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Job Title: Genetic Counselor
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Boston, MA
Position Type: Full-Time
Post Date: 02/20/2019
Expire Date: 03/22/2019
Job Categories: Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Information Technology, Counseling, Quality Control, Research & Development, Medical, Energy / Utilities
Job Description
Genetic Counselor
Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education: Master's degree or higher in genetic counseling from a program in the United States or Canada accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC). Coursework typically includes clinical genetics, population genetics, cytogenetics and molecular genetics coupled with psychosocial theory, ethics, and counseling techniques. Clinical rotations in medical genetics centers approved by the ACGC are an integral part of the degree requirements. Individuals who graduated prior to 1993 must have graduated from a program accepted by the American Board of Genetic Counselors as equivalent for certification purposes at that time. Licensure: Persons hired or reassigned to Genetic Counselor positions in the GS-0601 series in VHA must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to independently practice as a Genetic Counselor. Board Certification: Persons hired or reassigned to Genetic Counselor positions in VHA must be board certified in the field of Genetic Counseling by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC). The board certification must be current and the applicant must abide by the certifying body's requirements for continuing education.
English Language Proficiency. Genetic Counselors must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.Preferred Experience: The Genetic counselor must have experience counseling individuals regarding DNA-based diagnostic testing. Grade Determinations: Genetic Counselor, GS-11 (Full Performance Level)
In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must have at least one year of post-master's degree genetic counseling experience; OR In addition to the basic requirements, a doctoral degree in clinical genetic counseling or a related field may be substituted for the required one year of professional genetic counseling experience. References: VA Handbook 5005/97 Part II Appendix G51 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS11. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA):
In addition to meeting the entry level criteria candidate must demonstrate all of the KSAs below: 1. Oral and written communication skills to communicate the needs of different audiences (i.e., patients, referring providers, colleagues). 2. Ability to synthesize personal and family history, test results, and other pertinent information to determine the risk of conditions with a genetic component and make appropriate recommendations, including genetic testing, prevention, and screening options. 3. Ability to efficiently use primary resources (i.e., guidelines, webinars, journal articles) and secondary resources (i.e., GeneReviews) to identify, evaluate, and synthesize relevant scientific literature. 4. Ability to evaluate genetic test selection and methodology available at different laboratories, including the analytic validity, clinical validity, and clinical utility of a genetic test, and order germline genetic test. 5. Ability to select the best test strategies while balancing the various needs of stakeholders (i.e., VA pathology departments, the patient, the referring providers). 6. Knowledge of various federal and state regulations (i.e., documentation of informed consent) related to provision of care. Assignments: This is the full performance level for Genetic Counselors. At this level they are licensed to independently practice and provide genetic counseling services. Physical Requirements: This position requires light carrying under 15 pounds, hearing (aid permitted), emotional and mental stability, the ability to work closely with others as well as to work alone.
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Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Website:https://www.usajobs.gov:443/GetJob/ViewDetails/519943300?utm_source=VHA&utm_medium=Job%20Board&utm_campaign=HBCU
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