Founding Master of Science in Genetic Counseling (MSGC) Program Director and Faculty
Status: Full-Time, Exempt
Location: Hybrid Remote
Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCUHS) is a private, nonprofit university located in Whittier, California. SCUHS is seeking a full-time licensed Certified Genetic Counselor to serve as the founding program director of a Master of Science in Genetic Counseling degree (MSGC) program and initially holding a cross appointment as faculty in the Master of Science in Genetics and Genomics degree (MSHGG) program.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The selected candidate will have a cross appointment in the MSHGG program to assist with online asynchronous remote teaching and complete the Application for Candidacy and the New Program Application for Accreditation for the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC). The program director will develop an innovative hybrid curriculum (didactic online and experiential learning and clinicals on-ground) that focuses on integrative, whole person health.
Duties as faculty for the MSHGG program include:
- Faculty onboarding training including the use of Canvas Learning Management system, University policies and procedures, and best practices in online teaching
- Facilitating online instruction, delivering short recorded audio/video lectures, participating in and moderating online topical discussions, grading student discussion board participation using a set of grading rubrics, overseeing the grading of quizzes and tests, grading written assignments, providing remediation and tutoring, when applicable
- Undergo assigned Quality Matters online education training
- Participate in faculty, assessment, and accreditation meetings
- Other duties may be assigned
Duties as Founding Program Director for MSGC program include:
- Complete the Application for Candidacy and the New Program Application for Accreditation with an anticipated program launch of September 2025
- Serve as the lead for new program accreditation and the primary contact with the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling
- Provide leadership to ensure the Genetic Counseling Program administration, faculty and staff remain compliant with all ACGC standards
- Develop an innovative hybrid curriculum (didactic online and experiential learning and clinicals on-ground) that focuses on integrative whole person health.
- Recruit, interview, and hire appropriate subject matter experts and faculty to support program development
- Lead faculty retention efforts and professional development
- Conduct regular faculty evaluations and constructive feedback
- Collaborate with SCU’s Instructional Design team and other departments to develop genetic counseling curricula, learning objective alignments, and assessments
- Maintain course syllabi and ensure curricula align with the latest evidence-based knowledge in the program subject matter
- Participate in department meetings and contribute to the improvement of curricula design, delivery, and assessment
- Provide leadership to long-term program planning that includes strategic planning, student recruitment, and fiscal viability
- Develop and oversee the program budget
- Teach genetic counseling courses in areas of specialty
- Maintain and collaborate with the program advisory board, implementing appropriate recommendations
- Support the values of the SCU’s Mission and Values including a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Other duties may be assigned
Education and Experience:
- Hold a Master’s Degree in Genetic Counseling
- Have current certification in genetic counseling by the ABGC or the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ABMGG)
- Have at least five years of experience as a certified genetic counselor, a minimum of three of which must be in a patient-facing role (clinic or research)
- Have been the course instructor/instructor of record for at least six credit hours of post-secondary education
- Be available for program administration year-round
- Complete two hours per year of continuing training/coursework in curriculum design, assessment, evaluation, or educational andragogy
- Completed at least 10 hours of training/coursework in curriculum design, assessment, evaluation, or educational andragogy, within the last 10 years
- Fieldwork supervision for at least five genetic counseling graduate students for a minimum of 500 total contact hours in the last 10 years, and document training, workshops or other experiences related to: leadership, professional development, management, scholarly activities, mentoring, academic advising and andragogy
- Sensitivity to and an understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of graduate students, including those with physical and learning disabilities
- Collaborative attitude and entrepreneurial spirit.
SCU Core Values:
1) Integrative Health: We teach, learn, collaborate, and lead by creating an open environment for multiple disciplines and professionals to bring their shared and unique skills together for the benefit of patients and students.
2) Evidence-based Practice: We value a culture of inquiry, assessment, research, scholarship, and judicious use of current best evidence to inform our decisions and work.
3) Health Equity: We value people equally. We strive to educate graduates that are prepared to improve individual and community health.
4) Inclusivity: We welcome everyone regardless of age, race, ethnicity, class, religion, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, or any other similar or protected status. We believe inclusivity leads to more diversity in our reasoning, better representativeness in our conclusions, more ingenuity in our problem solving, and greater equity in our care.
Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, genetic information, citizenship status, military status, or any other basis prohibited by law, unless such basis constitutes a bona fide occupational qualification. SCU will comply with its legal obligation to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and for religious beliefs.