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Genetic Counselor

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Position Details

Position Information

Recruitment/Posting Title Genetic Counselor
Job Category Academic - Medical (Clinical) - Cancer
Department Life Center

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Vision, Mission, and Core Values:

Our vision is to be a statewide, national and world leader of scientific discovery, transdisciplinary engagement, translation, patient care and education that improves outcomes for cancer patients and populations. We will accomplish this by conducting innovative basic, clinical and population research and cutting-edge patient-centered care that expands our understanding of the etiology and biology of cancer; facilitates the rapid translation of laboratory-based discoveries into human studies; develops new approaches and interventions for cancer prevention that decrease cancer incidence and mortality; and develops new and better therapies to decrease suffering and mortality from cancer.

Core Values:
Curiosity and Discovery, Integrity, Collaboration, Respect and Caring, Perseverance.

Posting Summary

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Genetic Counselor for the Medical Oncology department at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. The Genetic Counselor provides genetic counseling and directs patient related activities at cancer genetic clinic. Among the key duties of this position are the following:

• Provides genetic counseling to patients including an explanation of how heredity contributes to the patient’s risk, discusses management of that risk, discusses risks and benefits of genetic testing, assists patients and their family members to make the best possible decisions regarding genetic information in the context of their own circumstances, and evaluates the patient’s or family’s responses to the condition, perception of risk, or risk of recurrence.
• Identifies most appropriate family members for genetic testing and provides cancer risk assessment for patients based on family history information. Documents three generation family history and family pedigrees with regard to hereditary cancer risk.
• Using risk estimate models, calculates a patient-specific risk for a hereditary cancer syndrome based on medical and family history and explains this estimate to the patient, including the benefits and limitations of such models.
• Identifies specialized genetic laboratories and coordinates laboratory services for the purpose of genetic testing and/or DNA banking for patients and their appropriate family members.
• Makes appropriate referrals for additional genetic tests, medical management, support groups, and social services.
• Enters patient and family medical history into Progeny database. Utilizes Progeny database as needed for clinical information, including identification of patient specific variables, tracking family history information, medical history information, etc.

Position Status Full Time
Hours Per Week
Daily Work Shift
FLSA Exempt
Grade 27S
Position Salary
Annual Minimum Salary 65628.000
Annual Mid Range Salary 79726.000
Annual Maximum Salary 93824.000
Standard Hours 37.50
Union Description
Payroll Designation PeopleSoft

Information about the benefits provided to Rutgers employees can be found at:

Seniority Unit
Terms of Appointment Staff - 12 month
Position Pension Eligibility ABP


Minimum Education and Experience

• Masters or a PhD from a program accredited by the American Board of Genetic Counseling or American Board of Medical Genetics.
• Forty (40) continuing education hours with at least one hour in medical ethics every two years.
• Current, valid New Jersey license as a genetic counselor.
• Individuals pending formal licensure must show proof that all required elements of licensure have been met; complete and submit the application for licensure to the licensing agency and provide the letter (pending license) from the agency allowing them to begin work.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

• Must be computer literate with proficiency and working knowledge of database and reporting tools such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.
• Experience conducting training, developing/presenting formal lectures and coordinating genetic counseling services with affiliates.
• Effective communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience utilizing the Progeny database.

Equipment Utilized
Physical Demands and Work Environment

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Standing, sitting, walking, talking and hearing. No special vision requirements. Lifting up to 25 lbs.

Special Conditions

Posting Details

Posting Number 18ST0078
Posting Open Date
Special Instructions to Applicants
Regional Campus Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)
Home Location Campus Downtown New Brunswick
Location Details

Pre-employment Screenings

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of all pre-employment screenings.

Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

It is university policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all its employees and applicants for employment regardless of their race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability status, liability for military service, protected veteran status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), or any other category protected by law. As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment. For additional information please see the Non-Discrimination Statement at the following web address:

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a Master's Degree in Genetic Counseling from a program accredited by the American Board of Genetic Counseling?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Are you board certified or board eligible in genetic counseling by the American Board of Genetic Counseling?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. List of References