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Genetic Counselor

Location: Modesto, CA Job Number: 704700 Date posted: 06/09/2018
Description: Independently provides genetic counseling and referral services for patients of all age groups who have or are at risk for genetic conditions or birth defects. Acts as a consultant to health care providers regarding highly specialized genetic information pertinent to management of their patients. Administers state, regional, and local programs that provide genetic services to members.

Essential Functions:
  • Provides genetic counseling services for all areas of medical genetics including pediatric, prenatal, adult, and/or cancer referrals.
  • Assesses recurrence risks and recommends medical or genetic testing based on analysis of the risk, benefit, and cost.
  • Provides crisis intervention and psychosocial counseling regarding genetic conditions.
  • Makes referrals for ongoing care and support.
  • Provides case management for complex genetics cases, including coordinating medical recommendations and management plans, testing, and ongoing counseling.
  • Develops, implements, and coordinates a wide variety of genetic programs (e.g., prenatal diagnosis, GDSP Screening Program, carrier screening, and specialty clinics) at the local or regional level.
  • Follows guidelines mandated by the State of California.
  • Develops and presents programs and classes for pediatric, adult, obstetric and cancer patients.
  • Produces culturally sensitive and age appropriate patient and health professional education materials, and participates in community education programs.
  • Develops and presents inservice education to physicians and other health care providers regarding genetic services and current medical genetics topics.
  • Maintains local and regional statistics, survey trends, and adjusts protocols to ensure appropriate patient referral and care.
  • Maintains current knowledge of advances in the field of genetics.
  • Recommends/implements enhanced clinical practice standards.
  • May participate in research projects.
  • Provides input into local and regional polices and guidelines and hiring of new staff.
  • Identifies opportunities to reduce costs and increase services.
  • Serves as preceptor for graduate genetic counseling students and medical residents.
  • Other duties as assigned.

  • Basic Qualifications:
  • N/A
  • Masters degree in genetic counseling or complete degree prior to employment start date.
    License, Certification, Registration
  • Must have a National Provider Identifier (NPI), or obtain an NPI, prior to employment start date.
  • Must be Board Certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics, or the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) and have a current/valid Genetic Counselor License issued by the California State Department of Public Health prior to employment start date or a temporary Genetic Counselor License issued by the California State Department of Public Health, if not yet Board Certified, prior to employment start date.
  • For Temporary Genetic Counselor License, must work under the general supervision of a licensed genetic counselor or licensed physician: expiration is after 24 months or 30 days after notification that applicant has failed the ABGC certification exam and it cannot be renewed (whichever comes first).

    Additional Requirements:
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local requirements.
  • Demonstrated refined analytic and diagnostic reasoning skills.
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to clearly explain complex medical information in both verbal and written form.
  • Must be able to work in a Labor/Management Partnership environment.

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Previous computer experience preferred.
    Primary Location: California,Modesto,Modesto Medical Offices 4601 Dale Rd. Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Working Hours Start: 8:30 am Working Hours End: 5:00 pm Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: ESC/IFPTE - Local 20 - Genetic Counselors Job Level: Individual Contributor Job Category: Patient Care Services (Non RN) Department: Genetics Travel: No
    Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.

    External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.
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