First listed on: 18 March 2024

Chief Pharmacist and Director, Pharmaceutical Services


Executive Band 1
NSW Ministry of Health

  • An exciting opportunity is available for a dynamic individual to join the NSW Ministry of Health in a key strategic role to lead the best practice of medicines handling and use of medicines in NSW.
  • If you are a skilled executive operating at a strategic level, with proven experience in driving growth and affecting change– apply now

This role will be located in St Leonards

Role Outline

The Chief Pharmacist/Director Pharmaceutical Services is a key source of expert advice on the quality and safety, and use of medicines in hospitals and the community.  The role is responsible for leading the Pharmaceutical Service Unit and the administration of the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act, providing strategic leadership to the development of policies, appropriate regulatory frameworks and guidelines to the safe supply of medicines and poisons. 

The Chief Pharmacist/Director leads engagement with community pharmacists and allied health and represents the State in engagement with national committees including the Advisory Committees on Medicines Scheduling and Chemicals Scheduling.

The role leads a highly specialised Unit involved in regulatory evaluation and review, industry and professional bodies engagement, and awareness and information services to stakeholders, along with compliance and enforcement.

The Chief Pharmacist/Director is a member of the Legal and Regulatory Services Branch Leadership Team, contributing to development of Branch strategies, plans and decisions.

For further information, download the role description.

Take the focus capabilities from the role description and use the Capability Application Tool to access practice interview questions.

Why You Should Apply:

Make a difference

  • Drive improvements in the management and regulation of medicines to help patients in NSW by using your experience and expertise 

Inspirational leadership

  • Inspire and create a culture of collaboration and innovation across NSW Health and community health    
  • Lead the development of policies that promote and support innovative service models and programs to ensure improved efficiency and effectiveness of health
  • Use your expertise and engagement with stakeholders to services. 

Applying for this Role

You are required to submit a one page covering letter, including a short statement in response to the two targeted questions below:

  1. Explain your interest and motivation in applying for this role and highlight your relevant skills and experience. 
  2. Describe a situation when you negotiated with others in your organisation to solve a problem.  How did you add “weight” to your solution?  Who did you consult to inform your negotiating style?

Essential Requirements

The successful candidate will have:

  • General registration as a pharmacist. A person who is eligible to be a registered pharmacist (general registration) will be considered subject to obtaining general registration. 
  • Relevant post graduate qualifications or equivalent experience in pharmacy or public health. 
  • Additional training in administration or management and/or extensive policy development and implementation experience.

We know the value of diverse experiences and broad capabilities.  Even if you’re not sure if you meet all the role requirements, we’d love to hear from you.

This is an ongoing, full time, Band 1, Public Service senior executive (PSSE) role. An attractive remuneration package within the range of $239,483 to $263,586 per annum (SOORT 2023), will be negotiated with the successful applicant. 

Please contact Gemma Broderick, A/General Counsel and Executive Director Legal and Regulatory Services, People, Culture and Governance on 02 9391 9626 should you have any additional questions about the role.

Please click here to apply for the advert through the Health Career Portal (search by job reference number REQ476987).

Our commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

At the NSW Ministry of Health we are committed to creating a diverse, inclusive and flexible environment which reflects the community and customers we serve. We actively promote the employment of women, people with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, LGBTIQ+ community and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

If you identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and would like assistance with your application or to obtain more information on how to apply, please visit our Stepping Up initiative.

To be eligible for employment in these roles you must be an Australian citizen, or a permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen, or hold a valid visa with permission to work in Australia.

The NSW Ministry of Health expects all workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and you will be required to show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status prior to securing this role.


  • The selection methods for this role are in accordance with the Government Sector Employment Act 2013 and employment arrangements for the NSW public sector. 
  • Applicants must respond to the two targeted questions and submit an up to date resume. For further guidance, refer to Applying for a role in the NSW Public Service.
  • Applicants will need to demonstrate their proficiency in the capabilities outlined in the Role Description. These will be assessed through the recruitment process to determine their suitability for appointment. For further information, refer to the NSW Public Sector Capability Framework.
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Applications close: Sunday 7 April 2024 (11.59pm)

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