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Pharmacist, Per Diem (9249C) 6171
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Feb. 24, 2020
Title Pharmacist, Per Diem (9249C) 6171
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Pharmacy Practice

Pharmacist, Per Diem (9249C) 6171

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

University Health Services (UHS) serves the campus by providing comprehensive campus-based health center providing fully accredited primary medical care, counseling and psychological services and innovative health promotion programs for students, faculty and staff. The UHS provides on-campus medical and mental health care and coordinates off-campus care through a network of community specialists and hospitals. Departments serving students include general medical, specialty and urgent care clinics, counseling and psychological services, laboratory, pharmacy, physical therapy, radiology and health promotion. In addition, the UHS administers a major medical insurance plan, the Student Health Insurance Plan.

The Pharmacy Department at University Health Services provides pharmaceutical services to undergraduate and graduate students of UC Berkeley and other UHS eligible customers. Staff serves as a resource for medication information and quality control for students, faculty and staff. The department fills approximately 50,000 prescriptions annually and is open year round, including weekends during the fall and spring semesters.

This position may include various shifts from our operating hours of Monday through Friday 8am - 7pm, Saturday (9am-6pm), or Sunday(10am-5pm) during the academic year.


Under the general supervision of the Pharmacist in Charge, the staff pharmacist provides the full range of pharmaceutical services to clients of the University Health Service and its staff. Duties include filling prescriptions, inventory control, patient counseling, drug information and education and supervision of pharmacy interns, technicians, clerks and volunteers. Pharmacists are an integral part of the health care team. Key responsibilities include:

Accurately enters all prescription and demographic information into computer, including eligibility and insurance status.
Reviews medication profile and prescription for drug interactions, dose, duplicate therapy and appropriateness of therapy.
Consults and obtains clarification from prescriber when necessary.
Accurately selects appropriate drug product, labels, dispenses and collects all appropriate charges.
Maintains compliance with Federal and State laws and the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.
Maintains clinical expertise in pharmaceutical practice and trends.
Directly supervises technicians and interns in the proper selection, packaging and labeling of meds according to Board of Pharmacy and other applicable regulations
Provision of birth control medication directly to the patients in accordance with permissible state law and UHS policy.

Effectively communicates with patient the proper instructions for use and storage of drugs, mechanism of action, appropriate precautions, and common side effects meeting all OBRA guidelines.
When patient presents with symptoms or self-diagnosed problem, assesses severity of problem and recommends appropriate non-prescription product or medical referral.
In cases of drug ingestion, assesses the severity of the situation to determine whether to recommend immediate therapy or refer patient to medical clinic, nearest ER or poison control.

Compares and contrasts drugs and recommends to another health professional a specific drug product based on efficacy, side effects and cost
Analyzes drug information needs for medical and nursing staff and provides written and verbal responses accurately and in a timely fashion
Participates in developing educational information for staff, patients and the community as needed.

Orders medications in economic quantities to assure availability while minimizing overstock.


Required Qualifications

Current license to practice pharmacy in the State of California.
Graduation from an accredited school of pharmacy.
Three to five years' work experience in a high-volume outpatient, retail/clinic setting.
Computer proficiency in all standard office software, pharmacy ordering systems, and electronic health records.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Ability to adhere to pharmacist regulations and employer policies.
Proven ability to work independently and set priorities in the completion of work assignments.
Proven ability to work collaboratively as part of a team.
Demonstrated ability to maintain professional demeanor during periods of high volume.

Preferred Qualifications

Has Certification and Experience with Birth Control direct dispensing

Salary & Benefits

$69.84 per hour. This position is not eligible for UC benefits plan.

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Other Information

Employment is contingent on successful completion of: Background Check, Acceptable Medical Evaluation that includes infectious disease surveillance and proof of current required vaccinations or immunity levels, and successful credentials verification (if applicable).

This position may include various shifts from our operating hours of Monday through Friday 8am - 7pm, Saturday (9am-6pm), or Sunday(10am-5pm) during the academic year.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Mandated Reporter

This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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