Manager, Genomic Cancer Risk Counseling

Duarte, CA
Feb 09, 2018
Feb 28, 2018
Hemo / Oncology
Contract Type
Full Time
About City of Hope

City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 5,000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy.

Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced care go hand-in-hand with excellence in clinical and scientific research. City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation's 20 leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

Position Summary:

As part of a multidisciplinary team help provide individuals and families information about genetics and cancer risk assessment process, and assist them with strategies to cope with cancer risk information. This position is accountable for the oversight of the Cancer Risk Counselors. Assist with the design and conduct of clinical research trials within the Department. Act as a team leader in clinical and administrative settings. Coordinate patient scheduling and oversee clinic matters, as well as act as a liaison for the Division. A significant component of this position will be dedicated to the design, organization and delivery of innovative cancer risk counseling within the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center and a growing affiliated network of clinics in the greater Los Angeles region. This is also an opportunity to contribute to one of the premier programs focused on cancer screening and prevention in underserved Latinos.

Essential Functions:

  • Train and direct the work of Cancer Risk Counselors.

  • Teach and mentor through a multifaceted cancer genetics education program.

  • Serve as a team leader, representing the Division in clinical and administrative settings

  • Have a vision and sense of excellence

  • Collection of detailed family histories (both maternal and paternal).

  • Retrieval and review of medical records for key affected individuals.

  • Pedigree assessment and recognition of cancer susceptibility syndromes.

  • Use appropriate models to estimate genetic and empiric cancer risk.

  • Assist with informed consent discussion, including benefits of genetic knowledge and family risk communication, privacy, confidentiality and discrimination issues.

  • Educate patients about the medical and psychosocial implications of cancer risk and genetic testing.

  • Advise and assist the attending physician regarding selection of laboratory, coordination of testing and interpretation of test results.

  • At the direction of the attending physician, provide patient education regarding riskappropriate medical management and screening options.

  • Assist the attending physician with psychosocial assessment.

  • Provide post-test education, counseling and support.

  • Scribes medical consultation reports jointly with physician.

  • Participates in Departmental cancer genetics research, including but not limited to enrolling subjects, coordinating studies and taking a primary role in design of new projects.

  • Prepares and presents research results at professional meetings, and co-authors related publications.

  • Practices a high level of integrity and honesty in maintaining confidentiality.

  • Manager Accountabilities:

    • Coordinates clinic and managers clinic-related matters, including triage process, patient scheduling, phlebotomy and encounter documentation.

    • Develops and assists with implementation of new clinic procedures and protocols to ensure highest quality of patient care.

    • Coordinates internships and oversees genetic counseling student and fellow rotations.

    • Serves on institution committees as a representative of the division.

Follows established City of Hope and department policies, procedures, objectives, performance improvement, attendance, safety, environmental, and infection control guidelines, includingadherence to theworkplaceCode of Conduct and Compliance Plan. Practices a high level of integrity and honesty in maintaining confidentiality.

Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.

Reporting Relationships

  • The position directly manages:

  • Total of 6 direct reports 5 genetic counselors, 1 clinic coordinator and 1 pedigree project specialist.

Position Qualifications:

Minimum Education:

  • Master of Science in Genetic Counseling with ABGC board certificationOR MSN/MN and APRN license

Minimum Experience:

  • 8+ years of experience in genetic counseling or equivalent APRN experience, 3+ years of experience in cancer genetics specialty. Substantial experience to serve as a team leader.

Required Courses/Training:

  • Master's Degree in Genetic Counseling, Master's degree in Nursing or APRN in Genetics or directly related speciality.

Req. Certification/Licensure:

  • American Board of Genetic Counseling Certification. Must hold a California state license within 120 days of hire. Nurse Practitioner License or Nurse Practitioner Furnishing License or Registered Nurse License from one of the following four organizations (ANCC, AANP, AACN, PNCB) and one of the following oncology certifications from OCNN (AOCNP, AOCNS, OCN).

Preferred Courses/Training:

  • Specialized courses and clinical training in the genetics of cancer is a plus.

Preferred Experience:

  • 3+ years of lead/manager experience. Working with others to supervise/delegate tasks.

  • Cancer Genetics


  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to accurately assess heritable cancer risk

  • Ability to effectively communicate genetic concepts of cancer risk information to patients and families

  • Ability to deal with families in crisis

  • Work well in clinic and office setting while supervising clinical team

  • Work well with supervision in the clinic setting

  • Work independently with minimal supervision in the research venue


  • Microsoft Word

  • E-Mail

  • Excel

  • PowerPoint

  • Oacis

  • Epic

  • Progeny pedigree database

City of Hope is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

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