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Genetics Counselor

Location: Portland, OR Job Number: 898365 Date posted: 08/26/2020

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Genetic counselor responsibility is to coordinate, administer, and deliver medical genetics services to health plan members.  Duties may involve all areas of medical genetics including prenatal, pediatric, adult, and cancer. Genetic counselors work in collaboration with MD and PhD geneticists, and with their support and supervision.  This position also requires the ability to collaborate with and share clinical genetics expertise with multiple departments and providers.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Provide genetic counseling for individuals and families.

  • Coordinate Genetics clinics

  • Review of patient chart, including investigation of outside records

  • Obtain and assess family history. This may include review of family member test results.

  • Provide recurrence risk assessment

  • Provide recommendations for medical or genetic testing based on analysis of the risk, benefit and cost.

  • Provide crisis intervention and psychosocial counseling to members upon discovery of unexpected findings (e.g., fetal malformations, biochemical disorders)

  • Review implications of genetic disorders and discuss options with member and/or family members. Makes referrals for ongoing care and support.

  • Provide case management for complex genetic cases including care coordination,  medical recommendations and management plans, testing, and ongoing counseling.

  • Conduct literature search on rare genetic diseases

  • Maintain awareness of new developments in the field.

  • Development and presentation of in-service education to physicians and other health professionals

  • Development of patient educational materials

  • Provide recommendation for and implementation of enhanced clinical practice standards.

  • Assume other activities and responsibilities from time to time as necessary for the provision of genetics services to the region

  • Basic Qualifications:


  • N/A 

  • Education

  • Masters degree in Genetic Counseling, Human Genetics, or related field from an accredited genetic counseling training program.

  • License, Certification, Registration

  • Board eligible or certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG) or the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) as a Genetic Counselor.

  • Current Washington state genetic counselor licensure, or eligibility to obtain licensure.

  • Additional Requirements:

  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills.

  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience as a genetic counselor preferred.
  • Primary Location: Oregon,Portland,Central Interstate Medical Offices 3600 N. Interst Additional Locations: Oregon
    East Interstate Medical Offices 3550 N. Interstate, 3550 N. Interstate Ave., Portland,Oregon, 97227
    Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center 10180 SE Sunnyside, 10180 SE Sunnyside Rd., Clackamas,Oregon, 97015
    Scheduled Weekly Hours: 1 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun Working Hours Start: Variable Working Hours End: Variable Job Schedule: Call-in/On-Call Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: OFNHP - Professionals Job Level: Individual Contributor Job Category: Patient Care Services (Non RN) Department: Oncology/General/Peds Travel: Yes, 20 % of the Time 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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