Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist Xavier University of LA in its search for a Genetic Counseling Program Director.
This is a rare and exciting opportunity to join Xavier University of Louisiana as the Program Director for a new Genetic Counseling (GC) Program, a program developed and implemented with Ochsner Health. Xavier’s program will be the only GC program at a Historically Black University. This role is excellent for a person seeking to be a part of a growing academic enterprise on the cutting edge of discovery, learning, and engagement. 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 ideal candidate will be a dynamic, outward facing program leader with a passion for teaching excellence and innovation who delivers a hands-on approach to leadership, recruitment, program and partnership development, and mentorship and will interface seamlessly with all constituents related to this position including administration, faculty, and students. The Program Director will be responsible for planning, developing, implementing, and overseeing this new program.
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 University: diversity, teaching excellence, student success, innovation, and creativity.
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.
About the Institution
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.
Being America’s only Historically Black and Catholic University is just the first of the distinctions that have set Xavier University of Louisiana apart for more than nine decades. Despite its relatively small size (3,300 students), Xavier is a nationally recognized leader in the STEM and health sciences fields, producing more African American students who graduate from medical school each year than any other university in the United States. Its College of Pharmacy is also among the top producers of African American pharmacists.
Xavier’s liberal arts-based programs in areas such as art, business, education, psychology, and political science – as well as recent additions of bioinformatics, data science, neuroscience, crime and social justice and jazz studies – offer students an unbeatable combination of traditional classroom study, hands-on research, service-learning opportunities, and life experiences.
Both Xavier's core and each discipline's specific curriculum are guided intimately by the University's mission such that students are developed to be life-long learners and global leaders that actively contribute to a more just and humane society for all. Not surprisingly, more than 30 percent of Xavier students go on to graduate or professional school.
Living in the Area
Xavier is located near the heart of New Orleans in a quiet neighborhood dotted with bungalows. An enclosed campus green mutes the urban feel of the encroaching city, and yellow brick buildings have been erected among the older historical limestone structures. Xavier was hard-hit in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina (much of the campus was underwater), but $130 million in renovations as well as the construction of the state-of-the-art Pharmacy Pavilion, Convocation Center, and St. Katharine Drexel Chapel, leave no traces of that tragic event.
With a population of 400,000 and a cost living lower than the national average, New Orleans charms visitors and locals alike with its music scene, diverse cuisine, and refusal to abandon its cultural traditions. But what is truly wonderful about the Big Easy lies at its heart, beyond the casual tourists swaying Mardi Gras beads and late-night strolls down Bourbon Street. The residents of New Orleans are infused with a resilient and welcoming spirit that celebrates eccentricity.
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.