Genetic Counselor I

  • San Jose, California
  • Apr 07, 2020
Full Time Human and Social Services
  • Salary: $101,965.76 - $123,433.44 Annually USD

Job Description

Under direct supervision, to be trained to counsel, educate, and inform individuals and families, at risk for 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;
  • Assists in providing professional psychosocial genetic counseling to individuals regarding genetic hereditary conditions posing 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;
  • Assists in coordinating communication between patient and multi-disciplinary medical team in the diagnosis and evaluation of birth conditions;
  • Supports in-patient and out-patient care and at satellite clinics;
  • Assists in charting, reporting, coordinating and categorizing clinical testing and test results that are approved by the Chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine;
  • 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 eligible for Board Certification by the American Board of Genetic Counseling, and possession of a temporary Genetic Counselor license issued by the California Department of Public Health and one (1) year supervised clinical training in a hospital setting assisting with Genetic Counselor responsibilities.

Special Certification and License requirement

Board Certification by the American board of Genetic Counseling must be obtained within two (2) years of hire to maintain licensure as stipulated by State of California Department of Health, or vacate the position.
Knowledge of:
  • Common and uncommon inherited disorders and detectable conditions;
  • Effective counseling session structure;
  • Counseling techniques sensitive toward individuals and families at risk of genetic 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 :                    
  •  Obtain and interpret family medical histories to assess the chance of disease occurrence or recurrence;
  • 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;
  • Assist in educating individuals, families about inherited genetic disorders or birth defects and the medical testing, scientific research, psychological resources and other options available;
  • Counsel patients 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 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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