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Genetic Counselor


University of Iowa Health Care

Job Location

200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52240
United States


$66,000– Commensurat


Regular salaried position located in Iowa City, Iowa


Fringe benefit package including paid vacation; sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans


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Job Description

The University of Iowa Hospitals and is seeking a Genetic Counselor to provide genetic counseling services to patients and families at University of Iowa Health Care within the Departments of Pediatrics Neurology and Adult Neurology the to assure the effective and efficient delivery of health care. Genetic counselors will also provide education to health professionals. Duties to include:

Provide Specialty Clinical/Technical Service/Patient Care:

Provide patient education, supportive genetic counseling and advocacy for patients and families within scope of practice.    

Maintain up-to-date knowledge base regarding genetics.   

Obtain and review relevant family history, medical history, and assess psychosocial factors.    

Discuss available testing options including the risks and benefits, and provide pre- and post-test counseling about results.    

Provide an accurate risk assessment based on data obtained.

Facilitate changes in care based on systematic evaluation and evidence-based research. 

Document in the patient’s electronic medical record a clear, concise summary of counseling and care coordination provided. 

Provide follow-up counseling for patients/families, e.g. by telephone, letter, or return visit.

Participate in design and implementation of the research projects.

Mentor and/or supervise others and provide evaluative feedback about performance.

Provide Education:

Research and develop patient education materials

Develop and present continuing education programs and serve as a resource for healthcare providers, students, residents, and staff both within and outside UIHC.

Supervise care delivery of clinicians and residents/students, providing evaluative feedback and recommendations regarding performance.

Collaborate/Communicate with Health Care Team:

Collaborate with others on the health care team related to clinical/technical specification to assure safe and effective delivery of care.

Coordinate medical consultations and referrals for additional medical consultation, testing as necessary, and other resources.

Influence others to utilize best practices.    

Attend departmental and specialty meetings. 

Contribute ideas and seek ways to improve assigned processes.

Compliance with Internal Policies and External Regulations for Safe and Effective Care Delivery and Health Profession Education:

Follow and assist with development and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.

Participate in Quality Assurance.


Education Required

A Master's Degree in Human Genetics, or Genetic Counseling is required.

Experience Requirements

Board certification or eligibility in genetic counseling from the American Board of Genetic Counseling is required.

Current or eligible to be licensed as a Genetic Counselor in state of Iowa is required.

Genetics Counseling clinical rotations or internship experience, or 6 months to 1 year experience in the field of genetic counseling is required.

Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills are required.

Valid Driver's License, plus the ability to meet and maintain The University of Iowa Fleet Safety Program driving standard.

Desirable Qualifications

Demonstrated time management and ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously is desirable.

Experience in the field of genetic counseling is desirable.

Experience in genetics research and/or recruitment of human subjects for research projects is desirable.

How to Apply

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The department intends to hire for one position from either the Associate Genetic Counselor, requisition 19004410 or Genetic Counselor, requisition 19004411, based on the qualifications of the successful candidate. Please apply to the specific position for which you which to be considered or both.

In order to be considered, applicants must upload a resume, cover letter and 5 references that clearly address how they meet the listed required and desired qualifications of this position.

Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check. This position is not eligible for University sponsorship for employment authorization.

About Our Organization

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics—recognized as one of the best hospitals in the United States—is Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center and a regional referral center. Each day more than 12,000 employees, students, and volunteers work together to provide safe, quality health care and excellent service for our patients. Simply stated, our mission is: Changing Medicine. Changing Lives.®


Our primary and specialty care is provided by experts from all medical specialties, attracting patients from around the world. We offer our care in convenient, comfortable settings, using the most advanced approaches and with the best outcomes as our goal.


University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics—recognized as one of the best hospitals in the United States—is Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center and a regional referral center. In 2018-19 seven of our adult care specialties were ranked among the nation’s best, including otolaryngology (3rd), ophthalmology (7th), orthopedics (14th), cancer (18th), urology (34th), pulmonology (39th), and gynecology (50th).

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