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The University of Saskatchewan values diversity, and Aboriginal engagement is a strategic priority.

Pharmacy Skills Coordinator

Department: College of Pharmacy &Nutrition

FTE: 1.0

Status: 12 month Term with the possibility of extension or becoming permanent

Requisition: req922

Open Date: 7/24/2017

Closing Date: 7/31/2017

Salary Information: The salary range is CAD $61,618.00 - 96,279.00 per annum (Specialist Professional/Phase 2). The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Description: There is 1 opening(s) for this posting. Located in Saskatoon.

Primary Purpose: The successful applicant will coordinate the maintenance and refinement of the professional skills component of the Pharmacy curriculum.  He/she  will use his/her expertise to establish, organize and instruct laboratories and other activities in order to develop and assess the students’ professional skills and behaviours that are essential for contemporary Pharmacy practice.

Nature of Work: Reporting to the Assistant Dean of Pharmacy, or designate, the Coordinator works with a high level of independence, decision-making and accountability, and must build good relationships with faculty, staff and students.


  • Ensure achievement of academic goals of Pharmacy students by developing, coordinating and instructing laboratory activities that reflect current pharmacy practice
  • Develop students’ skills in non-sterile compounding of pharmaceutical dosage forms, dispensing and communication
  • Create/provide relevant materials to support learning objectives
  • Reinforce students' understanding and awareness of responsibilities, policies and procedures relevant to laboratory experiences to reduce potential risk and liability
  • Outline expectations so that formative and summative feedback related to these laboratory experiences is comprehensive and fair; support formal evaluation through the development and application of complex and varied assessment tools in these laboratories; and prepare and mark laboratory exams and quizzes, collate weekly marks and review the marking of practical examinations
  • Ensure that the appropriate instructors, standardized patients and evaluators are available in adequate numbers to meet the needs of the pharmaceutical dosage forms and dispensing laboratories (PHAR 303); outline roles and expectations of individuals participating in the laboratories; and provide support as needed to instructors, evaluators, standardized patients, and guests to ensure their effective participation in the laboratories
  • Work with the Course Coordinator for PHAR 171(Pharm D) to organize and deliver course labs
  • Track and submit hours of work for lab assistants
  • Update accompanying lab manual and work with student representatives to arrange its printing and availability
  • Ensure smooth functioning of the laboratory’s pharmacy software system required to support laboratory activities (Kroll)
  • Contribute to effective administration of the Division of Pharmacy by providing information and recommendations on organization of activities related to pharmacy practice skills
  • Build and maintain relationships with colleagues in other units to further interprofessional education initiatives
  • Maintain active membership in professional organizations that support the practice of pharmacy


Education: Applicants require a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree.  A graduate degree is desirable; however, considerable related experience and expertise will be appropriate in lieu of this.

Experience: The ideal candidate would have three to five years of experience in pharmacy practice, although applicants with lesser qualifications will be considered.  Experience in the development of student assessment tools; supervision and evaluation of students; and teaching would be considered an asset but is not required.

Skills: Demonstrated understanding of contemporary pharmacy practice and specialized knowledge in the area of pharmaceutics, compounding, and dispensing; ability to work independently and as part of a team; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; effective time management and organizational skills; initiative; creativity; research skills; and computer literacy.  


This position is in scope of ASPA.

Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to either Kerry Mansell at 306-966-5235 or Logan Beatty at 306-966-8247.

The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.