Genetic counselors are healthcare professionals with training in medical genetics and psychosocial counseling. The position will involve utilizing professional knowledge to educate, advocate, and assist individuals and families in understanding the potential or confirmed diagnosis of a genetic condition. Responsibilities will include working as a team member with clinical and laboratory geneticists and other health care professionals, and acting as a case manager, patient advocate, and liaison throughout the evaluation and diagnostic process. Coordination and support of research activities may be needed. In addition, the position will involve the implementation and development of e-consult and e-visit requests, including helping to identify and codify workflow processes and best practices.
May direct the work of administrative employees, other genetic counselors, and clinical support personnel.
May assist in training newly hired administrative and clinical support employees, other genetic counselors and advanced practice providers, as well as genetic counseling, medical students, and medical and genetics residents.
May be required to educate and coach fellow Clinical Genetic Counselors and administrative employees on e-consult and e-visit practices.
Assess family and medical history and counsel patients and/or families in cases of genetic disorders and birth defects.
Discuss benefits and limitations of genetic testing options. Obtain consent from interested patients.
Assist families in understanding genetic disorders in their families including the probable course of the disorder, available management strategies, medical recommendations from the geneticist and recurrence risks.
Interpretation of laboratory results and communication of findings.
Document information in patient health records and develop follow-up recommendations for patients; maintain appropriate records, ensuring confidentiality.
Develop and present educational and related programs as appropriate.
Collaborate and participate in educational activities of the Center including journal club; attend educational conferences.
Coordinate and support the execution of research protocols as needed.
Develop processes to evaluate patients via e-consults and e-visits; seek to grow the patient population seen via this medium.
Work with pediatric and adult patients in the general and metabolic clinics.
Perform associated administrative or clerical tasks, which may include special projects and correspondence.
Additional patient, administrative, and other duties as assigned.
Ability to apply counseling methods and techniques.
Ability to effectively communicate medical information, test results, diagnoses and/or proposed treatment in a manner easily understood by the patient/family.
Thorough knowledge of genetic information and testing, psychological aspects of genetic counseling, and birth defects.
Ability to maintain emotional stability to cope with human suffering, emergencies and other stresses.
Ability to use independent judgement and to manage and impart confidential information.
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite or related software and EMR; basic understanding of clerical procedures and systems.
Proficient and comfortable with virtual, on-line communication mediums.
Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of interest, CV, and list of professional references to:
A Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling is required, must be Board Certified/Eligible by the American Board of Genetic Counseling.
Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
May require prolonged periods of standing or walking.
Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.
Internal Number: 189
About Greenwood Genetic Center
The Greenwood Genetic Center (GGC) is a nonprofit institution founded in 1974 providing clinical genetic services, diagnostic laboratory testing, educational programs and research in the field of medical genetics. The primary research and testing focus is on intellectual disability, autism and birth defects; however our clinicians serve patients with a variety of genetic disorders across the lifespan.Our faculty and staff are committed to the goal of developing and providing preventive and curative therapies for the individuals and families they serve. GGC extends its reach as a resource to all residents of South Carolina with satellite offices in Charleston,Columbia,Florence and Greenville.