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Genetic Counseling Assistant

Job Title Genetic Counseling Assistant Location Danville, PA Job Category Research Staff Schedule Days Work Type Full time Department Genomic Research Genetic Counseling Division Date posted 02/09/2024 Job ID R-58425

Job Summary

*Cover letter must be included - please upload with resume/CV (or drag and drop)* Responsible for supporting genetic counselors’ clinical activities (e.g., in the Maternal Fetal Medicine or Cancer Institute) and clinical research studies at Geisinger (e.g., the Clinical Genome Resource or MyCode). This position is intended to provide valuable experience for individuals who plan to apply to graduate genetic counseling programs or pursue a career in a related field of health. Assists genetic counselors to coordinate clinical activities, including coordination of genetic screening and testing, follow-up of genetic results, and a variety of other administrative tasks to support the clinic. Works with genetic counselors, researchers, and staff on current research projects. Tasks include: participant recruitment, data entry and data collection guided by written protocols, development of educational materials, performance of literature searches, and potential opportunities for qualitative interviews. Works under the supervision of the research and clinical personnel as required.

Job Duties

*1. Manages the dissemination of genetic screening/testing results.
*2. Collects relevant clinical information, prepares documentation for genetic counseling use, and assists in patient scheduling to ensure appropriate referrals for genetic counseling.
*3. Assists the principal investigators in day-to-day project activities such as maintaining study documentation, attending study meetings, etc.
*4. Conducts data entry and updates computer files used for project monitoring and data collection.
*5. Assists with data collection activities including participant recruitment contact and follow-up.
6. Conducts literature searches and fact-finding research to support project development.
7. Performs other duties as required.
*Denotes essential job functions.


  • Lead informed consent process for studies in genomic medicine and precision health.
  • Support a genetic counseling clinic by managing referrals and test results.
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop patient friendly education materials at the appropriate reading level.


  • Demonstrated moderate to advanced computer skills required and will be assessed at time of hire.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic research methodology and research data collection preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently.
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills, including communicating clearly and sensitively with patients, families, referring
  • clinicians, and research colleagues.


  • Candidate has been awarded a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a GPA of 3.3 or better; and Candidate has a strong interest in pursuing graduate level academic training in Genetic Counseling or health related field.
  • Preferred Undergraduate coursework should include at least 4 courses in Biology, including General Genetics; and 2 courses in Psychology; and 1 course in general Statistics.


  • Work is typically performed in an office, clinical environment, or remote capacity. Some travel within the System may be required. The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements considered necessary to successfully perform the job.

About Geisinger
Geisinger is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record and the development of innovative care delivery models such as ProvenHealth Navigator® and ProvenCare®. As one of the nation’s largest health service organizations, Geisinger serves more than 3 million residents throughout 45 counties in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania, and also in southern New Jersey with the addition of AtlantiCare, a National Malcolm Baldridge Award recipient. The physician-led system is comprised of approximately 30,000 employees, including nearly 1,600 employed physicians, 12 hospital campuses, two research centers and a 510,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $8.9 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania economy. Geisinger has repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit, or follow the latest Geisinger news and more on Twitter and Facebook.

Position Details

  • Please include cover letter with resume/CV


Bachelor's Degree-Related Field of Study (Required)


Communication; Multitasking; Teamwork; Organizing; Computer Literacy

About Geisinger

Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes ten hospital campuses, a 550,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. With nearly 24,000 employees and more than 1,700 employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania by billions of dollars annually. Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Geisinger values who you are, where you are from, and where you are going. We seek out people of various backgrounds and cultures with unique abilities, non-traditional career paths and ambitious aspirations. We are an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or their protected veteran status. Read more about Our Commitment to Inclusive Recruiting.

Our Vision & Values

Everything we do is about making better health easier for our patients, our members, our students, our Geisinger family and our communities.

KINDNESS: We strive to treat everyone as we would hope to be treated ourselves.

EXCELLENCE: We treasure colleagues who humbly strive for excellence.

LEARNING: We share our knowledge with the best and brightest to better prepare the caregivers for tomorrow.

INNOVATION: We constantly seek new and better ways to care for our patients, our members, our community, and the nation.

SAFETY: We provide a safe environment for our patients and members and the Geisinger family.

Our Benefits

We offer healthcare benefits for full time and part time positions from day one, including vision, dental and prescription coverage.


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