Genetic Counselor 1

Connecticut, United States
30 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
28 Sep 2020
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Focus:

The Laboratory of Yale DNA Diagnostic Lab is seeking a motivated Genetic Counselor to join our DNA diagnosis team to serve as the primary liaison in communication with health care providers, laboratory personnel, the authorization and billing team, and payers when necessary to facilitate and streamline the process of genetic testing. This position will provide genetic testing case management by working closely with laboratory directors, internal and external providers, laboratory personnel, as well as the business team of the laboratory. It will support appropriate test utilization by selecting appropriate gene lists for analysis and submitting test details for obtaining 3rd party payer authorization for testing.

The position will support our clinical testing operations by serving as the primary liaison in communicating with ordering providers to discuss all aspects of genetic testing including results. The position will also involve maintaining and updating gene lists and the internal variant data base in collaboration with laboratory personnel. Another aspect of the position is to work with billing team and payers as needed in support of successful billing and collection. There will be opportunities for contributing to genomic research.

Essential Duties

  1. Obtains and assesses patient and family medical and psycho-social histories.
  2. Prepares summary of patients’ medical history for review.
  3. Assesses information and refers cases to appropriate clinic or counselors.
  4. Discusses results of diagnostic tests with higher level authority to determine direction of counseling plans.
  5. Coordinates nationwide consultation services for patients and families involved in genetic counseling.
  6. Develops genetic information material for distribution to potential patients and families.
  7. Counsels and explains genetic services to patients and families.
  8. Coordinates case review sessions for patients and families.
  9. Ensures appropriate counseling support is developed and implemented for individuals and families.
  10. Evaluates genetic counseling progress of individual or family and reports progress to higher authority.
  11. Interprets genetic testing results and counseling assistance.
  12. Develops written reports on family pedigree and profiles.
  13. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Master’s Degree in Genetics or a related field or an equivalent combination of experience and education.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Thorough knowledge of theories and principles of human and medical genetics and genomics.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Familiarity with genomic data, tools and databases, and additional online resources.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Demonstrated independence and problem-solving ability. Attention to detail with excellent organization, multi-tasking, and time management skills.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Excellent communication skills, highly collaborative and ability to work well on a team.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Master’s Degree in Genetic Counseling.

Required Licenses or Certifications

Board eligibility or certification by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) or American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG).

Weekend Hours Required?


Evening Hours Required?


Drug Screen


Health Screening


Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

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