Pharmacy Director
Tacoma, WA Pharmacy
Job Type

PUYALLUP TRIBAL HEALTH AUTHORITY, located in Tacoma Washington is seeking a Pharmacy Director

“It is the mission of the Puyallup Tribal Health Authority to provide quality healthcare and promote wellness in a culturally appropriate manner.”

We offer an outstanding workplace, competitive market based salary, and benefits packages including:

  • Monday – Friday schedule
  • Medical/Dental/Vision benefits – monthly premiums paid 100% for employees
  • 18+ annual paid holidays
  • Generous paid sick and vacation accruals
  • 401(k) with annual profit sharing
  • Life & AD&D insurance coverage
  • PTHA is an approved loan repayment site for various programs
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Excellent work/home life balance

GENERAL FUNCTION:  Oversees and directs Pharmacy Department operations and plans, develops and implements strategic processes and procedures that create efficient operations within the department. Provides positive leadership and direction to Pharmacy staff and maintains an environment of collaboration, process improvement and empowerment and ensures the delivery of efficient, timely and accurate dispensing of medications, while ensuring compliance with all relevant regulatory agencies.


  • Assure that all aspects of pharmacy operations comply with state, federal and other laws, regulations and PTHA guidelines
  • Communicate behavioral and performance expectations to employees in a manner which is consistent, fair, direct, positive and professional. 
  • Provide timely, consistent feedback and follow-up to employees. 
  • Plan, monitor and address staffing needs within the department in a timely manner, to ensure effective work flow and oversees the recruitment, retention and training plans for pharmacy staff. 
  • Conduct regular meetings (at least 2 times per month), with Pharmacy Department staff and document agendas, goals and outcomes. 
  • Support and encourage the professional development and ongoing training of pharmacy staff. 
  • Participate in committees and meetings and serve as a professional liaison between PTHA staff, patients and professional organizations providing competent and valuable information that reflects positively upon the department and PTHA. 
  • Create, coordinate and develop opportunities for Pharmacy to provide education to internal and external groups/events (ie: Resident Didactics, Elders Day, Health Fairs, Chief Leschi events, etc.). 
  • Develop and implement a program to provide pharmacy student internship /externship opportunities and establish affiliations with local colleges and universities. 
  • Oversee, assure and maintain appropriate inventory management, regulatory controls and medication ordering within the department and monitor volume activity. 
  • Create and maintain a written plan, including efficient operational and clinical standards, for effective day-to-day operation and develop the overall strategic plan for the department. Review and revise annually for effectiveness. 
  • Create and develop effective, detailed and timely cost benefit reports and analysis proposals for senior management as necessary and within requested deadline/timeframe. 
  • Conduct in-depth pharmacy/drug usage research and drug utilization review and work with providers to select and evaluate formulary drugs for effectiveness and cost savings. Present recommendations to Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. 
  • Prepare a report on recommended changes to the formulary and present to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.
  • Research, review and address patient and employee complaints within 3 business days, and document and report as required.  
  • Current WA State Pharmacist license required. 
  • Pharmacy D in Pharmaceutical Science or a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration or related field. 
  • Five (5) years’ outpatient pharmacy work experience, or completion of pharmacy residency and three (3) years outpatient work experience. 
  • Two (2) years’ experience directly supervising 4 or more employees in a pharmacy setting. 
  • Two (2) years’ experience with electronic pharmacy management systems. 
  • Demonstrable proficiency with computer software.