Genetic Counselor – Houston Methodist Hospital

Work Shift: DAY

Work Week: M – F

Job Summary

The primary purpose of the Genetic Counselor position is the delivery genetic counseling services for individuals with genetically caused and predisposed disorders or diagnosed with or at risk for cancers with hereditary genetic components. The Genetic Counselor functions as part of a multidisciplinary team including physicians, Ph.D.s, nurses and other allied health personnel. Counselors work in an interdisciplinary setting, with opportunity for participation in collaborative research efforts in both clinical and community-based settings.


Not applicable School Age (6-12 years)
Neonate (Birth to 28 days) Adolescence (12-18 years)
Infants/Toddlers (29 days to 18 months) X Young Adult (19-40 Years)
Toddler (18 months to 3 years) X Middle Adult (40-65 Years)
Preschooler (3-6 years) X Mature Adult (65 years and older)

System and department specific ICARE values

INTEGRITY: We are honest and ethical in all we say and do.
COMPASSION: We embrace the whole person including emotional, ethical, physical, and spiritual needs.
ACCOUNTABILITY: We hold ourselves accountable for all our actions.
RESPECT: We treat every individual as a person of worth, dignity, and value.
EXCELLENCE: We strive to be the best at what we do and a model for others to emulate.

Duties and Responsibilities are cross-referenced to the hospitals Pillars of Excellence and will be transferred to Performance Evaluation. Please include % breakout of tasks/essential functions.

PEOPLE (50%)
1. Provides genetic counseling to individuals identified with predisposing characteristics or at potentially elevated risk for developing cancer. Includes the ability to elicit and interpret individual and family medical and psychosocial histories, provide cancer risk assessment, communicate pertinent disease and risk information clearly, provide counseling regarding genetic testing including the results, and support patients’ psychosocial needs. Performs database and primary literature searches as necessary.
2. Provides follow-up to genetic counseling visits as indicated including arranging consultations with other specialists, computerized risk assessment modeling, completing consultation reports, obtaining outside medical records or specimens, facilitating authorization for patients’ insurance coverage for genetic testing, telephone communication with patients, facilitating family communication and requesting follow-up visits. Prepares and presents cases at the weekly case review by multidisciplinary team.

1. Utilizes hospital resources appropriately.

1. Audits adherence to program and hospital initiatives.
2. Follows all safety rules while on the job. Reports accidents promptly and corrects minor safety hazards.

1. Provides education to the public, students and health care professionals in hereditary cancer and genetic counseling. Supervise students during their cancer genetics rotation, participating in the psychosocial course, and providing student evaluations including the development of appropriate tools to monitor student progress. Identifies and helps develop patient, professional and public education materials and presentations. Provides seminars and presentations as appropriate.
2. Contributes to meeting departmental target for patient satisfaction on unit-based scorecard.

1. Assists with clinical studies, particularly in subject recruitment both inside and outside of the institution. Includes developing educational materials, reviewing patient charts, contacting family members when appropriate, and conducting public and professional presentations. Participates in the design, writing or editing of research protocols. Initiates new research projects and works with the multidisciplinary team to implement these projects.
2. Serves as primary contact and liaison for specified clinical departments or research groups. Attends appropriate departmental conferences, tumor boards or meetings. Facilitates the identification of high risk patients for genetic counseling and clinical research protocols. Provides genetic screening and counseling services in other care centers as needed.
This position description is not intended to be all inclusive, and the employee will also perform other reasonably related business duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor and other management as required. The Methodist Hospital reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.

Post-baccalaureate degree in genetic counseling or related field.

0-3 years experience in risk assessment and counseling for adult onset diseases.

All hires are required to obtain certification by the American Board of Genetic Counseling or American Board of Medical Genetics within 18 months of eligibility

Advanced oral and written communication skills.
Exhibits good listening, negotiation and collaboration skills.
Demonstrates ability to work with diverse individuals and community groups.
Displays professionalism, remains composed under stress, and takes responsibility for delivering on personal and organizational commitments.
Able to work independently and possesses organization/time management and prioritization skills.
Must be able to perform skills and competencies as defined in orientation checklist and annual departmental competency checklist if applicable.
Basic computer skills including Microsoft office applications.
Must be able to write and speak effectively in English.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Houston Methodist is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equal employment opportunity is a sound and just concept to which Houston Methodist is firmly bound. Houston Methodist will not engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with Houston Methodist on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law.

VEVRAA Federal Contractor – priority referral Protected Veterans requested.

Company Profile

Since its founding in 1919, Houston Methodist Hospital has earned worldwide recognition. Houston Methodist Hospital is affiliated with the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, one of the nation’s leading centers for medical education and research. Houston Methodist is consistently ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospital” list and was recently named the number one hospital in Texas. FORTUNE magazine has placed Houston Methodist on its annual list of “100 Best Companies To Work For” since 2006. Houston Methodist Hospital directs millions of research dollars into patient care and offers the latest innovations in medical, surgical and diagnostic techniques. With 1,119 licensed beds, 67 operating rooms and over 6,000 employees, Houston Methodist offers complete care for patients from around the world.

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