Xavier University of Louisiana invites nominations and applications for the position of Program Director for a new Genetic Counseling (GC) Program, a program developed and implemented with Ochsner Health. Xavier seeks a dynamic program leader with a passion for teaching excellence and innovation and responsible for planning, developing, implementing and overseeing this new program. This is a unique professional opportunity. Xavier’s program will be the only GC program at a Historically Black University. The program will contribute to Xavier’s mission of contributing to a more just and humane society by preparing students to assume roles of leadership and service.
The mission of the Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA) Genetic Counseling Program is to recruit, welcome, respect, value, mentor, support and train students in an atmosphere of academic excellence using an educational framework that integrates best practices in genetics and genetic counseling with perspectives of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Our vision is to be the leading ACGC-accredited program for recruiting and training genetic counseling graduate students with diverse and varied characteristics of identity. XULA Genetic Counseling Program graduates will be prepared to provide culturally competent genetic counseling services to people of diverse backgrounds and lead efforts to reduce health disparities.
A Master's degree in Genetic Counseling,
Current certification in genetic counseling by the American Board of Genetic Counseling or the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics,
At least five years as a certified genetic counselor, with at least three in patient-facing clinical or research roles,
Willingness to ensure compliance with the ACGC program director qualifications,
Course instructor and teaching, curriculum design, clinical supervision, leadership and management experience,
Knowledge and understanding of ACGC accreditation processes and standards,
Knowledge about program organization, administration, fiscal management, continuous review and analysis, planning, and development;
Cultural competency to work with diverse students, faculty, and staff,
Ability to work highly independently, organize work with extreme attention to detail and accuracy; demonstrated skill in assessing timelines and coordinating numerous assignments and projects simultaneously under heavy and fluctuating workloads and conflicting deadlines,
Demonstrated ability and willingness to work collegially, and
Commitment to the mission of Xavier University of Louisiana.
*For an outstanding candidate with passion for the mission, if needed, XULA will support an individualized plan for achieving all the required qualifications.
The Program Director's primary duties and responsibilities include and are not limited to:
Represent the Genetic Counseling Program internally and externally;
Provide leadership to ensure the Genetic Counseling Program as well as all program leadership and faculty/staff remain compliant with all ACGC standards;
Develop, review, and maintain the program’s strategic plan;
Provide leadership to long-term program planning that includes fiscal stability;
Recommend and oversee the program budget, including the approval of all expenditures;
Develop, implement, and continuously evaluate the program;
Ensure the effectiveness of the program’s learning environment;
Teach genetic counseling courses in area/s of specialty;
Develop, maintain and implement student recruitment strategies;
Responsible for faculty recruitment, retention and development;
Conduct regular faculty evaluations and feedback activities;
Maintain and collaborate with the program advisory board, implementing appropriate recommendations;
Provide service to the college and the university;
Commitment to developing an active research program that results in publications and/or successful grant proposals; and
Support the values of the College: diversity, teaching excellence, student success, innovation, and creativity.
The Program Director will report directly to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and will be responsible for ensuring the program meets expectations for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC). The GC Program Director will have a 12-month non-tenure track faculty appointment with rank commensurate with the incumbent’s experience. Xavier offers faculty members a generous benefits package that also includes opportunities for faculty development and support.
Xavier University of Louisiana is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The university is especially interested in exceptionally well-qualified candidates who will contribute, through their teaching and service to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
To apply, log in to our online system at: https://jobs.xula.edu. Attach a letter of interest addressed to The Search Committee for the Program Director, Genetic Counseling Program, curriculum vitae, and the names and email addresses and contact information of three references.
Located in New Orleans, Louisiana, Xavier University of Louisiana was founded in 1925 by Saint Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, and is the only Catholic and Historically Black University in the nation. The ultimate purpose of the University is to contribute to the promotion of a more just and humane society by preparing its students to assume roles of leadership and service in a global society. This preparation takes place in a diverse learning and teaching environment that incorporates all relevant educational means, including research and community service. In order to develop the whole person, Xavier strives to create a college experience that inspires personal growth, interpersonal skills, and leadership in such areas as community service, the environment, cultural concerns, and social justice.
The University’s academic units are the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Pharmacy. Xavier is highly regarded for its educational programming in the STEM and health science fields, leading nationally in the preparation of African American physicians. It also has a strong background in the liberal arts that is enriched by the social and cultural ...setting of New Orleans. The University offers bachelor's, master's, the Doctor of Pharmacy, and the Doctor of Education.