• Instructor/Assistant Program Director - SOM - Human Genetics

    Job Number
    Job Type
    Regular Full-Time
    School Of Medicine
    SOM: Hum Gen: Admin
    Location : Name
    Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor
    This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
    Not Applicable
  • Description

    Assistant Program Director Position

    Emory Genetic Counseling Training Program


    The Emory Genetic Counseling Training Program in Atlanta, GA (http://genetics.emory.edu/gc_training/) is seeking an experienced genetic counselor to assume the role of Assistant Program Director (APD). The Emory program was launched in 2012, received full accreditation from ACGC in 2015, and has graduated 5 cohorts. The program is housed within the Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Human Genetics. The APD would join three other program leaders, including the Director – Cecelia Bellcross, PhD, MS, CGC, the Medical Director – Hong Li, MD, PhD and the Co-Assistant Director - Nadia Ali, PhD.


    The position includes a faculty appointment with the Emory University School of Medicine at the Instructor level, with opportunity for advancement. Salary is competitive and benefits are comprehensive. The primary role of the APD is to coordinate and monitor the clinical practicum activities of the genetic counseling students. Our program has the privilege of working with 6 medical geneticists and over 40 highly dedicated genetic counselors both at Emory and at several medical facilities in the greater Atlanta metropolitan area. The role of APD also involves teaching, student advising, serving on student research committees, and program development.


    The Emory Genetic Counseling Training program has the strong support of the department as well as the School of Medicine. We occupy an office suite along with a well-equipped dedicated classroom. Our program is innovative and rigorous, has developed a national reputation, and attracts extremely strong applicants from across the country and internationally.


    The APD position would begin in January of 2019. Candidates would have the opportunity to participate in additional clinical and research activities as desired. Qualifications include a master’s level degree through an ACGC accredited program, 3 years of genetic counseling experience -ideally involving clinical care, and ABGC certification. Prior teaching, clinical supervision and research experience are preferred.


    Inquiries about the position may also be directed to administrative assistant, Cathy Jackson, at gcprogram@emory.edu.

    Additional Details

    The Instructor/Assistant Program Director of the Emory genetic counseling training program is responsible for all aspects of the clinical practicum including practicum planning, organization, coordination, administration and evaluation. The assistant director plans and teaches courses, including those related to the clinical practicum and the field of genetic counseling as well as other courses depending on individual expertise.  The assistant director works closely with the program director in the recruitment and admissions process. The assistant director also provides assistance and support to the program director and co-assistant program director in matters of overall program organization, administration, planning, development and evaluation.


    The assistant program director participates in the following activities:



    • Admissions
      • Reviews applications
      • Meets with program director and co-assistant program director to select interviewees and rank candidates
      • Conducts individuals interviews with all candidates
    • Advising
      • Formal advisor to 3-4 first-year and 3-4 second-year students
      • Meets with advisees 1-2 times per semester
      • Provides ongoing mentoring, guidance, and evaluation for all students in collaboration with program director and co-assistant program director
    • Capstone
      • Participates as a Capstone committee member for all formal advisees
    • Program Development
      • Participates in regular program directors meetings
      • Assists with internal program development, evaluation, accreditation self-studies and strategic planning
      • Participates in Advisory Board meetings 

    Clinical Practicum 

    • Coordinates clinical observation experiences for first-year students
    •  Manages clinical placements for all first-year and second-year students: maintain forms, contracts, requirements, schedule, evaluations
    • Meets with all students once a semester to review clinical placements and skill development and schedules additional conferences as needed
    • Initiates and maintains clinical affiliation agreements for clinical practicum sites
    • Develops new clinical placements including external summer placements
    • Reviews and monitors student case logbooks, goals, mid-term and final evaluations and self-reflections
    • Establishes remedial plan for students as necessary in collaboration with program director
    • Develops and maintains outstanding working relationships with placements via supervisors’ professional development (i.e. workshops, educational opportunities), meetings, social interactions
    • Reviews and monitors rotations sites and supervisors through formal evaluation, direct communication with supervisors and student conferences
    • Provides feedback to rotation supervisors annually through aggregate site and supervisor evaluation reports
    • Organizes and conducts supervisor training experiences and meetings
    • Coordinates standardized patient experiences 1 per semester per class (4 per academic year)
    • Oversees Clinical Practicums:

    Fall semester

    HGC 735 F – Clinical Practicum V (3 credits)

    HGC 735G – Clinical Practicum VI (3 credits)


    Spring semester

    HGC 735B – Clinical Practicum I (2 credits)

    HGC 735C – Clinical Practicum II (2 credits)


    HGC 735 H – Clinical Practicum VII (3 credits)

    HGC 735I – Clinical Practicum VIII (3 credits)


    Summer 6 weeks

    HGC 735D – Clinical Practicum III (2 credits)

    HGC 735E – Clinical Practicum IV (5 credits)



    Courses (courses in parentheses are pending choice and total FTE with program)

    Fall semester

    HGC 705 – Introduction to Genetic Counseling – (co)instructor (3 credits, 8 weeks)

    HGC 735A – Clinical Practice Role Play and Observation - primary instructor (2 credits, 8 weeks)

    (HGC 715 – Human Genetics – assistant instructor)


    Spring semester

    (HGC 730B – Genetic Counseling Seminar IV – co-instructor (1 credit))

    (HGC 820 – Hot Topics in Genomics (3 credits))



    1. ABGC Board Certification
    2. 3 years experience as a practicing genetic counselor
    3. Clinical genetic counseling responsibilities for a minimum of 2 years total, either current or within the past 8 years
    4. Prior student supervision and/or teaching experience preferred


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