Pharmacy Technician

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Pharmacy
Posted on January 12, 2022
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The responsibilities of this classification, Pharmacy Technician, include assisting pharmacists by processing prescriptions, maintaining patient profile, filling orders, ordering medications, maintaining pharmaceutical inventory and providing support services to assure that the pharmacy program is in compliance with all relevant state and federal rules and regulations. This position operates under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist. 

Commitment to Equity and Social Justice:

As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.
We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.
Applicants should be committed to working with diverse populations throughout King County to provide excellent customer service to a broad range of cultures, in accordance with the King County 
Equity and Social Justice Ordinance and the King County Strategic Plan.


Job Duties:

  • Order entries for prescriptions or processing prescriptions.
  • Assist the Pharmacist in dispensing individual prescriptions.    
  • Fill orders for drugs and vaccines requested by Seattle/King County Department of Public Health clinics and other health facilities.
  • Process prescriptions and maintain patient profiles in pharmacy software system.
  • Accurately interpret prescriptions including drug name, strength, directions, dosage forms and generic equivalents.
  • Maintain inventory control including purchasing, receiving and placing in stock all drug and pharmacy supplies.    
  • Re-package and label prescribed medications for health clinics.
  • Maintain and monitor records for credits, returns and outdated drugs from health facilities and return outdated merchandise and recalled drugs to manufacturer.
  • Update and maintain effective drug inventories based on use or projected use.
  • Deliver “Keep-On-Person” medications to the patients in-house.
  • Deliver drug orders and re-stock appropriate drug storage locations throughout Jail Health Services.
  • Maintain security measures to properly safeguard drug inventory.
  • Maintain and monitor records for returns and outdated drugs from throughout the facility and return outdated merchandise and recalled drugs to manufacturer.



  • Knowledge of drug names, strength, dosage forms, generic equivalents and storage requirements.
  • Knowledge of the legal requirements of a Pharmacy Assistant A.     
  • Knowledge of pharmacy practices and procedures.    
  • Basic mathematics calculation skills.
  • Organization skills.
  • Time management skills.    
  • Communication (oral and written) skills.    
  • Skill in working in a team environment.
  • Skill in data entry and personal computers.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Washington State Board of Pharmacy Technician License at time of hire

  • Healthcare BLS/CPR Certification at time of hire

  • Must pass DAJD Clearance and Public Health Background Check

  • The person hired into this position will be required to adhere to the policies of the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (in addition to those of the Public Health Department) in meeting and maintaining the standards required including Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards, for continued access to the facility as well as other standards related to conduct.

  • An offer of employment will be contingent on passing a pre-employment physical exam (should be able to lift 50 pounds, move quickly up and down stairs, crouching/bending to perform CPR).


Desired Qualifications:

  • Previous correctional facility experience

  • Previous experience working with an electronic health record system

  • Certified Pharmacy Technician Licensure (PTCB)


Who May Apply: This Float Pool (Short-Term Temporary) position is open to all qualified applicants that includes new graduate and re-entry pharmacy-technicians. This posting will be used to fill all needs.


Work Schedule: This is an on-call float position (Short-Term Temp), the work hours will vary between 7:00am and 5:30pm depends on the location and shift. The various work schedule is dependent on the backfill needs. Holidays and weekends may be included and may work outside these days/hours to meet operational needs.


Work Site Address: 

  • King County Correctional Facility 500 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

  • Maleng Regional Justice Center 620 W James St, Kent, WA 98032

  • Eastgate Public Health Center 14350 SE Eastgate Way, Bellevue, WA 98007

  • Downtown Public Health Center 2124 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121


Contact: For information or questions about this opportunity please email Amy M. Curtis, RN and David Baure, RN at


Application Process: The following completed items are required to be considered for this vacancy:

  • NEOGOV/Government Jobs on-line or paper application 
  • Completed supplemental questions that are supported in your application. These answers will be reviewed to determine competitiveness. Please do not use "see resume" in your answers as these will be considered incomplete. 

Your application will be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the required information in the application. If you reference "see resume" on your application it will be considered incomplete. You must completely fill out the application with your relevant education and work experience. 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 

Necessary Special Requirements:

  • The selected candidate will be required to submit a background check. Records are not automatically disqualifying. 
  • 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 trainings on time.
  • Employees can be redeployed in the event of a Public Health Seattle-King County emergency. 

UNION AFFILIATION: This position is represented by Professional & Technical Employees Local 17 (PROTEC17).

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

As of October 18, 2021, most* King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by October 18th. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

This directive applies to 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 your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

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.

Have you worked in a correctional or other locked facility?
  • Yes
  • No
Have you used an electronic health records system? If so, what systems are you proficient in using?
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
Have you ever been involved, as a health service provider, in a malpractice claim or suit?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have knowledge of any action pending before any licensing board(s) which could affect your license or ability to practice?
  • Yes
  • No
Are you willing to provide pregnancy options counseling to women and possibly dispense Plan B?
  • Yes
  • No
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.
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.
Are you bilingual? If so, what language(s) are you proficient in reading, writing and speaking?
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.
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
Do you possess a Certified Pharmacy Technician Licensure (PTCB)?
  • Yes
  • No

Required Question