Position Summary: The cancer genetic counselor provides genetic counseling and cancer risk assessment services to individuals with a personal and/or family history of cancer, including those at risk for hereditary cancer syndromes.
The genetic counselor must be able to work with patients who have diverse cultural backgrounds, diverse life experience, education levels, life styles and socioeconomic statuses. Sensitivity and the ability to work with patients confidentially and positively are essential.
Knowledge of health care systems, health insurance authorization processes, community resources and the ability to work as a member of an interdisciplinary team are essential skills and knowledge required for this genetic counselor position.
Work is performed under the general directions of the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO).
The West Cancer Center is seeking a Cancer Genetic Counselor.
West Clinic/West Cancer Center is the region’s comprehensive leader in adult cancer care and research, delivering a complete continuum of care to more than 30,000 individuals each year.
West has solidified itself as the local leader in adult cancer care. Led by the vision of its three co-founders, West Clinic has built a reputation for both clinical excellence and cutting-edge research – a vision that forged the foundation for an innovative partnership with One Oncology. Today, West Cancer Center is positioned as the region’s comprehensive leader in adult cancer care and research.
The focus on groundbreaking research and clinical trials provides West Cancer Center patients with the most effective, individualized care possible. It is what sets West apart – and it is why patients from throughout the region and across the country choose West Cancer Center as their trusted partner in their cancer journey.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Develops, implements, and maintains cancer genetic counseling services
Counsels patients and family members by providing information, education, or reassurance regarding genetic risks and inherited conditions
Facilitates the genetic testing process, including informed consent, and discloses results to patient
Provides standard recommendations for cancer screening and prevention based on patient’s personalized risks
Communicates all genetic test results, cancer risk estimates, and standard recommendations to patient and any referring physicians
Documents other patient interactions as appropriate
Collaborates and coordinates patient care with other disciplines and medical specialties
Responds to relevant inquiries from patients, staff and physicians
Collaborates with other health care professionals to provide genetic counseling/testing services to patients, when necessary
Regularly attends and actively participates in multidisciplinary tumor boards
Assists with research protocols, when applicable
Assists with development of marketing materials and programs for various audiences, when applicable
Seeks out and presents educational activities to patients, families, trainees, multidisciplinary groups within the West Cancer Center and on the local, state or national level
Keeps abreast of developments in genetics and genomics
Performs other duties as assigned
Serves as direct line for staff communication of genetic counseling-related issues and communicates necessary topics to management
Partners with management to ensure quality clinical genetic services
Leads development of new processes and ongoing evaluation/adjustment of existing processes
Identifies “best practices” among the genetic counseling team and shares them accordingly
Actively supports policies, procedures and culture of West Cancer Center
Interfaces with Physicians, Staff of The West Clinic, Patients, and Patients’ Families.
Respects the dignity and confidentiality of patients.
Maintains a good attendance record and reports for work on time.
Maintains a professional attitude and appearance.
Complies with clinic safety policy and procedures.
Possesses good communication skills that lend to a team-oriented work environment.
Attends staff meetings as scheduled.
Assists with training and orientation of new employees as assigned.
Possesses the ability to make good decisions, maintains confidentiality, and demonstrates excellent communication and documentation skills.
Performs all other duties, as assigned.
Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from a college or university program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC)
Applicants must be certified or board-eligible by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC)
Two (2) to four (4) years of experience in field or related field is preferred, however, new graduates are welcome to apply
Work Environment/Physical Demands/Travel:
Must have excellent organizational and follow-up skills; excellent verbal and written communication skills; excellent problem-solving skills; the ability to prioritize work assignments in a fast-paced environment; the ability to analyze situations and respond in a timely manner; relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals; the ability to participate in multi-functional teams; the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within The West Clinic; creativity and latitude is required; proficiency in computer applications including EMR, word processing, and e-mail. Additional hours may be required.
Typical clinical environment with moderate noise level.
Ability to stand, walk, reach, climb or balance, stoop or crouch, hand/wrist use, talk, see, and hear for extended periods of time.
Ability to lift up to 10lbs.
Travel to satellite offices may be required.
Internal Number: 141
About West Cancer Center
West Cancer Center is a multi-specialty, academic, regional cancer center specializing in adult cancer care and prevention. Our commitment to translate research into revolutionary treatments is furthered by our focus on genomic/drug delivery, translational targeting and new clinical pathways that provide patients with the latest, most innovative, personalized cancer care in the region. With over 750 Associates, West is able to offer a comprehensive compensation and benefit package. We hope to see you on our team!