Cancer Risk Counselor II/I - Clinical Cancer Genetics

About City of Hope

City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 5,000 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.

Position Summary:

As part of a multidisciplinary team, provide information to individuals and families about genetics and cancer risk, facilitate genetic testing, and provide psychosocial support to cope with cancer risk. Contributes value to each of the CCG domains (clinical, research, and education). Bilingual in Spanish preferred.

Essential Functions:


  • Collection of detailed family histories (both maternal and paternal).
  • Retrieval and review of medical records for key affected individuals.
  • Pedigree assessment and recognition of cancer susceptibility syndromes.
  • Use appropriate models to estimate genetic and empiric cancer risk.
  • Assist with informed consent discussion, including benefits of genetic knowledge and family risk communication, privacy, confidentiality and discrimination issues.
  • Educate patients about the medical and psychosocial implications of cancer risk and genetic testing.
  • 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 riskâ€appropriate medical management and screening options.
  • Assist the attending physician with psychosocial assessment.
  • Provide post-test education, counseling and support.
  • Dictate medical consultation reports for counselor-only appointments and for post-visit results disclosures.
  • Moderate and participate in case conferencing.
  • Field inquiries related to genetic testing/counseling services from patients and the public.
  • Participate in CSPPN meetings.
  • Participate in the training of students (genetic counseling interns, fellows).

  • Complete required research compliance training to be able to participate in research collaborations.
  • Train for and facilitate informed consent for CCG Research Registry.
  • Data collection and entry for CCG Research Registry.
  • Participate in CCG research meetings.

  • Complete and provide critical feedback on Intensive Course (IC).
  • Participate in IC onsite workshops.
  • Participate in weekly IC update conferences.

Follows established City of Hope and department policies, procedures, objectives, performance improvement, attendance, safety, environmental, and infection control guidelines, includingadherence to theworkplaceCode of Conduct and Compliance Plan. Practices a high level of integrity and honesty in maintaining confidentiality.

Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.

The following non-essential functions may be reassigned:
  • Participate in delivery of satellite and/or sub-specialty clinic services.
  • Lead supervisor for trainees (genetic counseling interns, fellows).
  • Lead a clinical administrative project(s).
  • Represent clinical team in tumor board(s).
  • Prepare and present research results at professional meetings.
  • Co-author CCG-related publication(s).
  • Intra-family recruitment for CCG research registry.
  • Supervise/lead a summer student research project.
  • Thesis committee member for genetic counseling intern.
  • Train and/or provide support for a CCGRN research sites.
  • First author a publication.
  • Present in Topics in Cancer Genetics Research.
  • Present related lay/community lectures.
  • Prepare and/or present new or updated content for the IC.
  • Prepare or/present professional outreach (grand rounds).
  • Moderate and/or present in update conferences.
  • Develop patient education materials (newlsetter, website, blog, positive binder, etc.).
  • Apply expertise in a subspecialty area and/or population.

    (eg. syndrome, organ, or population specific) to educational products and outreach.
  • Actively engage in extramural committees, projects, or task forces (eg. national organizations, committees, patient advocacy groups).

  • Position Qualifications:

    Minimum Education:
    • Master of Science in Genetic Counseling with ABGC board certification or MSN/MN and APRN license.

    Minimum Experience:
    • 2 or more years of experience in genetic counseling ( or has demonstrated equivalent mastery), 1 or more years experience in cancer genetic counseling specialty.

    Required Courses/Training:
    • Specialized courses and clinical training in the genetics of cancer.

    Req. Certification/Licensure:
    • Permanent California Department of Public Health Genetic Counseling Licensure or equivalent for nursing candidates.

    • 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.
    • Work independently with minimal supervision in the research venue.

    • Microsoft Word
    • E-Mail
    • Excel
    • PowerPoint
    • Oacis
    • Epic
    • Progeny pedigree database

    City of Hope is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be 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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