Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: S0027 / Pharmacist
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 16

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Provides pharmacy services to patients/medical practitioners. Receives, compounds, fills prescriptions, dispenses pharmaceuticals, consults with clients regarding the nature and use of drugs, and trains and/or supervises personnel. Performs routine quality control testing procedures; prepares and maintains all necessary records required by federal, state and local regulations.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Reviews, compounds, prepares and/or oversees the compounding, preparation and dispensing of pharmaceuticals to patients or medical practitioners; makes decisions regarding generic substitution of prescribed pharmaceuticals.
  2. Consults with patients and/or medical practitioners on drug indications/contraindications, dosage, drug interactions, and side effects; provides other drug and pharmaceutical information as appropriate.
  3. Oversees the acquisition and disbursement of drugs and medications to various offices, clinics, and other sites.
  4. Provides education, guidance and training to students, pharmacy interns, and or trainees during course of work and monitors performance.
  5. Establishes and maintains methods and manner of storage and recordkeeping systems to provide for safekeeping of pharmaceuticals.
  6. May take patient's histories as required; makes initial clinical assessments and refers patients to appropriate clinicians.
  7. Performs routine quality control testing of equipment, environment and record keeping as required by federal, state and local regulations.
  8. Follows established departmental policies, procedures, and objectives, continuous quality improvement objectives, and safety, environmental, and/or infection control standards.
  9. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy or Pharm.D.; at least 6 months of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Certification/Licensure State of New Mexico Licensed Pharmacist.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards.
  • Knowledge of clinical operations and procedures.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers and related software applications.
  • Knowledge of related accreditation and certification requirements.
  • Knowledge of policies and regulations pertaining to the disbursement of pharmaceutical drugs.
  • Ability to supervise and train assigned staff.
  • Knowledge of drugs and their indications, contraindications, dosing, side effects, and proper administration.
  • Ability to perform basic patient assessments and referrals.
  • Ability to design and implement systems necessary to collect, maintain, and analyze data.
  • Knowledge of patient care charts and patient histories.
  • Ability to communicate technical information to non-technical personnel.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) practice of professional pharmacy in a clinical pharmacy setting; b) independent preparation, dispensing, and compounding of prescription medications; c) use of independent judgment in the provison of information and consultation to the public and health care professionals on the nature and use of drugs; d) training and supervision of pharmacy interns and/or technical support staff; e) utilization of a computerized pharmacy data entry system.

Conditions of Employment

  • May require discipline-specific licensure and/or professional certification, as specified by the department in the preferences.
  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
  • May be subject to credentialing process; must maintain credentialed status, if applicable.
  • Must maintain certification status.
  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Moderate physical activity. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.
  • Work environment involves minimal exposure to physical risks, such as operating dangerous equipment or working with chemicals.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 07/11/2021