Genomic Medicine Services uses the VA's telehealth infrastructure (primarily Clinical Video Telehealth) to provide genetic counseling and facilitate genetic testing. The Genetic Counselor ensures integration of clinical genomic services within the VHA system nationwide. Genetic counselors at entry level are involved in direct patient care under supervision.Learn more about this agency
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May Be Authorized for highly qualified candidates
***NOTE: If you are a current federal employee, please apply under announcement CASC-10532952-19-KSC***
Genetic Counselor provides a broad range of genetic counseling services for Veterans and their families. Proficiency for standards specific to a new graduate includes:
- Review medical records and conduct literature review to identify and interpret the risks of an inherited disorder;
- Obtain personal medical, lifestyle, environmental, and family histories to conduct risk assessment;
- Identify appropriate genetic test options and appropriate testing candidates;
- Ensure test results are communicated to patients and providers;
- Document clinical counseling and testing.
- Other duties as assigned.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
QualificationsTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 12/20/2019.
- United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
- Education. Master's degree or higher in genetic counseling from a program in the United States or Canada accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC). Coursework typically includes clinical genetics, population genetics, cytogenetics and molecular genetics coupled with psychosocial theory, ethics, and counseling techniques. Clinical rotations in medical genetics centers approved by the ACGC are an integral part of the degree requirements. Individuals who graduated prior to 1993 must have graduated from a program accepted by the American Board of Genetic Counselors as equivalent for certification purposes at that time. Foreign Education. To be creditable, education completed outside the U.S. must have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in the interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education must have been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. programs.
- Licensure. Persons hired or reassigned to Genetic Counselor positions in the GS-0601 series in VHA must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to independently practice as a Genetic Counselor.
Exception. Non-licensed Genetic Counselors who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate Genetic Counselor under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405(c)(2)(B). The appointing official may waive the requirement of licensure for a period not to exceed two years for a Genetic Counselor who provides care under the supervision of a licensed Genetic Counselor at or above the full performance level. This exception only applies at the entry level (GS-9). For grade levels at or above the full performance level, the candidate must be licensed.
- Board Certification. Persons hired or reassigned to Genetic Counselor positions in VHA must be board certified in the field of Genetic Counseling by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC). The board certification must be current and the applicant must abide by the certifying body's requirements for continuing education.
Exception for Non-Board Certified, Entry Level Candidates. Non-board certified Genetic Counselors designated by the certifying agency (e.g., American Board of Genetic Counseling) as "board eligible", who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements, may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate Genetic Counselor under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405(c)(2)(B). The appointing official may waive the requirement of certification for a period not to exceed two years for a Genetic Counselor who provides care under the supervision of a board certified Genetic Counselor at or above the full performance level. This exception only applies at the GS-9 grade/entry level.
- English Language Proficiency. Genetic Counselors must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.
GS-9 grade (Entry Level)
Experience, Education, and Licensure. The entry level is used for Genetic Counselors who are recent graduates, not yet licensed and/or certified at the independent practice level or Genetic Counselors with less than one year of post-master's degree experience.
GS-11 (Full Performance Level)
(a) Experience, Education, and Licensure. In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must have at least one year of post-master's degree genetic counseling experience;
In addition to the basic requirements, a doctoral degree in clinical genetic counseling or a related field may be substituted for the required one year of professional genetic counseling experience.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA). In addition to meeting the entry level criteria candidate must demonstrate all of the KSAs below:
1. Oral and written communication skills to communicate the needs of different audiences (i.e., patients, referring providers, colleagues).
2. Ability to synthesize personal and family history, test results, and other pertinent information to determine the risk of conditions with a genetic component and make appropriate recommendations, including genetic testing, prevention, and screening options.
3. Ability to efficiently use primary resources (i.e., guidelines, webinars, journal articles) and secondary resources (i.e., Gene Reviews) to identify, evaluate, and synthesize relevant scientific literature.
4. Ability to evaluate genetic test selection and methodology available at different laboratories, including the analytic validity, clinical validity, and clinical utility of a genetic test, and order germline genetic test.
5. Ability to select the best test strategies while balancing the various needs of stakeholders (i.e., VA pathology departments, the patient, the referring providers).
6. Knowledge of various federal and state regulations (i.e., documentation of informed consent) related to provision of care.
References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/97 PART II APPENDIX G51
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-9 to GS-11.
Physical Requirements: The work is generally sedentary. The work may also require sitting, walking, standing, bending and carrying light items in conjunction with travel to and attendance at meetings and conferences away from the work site.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search. (Required if selected)
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.
- Cover Letter
- DD-214/ Statement of Service
- Disability Letter (VA)
- Other (1)
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If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 12/20/2019 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10532953.
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AddressVA SALT LAKE CITY HCS
500 Foothill Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84148
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