Cancer Risk Counselor 1 - CCG

As part of a multidisciplinary team help provide individuals and families information about genetics and cancer risk assessment process, and assist them with strategies to cope with cancer risk information. Assist with the design and conduct of clinical research trials within the Division. Bilingual in Spanish preferred.

Position Qualifications

Minimum Education

Master of Science in Genetic Counseling

Minimum Experience

2 or more years’ experience in genetic counseling, 1 or more years’ experience in cancer genetic counseling specialty.

Required Courses/Training

Specialized courses and clinical training in the genetics of cancer.

Preferred Certification/Licensure

American Board of Genetic Counseling Certification, or Active Candidate Status

Preferred Management Experience

Working with others to supervise/delegate tasks.

Preferred Field of Expertise

Cancer Genetics


Ability to accurately assess heritable cancer risk, ability to effectively communicate genetic concepts of cancer risk information to patients and families, ability to deal with families in crisis, work well with supervision in the clinic setting, and work independently with minimal supervision in the research venue


Microsoft Word, E-Mail, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Oacis, Acute Care, and Progeny pedigree database

Position Accountabilities | The following are essential job accountabilities:

  • Collection of detailed family histories (both maternal and paternal). [1]
  • Retrieval and review of medical records for key affected individuals. [1]
  • Pedigree assessment and recognition of cancer susceptibility syndromes. [1], [4]
  • Use appropriate models to estimate genetic and empiric cancer risk. [1], [4]
  • Assist with informed consent discussion, including benefits of genetic knowledge and family risk communication, privacy, confidentiality and discrimination issues. [1]
  • Educate patients about the medical and psychosocial implications of cancer risk and genetic testing. [1]
  • Advise and assist the attending physician regarding selection of laboratory, coordination of testing and interpretation of test results.
  • At the direction of the attending physician, provide patient education regarding risk–appropriate medical management and screening options. [1]
  • Assist the attending physician with psychosocial assessment. [1]
  • Provide post-test education, counseling and support. [1]
  • Dictate medical consultation reports for counselor-only appointments and for post-visit results disclosures.
  • Participates in Divisional cancer genetics research, including but not limited to enrolling subjects, coordinating studies and taking a primary role in design of new projects.
  • Prepares and presents research results at professional meetings, and co-authors related publications.
  • Follows established City of Hope and department policies, procedures, objectives, performance improvement, attendance, safety, environmental, and infection control guidelines, including adherence to the workplace Code of Conduct and Compliance Plan.Practices a high level of integrity and honesty in maintaining confidentiality.5
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.

[1] The performance of this function is the reason that the job exists.

[2] There are limited employees among whom the performance of this function can be distributed.

[3] This function occupies a great deal of the employee’s time

[4] This function is highly specialized. Employees are hired for the skill/ability to perform this.

[5] Failure to perform this function may have serious consequences.

[8] Exposure to bloodborne pathogens that requires use of personal protective equipment.


About City of Hope

City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 4000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy. Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced care go hand-in-hand with excellence in clinical and scientific research. City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s 20 leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

City of Hope is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

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