Genetic Counselor (National Program Director) Job in Salt Lake City, Utah – Department of Veterans Affairs



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Genetic Counselor (National Program Director) – Salt Lake City, Utah
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
Job ID: 297973
Start Date: 07/28/2020
End Date: 08/03/2020

Qualification Summary
Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education Requirement: 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). 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. 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. English Language Proficiency: Genetic Counselors must be proficient in spoken and written English. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). All persons employed in VHA as a Genetic Counselor on the effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualifications requirements for the title, series and grade held, including education, licensure and certification that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation. For employees who do not meet all the basic requirements in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, all of the following apply: (1) Such employees may be reassigned, promoted up to and including the full performance (journeyman) level, or changed to lower grade within the occupation, but may not be promoted beyond the journeyman level or placed in supervisory or managerial positions. (2) Genetic Counselors who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the effective date of the qualification standard may not have their temporary appointment extended or be reappointed, on a temporary or permanent basis, until they fully meet the basic requirements of the standard. (3) Employees initially grandfathered into this occupation, who subsequently obtain additional education, licensure and/or certification that meet all the basic requirements of the qualification standard must maintain the required credentials as a condition of employment in the occupation. (4) Genetic Counselors who are converted to title 38 hybrid status under this provision and subsequently leave the occupation lose protected status and must meet the full VA qualification standard requirements in effect at the time of reentry as a Genetic Counselor. Grade Determinations: GS-15, National Program Manager Experience: To be eligible for consideration at the GS-15 grade level, candidates must have at least one year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. They must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills in administration, with progressively more professional competency skills and judgment. * Experience is only creditable if it is obtained following graduation with a master’s or higher degree in Genetic Counseling from an accredited training program. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to Genetic Counseling experience at the next lower grade level. Assignments: In addition to supporting Genetic Counselor Managers with daily operations, they oversee internal human and financial resources. They are responsible for oversight of administrative and programmatic resources across multiple facilities or at a national level. They may direct genetic counseling or organizational development at the national level. Their decisions may affect staff and other resources associated with the programs managed and are made while exercising wide latitude and independent judgment. They monitor outcomes and have delegated authority to determine long range work plans and assure that implementation of the goals and objectives are achieved. They may serve as consultants to other management officials at the national level. Genetic Counselors assigned to this position must demonstrate the following KSAs: Demonstrated global knowledge of genetic counseling practice to develop, maintain and oversee programs. Advanced knowledge and skill in management/administration of a wide range of programs, which involves the operation and management of key clinical, training, or administrative programs at complex facilities and/or across multiple sites, and includes consultation, negotiation, and monitoring. Ability to provide consultation on policy implementation, qualification standards, counseling practice, and competency that are consistent with organizational goals and objectives. Ability to influence high level officials in adoption of, and conformance to, performance measures, monitors, and other policy guidelines. Ability to multi-task, establish prioritizes, meet short deadlines, and work on several projects simultaneously. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing to the Under Secretary for Health, high-level officials within the Department as well as other government and private organizations. Ability to deal effectively with problems, issues and situations which present themselves in the daily and long-range activities of health care organizations. Ability to review documents and administrative records for completeness and accuracy. Knowledge of managerial and administrative techniques, and the ability to plan, implement, manage, and evaluate a broad departmental genomic program. References: VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G51, Genetic Counselor Qualification Standard The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-15. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-15. Physical Requirements: The work is primarily performed while sitting, though some work may require periods of standing.

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