Pharmacist, Public Health

Board of Health Newmarket York Regional Health Service Department
Department: Community and Health Services Department
Branch: Public Health Branch
Division: Infectious Disease Control Division
Status: Full-Time
Location: Newmarket / Ontario
Date Posted: January 03, 2019
Date Closing: January 16, 2019
Number Of Positions: 1

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Position Purpose

Reporting to the Manager, Infectious Diseases Control Division (IDCD) (Vaccine Inventory), the Public Health Pharmacist is responsible for: ensuring safe, effective and accurate distribution of publicly funded vaccines and medications, investigations of adverse storage conditions, and conducting cold chain maintenance inspections in accordance with all Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) standards, protocols, guidelines and objectives; assisting in planning, organizing, developing and implementing program processes, policies and procedures; developing and conducting educational and training programs; maintaining accurate up-to-date stability chart data for vaccines and other pharmaceuticals; helping support York Region Public Health school and community immunization clinics through accurate and timely vaccine dispensing and/or immunizing; acting as a vaccine content expert, mentor and resource; providing guidance, training, mentoring, and coordinating, assigning, scheduling and verifying the accuracy and completion of the assigned work of staff to confirm adherence to established policies, procedures, guidelines, protocols and industry standards of practice and ensuring a safe working environment.


•Successful completion of a University Degree with a Bachelor of Science or Doctorate in Pharmacy or equivalent.
•Successful completion of an Ontario College of Pharmacists approved course for pharmacist injection training and registered in “Find a Pharmacy or Pharmacy Professional”.
•Active registration with good standing with the Ontario College of Pharmacists.
•Minimum three (3) years’ experience in drug inventory management, adverse storage conditions investigations and development of processes, policies and procedures in a pharmaceutical environment.
•Holds a valid certification in CPR and First Aid (the equivalent of St. John Ambulance or Red Cross Standard First Aid & CPR/AED (Level C))
•Holds a Certificate of Competency from the Pharmacy Examination Board of Canada.
•Sound knowledge of publicly funded vaccines, other pharmaceuticals distributed by public health and the Ontario Immunization Schedule.
•Understanding and knowledge of the clinical use, safety and distribution activities associated with publicly funded medications/vaccines.
•Sound knowledge of vaccine ordering, distribution, transportation, storage and handling conditions such as cold chain maintenance requirements.
•Sound knowledge of relevant Federal and Provincial legislation and related Protocols and Guidelines such as the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA), Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS), Vaccine Storage and Handling Protocols and Guidelines, Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA).
•Knowledge of and demonstrated ability in corporate core competencies including communication, innovation, teamwork and collaboration, and personal ownership.
•Computer literacy utilizing MS Office software applications.
•Leadership skills and ability to provide guidance, training and mentoring, ensuring a safe working environment and to coordinate, assign, schedule, provide clear written and verbal instructions, verify the accuracy and completion of the assigned work of staff.
•Demonstrated critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making skills for ordering and dispensing the correct vaccine/drug.
•Ability to carry and lift objects up to 50 lbs.
•Satisfactory Police Criminal Background Check.
•Ability to travel to off-site locations in a timely and efficient manner, as required.
•Valid Ontario Class “G” driver’s license free of serious offences under the Highway Traffic Act.
•Must have a reliable vehicle for business use.
•Ability to work outside regular business hours, as required.

Scheduled Hours

35 hours

Scheduled Shifts

0830 - 1630

How to Apply

Please apply on-line by January 16, 2019, quoting competition #23275. We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted via email or by telephone. For additional information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit the above-mentioned website.


$48.99 - $53.24 per hour. This is a Union position.

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