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Job Req ID:  47959

Genetic Counselor

Genetics Institute of Genetic Medicine is seeking a Genetic Counselor to support the DNA Diagnostic Laboratory (DDL). DDL is a high-complexity, clinical, molecular genetics laboratory integrated within Johns Hopkins Genomics—a partnership between the Institute of Genetic Medicine and the Department of Pathology at Johns Hopkins Medicine. The DDL is committed to offering state of the art clinical molecular testing for inherited disorders in compliance with the highest regulatory standards.  The DDL applies next generation DNA sequence analysis (Whole Exome Sequencing and NGS panels) to clinical diagnostics in additional to Sanger sequencing.


The JHU School of Medicine has a Genetic Counselor Career Ladder in place to support the promotion of Genetic Counselors based on their experience and expertise, and this ladder provides a clear pathway for professional progression, academic research time, and opportunities to build programs in genetic medicine.  Incoming Genetic Counselors are evaluated against the ladder to appropriately slot them into their current tier; tiers range from GC1 through GC4.   The DGM is seeking Genetic Counselors from all clinical backgrounds including new graduates to apply for this posted position.  All levels of experience will be considered.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Act a liaison between the DDL and internal/external entities in regard to services offered.
  • Coordinate genetic testing including informed consent, sample receipt, and results reporting between the DDL and referring providers.
  • Intake review of test requisition and perform basic client service duties (phone calls and emails).
  • Review and summarize patient’s clinical phenotype and medical history prior to testing.
  • Perform whole exome and exome-based gene panel analysis, clinical molecular variant interpretation using online databases, in-silico variant analysis tools, and comprehensive assessment of the scientific literature.  Requires specialized knowledge of complex and rare genetic diseases in order to make accurate interpretations and recommendations.
  • Write customized reports including researching results and communicating results with referrers.
  • Effectively communicate results to referring physicians, genetic counselors, and other clients.
  • Provide pre- and post-test clinical consultations to referrers.  Pre-test issues include pedigree analysis, recommendations on who needs to be tested and by what technical method, working with constraints such as time available for results, management options for the patient, and financial obligations; Post-test issues include coordinating additional testing, referral to clinical consultants and researchers.
  • Work as part of the DDL team to assure high quality clinical genetic testing.  Includes routine effective communication with other members of client services staff, Lab Directors, Lab Manager, analysts, and technical lab staff.
  • Assist with the development and maintenance of protocols for test requests including lab requisition forms, LIMS updates, EPIC workflows, and electronic result reporting.
  • Provide marketing support on behalf of the DDL and JH Genomics in the form of marketing materials, attending and organizing meetings (local and national), and providing input for the website and social media outreach.
  • Coordinate getting correct and updated information on national resources (Concert, GTR)
  • Participate in the mentorship and assessment of trainees who rotate through the lab.
  • Outreach and develop tests with referring providers
  • Other duties for DDL and JH Genomics as assigned by Lab Directors and/or Administration.


Essential Functions:

Responsible for providing pre- and post-analytic support for DDL services including interpretation of genetic variants; report writing; results communication; coordinating incoming samples; communicating with referrers, payers, and/or patients before and after testing; teaching residents, fellows, and genetic counseling students; manuscript writing; liaising with JH clinical departments; and providing the genetic counseling services needed for various DDL grants and sponsored programs.


Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree from a graduate program accredited by the American Board of Genetic Counseling. Must seek certification as a genetic counselor from the ABGC within one year of hire date. Must maintain certification by completion of the required CEUs for the period prescribed by the Board. Current CPR certification required. Must maintain current licensure and certification during duration of employment. Successful completion of the JHH credentialing process is required prior to start date.


Preferred Qualifications: 2+ years’ experience working in a clinical molecular diagnostic lab.         


Technical Qualifications or Specialized Certifications:

Board certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling or American Board of Medical Genetics OR Must have Active Candidate Status for the ABGC Board Examination and must successfully obtain ABGC Certification within one year of hire date.           


Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Must have strong computer skills including familiarity with online databases (gonmAD, ExAC, HGMD, dbSNP, etc.) and in-silico variant assessment tools (SIFT, PolyPhen, etc) to aid in variant interpretation in addition to excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Preferred: Familiar with ACMG variant classification criteria for SNVs/CNVs and exome analysis.


Physical Requirements:

Sitting, standing and walking for extended period. Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction.  Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s).  Ability to move standard equipment through a hospital or clinical environment. Lift, carry, move supplies, computers, glassware, etc. Ability to move about workspace.


Classified Title: Genetic Counselor   ​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/ME 
Starting Salary Range: Competitive; Commensurate with experience
Employee Group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: School of Medicine, East Baltimore Campus/ Telecommuting may be required during COVID restrictions.
Department Name: Genetics DNA Diagnostic Lab DDL  
Personnel Area: School of Medicine


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


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