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Clinical Pharmacist (2454) - Dept. of Public Health - (H00047)

Recruitment: REF6840T

Published: April 03, 2024


Herbert Chau -

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Department: Public Health
Job class: 2454-Clinical Pharmacist
Salary range: $179,868.00 - $229,554.00
Role type: Permanent Civil Service What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time
Exam type: Continuous
Rule: Rule of the List What does this mean?
List type: Entrance


The Department of Public Health prioritizes equitable and inclusive access to quality healthcare for its community and values the importance of diversity in its workforce. All employees at the Department of Public Health work to advance equity, inclusion, and diversity with a specific lens and focus on race, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexuality, disability, and immigration status. 

The Mission of the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) is to protect and promote the health of all San Franciscans. SFDPH strives to achieve its mission through the work of two main Divisions - the San Francisco Health Network and Population Health. The San Francisco Health Network is the City’s only complete system of care and has locations throughout the City, including Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, and over 15 primary care health centers.

Role description

Under general direction, the Clinical Pharmacist performs professional pharmaceutical duties in drug education and utilization, counsels patients on drug usage, educates health care personnel on drug utilization, and may compound drugs and dispense medicines in a clinical pharmacy. The essential functions include:

The essential duties of this position include but are not limited to:

  • Interviews and examines patients for drug evaluation; checks on drug adherence and side-effects; discusses symptoms and effects of prescribed drugs with patients and maintains a drug history on patients interviewed.
  • Consults with physicians on drug usage and the drug regime of specific patients particularly hypertensive, diabetic, and psychiatric patients; recommends changes in the drug or the dosage prescribed for these patients.
  • Conducts both formal and informal training for nursing staff, medical and pharmacy students and residents and other health care staff on drug utilization, dosage, incompatibilities, preferred dosage forms, evidence-based medication therapy and toxicity, etc.
  • Participates in the development and revision of medication use policies and guidelines.
  • Compounds drugs, prepares, and dispenses medications, checks pharmacy stock, and keeps records.

The 2454 Clinical Pharmacist also performs other related duties as assigned.

Nature of positions: Positions are located throughout the Department of Public Health, including Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG), Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center (LHH), Community Primary Care and Mental Health Clinics, as well as San Francisco County Jails. Some positions may require employees to work directly with individuals within locked jails and psychiatric facilities, the homeless population and/or individuals who have or are carriers of infectious/communicable diseases.

How to qualify

Minimum Qualifications

License: Requires possession of a valid Registered Pharmacist license issued by the California State Board of Pharmacy. (Please attach a copy of license);


Experience: One (1) of the following:

  • A. Completion of six (6) months of a pharmacy residency program; OR
  • B. Completion of six (6) months of a post-graduate pharmacy fellowship program; OR
  • C. Two (2) years of professional level experience as a Clinical Pharmacist (equivalent to class 2454 Clinical Pharmacist within the City and County of San Francisco); OR
  • D. Possession of a Board Certification in a pharmacy specialty area.

One year of full-time employment is equivalent to 2,000 hours (2,000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a 40-hour work week). 

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

Possible Special Conditions (some positions may require the following):

  1. Completion of a PGY2 Pharmacy Residency program in emergency medicine, critical care, or toxicology; OR two years of full-time professional level experience as a clinical pharmacist in an Emergency Department (ED) setting.
  2. Completion of a PGY2 Pharmacy Residency program in psychiatry; OR two years of full-time professional level experience as a clinical pharmacist in a psychiatric setting.
  3. Bilingual fluency in a variety of languages depending on the department’s needs. Only those eligibles that pass the bilingual proficiency exam will be considered for bilingual positions.
  4. The ability to obtain and maintain security clearance with the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department.
  5. Recent and verifiable experience:  (1) integrating, supporting and maintaining an Electronic Health Record (EHR) or Pharmacy Information System (PIS); and (2) implementing, developing, and evaluating Computerized Prescriber Order Entry (CPOE), within the last three years.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.

Acute Care practice:

  • Demonstrated experience with the acute care medicine patient population.
  • Clinical and/ or lived experience with diverse communities.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.

Ambulatory Care practice:

  • Completion of an ambulatory/primary care pharmacy residency, specialty residency, or fellowship.
  • Fluency in Spanish and/or Cantonese is highly desired.
  • Mission-driven, passionate candidates with Primary Care clinical expertise and lived experience with Black/African American, Latinx, LGBTQIA+ and other diverse and intersecting communities.
  • Meets requirements for prescribing as required by Standardize Procedure for Ambulatory Care Pharmacist within San Francisco Health Network.

Behavioral Health practice:

  • Completion of a psychiatric pharmacy residency.
  • Clinical experience working in substance use disorder or mental health settings.
  • Fluency in Spanish and/or Cantonese is highly desired.
  • Mission-driven, passionate candidates with Mental Health / Behavioral Health / Substance Use clinical expertise and lived experience with Black/African American, Latinx, LGBTQIA+ and other diverse and intersecting communities
  • Board Certification as a Psychiatric Pharmacist.
  • Possession of a valid Advanced Practice Pharmacist license in California.

Long Term Care practice:

  • Completion of a geriatric pharmacy residency.
  • Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy.

Important Note: Please make sure it is absolutely clear in your application exactly how you meet the minimum qualifications. Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. Please be aware that any misrepresentation of this information may disqualify you from this recruitment or future job opportunities.

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Selection Procedures

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: Qualifying): Applicants may be required to complete a Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (MQSQ) at any point in the recruitment process. The MQSQ will be emailed to the email address listed on the applicant’s online job application. Applicants must complete and submit the MQSQ as directed in the time frame indicated to continue in the recruitment process. This MQSQ is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications for this position. All statements made on MQSQ are subject to verification and must be consistent with the online application.

Training and Experience Evaluation (Weight: 100%): Candidates will be email a Training and Experience Evaluation Supplemental Questionnaire at any point in the recruitment process. The Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to measure knowledge, skills and/or abilities in job related areas that have been identified as critical for satisfactory performance in this position. All relevant experience, education and/or training must be on the application in order to be reviewed in the scoring process. Candidate responses on the Supplemental Questionnaire cannot be changed once submitted. Candidates will be places on the eligible list in rank order according to their final score on the Supplemental Questionnaire. The department may administer additional position-specific selection procedures to make final hiring decisions.

Language Proficiency Exam: For positions requiring bilingual fluency, candidates deemed qualified who meet the special language condition must pass a departmentally approved language proficiency exam prior to appointment. Only those eligible candidates who pass the bilingual proficiency test will be considered for the bilingual position. Applicants must indicate on the application form the language(s) in which they claim proficiency.

Certification: The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be the Rule of the List.

Eligible List/Score Report: Once you pass the exam, you will be placed onto an eligible list and given a score and a rank. For more information, visit

Candidate names will remain on the list for a maximum period of 12 months. Candidates that are not selected and expire off the list may re-apply.

What else should I know?

How to apply:
Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit and begin the application process. 

Our e-mail communications may come from more than one department so please make sure your email is set to accept messages from all of us at this link. 

Applicants may be contacted by email about this recruitment therefore, it is their responsibility to contact the Analyst if they update their email address. 

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

Terms of Announcement and Appeal Rights:
Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state, or local laws, rules, or regulations. [Note: The correction of clerical errors in an announcement may be posted on the Department of Human Resources website at The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 110.4. Such appeals must be submitted in writing to the Department of Human Resources, 1 S Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-5413 by close of business on the 5th business day following the issuance date of this examination announcement. Information concerning other Civil Service Commission Rules involving announcements, applications, and examination policies, including applicant appeal rights, can be found on the Civil Service Commission website at  

DPH Health Critical Requirements and Information: Please review the following policies regarding DPH employment requirements that safeguard yourself and others. 

Additional information regarding Employment with the City and County of San Francisco: 

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the analyst, Herbert Chau at or (628) 271-6707

We may use text messaging to communicate with you on the phone number provided in your application. The first message will ask you to opt in to text messaging.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Someone is fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed since they received the final dose of a two-shot vaccine or a dose of a one-shot vaccine. Any new hire must present proof of full vaccination status to be appointed. Any new hire who will be routinely assigned or occasionally enter High-Risk Settings, must provide proof of having received a COVID-19 booster vaccine by March 1, 2022, or once eligible.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.