Title: Public Health Consultant – Genomics $55,000 - $80,000 / Posted thru: 9-15-19
Employee Name: TBD
Supervisor: Dominic Smith, Ma Manager, Genomics and Genetic Disorders Se Section
Purpose: This full-time position is the rec recognized resource for the public health gen genomics program and is responsible for coo coordinating program activities in con conjunction with the Genomics and Genetic Dis Disorders Section (GGDS) and provides cli clinical expertise and consultation on can cancer genomics. Activities encompass sta statewide promotion of cancer genomics best pra practices such as Lynch syndrome screening and and cascade testing as well as efforts tar targeting high risk or underserved pop populations. The position works with int internal and external stakeholders to ide identify emerging scientific advances and pro promote appropriate uses of genomic inf information in public health programs and cli clinical settings to improve population hea health, particularly hereditary causes of can cancer. Based in the Lifecourse Epi Epidemiology and Genomics Division (LEGD) at the the Michigan Department of Health and Human Ser Services (MDHHS) in Lansing, this position wor works closely with the GGDS manager, the can cancer genomics project lead and epi epidemiologist; internal partners including the the MDHHS Cancer Prevention and Control Sec Section, as well as external partners from the the Michigan Cancer Genetics Alliance, uni universities, health care providers; and Cen Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CD (CDC). The Public Health Genomics Consultant als also provides consultation and coordinates act activities that enhance communication, edu education, and awareness among health care pro providers and the public. The position is als also responsible for assisting with pre preparation of applications for relevant gra grants and cooperative agreements.
Duties and Responsibilities: • Serve as a recognized resource for the public health genomics program; Provide consultation and related follow-up to MDHHS pro programs, local health departments, hos hospitals, health care providers, health pla plans and the public on topics requiring spe specialized genomics expertise. o Provide technical assistance with in integration of genomics concepts across pu public health programs and services as re requested. o Provide educational outreach and r respond to requests from health p professionals and the general public for i information on genetic services, genetic r risk factors, uses of new and emerging g genetic technology, and informed consent for g genetic testing. o Participate in planning, program implementation and/or review of scientific proposals for Michigan BioTrust for Health st studies involving genomics as needed. o Assist section manager with grant p proposals to maintain and expand the G Genomics Program. • Serve as the recognized resource for c clinical and policy aspects of the MDHHS C Cancer Genomics Program and assist with i implementing the Cancer Genomics Cooperative A Agreement with the CDC. o Acquire, maintain and utilize expertise on standards-of-care for heredit hereditary breast/ovarian, colorectal and other c other cancers including current recomme recommendations for genetic counseling and testing testing. o Monitor national developments and mainta maintain knowledge of the public health implic implications of scientific advances related to can to cancer genomics and precision medicine. o Provide consultation and technical assis assistance on topics requiring specialized clini clinical cancer genetics expertise. o Assist in the preparation and subm submission of required progress reports and cont continuation applications. o Prepare oral/poster presentations and and journal manuscripts to disseminate pro program findings, share accomplishments and pro promote the MDHHS Cancer Genomics Program wit with state and federal partners o Attend and assist with staff, st steering committee and other partner me meetings; prepare agendas and minutes as ne needed. o Assure timely implementation of work p plan activities; Maintain records and p prepare reports. • Serve as cancer genomics educator f for health professionals and the public. o Identify, organize and participate in opportunities to promote awareness of cancer genomics best practices and assist with development of outreach strategies and educational materials, including workshops, conferences, webinars and in-service trai trainings. o Prepare and provide educational mat materials and presentations for a variety of aud audiences, including clinical sites, health car care providers, health plans, local health dep departments, the public and others. o Respond to requests from health pr professionals and the general public for in information on cancer genetic services, ge genetic risk factors, uses of new and em emerging genetic technology, and informed co consent for genetic testing. o Partner with program staff and o others to evaluate and disseminate results o of educational interventions. • Maintain communications and develop working relationships with partner programs including other MDHHS programs, clinical sites, university-based genomics research comm communities, relevant support groups, health plan plans, private sector industry and others conc concerning public health genomics services. o Represent MDHHS Genomics in local and and state venues. o Prepare and submit applications as ne needed for IRB review/approval of genomics ac activities and projects. o Participate in relevant activities o of the Michigan Cancer Genetics Alliance ( (MCGA), the MDHHS Comprehensive Cancer S Section and Michigan Cancer Consortium, and p provide assistance/technical consultation on c cancer genomics initiatives and the state c cancer plan. • Attend relevant program, section, a and division staff meetings. o Participate in bi-weekly meetings to pro provide the section manager with updates and str strategize on program activities. o Participate in CDC grantee meetings an and conference calls, and meetings with the ca cancer genomics team. o Attend section, division, bureau and d department staff meetings. • Perform other tasks as requested to e ensure successful implementation of the G Genomics and Genetic Disorders Section. • Provide genetic expertise and a assistance to the MDHHS newborn screening p program as needed. • Maintain a positive, strong, cred credible, professional and interpersonal rela relationship with all parties relevant of MPHI MPHI projects and represent the best inte interest of MPHI at all times.
Education: Master’s degree in public health (M (MPH) genetic counseling, medical or human ge genetics (MS); nursing (MSN); or a related he health field. Coursework in medical ge genetics, human genetics or a public health ge genetics certificates is preferred.
Experience: Two years of professional, post-master master’s experience in public health or a clinical setting including at least one year working with genomics or chronic disease issues involving cancer. Three years post-master master’s experience is preferred. Clinical exp experience as a genetic counselor with add additional experience in outreach education, pro program development and evaluation, or pre preparing and managing federal grants is pre preferred.
Important Skills and Characteristics: • Thorough knowledge of clinical g genetics and chronic diseases, especially h hereditary causes of cancer and inherited c cardiovascular diseases leading to sudden c cardiac death. • Experience with new genetic t technology, screening and diagnostic methods. • Knowledge of applications to public h health genomics; current trends in risk a assessment algorithms, prevention and the r role of family health history. • Experience in ethical, legal and s social issues in clinical and public health s settings. • Professional experience with health b behavior/health education strategies; state a and local public health delivery systems and p programs • Knowledge of relevant community o organizations, advocacy groups and s stakeholders; national public health g genomics initiatives; and methods used to p plan, implement and evaluate programs. • Skills include providing leadership i in the field of public health genomics; a analyzing and interpreting scientific a articles on complex genetic topics. • Ability to develop and assess genomics-related survey questions. • Knowledge to develop competitive g grant applications. • Excellent public speaking, o organizational and writing skills. • Essential computer skills include O Outlook, and Microsoft Office applications. • Abilities include working as a m member of a team; maintaining favorable p public relations; using knowledge to provide c consultation, technical assistance and t training. • Willingness to remain abreast of new di discoveries and trends related to all facets of of public health genomics; and maintaining re records and correspondence.
Work Environment and Physical Requirements: Standard office environment. Involves significant computer related activity including keyboarding and viewing a computer screen; occasional telephone communication. Job may occasionally require moderate physical effort such as lifting and transporting handout materials, laptop computer and projector, etc. Requires valid vehicle operator’s license and occasional travel to other areas of the state for meetings and presentations; possible out-of-state travel for relevant conferences.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE WORK OF OTHERS: No assigned responsibility.
IMPACT ON PROJECTS, SERVICES AND OPERATIONS: This position plays a critical role in assuring that the MDHHS Cancer Genomics Program remains up to date on the latest clinical advances and recommendations for cancer genomics best practices.
REQUIRED COMMUNICATION Contact Person/Group Frequency Purpose Cancer Genomics Project Lead and GGDS Manager Weekly Coordinate activities and oversee work Cancer Genomics Team Monthly Discuss projects and plan program activities Cancer Genomics Epidemiologist
Share information and coordinate activities
Lifecourse Epidemiology and Genomics Division Director As needed Clarify questions and review policy or protocols
state travel for relevant conferences.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE WORK OF OTHERS: No assigned responsibility.
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REQUIRED COMMUNICATION Contact Person/Group Frequency Purpose Cancer Geno Purpose Cancer Genomics Project Lead and GGDS Manager Weekly Coordinate a Weekly Coordinate activities and oversee work Cancer oversee work Cancer Genomics Team Monthly Discuss projects and plan p projects and plan program activities Cancer Genomics Epidemiologist
Share information and coordinate activi activities
Lifecourse Epidemiology and Genomics Di Division Director As needed C Clarify questions and review policy or or protocols
Biotrust Coordinator As needed Discuss relevant resear research projects Internal partners, e.g. Michigan Cancer Surve Surveillance Program, Cancer Section As needed Share information and and coordinate activities. External partners, hospitals, health care pro providers As needed/ requested Pr Provide educational outreach and/or tec technical assistance.
“For purposes of employment standards, this classification is “Exempt” from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.”