Senior Genetic Counselor, Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment, Department of Psychiatry

Job Description

Strength Through Diversity

Ground breaking science. Advancing medicine. Healing made personal.

Roles & Responsibilities:

The Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment is a fully integrated translational research center dedicated to discovering the biological causes of autism and developing breakthrough treatments. Our mission is to bridge the gap between new discoveries at the basic science level and clinical care by developing new and improved approaches to autism diagnosis and treatment. Our interdisciplinary patient-based research team includes psychiatrists, psychologists, a developmental pediatrician, neurologist, clinical geneticist, and trainees in medicine and psychology. The Seaver Autism Center is committed to serving individuals of all levels of functioning and takes a unique genetics-first approach to ASD research.


The Seaver Center has ongoing programs in Phelan-McDermid Syndrome (PMS), FOXP1 Syndrome, ADNP Syndrome, and DDX3X syndrome. We also carry out genetic analyses for many families. We are looking for a motivated, talented and hard-working individual to join our team as a Genetic Counselor and coordinate these projects.


The Senior Genetic Counselor will manage clinical genetic services for clinical and research participants, including genetic counseling and coordination of genetic testing. S/he will be adept at eliciting and recording targeted family history and detailed medical history information, genetic test results interpretation, and conveying scientific and technical concepts in a manner understandable to patients. Expertise in variant interpretation is critical. Ideal candidates demonstrate an ability to function independently in a goal-directed manner while communicating effectively with patient, family, significant others and providers at all levels.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Manage research projects in the area of rare genetic disorders. Responsible for subject recruitment and management of clinical genetic services. Participate in research project design and development.
  • Construct and analyze patient’s family history including genetic diseases/birth defects and all relevant medical issues. Assesses and interprets the risk for occurrence/recurrence of genetic conditions in the family and discusses such information with the clinical team.
  • Provide subject matter expertise about genetic testing and counseling services to patients.
  • Ensures that genetic counseling services are well coordinated for the provision of thorough, timely, high-quality patient care.
  • Under the direction of the Center Director and Center leadership team, participate in the development of new genetic services and research programs. Ensure that new programs are well developed and all aspects of the programs are well coordinated.
  • Participates in the coordination of research efforts including participant recruitment, database management, management of IRB and regulatory compliance.
  • Performs other related duties.
  • Master's degree in Genetic Counseling
  • 3-5 years of genetic counseling experience preferred
  • Experience working in medical and research settings and interacting collaboratively with teams
  • Trained on IRB protocols, HIPAA and human subject research
  • Grant-writing skills and/or other research preparation skills preferred
  • American Board of Genetic Counseling Certification. Member or eligible for membership in the National Society of Genetic Counselors and the American Society of Human Genetics
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills a must
  • Ability to perform independently and as part of a team
  • Strong organizational skills with attention to details
Strength Through Diversity

The Mount Sinai Health System believes that diversity is a driver for excellence. We share a common devotion to delivering exceptional patient care. Yet we’re as diverse as the city we call home- culturally, ethically, in outlook and lifestyle. When you join us, you become a part of Mount Sinai’s unrivaled record of achievement, education and advancement as we revolutionize medicine together.


We work hard to acquire and retain the best people, and to create a welcoming, nurturing work environment where you can develop professionally. We share the belief that all employees, regardless of job title or expertise, can make an impact on quality patient care.


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Who We Are

Over 38,000 employees strong, the mission of the Mount Sinai Health System is to provide compassionate patient care with seamless coordination and to advance medicine through unrivaled education, research, and outreach in the many diverse communities we serve.


Formed in September 2013, The Mount Sinai Health System combines the excellence of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai with seven premier hospital campuses, including Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Brooklyn, The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Queens, Mount Sinai West (formerly Mount Sinai Roosevelt), Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai.


The Mount Sinai Health System is an equal opportunity employer. We promote recognition and respect for individual and cultural differences, and we work to make our employees feel valued and appreciated, whatever their race, gender, background, or sexual orientation. 


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