Jobs in this family provide pharmacy-related and administrative services.

Typical functions

The functions within this job family will vary by level, but may include the following:

  • Interpret rules, regulations, and procedures relating to pharmaceutical standards of service.
  • Advise on the usage and effects of pharmaceutical treatments.

Positions allocated to this series may perform the duties described, or specialize in conducting field investigations of pharmaceutical practices and/or pricing procedures. The work assigned to positions in this series ranges from professional to administrative/consultative.


This is a licensed professional position accountable for advising patients, physicians, and other health practitioners on the selection, dosages, interactions, and side effects of medications.  Monitors the health and progress of patients.  Accountable for interpreting rules, regulations, and procedures pertaining to the dispensing of drugs and related pharmaceutical standards of service; reviewing and auditing complex drug claims; conducting field investigations of pharmaceutical practices and procedures; conducting utilization evaluations; and investigating pricing procedures.  May supervise pharmacy technicians.

Knowledge, skills & abilities

Knowledge of professional principles and practices of pharmaceutics.  Ability to make a detailed analysis and recommend a course of action.

Typical qualifications

Licensure and 1-4 years of experience as a Pharmacist.

Pay grade

Chief Pharmacist

This is a licensed professional position which may function as the pharmacy director of a state facility, direct a statewide medical review program for medications, and/or offer consultation on medical policies for a state agency.  The position may serve as pharmacy policy director and/or perform peer reviews for compliance and standard of care.  Incumbents in these positions may supervise specific internal drug vendor unit activities or field audit operations, or perform equivalent independent work either in the field or in the central office of a state agency. In addition, incumbents at this level are accountable for mentoring other pharmacists and may supervise pharmacy technicians.

Knowledge, skills & abilities

In addition to those identified in the previous level:  Knowledge of pharmaceutical economics; and principles and practices of management and supervision.  Knowledge of agency mission and procedures.  Ability to develop standards for use in policy determination and setting of regulations governing prescribing, dispensing, and payment of drugs in the public health programs.  Ability to supervise, plan, and coordinate the activities of health care professionals. 

Typical qualifications

Licensure and 4 or more years of experience as a Pharmacist.

Pay grade