New York State of Opportunity

New York State Department of Civil Service announces Continuous Recruitment Examination Open to All Qualified Individuals


Applications Accepted
Tests To Be Held


Exams Included on This Announcement
Exam Number Exam Title Salary Grade Beginning Salary Job Rate
20-127 Pharmacist G-25 $92,446 $113,661

Appointees who work in the five boroughs of New York City or in Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, or Westchester Counties will receive an additional $3,026 annual downstate adjustment. Appointees who work in Dutchess, Orange, or Putnam Counties will receive an additional $1,513 annual mid-Hudson adjustment.

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Minimum Qualifications

On or before the date of filing your application, you must have a license and current registration to practice pharmacy in New York State. If you are appointed and lose your license or current registration, action will be taken to remove you from the position.


  1. There is no processing fee for this examination.
  2. Continued employment as a Pharmacist is dependent upon continued possession of a permanent license. Loss of licensure and/or registration will result in removal from employment.
  3. Background Investigation/Justice Center Review: The names of all prospective employees will be:
    • Checked against the Staff Exclusion List (SEL) maintained by the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. Prospective employees whose names appear on the SEL as having been found responsible for serious or repeated acts of abuse or neglect will be barred from appointment and may have their names removed from the eligible list(s) for the title(s);
    • Investigated through a Criminal Background Check (CBC). All convictions must be reported. Conviction of a felony or misdemeanor or any falsified or omitted information may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment. Each case will be determined on its own merits, consistent with the applicable provisions of state and federal laws;
    and may be:
    • Screened against the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment (SCR). Prospective employees whose names appear on the SCR may be barred from appointment.
    You will be responsible for payment of all required fees.
  4. Medicaid and Medicare: In order to be eligible for appointment and to maintain employment, you cannot be listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of the Federal and/or State Medicaid and Medicare exclusion lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program). If you are appointed and subsequently listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of these lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program), you may be terminated from your employment.
  5. Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis.
  6. New York State residence is not required.

The Positions

These positions exist statewide in facilities operated by the Office of Mental Health, Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, and the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

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As a Pharmacist, you would be responsible for the provision of pharmaceutical care, including the review, monitoring, dispensing, and distribution of inpatient and outpatient medications. You would also be responsible for providing drug information, conducting medication counseling sessions, supervising pharmacy aides, and participating in pharmacy and facility wide performance improvement activities. You may be required to provide clinical and distributive services including Drug Utilization Reviews (DUR), pharmacotherapy consults, anticoagulation management, health and wellness program participation, dispensing and other clinical and distributive services as assigned. You would optimize medication use by actively managing drug therapy and by identifying, preventing and resolving medication-related problems either directly or as part of the treatment team. You would collect, analyze and report on medication therapy related data to enhance patient safety and improve patient care and be responsible for maintaining safe, effective and efficient operations in the pharmacy department. You would also be involved in maintaining accurate dispensing, distribution and related inventory records.

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Subject of Examination

The examination requires completion of an application/supplemental questionnaire (NYS-APP-3 #20127). There will be no written test. The application/supplemental questionnaire is the test. Your completed application/supplemental questionnaire will be the only basis for rating your training, education, and experience. Failure to complete the application/supplemental questionnaire correctly may result in disqualification.

If you meet the minimum qualifications, your training, education, and experience will be evaluated against the general background/critical activities of the position. Your score will be based on the following: Education, post graduate clinical residences, advanced certification, pharmacy experience (excluding International experience) and reading and following instructions. It is essential that you describe your training, education, and experience as completely as possible. Ambiguity, vagueness, or omissions will not be decided in your favor. If you need more space, attach additional 8 1/2 x 11 sheets, following the same format used on the application/supplemental questionnaire. Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of a completed application/supplemental questionnaire.

Your final score must be 70 or higher in order to pass. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime veterans' and Civil Service Law Section 85-a credits to your final passing score.

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How to Apply

Where to Apply

This exam is decentralized to the following agencies. You must mail a separate completed application/supplemental questionnaire NYS-APP-3 #20127 to one or more of the following:

NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
1220 Washington Avenue
State Office Building Campus
Albany, NY 12226-2050
(518) 457-8132
New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities
Main Office Personnel
44 Holland Avenue
Albany, NY 12229
(518) 473-4782 Link)
New York State Office of Mental Health
Decentralized Exam Unit
44 Holland Avenue
Albany, NY 12229
1-877-691-8264 Link)

State agencies have an ongoing need for persons qualified for appointment to these positions. Therefore, the New York State agencies listed above will accept applications at any time and will rate applications whenever additional eligibles are needed. In general, all applications received up to six weeks before a scheduled test date will be processed for that test date. Applications received afterward will be retained for the next scheduled rating. For information about this examination write or call either the New York State agencies on the attached listing or the New York State Department of Civil Service, S-1, Albany, NY 12239; (518) 473-9725.

RETEST POLICY: Qualified applicants will remain on the eligible list for two years. Candidates may file as frequently as every 12 month period, but a new application/supplemental questionnaire is required each time.

Additional Information

New York State is an Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of the State of New York to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without unlawful discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, arrest and/or criminal conviction record, or any other category protected by law, unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

Appointment to many positions in State government require candidates to undergo an investigative screening. This may include a thorough character investigation, a Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Record History Check, a Child Abuse Registry clearance, or other similar procedures. Candidates may be fingerprinted and may be required to pay any necessary fees for that procedure. Depending on the nature of the job, the criminal convictions discovered, or any falsified or omitted information revealed, the investigative findings may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment.

Eligibility for Employment

You must be legally eligible to work in the United States at the time of appointment and throughout your employment with New York State. If appointed, you must produce documents that establish your identity and eligibility to work in the United States, as required by the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Reasonable Accommodations in Testing

It is the policy of the Department of Civil Service, in accordance with the New York State Human Rights Law and the Americans with Disabilities Act, to provide qualified persons with disabilities equal employment opportunity and equal opportunity to participate in and receive the benefits, services, programs, and activities of the Department. It is the policy of the Department to provide such persons reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications as are necessary to provide equal opportunity. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation to participate in an examination must note this on their application. Further information is available from the Test Administration Unit of the Department of Civil Service. In the Albany area, call 518-457-2487. Outside of the Albany area, call toll free at 1-877-697-5627. For TDD services, call NY Relay at 711 (requires a fee) or 1-800-662-1220.

New York State Residence Is Not Required For Most Positions

However, you must be eligible for employment in the United States.

Continuous Recruitment/Eligible Lists

Candidates who meet the qualifications and pass this examination will have their names placed on the eligible list in the order of final scores, regardless of the date on which they filed or took the test. Generally, the names of qualified candidates will remain on the eligible list for two years. Appeal of ratings will not be allowed as the opportunity for retest exists. The Department of Civil Service reserves the right to terminate this special recruitment program.

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Reissued: 1/21

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