• Full Time
  • Chicago

Website Hektoen Institute LLC


The genetic counselor provides genetic counseling and genetic risk assessment services to individuals with a personal and/or family history of hereditary disease or disorders.  The genetic counselor works both independently as well as in a multi-disciplinary manner with other CCH providers.  The genetic counselor will provide community and health care provider education and will work with the Manager of Genetic Counseling Services to develop the genetic service line and referral base.  The genetic counselor must be able to work with patients who have diverse cultural backgrounds, life experience, education levels, life styles and socioeconomic statuses.  Sensitivity and the ability to work with patients confidentially and positively are essential. Knowledge of health care systems, health insurance authorization processes, community resources and the ability to work as a member of an interdisciplinary team are essential skills and knowledge required for this genetic counselor position.


  • Master’s Degree of Science in Genetic Counseling from an accredited college or university OR ability to obtain two (2) weeks prior to starting employment. (Must provide official transcripts at time of interview)
  • Illinois Genetic Counseling License or Temporary Illinois Genetic Counseling License OR ability to obtain Illinois Genetic Counseling License or Temporary Illinois Genetic Counseling license two (2) weeks prior to starting employment. (Must provide proof at time of interview)
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Access, Excel, PowerPoint and Word)


  • New graduates welcome to apply
  • 2 or more years of experience in genetic counseling highly preferred
  • Spanish speaking/multilingual applicants preferred
  • Strong written/verbal communication and interpersonal skills to effectively interact with patients, co-workers, referring physician groups, and internal physicians
  • Excellent problem solving and organizational skills
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively both autonomously and as a member of a team
  • Strong computer and systems skills


  • Provides genetic counseling to patients/families in one or more of the specialty areas of genetics (prenatal, pediatric, cancer, and general)
    • Identifies chief concern and establishes session agenda
    • Obtains personal and family medical histories, reviews applicable lab reports and/or medical records, noting relevant findings
    • Provides genetic risk assessments
    • Counsels patients and family members by providing information, education, or psychosocial support regarding genetic risks and inherited conditions
    • Facilitates patient’s decision making process and obtains informed consent regarding various genetic testing and management options
    • Coordinates genetic testing, including test and lab selection and assisting patients with financial assistance programs if applicable
    • Provides standard recommendations for screening and prevention based on patient’s personalized risks
    • Communicates all genetic test results, risk estimates, and standard recommendations to patients and referring physicians in a timely manner
    • Explains findings to patients in understandable terms, taking time to address all issue and communicating with sensitivity and respect for differing viewpoints
    • Manages and tracks patient test results and follow up on overdue reports
    • Collaborates and coordinates patient care with other disciplines and medical specialties
    • Responds to relevant inquiries from patients, staff and physicians
    • Provides supportive counseling to families; identifies and place referrals to other support services when appropriate
    • Documents details of clinical visits and follow up care in electronic medical record per policy
    • Review cases with supervising genetic counselor or physician as needed
  • Provide expertise and consultation to CCH clinicians when necessary
  • Acts as liaison and advocate for patients and families
    • Identify resources and develop program materials
    • Development patient education and marketing materials for CCH Genetic Counseling Services
  • Prepare and present educational programs on various genetics topics
    • Provide lectures to clinicians upon request
    • Provide lectures to community groups upon request
  • Keeps abreast of developments in genetics and genomics
    • Pursue continuing education opportunities
    • Studies and reviews recent studies, current trends and developments in clinical genetics, especially in areas of practice
    • Share knowledge with others
    • Attends academic conference and participates in community outreach events
  • Assists with research protocols and research/grant writing when applicable
  • Attends multi-disciplinary meetings such as tumor boards, M&M conferences, Bioethics committee meetings, and program meetings
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Partners with management to ensure quality clinical genetic services
  • Seeks out and presents educational activities to patients, families, trainees, multidisciplinary groups within CCH, and on the local, state, and/or national level
  • Supervise trainees such as genetic counseling students, medical school students, and medical residents
    • Provides support and coaching of assigned trainees
    • Assess competency and provide feedback to trainees


  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills including the demonstrated ability to negotiate and resolve conflicts with innovative approaches and to lead team building
  • Experience providing both face to face and telephone (and/or telegenetic) counseling with patients who are non-English speaking and/or of low health literacy
  • Ability to operate in high pressure situations and work flexible hours
  • Broad knowledge of current health care administration principles and practices
  • Strong knowledge of the principles and practices of genetic counseling and testing in the clinical settings of pediatrics, prenatal care, and/or cancer genetics
  • Knowledge of the principles and methods of educating medical trainees and clinicians
  • Knowledge and proficient use of pedigree software (e.g., Progeny)
  • Strong customer service and empathy skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively across a health system with providers and staff from multiple disciplines
  • Must be able to travel to work/clinical sites throughout Cook County
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