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Genetic/ Clinical Counselor - Pediatrics Genetics amp Genomics - 38635

Company name
Washington University


Saint Louis, MO

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EOE Statement:

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status. 

Job Type/Schedule:

This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week.  

Department Name/Job Location:

This position is in the Department of Pediatrics Genetics & Genomics.  This position is for the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions:


Responsible for participating with a clinical geneticist in the delivery of genetic services.


Elicits individual and family histories and information regarding the psychological and socioeconomic status of the family

Reviews with the family and clinical geneticist the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment planned

Transmits pertinent information about genetic risks and mechanism

Assists the family in assimilating the genetic information and adjusting to its implications

Implements the treatment plan and makes appropriate referrals to medical, nursing, social work, and psychological services

Provides follow-up support to patients and their families

Summarizes findings for patients and referring physicians

Participates in the education of parents, community groups, physicians, medical professionals, agencies, staff, and students regarding human genetics

Facilitates provision of services, including intake and clinic organization

Assists in the development and implementation of ongoing clinical investigations in genetics

Counsel families regarding genetic cause, recurrence, carrier testing, prenatal diagnosis and expectations of genetic syndromes

Clinical duties to include:  chart preparation and review prior to patient office encounter, obtain medical and family histories for new patient visits, obtain interim histories for return patient 

Intake new patient referrals and help to facilitate issues with insurance

Lectures to community organizations, fellows, medical students, and other health care professionals (i.e. physical therapy students, audiologists, medical transcriptionists, etc.)

Provide patient follow-up, serving as a liaison between the patient and the physician to communicate results of laboratory studies and to coordinate genetic testing, procedures, referrals, and testing of other family members

Coordinate ongoing genetic research studies by consenting patients, analyzing data, completing registries and assisting in manuscript preparation

Writes educational material for the community

Required Qualifications:

Master’s degree from an accredited genetic counseling program

Must be board certified in genetic counseling by the either the American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG) or the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) or eligible to obtain certification within a year of graduation 

Preferred Qualifications:

Masters degree from ABGC certified genetic counseling program.  ABGC eligible/certified.

Working knowledge of computers, verbal and writing ability with organizational and interpersonal skills.

Competent in interviewing and counseling techniques to elicit from patients or family the information necessary to reach appropriate conclusion; knowledge of genetic and mathematics principles to understand the limitations, interpretations, and significance of specialized laboratory and genetic procedures; ability to anticipate areas of difficulty and conflict, to help families and individuals recognize and cope with their emotional and psychological needs; and to recognize situations requiring referral and to transmit pertinent information effectively. 

Salary Range:

The hiring range for this position is commensurate with experience.

Pre-Employment Screening:

Offers made for this position are contingent upon the successful completion of all required pre-employment screens, including a criminal background check, hair sample drug screen, and verification of required professional licenses, registrations, or certifications.


-Retirement Savings Plan

-22 vacation days

-8 Paid Holidays

-Sick Time

-Tuition benefits for employee, spouse and dependent children

-Free Metro Link/ Bus pass

-Free Life Insurance

-Health, Dental, Vision

-Health Savings Accounts (HSA)

-Long Term Disability Insurance

-Flex Spending Plan

-Other Benefits

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Internal Applicant Instruction:

This position is grade C12.

Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account.  If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor.   To attach these documents, go to:  My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.

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Washington University in St. Louis’ mission is to discover and disseminate knowledge, and protect the freedom of inquiry through research, teaching and learning. Washington University creates an environment to encourage and support an ethos of wide-ranging exploration. Washington University’s faculty and staff strive to enhance the lives and livelihoods of students, the people of the greater St. Louis community, the country and the world.

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