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University of Utah Genetic Counselor in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 09/14/2018

Requisition Number PRN18381B

Job Title Genetic Counselor

Working Title Genetic Counselor

Job Grade UGR

FLSA Code Professional

Patient Sensitive Job Code? Yes

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary


VP Area President

Department 01233 - HCI Genetic Counselors

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 65,000 to 78,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Family Cancer Assessment Clinic at Huntsman Cancer Institute is looking for a Genetic Counselor to join our multidisciplinary team. The genetic counselor provides education, risk assessment, counseling, support, and follow-up to individuals and families who have or may have inherited cancer susceptibility. Under minimal supervision, responsible for identifying, investigating, interpreting, and communicating potential risk factors. Provides services on a clinical basis and as part of research studies.

The position reports to the Director of the Genetic Counseling Shared Resource.


1. Performs genetic risk assessments by collecting and evaluating medical and family histories.

2. Analyzes and interprets information obtained from patient, medical records and resource materials.

3. Evaluates complex medical and genetic literature and incorporates it into clinical practice.

4. Explains testing options, procedures, test results and there implications; performs psychosocial assessment during genetic consultation and provides grief and crisis counseling as needed.

5. Works with health care team in development and implementation of the care plan.

6. Advises patients and families regarding financial and community resources.

7. Coordinates the ordering of genetic testing, reporting of results and communication of results to the patient and referring providers.

8. Evaluates outcomes and modifies testing or medical recommendations.

9. Facilitates involvement of treatment team members, timely reports and scheduling of team conferences.

10. Participates in genetics education at the University of Utah and of community health care providers. Supervises genetic counseling trainees.

11. Recruits and consents patients to appropriate trials, collects study data, and actively participates in the analysis and interpretation of research data.

Disclaimer: This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from an accredited program, licensed or eligible for genetic counseling licensure in the state of Utah from the American Board of Medical Genetics or the American Board of Genetics Counseling, and 2 years of experience in a related field; ability to work independently, demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills are also required. Licensure to practice in a clinical field may be preferred.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


• Licensed or eligible for genetic counseling licensure in the state of Utah

• Board certification from the American Board of Genetic Counseling or achieving board certification within two consecutive Board certification exam cycles from the hire date.

• Ability to work independently is required. Counseling abilities and clinical judgment skills.

• Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills is required.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

We protect our patients, coworkers, and community by requiring all patient care employees to be immunized according to CDC standards. All patient care employees must receive the following vaccinations:




•2-step TB

•Annual Influenza

•Hepatitis B for some jobs

Limited exemptions may be made for documented medical contraindications or religious beliefs that object to vaccinations.

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