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State of Montana Pharmacist (05617) in Helena, Montana

[Building a Stronger Montana]

Why should you come to work for the Department of Labor & Industry?

It’s about the people, the work we do and our mission to protect the well-being of Montana’s workers, employers and citizens and to uphold their rights and responsibilities. It’s about the impact we make in our communities every day. We are proud of our open, team-based, supportive and collaborative work environments. Learn more about DLI here .

What other benefits can you expect from this opportunity?

Look here for a summary of our outstanding benefits. You’ll love what you see! Our benefits include:

  • Work/life Balance

  • Health Coverage

  • Retirement Plans

  • Paid Vacation, Sick Leave and Holidays (a combination of up to 38 per year!)

  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) – Employment with the State of Montana may qualify you to receive student loan forgiveness under the PSLF. Look here to learn more and see if you may qualify.

How would this position make an impact in your community?

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry is looking for a Pharmacist to serve as program manager for the state’s prescription drug monitoring program, the Montana Prescription Drug Registry (MPDR), administered through the Board of Pharmacy. In this position you will be responsible for managing all MPDR program activities and related vendor and contract management, collaborating with stakeholders, and performing occasional pharmacy inspections focused on MPDR compliance and/or full pharmacy inspections.

As a Pharmacist you will:

  • Be responsible for managing and overseeing the Montana Prescription Drug Registry (MPDR) program and database operations.

  • Collaborate with the Department and vendor staff on contract management, associated data information systems, and continuous quality improvement.

  • Coordinate and implement the transition of the MPDR program into a new vendor and operating system featuring existing and new functionalities and enhancements.

  • Be responsible for implementing MPDR data integration with health information systems, including pharmacy dispensing systems, electronic health records, and the state’s health information exchange.

  • Be responsible for the strategic direction and evolving opportunities of the MPDR program resulting from a 2019 legislative audit and related national trends and developments.

  • Provide customer service, outreach, education, and statistical analysis to healthcare professionals, state and federal agencies, non-government organizations, and the public.

  • Perform pharmacy inspections and follow procedures for resolving pharmacy MPDR reporting and compliance issues.

  • Communicate effectively through written and verbal presentations with a variety of stakeholders.

In-state remote telework will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

What makes you the right person for this opportunity?

Your preparation for this opportunity may include the following:

  • Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (BSPharm) or Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from an accredited school of pharmacy.

  • Be currently licensed as a pharmacist in good standing with the Board and/or other board of pharmacy. The pharmacist license shall never have been suspended or revoked by any board of pharmacy in any state.

  • If not licensed as a pharmacist in Montana, then licensure must be obtained upon hire.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

*This position may be covered by a Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association (VEBA)


If you are the right person for this opportunity, you will have the following knowledge, skills or abilities:

Knowledge of:

  • Concepts, theories, and practices of pharmacy.

  • State and federal statutes and regulations that govern and impact pharmacy practice, drug laws, and, in a reasonable time, prescription drug monitoring programs and the professions utilizing such programs.

Skills in:

  • Exercising sound professional judgement and problem-solving skills.

  • Leadership and strategic and operational planning skills.

  • Customer support and management of projects, contracts, and budgets.

  • Preparing and delivering strong written and oral communications.

  • Using office equipment and database systems including use of Microsoft Office spreadsheet, presentation, email, and word processing systems.

Ability to:

  • Work independently and within a team environment.

  • Work effectively under pressure with the ability to multitask and organize priorities in a dynamic and evolving program and work environment.

  • Ensure confidentiality and compliance with state and federal laws.

  • Interpret and implement statutes, regulations, and guidelines impacting MPDR and draft recommended changes.

  • Assess clinical information, analyze data, and prepare statistical reports.

  • Coordinate and engage in communication with stakeholders, including agency and legislative staff, and respond to questions and inquires.

  • Attend various in-state and out-of-state stakeholder meetings.

  • Inspect and monitor pharmacy compliance issues.

  • Demonstrate professionalism in demeanor, appearance, and judgement.

  • Perform other duties and projects as assigned.

How would you let us know that you’re the right person?

Submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample.

Provide a cover letter indicating why you are interested in managing the MPDR program. Also include a detailed written explanation of your work experience demonstrating how you have met the desired knowledge, skills, abilities, and qualifications for this position. Include a sample of written material(s) previously completed.

In your resume, include all work experience you have held that would help you qualify for this position, including duties and dates of employment (month & year - start & end).

A complete state application is not required; however, you will need to initiate the application and attach the cover letter and resume in order to be considered for this position. Failure to attach the cover letter, resume and writing sample will result in your application being considered incomplete and will not be considered further.

Only electronic applications will be accepted. Materials submitted but not requested will not be considered in the selection process.

All documents for Veteran or Disability preference must be received or date stamped by the closing date. You will receive an email with instructions on how to submit such documents.

Job: *Healthcare

Title: Pharmacist (05617)

Location: Helena

Requisition ID: 20141756

Other Locations: Billings, Missoula, Kalispell, Butte, Bozeman, Great Falls