Pharmacist Covid-19 Therapeutics Program.

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Health Care Provider
Posted on January 14, 2022
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Summary

To contain COVID-19 and fully re-open the region, Public Health - Seattle & King County is helping to achieve the goal by vaccinating all eligible residents against this virus. In addition to vaccination, we are also committed to ensure equitable access to FDA-authorized or approved COVID-19 treatments, such as oral antiviral medications.

There is an urgent need to create capacity in providing COVID-19 therapeutics treatments across King County Public Health Centers especially at Isolation and Quarantine Sites.

We are looking to fill ONE clinical pharmacist position to work in the Community Health Services Division, in operation of our Covid-19 Therapeutics Program. The work performed in this position is anticipated to last through at least 8/31/2022. However, the end date of this position may be adjusted based on funding and program need.

Covid-19 Therapeutics (oral antivirals) are proven to be effective treatments against mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults with positive results of direct SARS-CoV-2 and who are at high-risk for progression to severe COVID. Here at King County, we are committed to ensure our communities and those disproportionately affected by COVID-19 have equitable access to FDA-authorized or approved COVID-19 treatments. With the launch of the COVID-19 Therapeutics Program, we will be needing support from clinical pharmacist for day-to-day operation working under CDTA in this particular area. This program is designed mainly to care for those who are particularly underserved and disproportionately affected (e.g., serve a significant number of people experiencing homelessness) during this pandemic. The program will impact largely for the clients staying at the isolation and quarantine sites.

Commitment To Equity And Social Justice: As the only county in the United States named after Martin Luther King Jr, one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nations' history, King County is a vibrant community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the artistic and social traditions of many cultures. Together, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence.

We continue to build on an enduring legacy of shared values of equity and social justice, employee engagement, innovative thinking, and continuous improvement. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda aimed at advancing regional change and is developing the systems and standards necessary to achieve better outcomes for all of our residents, regardless of their race or income. All of these qualities make King County one of the nation's best places to live, work, and play.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple vacancies over the next 6 months.

Job Duties

  • Review medical chart and medications list for all incoming Isolation/Quarantine patients to assess for treatment eligibility
  • Review patients’ criteria of eligibility according to risk algorithm 
  • Track medication supply/inventory level and triage medication based on level of COVID risk (using the NIH risk criteria)
  • Consult on-call provider for any appropriate clinical questions
  • Be available to answer all clinical questions related to therapeutics
  • Counsel eligible patients on available treatments
  • Maintain inventory control including placing the order and receiving (coordinate with our HRSA POC for medication ordering)
  • Oversee proper receipt and storage of therapeutics deliveries 
  • Organize and label therapeutics within storage units
  • Document therapeutics inventory information in Epics
  • Review potential medication interactions and recommend dosage adjustments for provider review (If CDTA not approved yet)
  • Refer eligible and interested patients to the IQ provider daily for assessment, discussion with the patient and prescribing treatment if indicated (If CDTA not approved yet)
  • Oversee proper therapeutics transport
  • Serve as a resource for field clinical teams regarding therapeutics
  • Respond to calls from IQ nurses about medication questions 
  • Perform data entry and data system management related to Rx order
  • Draft and update standard operating procedures CDTA
  • Under CDTA, to prescribe, dispense and counsel patient on the appropriate use of the antivirals for COVID treatment
  • Perform other duties as assigned 

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Competitive candidates will be:

  • Washington State Registered Pharmacist License in good standing
    • Knowledge of the legal requirements of a Pharmacist
    • Knowledge of pharmacy practices and procedures
  • Proof of Current BLS CPR Certification for Healthcare Providers (Please attach if current.)
  • Washington State Driver's License or ability to travel within the designated territory
  • COVID-19 Vaccinations
Desired:
  • Experience working at COVID-19 Sites
  • Experience working under CDTA

Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.

As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:

  • submit proof of vaccination, or
  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Executive Branch includes employees in the Executive branch, the Assessor's Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff's Office, and the Executive Office.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer

No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

Who May Apply: This position is open to all qualified internal and external candidates. To be considered as a Special Duty applicant, you must be a current Career Service, King County employee who has successfully passed probation and must get your supervisor's approval if this assignment is offered to you.
 
 Application Process: 
 The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:
  • An electronic application through www.kingcounty.gov/jobs or www.governmentjobs.com (use the "Apply" link) including work history and position duties.
  • A cover letter speaking to why you have interest in working with vulnerable and marginalized populations related to this body of work. 
  • Responses to Supplemental Questions. Please do not copy and paste your resume or resume sections as responses to Supplemental Questions. Doing so will result in an incomplete application, unless the submitted information completely and directly answers the questions posed. 
 
Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the relevant information in the application. Cover letters and/or resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed NeoGov application. Applications and/or Supplemental Questionnaires that state "see my resume" or "see my personnel file" are considered incomplete and will not be accepted.
  • The selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, interviewing, and testing. For more information on our selection process, please refer to www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/jobs/hiring.
  • Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.
  • Staff may be required to play an active role in the event of a public health emergency, which may include changes in responsibilities, work location and working hours.
 
Necessary Special Requirements
  • The selected candidate will be required to pass a thorough background investigation.
  • Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law.
  • Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing required training on time.
 
Work location: The individual selected for this position mainly be working remotely to support COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine sites and their teams. The home base for this position is at King County Chinook Building. Travel to and work at the Isolation and Quarantine sites (Auburn and Kent), as well as travel to meetings and an office location may be necessary.

Telecommuting 
The work associated with this position may be performed through teleworking with reporting to an office location and to meetings as needed. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities. Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.
 
Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours.  Employees must reside in WA state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.  There will be situations where the employee is required to report to a County worksite.  Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required by the department in alignment with the Public Health Directive from the Seattle & King County Public Health Officer.
 
To support employees during this time King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
 
Work schedule:  The hours may be flexible typically between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. This position is subject to the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and overtime eligible, and may work outside of the typical schedule to meet operational needs.
   
Union affiliation:
This position is represented by PROTEC17.
 
Contact:
For more information about the application process, please contact Catherine Fitzpatrick, HR Analyst at Catherine.fitzpatrick@kingcounty.gov.    
 

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
 
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
 
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

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Have you used an electronic health records system? If so, what systems are you proficient in using?
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Have you ever been subject to review, challenges, and/or disciplinary action, formal or informal, by an ethics committee, licensing board, medical disciplinary board or related professional association?
  • Yes
  • No
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Have you ever been involved, as a health service provider, in a malpractice claim or suit?
  • Yes
  • No
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Have you ever had your license to practice nursing in any jurisdiction revoked, denied, suspended, reduced, or relinquished?
  • Yes
  • No
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Have you ever had your license to practice nursing/pharmacy in any jurisdiction revoked, denied, suspended, reduced, or relinquished?
  • Yes
  • No
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Are you willing to provide options counseling to pregnant people?
  • Yes
  • No
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Do you have knowledge of any action pending before any licensing board(s) which could affect your license or ability to practice?
  • Yes
  • No
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Are you willing to accept a term-limited temporary (TLT) position?
  • Yes
  • No
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Seattle & King County Public Health has a strong commitment to equity and social justice. All staff are given training in Equity and Social Justice (ESJ) as well as Trauma Informed Care (TIC). Please describe why working for an agency that values ESJ and TIC is important to you.
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Do you possess BLS CPR for Healthcare Providers? If so, please attach documentation of your current BLS/CPR certification. If you do not, please describe how you would obtain certification by time of job offer. Failure to obtain this BLS/CPR certification will result in job offer being delayed or rescinded.
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Are you bilingual? If so, what language(s) are you proficient in reading, writing and speaking?
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Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
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If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff

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