Genetic Counselor

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Updated: February 23, 2019
Job ID: 214506
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Genetic Counselor to support the Clinical Cancer Genetics Program at the John P. Murtha Cancer Center (MCC) located at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland.  HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to MCC.


  1. Genetic counseling services at Walter Reed Bethesda - 20% of time
    • Coordinates the hereditary cancer genetic counseling process. 
    • Provides consultation to assigned staff of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and local Military Treatment Facilities. 
    • Coordinates with the Medical Geneticist in the planning, development and evaluation of programs and services related to genetic counseling. 
    • Provides genetic counseling to individual patients and their family members. 
    • Provides both public and professional/academic education and participates in clinical research.
    • Performs other duties as needed.
  2. Genetic counseling services at Fort Belvoir - 80% of time: The following genetic counseling services will be performed on-site at Walter Reed via teleconferencing with patients at affiliated military treatment facilities.
    • Obtains personal medical history and 3 generation family medical histories.
    • Provides hereditary cancer risk assessments based on personal and family history.
    • Estimates cancer risks based on family history using standardized risk assessment models.
    • Educates about the clinical features of hereditary cancer syndromes.
    • If appropriate, provide genetic testing recommendations.
    • Provides informed consent about the risks, benefits and limitations of genetic testing and the genetic testing process.
    • Explains test results and their meaning for the patient and their relatives.
    • Reviews the cancer screening and risk reduction recommendations based on cancer risk level.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of procedures and techniques necessary for performing research tasks; ability to learn and become proficient in data acquisition and clinical responsibilities related to research protocols; excellent interpersonal skills.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Master’s level genetic counseling degree

Minimum Experience: 2-4-years’ experience in hereditary cancer genetic counseling preferred.

Physical Capabilities: Long periods of sitting, standing, escorting patients, carrying light items; may encounter patients who are confused, agitated, or abusive

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration: ABGC board certification or active candidate status.

Work Environment: Office and clinical patient care area; possible evening and/or weekend hours.

Background: US Citizenship required; eligibility to obtain and hold Department of Defense issued Secret Clearance.

Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, addresses, education, and credentials, a criminal background check, drug screening, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check.  

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.