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Clinical Asst/Assoc/Professor- open rank of Genetics and Program Director

University of South Carolina
School of Medicine Columbia

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Clinical Asst/Assoc/Professor- open rank of Genetics and Program Director


School of Medicine Columbia


School of Medicine Columbia


SOMC Genetics

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Salary commensurate with education and experience

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Full Time

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Full-time Equivalent (FTE)

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12 months

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About University of South Carolina:

From the Upstate to the Lowcountry, the University of South Carolina system is transforming the lives of South Carolinians through the impact of our eight institutions and 20 locations throughout the state. More than 50,000 students are enrolled at one of eight institutions, including the research campus in Columbia and comprehensive four-year universities in Aiken, Upstate and Beaufort. In addition, our Palmetto College campuses in Salkehatchie, Union, Lancaster and Sumter enable students to earn associate or bachelor’s degrees through a combination of in-person, online or blended learning. All of our system institutions place strong emphasis on service — helping to build healthier, more educated communities in South Carolina and beyond.

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At the University of South Carolina, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We recognize diversity in our workforce is essential to providing academic excellence and critical to our sustainability. The University is committed to eliminating barriers created by institutional discrimination through accountability and continuous process improvement. We celebrate the diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences of our employees.

Advertised Job Summary:

The University of South Carolina (USC) School of Medicine-Columbia and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology invite applications for the position of Program Director, USC Genetic Counseling Program. This position is associated with clinical faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor or higher and will commence July 1, 2023.

The Master of Science Genetic Counseling Program was established in 1985 as the first program in the southeast and tenth in the nation. With over 250 alumni, the program’s impact reaches nationally and internationally. Genetic Counseling – School of Medicine Columbia | University of South Carolina

Program Director, Master of Science Genetic Counseling Program

The Program Director will work in collaboration with the Department Chair, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, Assistant Directors, and Program Coordinator to oversee all program activities. Position responsibilities (including but not limited to):

· Achieves and maintains academic excellence across the didactic, clinical and research curricula, monitors evolving genetic counseling practice and solicits new learning opportunities.· Sets and implements the strategic direction of the program including mission, vison, and goals with the leadership team and key stakeholders including the Advisory Board.· Maintains program compliance by ongoing review and implementing new processes as needed to meet the standards of the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC) and other relevant accrediting bodies.· Develops and manages Program budget including long-term strategic planning to ensure the fiscal stability.· Prepares accreditation reports, including self-study analyses and annual reports. Communicates with ACGC about significant programmatic changes, serves as the primary contact for the ACGC.· Represents, as needed, the USC Genetic Counseling Program at relevant national and international meetings (Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors, National Society of Genetic Counselors, Transnational Alliance for Genetic Counseling), and communicates relevant information to program leadership and faculty.· Liaises with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine leadership and faculty, the Graduate School and outside institutions, and communicates relevant information to program leadership and faculty.· Deputizes Assistant Director(s) for key decision making as needed relevant to the Genetic Counseling Program· Engages the Advisory Board in strategic growth and relevant evaluation of the program and implements appropriate recommendations.· Develops, reviews, and oversees all program-related activities including student recruitment, admissions, mentoring, research projects, and faculty development.· Coordinates and participates in didactic curriculum and experiential learning including classroom teaching, clinical supervision and Master of Science thesis research advisement.· Monitors and evaluates student progress to ensure completion of requirements for graduation including academic advisement, evaluation of readiness for graduation, remediation as needed.· Monitors Assistant Director(s), program faculty and lecturer performance and provides feedback and mentorship as indicated.· Provides genetic counseling. Clinical practice includes evaluating medical history, family history and laboratory findings pertaining to a risk or diagnosis of a genetic condition, working within a team of healthcare professionals to accomplish the management of individuals at-risk for genetic conditions.

Required Education and Experience:

· Master’s degree from an ACGC accredited genetic counseling program and certification by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC); ongoing recertification with the ABGC.· Five years’ minimum and preferably ten years’ experience in the field of genetic counseling, a minimum of three years of which must be in a patient-facing role· Experience in genetic counselor education (or at least six credit hours of post-secondary education as course instructor/coordinator).· All individuals becoming a program director for the first time must have completed at least 10 hours of training/coursework in curriculum design, assessment, evaluation, or educational andragogy, within the last 10 years· Satisfy all requirements as documented in current ACGC standards of accreditation for genetic counseling programs.· Demonstrated leadership across key domains (e.g. clinical care, education, strategic planning, project development, management).· Effective oral and written communication skills.· Ability to foster effective team building and enable the activities and professional development of the program faculty and staff.· Ability to effectively build positive, constructive relationships with students and clinical/academic professionals.· Results-oriented, ensuring that innovation and changes to the program occur within a supportive culture and are guided by a cohesive educational approach.· Strategic in identifying and pursuing new opportunities related to program growth and stability.· Engage in continuing education in curriculum design, assessment, and andragogy.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferably ten years’ experience in the field of genetic counseling, a minimum of three years of which must be in a patient-facing role.
Demonstrated leadership across key domains (e.g. clinical care, education, strategic planning, project development, management).
Experience in curriculum development, didactic instruction, clinical rotation supervision, research and/or administration preferred.

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The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.


Working at University of South Carolina

With more than 200 years of history and tradition, the University of South Carolina is redefining itself for decades to come. There's never been a better time to be at South Carolina, the state's flagship university and one of only 62 public universities to receive the Carnegie Foundation's highest designation for research.

The University is located in the heart of South Carolina in the capital city of Columbia, which is the nexus of government, a thriving arts and culture center, a venue for big-time Southeastern Conference intercollegiate athletics, and a community that is reinventing itself with redevelopment projects citywide. Much of the development is tied to land along the scenic, slow-moving Congaree River. Working with government, business, and community leaders, Carolina has developed a unified plan that will allow the University to expand from its origins on the historic Horseshoe to its future-Innovista, a research and innovation district that will stretch to the banks of the Congaree.

Innovista represents a new vision for research by creating a vibrant, urban community where students and researchers, including those from private firms, will live, work, learn, and play. Innovista will represent the University's four core research areas-hydrogen fuel cells, nanoscience and technology, biomedical and public health, and the environment-but will include other initiatives and business partners that serve the knowledge economy. Innovista's first private tenant, for example, is a leader in software applications for the insurance industry and will create several hundred high-paying jobs.

By attracting similar companies and jobs-and by capitalizing on an attractive location for restaurants and residential and retail space-Innovista will help drive the economy and increase per-capita income in the city and state. Recreational space will include a world-class waterfront park along the Congaree River and a new stadium for the Gamecocks' nationally ranked baseball program. Greenway paths for biking, walking, and running already line much of the river area. Innovista's 8 million square feet will blend seamlessly with the Vista, the city's nearby entertainment district of restaurants, bars, shops, and art galleries.

Chartered in 1801, Carolina began classes in 1805 with nine students and a single building, Rutledge College. As the campus grew and buildings were added during the next 50 years, a horseshoe layout was adopted. Today, the Horseshoe is on the National Register of Historic Places, with 10 of its 11 buildings dating to the 19th century. Those renovated buildings house, among other areas, the South Carolina Honors College and Undergraduate Admissions, representing much of the University's current and future lifeblood.

In fact, incoming freshman classes have never been larger or more competitive. The freshmen from fall 2006 set records for their size (more than 3,700) and SAT scores (1171 average). Freshmen enrolling in the Honors College had average SAT scores of 1398. Members of the University's prestigious scholarship programs, Carolina Scholars for in-state students and McNair Scholars for out-of-state students, had average scores of 1449 and 1477, respectively. Total enrollment at Carolina for undergraduates and graduates is more than 27,300, with some 350 degree programs to choose from. Since 1994, Carolina students have earned more than $9.9 million in prestigious national scholarships such as the Goldwater, Truman, Rhodes, and NSF scholarships and the Fulbright Fellowships.

South Carolina's student body is diverse. In fact, Carolina was recently recognized as the state flagship university with the highest percentage of African-American student enrollment in the nation. Research by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education shows African-American students made up 14.7 percent of enrollment in 2004, the latest year available. The JBHE also ranks Carolina eighth in the nation in percentage of African-American faculty at a state flagship university with 4.3 percent.

The University's faculty garnered a record $173.3 million in federal, state, and private funding for research, outreach, and training programs in 2005-06, and several key hiring plans will introduce more talent and expertise to the faculty ranks. An aggressive campus building master plan and the faculty recruiting initiatives will change the collective face of the University and the faces of many of its key teachers and researchers.

South Carolina is recruiting world-class faculty to be endowed chairs-and change agents-for a series of "research centers of economic excellence" in areas such as nanoelectronics, polymer nanocomposites, brain imaging, regenerative medicine, cancer therapeutics, drug discovery, vision research, hydrogen fuel cells, and travel and tourism technology. These centers, some in collaboration with other state research universities and health and hospital systems, are funded with $30 million annually in state lottery money, as well as private matching money. Carolina is in the midst of a faculty recruitment plan to hire 600 new members. The Faculty Excellence Initiative is recruiting 150 faculty, many in interdisciplinary clusters of emphasis, while the Centenary Plan will recruit 100 elite research faculty to lead the University's core initiatives. Additionally, 350 faculty will be hired across disciplines to replace retirees over the next few years.

The University has forged a number of international collaborations in research, and the University's global connections are also strong in academics, particularly in international business. U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked the Moore School of Business best in the nation for its undergraduate and graduate programs in international business; the undergraduate program is No. 1 for the 10th consecutive time, while the graduate program is No. 1 among public universities for the 18th consecutive year and No. 2 overall, continuing a streak of 18 years with a top-two overall ranking.

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