Genetic Counselor

University of Iowa Health Care
Job Location
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242
$66,000- Commensurate

The University of Iowa is a place for great minds to work, grow and thrive. This is why we offer one of the most competitive, comprehensive benefit packages around. The health and well-being of our faculty, staff, retirees and students is our top priority. University Benefits is committed to providing excellent customer service, communications and education to help you best utilize these valuable benefit programs.

• National Society of Genetic Counselors membership

• Genetic Counselor Professional Development fund to cover the costs

of conference attendance, board review course/exam, CEUs, etc.

• Moving expenses

• Competitive salary based on the qualifications of the applicant

• Health, dental, vision, 401k, life insurance, and disability coverage

• Paid holidays

• Wellness program benefits

Job Description

Classification Title: Clinical/Technical Specialist or Specialized Care Coordinator

Working Title: Associate Genetic Counselor or Genetic Counselor

Department:University of Iowa Health Care - Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology or Department of Otolaryngology Molecular Otolaryngology and Renal Research Laboratories

Pay Grade: 4A

Salary: $66,000– Commensurate

Percent of Time: 100%

Staff Type: Professional & Scientific

Type of Position: Regular


Please attach a resume, cover letter and 5 references as part of the application process. Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. This job may be removed from posting and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended. For questions or additional information, please contact 


Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check and health screening requirements.


Position Summary: Provide genetic counseling services to patients and families at University of Iowa Health Care within one of the following departments; Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Department of Otolaryngology Molecular Otolaryngology and Renal Research Laboratories to assure the effective and efficient delivery of health care. Genetic counselors will also provide education to health professionals.


This is a multiple listing. Between this requisition and requisition 18001767 we intend to hire a minimum of 3 genetic counselors. Applicants should review the years of experience requirements to determine which requisition to apply.



Position Responsibilities:

Provide Specialty Clinical/Technical Service/Patient Care:


Provide patient education, supportive genetic counseling and advocacy for patients and families within scope of practice.


Maintain up-to-date knowledge base regarding genetics.


Obtain and review relevant family history, medical history, and assess psychosocial factors.


Discuss available testing options including the risks and benefits, and provide pre- and post-test counseling about results.


Provide an accurate risk assessment based on data obtained.


Facilitate changes in care based on systematic evaluation and evidence-based research.


Document in the patient’s electronic medical record a clear, concise summary of counseling and care coordination provided.


Provide follow-up counseling for patients/families, e.g. by telephone, letter, or return visit.


Participate in design and implementation of the research projects.


Mentor and/or supervise others and provide evaluative feedback about performance.


Provide Education:


Research and develop patient education materials


Develop and present continuing education programs and serve as a resource for healthcare providers, students, residents, and staff both within and outside UIHC.


Supervise care delivery of clinicians and residents/students, providing evaluative feedback and recommendations regarding performance.


Collaborate/Communicate with Health Care Team:


Collaborate with others on the health care team related to clinical/technical specification to assure safe and effective delivery of care.


Coordinate medical consultations and referrals for additional medical consultation, testing as necessary, and other resources.


Influence others to utilize best practices.


Attend departmental and specialty meetings.


Contribute ideas and seek ways to improve assigned processes.


Compliance with Internal Policies and External Regulations for Safe and Effective Care Delivery and Health Profession Education:


Follow and assist with development and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.


Participate in Quality Assurance.





Education Required

A Master's Degree in Human Genetics, or Genetic Counseling is required.


Experience Requirements

Board certification or eligibility in genetic counseling from the American Board of Genetic Counseling is required.


Current or eligible to be licensed as a Genetic Counselor in state of Iowa is required.


Genetics Counseling clinical rotations or internship experience, or 6 months to 1 year experience in the field of genetic counseling is required.


Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills are required.


Valid Driver's License, plus the ability to meet and maintain The University of Iowa Fleet Safety Program driving standard.


Desirable Qualifications

Demonstrated time management and ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously is desirable.


Experience in the field of genetic counseling is desirable.


Experience in genetics research and/or recruitment of human subjects for research projects is desirable.

How to Apply

Apply online at:

(Req # 18001767 – Genetic Counselor (Specialized Care Coordinator)

(Req # 18001766 – Associate Genetic Counselor (Clinical/Technical Specialist)

About Our Organization

As a valued member of our healthcare team, we would like to help you find the right fit within University of Iowa Health Care to

meet your career goals and interests. Genetic counseling is a priority for University of Iowa Health Care, and the role of genetic

counselors will become even more prominent as we continue to strengthen and grow our Genetic Counseling Services. Genetic

counselors work independently as well as collaboratively with other members of our interdisciplinary teams.