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Genetic Counsellor, Hereditary Cancer - BC Cancer - Vancouver

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Genetic Counsellor, Hereditary Cancer 

BC Cancer

Vancouver, BC

The Genetic Counsellor operationally reports to the Clinical Coordinator, Genetic Counselling and has a matrix reporting to the Practice Lead, Genetic Counselling.  Working with direction form Medical Leaders, the Genetic Counsellor participates in a team approach to provide genetic counselling to individual patients and their family members.  Additional duties include providing public, professional and academic education and participating in clinical research.

What you’ll do

Provide genetic counselling to patients in the Hereditary Cancer Program by performing duties such as:

  • Developing and completing patients’ medical and family history by conducting interviews with patients and their family members.
  • Explaining the hereditary cancer pattern in the patient’s family and the cancer risks associated with that pattern.
  • Recommending cancer screening based on the family history and standard HCP guidelines.
  • Explaining genetic susceptibility testing and the associated potential benefits and harms and schedules genetic testing as appropriate.
  • Contacting genetic counselling centres outside of British Columbia to organize genetic counselling and testing for out-of-province family members as required.
  • Referring patients to health professionals such as social workers, surgeons and oncologists as necessary.
  • Documenting a variety of patient information including personal and family medical history, risk assessments, cancer surveillance strategy and progress reports and outcomes.
  • Requesting medical records and tissue blocks from hospitals and physicians as required.

What you bring

Qualifications:

  • Graduate of an accredited Masters program in Genetic Counselling.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of recent related experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Board eligible or Board Certified with the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors and/or the American Board of Genetic Counselling

You have:

  • Understanding of hereditary cancer syndromes, genetic testing and clinical guidelines.
  • Familiarity with design and conduct of quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Demonstrated skills in CPR techniques
  • Awareness of and commitment to learning and understanding the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action (2015), In Plain Sight Report (2020), BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019), and other related reports.
  • Commitment to upholding the shared responsibility of creating lasting and meaningful reconciliation in Canada as per TRC (2015) and BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019).
  • Knowledge of social, economic, political and historical realities impacting indigenous communities and familiarity with Indigenous Cultural Safety and anti-racism and accompanying reports (BC DRIPA, TRC, etc.).

You are able to:

  • Communicate effectively with patients, families, other professional staff, and the general public.
  • Work independently and co-operatively as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • Accept responsibility, make decisions and teach.
  • Operate related equipment including ability to use a variety of word processing and database software.
  • Physically carry out the duties of the position.

What we bring

Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That’s why we’re focused on your care too – offering health, wellness, development programs to support you – at work and at home.

  • Join one of BC’s largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations – offering vast opportunities for growth, development, and recognition programs that honour the commitment and contribution of all employees.
  • Access to professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.
  • Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).
  • Access to WorkPerks, a premium discount program offering a wide range of local and national discounts on electronics, entertainment, dining, travel, wellness, apparel, and more.

Job type: Temporary, Full-Time (Until October 4, 2024)

Wage: $40.53 - $50.62 per hour

Location: 750 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1K1. Due to the nature of the role, you may be required to support other BCC sites occasionally across the province, either in person or remotely.

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Hours of work: Mon - Fri; 8:00-16:00, 8:30-16:30, 9:00-17:00

Requisition Number: 160143E

As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.

What we do

BC Cancer provides comprehensive cancer control for the people of British Columbia.

BC Cancer is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).

(PHSA) plans, manages and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose.

Learn more about PHSA and our programs: jobs.phsa.ca/programs-and-services

PHSA and BC Cancer are committed to employment equity, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.

Reconciliation is an ongoing process and a shared responsibility for all of us. The BC Governments’ unanimous passage of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act was a significant step forward in this journey—one that all health authorities are expected to support as we work in cooperation with Indigenous Peoples to establish a clear and sustainable path to lasting reconciliation. True reconciliation will take time and ongoing commitment to work with Indigenous Peoples as they move toward self-determination. Guiding these efforts Crown agencies must remain focused on creating opportunities that implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Mandate.

ATTN: PHSA Employees:

To be considered as a PHSA employee (internal applicant) for this position, you must apply online via your internal profile at http://internaljobs.phsa.ca.

Please note the internal job posting expires on February 22, 2024. After this date, please contact the Internal Jobs Help Desk and advise that you would like to be considered as a late internal applicant for this position. Please do not apply for the external job posting.

If you have not registered your internal profile, a password is required to log in for the first time. To obtain your password, please contact the Internal Jobs Help Desk at 604-875-7264 or 1-855-875-7264. Please note regular business hours are Monday – Friday (excluding stats), 8:30am to 4:30pm. For inquiries outside of regular business hours, please email the Internal Jobs Help Desk at internaljobshelpu@phsa.ca and a Help Desk Representative will contact you the next business day.

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