Sutter Health Cancer Genetic Counselor-ABSMC in Oakland, California


The Cancer Genetics Counselor is responsible for providing cancer genetics services to patients referred to the Program who may be at risk for a hereditary cancer syndrome. The program exists at both the Carol Ann Read Breast Health Center (Summit Campus) and at the Comprehensive Cancer Center (Herrick Campus). The Genetic Counselor will oversee and participate in the counseling of patients on all genetically related matters including: risk assessment, overview of genetic testing, test results and implications, suggested follow-up and clinical trials enrollment. The Genetic Counselor will also be responsible for maintaining professional relationships with referring clinicians, excellent patient service and educating both the community and clinical members on genetic counseling and testing updates.


Education, Licensures and Certifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Health science, genetic counseling or related field required

  • Master's Degree in Genetic Counseling required

  • American Board of Genetic Counseling - ABGC required


  • One to three years experience as a genetic counselor required

  • Prior experience working with cancer patients preferred

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Understanding of clinical applications and standards necessary to provide comprehensive genetic services and counseling that incorporate the most recent literature and research.

  • Previous experience in cancer genetics preferred.

  • Understanding of insurance and billing systems preferred.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to present at public speaking engagements.

  • Excellent medical documentation skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work with a wide range of staff, including clerical staff, peers, senior management and physicians.

  • Excellent customer service skills; appreciation of the impact of the health care experience on patients and family members of all ages.

  • IT/Computer skills; proficiency in the use of electronic learning technologies.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Product: Excel, Word, Power Point and Access and the electronic health record (EPIC).

  • Ability to plan, implement, and evaluate programs and services.

  • Ability to collaborate with patients, families, and professionals.

  • Ability to build positive working relationships within the medical center, clinics, and community.

  • Creative problem-solving skills.

  • Teaching skills.

  • Ability to work independently.

Primary Location: California, East Bay, Oakland

Organization: Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

Employee Status: Regular

Benefits: Yes

Position Status: Exempt

Union: No

Job Shift: Day

Shift Hours: 8 Hour Shift

Days of the Week Scheduled: Monday-Friday

Weekend Requirements: None

Schedule: Full Time

Hrs Per 2wk Pay Period: 80

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, registered domestic partner status, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, national origin (including possession of a driver's license issued to individuals who did not present proof of authorized presence in the U.S.), age, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military or protected veteran status, political affiliation, pregnancy or perceived pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical condition, genetic information or any other characteristic made unlawful by local, state, or federal law, ordinance or regulation. External hires must pass a background check/drug screening. 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.