Kaiser Permanente Genetic Counselor Coordinator in Oakland, California

For the region or sub-regional specialty, provides advanced clinical genetics expertise, promoting high quality standards of care for patients/members with, or at risk for, genetic/congenital conditions. Provides program administration, consultation, education, collaboration, and research. Monitors and ensures compliance with regulatory requirements within Kaiser. May also provide independent genetic counseling and referral services for patients/members.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Provides on-going program planning and management, develops region-wide protocols, and promotes standards of care for patients/members with, or at risk for, genetic/congenital conditions.

  • Provides expert consultation with physicians and other health care providers to enhance and monitor the quality and level of care for patients/members affected by, or at risk for, genetic/congenital conditions.

  • Collaborates with patients/members, caregiver, and interdisciplinary team members in assisting client needs.

  • Develops and implements a plan of care for complex, high-risk patients.

  • Evaluates effectiveness of care plans and revises plans as needed.

  • Creates and directs complex analysis of patient/program information from a variety of data sources for program development, risk management and quality monitoring.

  • Develops culturally sensitive and age appropriate patient education programs and materials.

  • Provides educational programs for physicians, nurses, laboratory staff, trainees and other health care providers in the community.

  • Serves as a regional or sub-regional specialty resource and provides up-to-date knowledge and management of genetic/congenital disorders and programs.

  • Maintains an up-to-date knowledge of current activities in genetics and recommends/implements enhanced clinical practice standards for the department and the region.

  • Directs and participates in quality assurance and improvement activities, promoting cost effective delivery of high quality patient care/services, improving internal and external customer satisfaction.

  • Identifies and promotes improved innovative clinical practice based on new knowledge and research in field of specialization. Initiates and participates in collaborative research projects, written articles, and professional presentations.

  • Forms risk estimates and identifies at risk cases.

  • Coordinates and documents contacts and follow-up recommendations, including referrals and scheduling of tests/ procedures.

  • Utilizes resources on a region-wide basis to improve efficiencies, increase communications, reduce redundancy and improve patient and provider satisfaction.

  • Coordinates and oversees the day-to-day operations for the assigned program.

  • Ensures support staff's quality of work.

  • Serves as preceptor for graduate genetic counseling students and medical residents.

  • Provides input into local and regional policies and guidelines and hiring of new staff.

  • May independently provide genetic counseling services for all areas of medical genetics, which includes:

  • Assesses recurrence risks and recommends medical or genetic testing based on analysis of the risk, benefit, and cost.

  • Provides crisis intervention and psychosocial counseling regarding genetic conditions.

  • Makes referrals for on-going care and support.

  • Follows patient through counseling, testing, and results.

Basic Qualifications:


  • Three or more years of experience in Genetic Counseling, or related specialty field.


  • Master's degree in genetic counseling.

License, Certification, Registration

  • Must have a National Provider Identifier (NPI), or obtain an NPI, prior to employment start date.

  • Must be Board Certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics, or the American Board of Genetic Counseling.

  • Must have a current/valid Genetic Counselor License issued by the California State Department of Public Health, or obtain license prior to employment start date.

Additional Requirements:

  • Demonstrated clinical expertise in area of specialty required.

  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills.

  • Demonstrated refined analytic and diagnostic reasoning skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior clinical genetic specialist/administrative/teaching experience preferred.

  • Previous computer experience preferred.


TITLE: Genetic Counselor Coordinator

LOCATION: Oakland, California


External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status.