Clinical Advisor - Genomics

Kelly Government Solutions/NIH
Job Location
Bethesda, MD 20892

This is a long-term contract position which offers: 

- Competitive salary with comprehensive benefit package
- Tremendous growth opportunity
- Opportunity to work at NIH, the world's foremost medical research center
- Learn more about what Kelly can do for you at


Job Description
  • Utilize professional genetics/genomics training and professional experience providing healthcare services utilizing genetics and genomics in non-research settings.
  • Provide writing, editing, research and support activities for the Branch Chief and staff.
  • Monitor NHGRI extramural research consortia activities that overlap with DPCE’s mission and report to leadership. 
  • Serve on the ‘Healthcare and Health IT’ Team within GHB, managing the project. (“Health IT” refers to policy issues relating to genomics integration into clinical practice).
  • Identify unique opportunities for NHGRI in Genomic Healthcare; use practical, experience-based knowledge of current genetics and genomics healthcare practices, together with analysis of healthcare data and research results, to identify needs and opportunities for improvement that are approachable from healthcare, policy, academic, and research perspectives. 
  • Catalyze collaboration among private and public entities with overlapping goals. 
  • Initiate and manage projects that fill gaps or enhance overall field progress. 
  • Foster and maintain productive relationships among NHGRI, healthcare provider communities and their organizations, advocacy organizations, NHGRI’s research divisions, and Federal and state agencies to facilitate incorporation of genomic healthcare into general practice. 
  • Participate in, and in some cases chair, working groups in organizations with shared interest in our mission. 
  • Develop and execute communication plans for communicating the value of genomic healthcare to diverse audiences (professional, administrative, general public), to include occasional speaking engagements before such audiences. 
  • Research and write issue briefs suitable for informing Division and Institute leadership regarding needs and opportunities.
  • Interact productively with Healthcare Professional certification organizations, and related patient safety and healthcare quality organizations.
  • Lead development and execution of meetings and conferences of stakeholders, including planning, agenda development, speaker support, general logistics, and follow-up activities.
  • Evaluate, track, and promote published genomic advances relevant for genomic healthcare in practice.
  • Collaborate with other Offices, Institutes, Centers, and contractors with whom NHGRI has a financial relationship with respect to Genomic Healthcare promotion mission within the scope of the Healthcare and Health IT team.
  • Research and advance policy issues impacting incorporation of electronic interoperability standards and Clinical Decision Support-compatible formats in Health IT products, e.g. EHRs, for Family Health History and genetic/genomic structured data.
  • Serve as a non-lead contributing Team member for the ‘Education and Content’, and the ‘Policy and Research’ Teams within GHB.
  • Work with staff on Branch projects addressing genomic literacy improvement among healthcare providers and non-providers lacking sufficient literacy for their own health needs; work with staff to develop scenarios, case studies, and use-cases used in education, policy, Health IT, and explanatory activities. 
  • Assist in Branch projects addressing policy issues related to genomic healthcare needs and implementation; inform branch activities and relationships using heath genomics expertise and practical experience, preferably in non-research, community healthcare settings.
  • Manage Branch projects related to Family Health History (FHH).  For example: My Family Health Portrait (MFHP, Surgeon General’s Family History Tool) programming, promotion, and quality improvement; the nationwide Family Health History Interest Group organization; and research and healthcare uses of FHH Tools.   
  • Participate in GHB’s Communications Strategic Plan, including website content authoring and organization, professional journal publication, and social media campaign development.
  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Genetic Counseling, Physician’s Assistant with Genetics sub-specialty, Nurse Practitioner with Genetics sub-specialty, Advance Practice Nurse in Genetics, or clinically-credentialed PhD, MD, or DO Geneticist. 
  • Currently or former board certified (within the last 6 years) for practice in primary healthcare discipline, where available. 
  • Minimum of one (1) year of experience in the last six (6) years providing or supporting healthcare activities in non-research clinics, hospitals, or clinical laboratories in the US or Canada, where health-related genetics and/or genomics were the central focus of the applicant’s role.
  • Strong knowledge of and skills in activities required to competently execute genetic and genomic healthcare in common settings, e.g., family history collection and management, counseling before and after genetic testing, interaction with payers and laboratories, privacy standards, data management in electronic health record systems, etc. 
  • Strong ability to educate physicians and other healthcare providers, formally and informally, to achieve improved care of their patients and enhanced utilization quality. 
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills including the ability to translate complex technical information for non-technical audiences. 
  • Office software application user skills required: extensive use of MS Office suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint).  Any database experience is helpful.  Online search of a variety of clinical genomics information database resources.
  • Experience working independently and within teams of varying sizes is required.
  • Strong communications skills, both oral and written.
  • Excellent analytical, organizational and time management skills
About Our Organization

Kelly Government Solutions is a strategic supplier and business partner to the federal government and its key suppliers.  Through our partnership with the National Institutes of Health, Kelly Government Solutions offers administrative, IT, engineering, scientific, and healthcare professionals the opportunity to work with one of the most prestigious research organizations in the world.  We are currently seeking a Clinical Advisor to work onsite with the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.

The Genomic Healthcare Branch (GHB) envisions healthcare that intelligently and seamlessly uses genetic and genomic information to improve wellbeing, healthcare quality and efficiency, and that facilitates informed discovery.  GHB is in the Division of Policy, Communications, and Education (DPCE) at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI).   GHB’s forward-looking team interacts with the healthcare community and researchers to advance the appropriate introduction and use of genomics in healthcare.   This includes activities in education, policy, health IT and other tools, and related areas such as family health history. 

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