Pharmacy Technician

  • Contra Costa County, CA
  • Martinez, California
  • Aug 29, 2023
Full Time Public Health
  • Salary: $61,750.56 - $75,058.32 Annually USD

Job Description

The Position


The Board of Supervisors have authorized the following future salary increases for this classification:
5% on July 1, 2023 | 5% on July 1, 2024 | 5% on July 1, 2025

Bargaining Unit: Local 856 - Health Services Unit
The Contra Costa County Health Services Department is offering an excellent opportunity for qualified individuals interested in the Pharmacy Technician position. The department currently has six (6) vacancies in Detention Pharmacy located in Martinez, CA and multiple vacancies in Inpatient Pharmacy located at the Contra Costa County Regional Medical Center (CCRMC) in Martinez, CA. Appointees will be required to work weekends and travel to various locations within Contra Costa County.

Pharmacy Technicians assist Pharmacists in the preparation, packaging and distribution of medications and sterile parenteral products. Additional duties include storage and issuance of pharmaceutics material, supplies and equipment. Individual(s) appointed would either be assigned to the general Pharmacy Service program or to the I.V. Additive Program. In the general Pharmacy Services Program, Pharmacy Technicians order, receive, unpack, verify prices, prepare pricing labels and shelve incoming merchandise. They also fill orders and keep records of stock dispensed, deliver drugs and narcotics to the nurse's stations and deliver and pick-up medication orders to the pharmacy. In the I.V. Additive Program, Pharmacy Technicians prepare sterile parenteral preparations, update the computer profile, assist pharmacists in filling prescriptions and perform other tasks as required.

Contra Costa Health Services’ mission is to care for and improve the health of all people in Contra Costa County with special attention to those who are most vulnerable to health problems.

We are looking for someone who:
  • Communicates effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Demonstrates a strong ability to work in a team environment and be a team player
  • Welcomes constructive feedback
  • Possesses excellent interpersonal skills
What you will typically be responsible for:
  • Assisting Pharmacists in compounding and filling prescriptions for patients
  • Answering phone calls from nurses and providers; resolving problems under the direction of Pharmacist
  • Assisting with maintaining accurate stock levels of drugs and supplies
  • Restocking and troubleshooting medications in all automated dispensing cabinets, and Omnicells
  • Performing mathematical calculations for special dose preparation and compounding
  • Repackaging medications and maintaining accurate records
A few reasons you might love this job:
  • You will be essential to providing patients with safe and effective medication therapy
  • There will be opportunities for growth
  • You will be performing vital functions to support the patient care efforts of the pharmacy department
  • It will be rewarding to be making a difference in the community
A few challenges you might face in this job:
  • Not accurately dispensing the correct prescriptions can pose health risks to patients
  • You will face multiple deadlines, multi-tasking, and time management
  • You will be working with hazardous medications
Competencies Required:
  • Attention to Detail: Focusing on the details of work content, work steps, and final work products
  • Professional Integrity & Ethics: Displaying honesty, adherence to principles, and personal accountability
  • Establishing Credibility: Doing what he/she commits to doing and respecting the confidentiality of information and concerns shared by others
  • Building & Maintaining Relationships: Establishing rapport and maintaining mutually productive relationships
  • Decision Making: Choosing optimal courses of action in a timely manner
  • Oral Communication: Engaging effectively in dialogue
  • Reading Comprehension: Understanding and using written information
  • Customer Focus: Attending to the needs and expectations of customers
  • Mathematical Facility: Performing computations and solving mathematical problems
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The eligible list established from this recruitment may remain in effect for six (6) months.
Minimum Qualifications
License Required: Candidates must possess a valid California motor vehicle operator's license. Out of state valid motor vehicle operator's license will be accepted during the application process.

Certificate: Candidates must possess and maintain throughout the duration of employment a valid Pharmacy Technician Registration issued by the California Department of Consumer Affairs Board of Pharmacy.

Substitution: Proof of application for a Pharmacy Technician Registration submitted to the California State Board of Pharmacy may be substituted for the required certificate. Applicants must possess a Pharmacy Technician Registration at time of appointment.

Special Requirements when assigned to Detention Facilities: must possess and maintain a Sheriff's Department background clearance.


Selection Process
1. Application Filing and Evaluation: Applicants will be required to complete a supplemental questionnaire at the time of application, applications will be evaluated to determine which candidates will move forward in the next phase of the recruitment process.

2. Training and Experience Evaluation: At the time of filing, within the supplemental questionnaire, candidates will be required to complete a training and experience questionnaire. Candidates that clearly meet the minimum qualifications, as described above, will have their training and experience responses evaluated. The training and experience questionnaire is designed to measure candidate’s relevant education, training, and/or experience as it relates to the Pharmacy Technician classification. (Weighted 100%).

The Human Resources Department may change the examination steps noted above in accordance with the Personnel Management Regulations and accepted selection practices.

After you receive a conditional job offer, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you have received a conditional job offer. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with Contra Costa County. If you accept a conditional job offer, the Human Resources department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

All Contra Costa County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law. Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

It is the policy of Contra Costa County to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identify, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

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Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

Martinez, California United States View Map