Genetic Counselor

Duarte, California
October 01 2021
Life Sciences
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
About City of Hope

City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 6,000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy.

Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced care go hand-in-hand with excellence in clinical and scientific research. City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation's leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

Position Summary

As part of a multidisciplinary team, provide information to individuals and families about genetics and cancer risk, facilitate genetic testing, and provide psychosocial support to cope with cancer risk. Contributes value to each of the CCG domains (clinical, research, and education). Bilingual in Spanish preferred.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Collection and interpretation of 3-generation family histories (both maternal and paternal).
  • Review of medical records for key affected individuals.
  • Pedigree assessment and recognition of cancer susceptibility syndromes.
  • Use appropriate models to estimate genetic and empiric cancer risk.
  • Informed consent discussion, including benefits of genetic knowledge and family risk communication, privacy, confidentiality and discrimination issues.
  • Educate patients about the medical and psychosocial implications of cancer risk and genetic testing.
  • Selection of laboratory, coordination of testing and interpretation of test results.
  • Provide patient education regarding risk-appropriate medical management and screening options.
  • Psychosocial assessment.
  • Provide post-test education, counseling and support.
  • Dictate medical reports.
  • Moderate and participate in case conferencing
  • Field inquiries related to genetic testing/counseling services from patients and the public
  • Serves as supervisor/coordinator for genetic counseling student rotations
  • Develop protocols/standardized procedures for practice in the department.
  • Enhance professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, reviewing current literature, attending in-service meetings and workshops.
  • Attend and participate in meetings.
  • Lead clinical administration project
  • Represent clinical team in tumor board(s)

  • Complete required research compliance training to be able to participate in research collaborations
  • Train for and facilitate informed consent for CCG Research Registry

  • Complete and provide critical feedback on Intensive Course (IC)
  • Participate in IC onsite workshops
  • Contribute as faculty to the IC
  • Moderate and/or present in IC update conferences
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.

Basic education, experience and skills required for consideration:
  • Master of Science in Genetic Counseling with ABGC board certification or MSN/MN and APRN license.
  • Two (2) or more years of experience in genetic counseling (or has demonstrated equivalent mastery), one (1) or more years of experience in cancer genetic counseling specialty.
  • Specialized courses and clinical training in the genetics of cancer.
  • Ability to accurately assess heritable cancer risk
  • Ability to effectively communicate genetic concepts of cancer risk information to patients and families
  • Ability to deal with families in crisis
  • Work well with supervision in the clinic setting
  • Work independently with minimal supervision in the research venue.
  • Microsoft Word
  • E-Mail
  • Excel
  • Outlook
  • PowerPoint
  • Pedigree database experience

Required Certification/Licensure:
  • Currently possess a permanent California Department of Public Health Genetic Counseling Licensure/Certification or equivalent for nursing candidates; or, currently possess a nationally-recognized Accreditation/Licensure/Certification in Genetic Counseling with the ability to obtain a permanent California Department of Public Health Genetic Counseling Licensure/Certification within six (6) months from the date of hire.

Additional Information:
  • To protect the health of patients and staff and to comply with new State of California mandates, City of Hope staff are required to show proof of full vaccination by September 30, 2021. Compliance is a condition of employment.

City of Hope is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

  • Posting Date: Oct 1, 2021
  • Job Field: Clinical Research
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Shift: Day Job

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