GENETIC COUNSELLOR
Mackenzie Health
Richmond Hill, ON
Job Description
POSITION SUMMARY

As part of a multi-disciplinary team, the Genetic Counsellor provides genetics services to a diverse multicultural population. The successful candidate will be responsible for genetic assessment, counselling and support of patients, diagnostic work up where appropriate, documentation and follow up. This position will include prenatal and clinical genetics.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

To work as part of a health care team, providing information and support to families affected by or at risk of a genetic disorder- prenatal, general, pediatric and cancer.
To gather and analyze family history and inheritance patterns, calculate risks of recurrence, and provide information about genetic testing and related procedures.
To help families understand the significance of genetic disorders in the context of cultural, personal, and familial situations.
To provide supportive counselling services, serve as patient advocates, and refer individuals and families to other health professionals and community or community support services.
To serve as a central resource of information about genetic disorders for other health care professionals, patients, and the general public.
QUALIFICATIONS

Board certified or Board eligible with Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors.
Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.
Excellent organization and leadership skills.
Ability to work effectively without close supervision and ability to work as part of a Regional Genetics Service.
One year recent genetic counseling experience (prenatal and general) preferred.
Communicates and consults with other health care professionals and functions as a member of the health care team.
Works as part of a team with physician-geneticist by consulting regarding pending referrals, providing patient management throughout the consultation process and arranging follow-up testing as required.
Initiates referrals to hospital and community based programs for required services.
Interprets and implements hospital and departmental policies, programs and procedures as required.
Maintains quality assurance in genetic counselling services.
Participates in continuing medical education.
Serves on committees as requested.
Proven attendance record.
Demonstrates understanding and complies with patient and staff safety policies and procedures that foster a safe and inclusive environment for all.
Ability to perform the essential duties of the job.
Effectively uses empathy in interactions with others.
Demonstrates behaviours consistent with Mackenzie Health’s Commitment to Caring.
Models behaviour that is aligned with the values of Mackenzie Health – Excellence, Leadership and Empathy.
Commitment to providing an exceptional experience for staff and clients within a challenging and exciting
health care environment.
Mackenzie Health is an inclusive and equal opportunity employer committed to providing accommodations for applicants upon request at any stage of the recruitment process in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code.