signed and dated. Candidates who do not submit all of the required documents (incomplete application packages) will be eliminated from the selection process. All submitted information will be screened and the most qualified candidates will be invited to an interview.


**Faxed, emailed and hand delivered applications will not be accepted**

**A 60 day candidate pool will be established for subsequent vacancies**

**Multiple positions may exist for this vacancy**

**All Methods of appointment may be considered. Employees applying for this position who wish to be considered on a transfer basis must meet the minimum qualifications for the classification per DPA Rule 250. You may be required to provide copies of your college transcripts or a copy of your college diploma if applicable.**

**Once a significant candidate pool is received, an internal cutoff period will be selected**

Additional Information:

Working Title Position Number
None Specified 580 - 861 - 7994 - xxx
Location County
Timebase Tenure
Full Time Permanent   month(s)
Final Filing Date: Department Link:
Until Filled None Specified
Contact Unit/Address Contact Name/Phone
Pharmaceutical Consultant Unit
681 South Parker St., Ste. 200
Orange, 92868
Jacqueline A. Lincer
(714) 567-2906

Special Requirements:
California Pharmacist License

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