Genetic Counselor II

  • San Jose, California
  • Aug 03, 2020
Full Time Human and Social Services
  • Salary: $116,147.20 - $140,524.80 Annually USD

Job Description

Under general supervision, to counsel, support, educate and inform individuals and families, with or at risk of inherited genetic disorders and birth defects about the medical, scientific, and psychological resources available to them, to promote an understanding of birth disorders, to adapt to the risk or condition and to make informed choices.

This recruitment is for two Genetic Counselor positions in Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. The first opening is a full-time assignment in the Pediatrics Department. The other opening is a part-time assignment in the Oncology Department, where they are looking for candidates with Cancer Genetics training and/or experience.

The established eligible list will be used to fill other vacancies (Full-Time, Part-Time, Extra-Help, etc.) as they occur. If you are interested in such opportunities, please be sure to complete the appropriate questions.

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Typical Tasks
  • Establishes a mutually agreed upon genetic counseling agenda with the patient and their family;
  • Elicits and obtains family history and medical information, including pregnancy development;
  • Provides professional psychosocial genetic counseling to individuals regarding genetic hereditary conditions which pose potential risks to their children;
  • Recommends medical or genetic testing to individuals/families at risk for genetic diseases or birth defects;
  • Educates and explains technical and medical aspects of diagnostic and screening methods and reproductive options, including associated risks, benefits and limitations;
  • Coordinates communication between patient and multi-disciplinary medical team in the diagnosis and evaluation of birth conditions;
  • Provides direct in-patient and out-patient care and at satellite clinics;
  • Charts, reports, coordinates and categorizes clinical testing and test results that are approved by the Chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine;
  • Supervises and teaches genetic counseling interns;
  • Educates medical students, nurses, residents and fellows, research, community outreach and multi-disciplinary clinic development regarding genetic services and current medical genetic updates;
  • Responds to scheduled genetic counseling appointments with individuals/families in a timely manner;
  • May be assigned as a Disaster Service Worker, as required;
  • Performs other duties as required.

Employment Standards

Possession of Master's degree in Genetic Counseling/Human Genetics or closely related field and possession and maintenance of a valid certification by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and licensure by the California Department of Health as a Genetic Counselor.

Training and Experience Note : The required knowledge and abilities are attained through three (3) years of experience working as a Genetic Counselor equivalent to Genetic Counselor I at Valley Medical Center.

Knowledge of:
  • Principles of supervision, training and instructional methods;
  • Clinical expertise in area of specialty;
  • Common and uncommon inherited disorders and detectable conditions;
  • Effective counseling session structure;
  • Counseling techniques sensitive toward individuals and families at risk of genetic defects or birth disorders, that promotes individual choice on various treatment options;
  • Benefits and risks of noninvasive screening or invasive diagnostic testing;
  • Individual case management and collaborates with multidisciplinary health professionals to promote patient care;
  • Community agencies and State support services;
  • Age specific competencies required of infants, children, adolescents, adults and geriatrics;
  • Common office computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets and databases.

Ability to :
  • Supervise and assign the work of interns;
  • Obtain and interpret family medical histories to assess the chance of disease occurrence or re-occurrence;
  • Work in collaboration with health professionals to assist families facing prenatal genetic abnormalities and birth defects;
  • Identify and respond to issues and problems effectively and in a timely manner;
  • Maintain confidentiality; listen and obtain clarification to ensure that instructions/requests are fully comprehended;
  • Educate individuals, families and medical professionals about inherited genetic disorders or birth defects and the medical testing, scientific research, psychological resources and other options available;
  • Counsel patient and families to promote informed choices and adaptation to the risk or birth health condition;
  • Translate complex language of genomic medicine into understandable terms;
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing with individuals, families and medical professionals;
  •  Maintain State of California required license credentials and certifications;
  • Establish effective relationships with those contacted in the course of business.


Special requirement :
  • Travel to and provide services at satellite clinics as required.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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Job Address

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