Pharmacist Investigator – DOH8141

US Government, Dept. of Health

Equity and optimal health for all vision and photos of our employees and community

This is a full-time, permanent Pharmacist – Investigator position.

Health Systems Quality Assurance

Office of Investigative & Legal Services

Location:  Tumwater, WA (flexible/hybrid)



Make a difference.

As a Pharmacist – Investigator you will independently conduct investigations of alleged violations of drug laws and rules by health care professionals and pharmaceutical firms using specialized knowledge to assess the licensees’ compliance with complex laws and rules.   You’ll also provide pharmacy clinical expertise to the Department, law enforcement agencies, and other state & federal agencies.


Key responsibilities include:

  • Investigate all types of drug-related law and pharmacy practice violations referred for investigation. These investigations range from routine to complex and require expertise in the application of state and federal laws and regulations to pharmacy practice and the distribution of all drugs in Washington State. 
  1. Conduct interviews with complainants, witnesses, and respondents.
  2. Prepare an investigative plan based on allegations.
  3. Collect, review, and investigate data and information gathered through observation, interview, and assessment.
  4. Prepare, organize, and write investigative reports, collaborating with staff attorneys, prosecuting attorneys, and disciplinary authorities.
  5. Provide pharmacy clinical expertise to Department of Health (DOH) offices, law enforcement agencies conducting drug-related criminal investigations. Provide expert pharmacy clinical and investigative testimony before boards, commissions, and in courts of law.

Our Ideal Candidate. 

Has a driving passion for the work, brings humility to their job and interactions, and understands how their actions affect others. They see the needs and objectives of others and take them into account while achieving their objectives, and they adapt their approach and expectations accordingly. They demonstrate resilience and outward behaviors even when confronted with others who are not open or collaborative. 


Essential Requirements & Qualifications

Note: Experience defined below may have been gained through paid or unpaid activities. Please ensure any relevant experience defined below is outlined in your cover letter, resume, and/or applicant profile.

  • Active license to practice pharmacy in Washington State.
  • Three (3) or more years of experience as a pharmacist.
  • Pharmacy Preceptor credentialing or ability to the credentialing within three (3) months of hire.


Note: Must pass criminal history background check – The ability to pass a criminal history background check is a requirement to perform the essential duties of this position and was determined based on a job analysis. This position conducts Uniform Disciplinary Act (UDA) investigations as required by RCW 18.130, and investigates reports of unprofessional conduct, as defined in RCW 18.130.180. Unprofessional conduct includes, but is not limited to, acts of moral turpitude, dishonesty, or corruption, as well as misuse of controlled substances or prescription drugs.


Desired Skills & Preferred Experience 

  • Experience in the practice of hospital, retail, or long-term care Pharmacy.
  • Experience conducting audits, inspections, or surveys. 
  • Knowledge of state requirements (rules & regulations) for regulated facilities/entities.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, ability, and experience applying state laws, including the Uniform Disciplinary Act and Washington Administrative Procedure Act.

Our ideal candidate will also demonstrate the following interpersonal skills and competencies:

  • Collaborates:   Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
  • Customer Focus:   Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions.
  • Decision Quality:   Making good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward.
  • Values Differences: Recognizing the value that different perspectives and cultures bring to an organization.
  • Being Resilient:   Rebounding from setbacks and adversity when facing difficult situations.
  • Demonstrates Self-Awareness:  Using a combination of feedback and reflection to gain productive insight into personal strengths and weaknesses.
  • Self-Development:   Actively seeking new ways to grow and be challenged using both formal and information development channels.
  • Accountability:   Accept personal responsibility for assigned work and personal conduct.
  • Communication:   Consistently communicates with complainants and respondents during the conduct of your investigations. Keep supervisors informed of relevant issues and communicate clearly and professionally with peers, management, and the public. 
  • Thorough Investigations:  Conducts investigations in an organized, complete, and professional manner. This involves seeking guidance from your supervisor when unclear as to how to proceed.
  • Timely Investigations:   Appropriately prioritizes and conducts activity in all assigned cases. Meets office timelines and completes complaint investigations within 170 days of assignment.


Join a great team and lead us into the future

The Division of Health Systems Quality Assurance (HSQA) oversees Washington State’s healthcare delivery system, which includes licensing and regulating over 400,000 healthcare professionals and 7,000 facilities. The HSQA Office of Investigative and Legal Services (OILS) supports the agency and division mission by implementing the discipline procedures for health and health-related professionals and businesses as required under the Washington Uniform Disciplinary Act, RCW 18.130 (UDA).


Work Location & Flexibility

The duty station for this position is in Tumwater, WA. Telework (mobile work) is currently expected. When approved, the incumbent is expected to report to the duty station for work activities. Partial telecommuting may be an option subject to supervisory approval. We anticipate the incumbent will work at the Tumwater office twice monthly.


Work that matters

Public health promotes and protects the health of all people in the state of Washington, in the communities where they live, learn, work, and play. We understand that our efforts to achieve more equitable health outcomes for the communities we serve begin with our ability to operationalize and institutionalize equity throughout our internal policies, systems, and practices. 


About DOH

Join the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and be part of a dynamic team dedicated to safeguarding public health. As a frontline defender of our communities, DOH collaborates with partners around the clock to impact the lives of every Washingtonian and visitor. We’re not just an organization; we’re a catalyst for change, guided by our core values of Equity, Innovation, and Engagement. Our Transformational Plan for the future of Washington’s health is in motion, and we invite you to make a meaningful impact on the well-being of the state by joining us in this exciting journey. Your work at DOH truly matters.



We are dedicated to your work-life harmony and offer one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation, designed to support your lifestyle. To learn more about “Why DOH”, visit Work@Health.  


How to Apply

Intrigued? Click “Apply” to submit your detailed application profile along with the following:


  • Remember to showcase your relevant education and experience in your application. 


  • Application packets must include the following:
    • A cover letter (without personal pictures) describing how you meet the qualifications and why you are interested in this position.
    • A current resume (without personal pictures).
    • Three (3) or more professional references, to be listed in your profile under the references section, which includes at least one supervisor, peer, and (if you have supervised staff) someone you have supervised or led.


  • Do not submit private information including social security numbers, year of birth, etc. 


  • The hiring manager WILL NOT review additional supplemental attachments. DO NOT attach or submit the following:
  1. Personal photos (this includes photos on your resume and/or cover letter).
  2. Transcripts.
  3. Certifications or diplomas.
  4. Projects or portfolios.
  5. Letters of Recommendation.

Veterans: Applicants wishing to claim Veterans Preference must attach a copy of their DD-214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22, or signed verification of service letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to their application. Please remove or cover any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers and birth year.


Union Representation

This position is covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.  


Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion  

We regard diversity as the foundation of our strength, recognizing that differing insights and abilities enable us to reflect the unique needs of the communities we serve.  


DOH is an equal-opportunity employer. We prohibit discrimination based on race/ethnicity/color, creed, sex, pregnancy, age, religion, national origin, marital status, the presence or perception of a disability, veteran’s status, military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender expression, or gender identity.


Questions and Accommodations:

If you have questions about this position, please contact Danielle Dahm at, 


For persons with disabilities, this document is available in other formats, please call 800-525-0127 (TDD/TTY 711) or email


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Conditions of Employment/Working Conditions


     With or without an accommodation, I am willing and able to:


  • Work Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., but willing to occasionally adjust work-schedule to meet business needs, which may include evenings and weekends.  A flexible work schedule will be considered upon request and supervisor approval.
  • Perform investigative duties at various sites, including homes, offices, health care facilities, and other establishments across the state.
  • Obtain and transport documents in boxes weighing up to 30 pounds from the site of the investigation.
  • Travel statewide and out-of-state, which may require overnight or multiple nights lodging.
  • Legally operate a state- or privately-owned vehicle OR provide alternative transportation while on state business.
  • Participate in emergency response exercises and emergency events/high-priority assignments, as assigned.
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