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NSGC 2023 Call for Volunteers

NSGC provides many opportunities for you to make a difference in the genetic counseling profession by serving as a volunteer on a committee, advisory group or workgroup. NSGC is pleased to announce that our consolidated Call for Volunteers process for 21 committees, advisory groups and workgroups is now open. 

Our hope is that this recruitment process makes it easier for members to stay abreast of volunteer opportunities and become involved in NSGC. Unless otherwise specified, the volunteer term will begin in January 2023 and end in December 2023. Some groups will begin onboarding efforts in December 2022 to prepare new committee members for their term. 

The Call for Volunteers will close EOD Monday, October 3, 2022. To learn more about the opportunities available to you, please review all of the descriptions below. 

If you are experiencing technical difficulties accessing the application, please email nsgc@nsgc.org

Click here to apply.

 

    Abstract Workgroup

    Becoming a workgroup member is a great way to get involved in NSGC, and we encourage our colleagues with experience in research to apply. Applicants must be a Full, New Genetic Counselor, or Associate member of NSGC and have frequent access to e-mail.

    The best-qualified applicants will have some experience in one or more of the following areas:

    • Design and implementation of research
    • Editorship of journals or other publications
    • Reviewing articles submitted to peer-reviewed journals 

    Applicants selected to join the Abstract Workgroup will serve a 3-year term. Key responsibilities include:

    • Completing practice reviews and a webinar training in April 2023
    • Reviewing approximately 20-30 abstracts within a 2 week time frame in June 2023
    • Assisting with moderating concurrent paper sessions and/or poster sessions at the 2023 Annual Conference, if attending.

    Access and Service Delivery (ASD) Committee

    The Access and Service Delivery (ASD) Committee is responsible for monitoring, making recommendations, and addressing issues related to increasing access to genetic counselors. Specific issues of focus include service delivery models, workforce, efficiency, coverage and reimbursement, state licensure, coding and credentialing. The ASD Committee is seeking knowledgeable, energetic, and driven individuals to join us in 2023. The Committee is comprised of four active Subcommittees/Work Groups: the Business Case Work Group, the Coding and Credentialing Work Group, the Licensure Subcommittee, and the Payer Subcommittee. ASD members serve three year terms and are expected to join monthly calls with their Subcommittee/Work Group as well as a monthly call with the full Committee. We have a lot going on and we’d love to get you involved!

    Interested applicants should submit their CVs and a one-page statement of interest (word or pdf). Applicants are welcome to submit questions to Jennifer Trotter, ASD Committee’s Staff Liaison.

    Advocacy Coordinating Committee (ACC)

    The Advocacy Coordinating Committee collaborates with staff in coordinating outreach, communication and education for the membership focused on building cosponsors for H.R. 2144/S. 1450.

    Ad Hoc Projects or Other Volunteer Opportunities

    Throughout the year, NSGC identifies various opportunities to engage volunteers in short-term projects such as document review, subject matter commentary or resource development.  Additionally, we may have the opportunity to engage members to serve as liaisons to specific projects or organizations, or to engage members in other ways.  Members who are willing to be contacted as opportunities arise should their submit their CVs and a one-page statement (word or pdf) outlining their areas of interest as part of the Call for Volunteer application form.

    Audrey Heimler Special Project Award (AHSPA) Committee

    The Audrey Heimler Special Project Award (AHSPA) provides an annual award of $10,000 to one or more genetic counselors for a project that focuses on the future of the genetic counseling profession and/or the provision of genetic services. Past projects have included resources for genetic counselors to use with patients, research to help advance the profession and innovative continuing education resources for genetic counselors in current practice. The AHSPA Committee reviews project proposals and selects the winner(s) of the award.

    Committee Expectations:

    • Three (3) year term commitment
      • Three (3) annual award cycles
    • Participation in 3 to 5 teleconference meetings per award cycle
      • Pre-deadline kick-off/planning call (March-April)
      • Pre-deadline touch base (April-May)
      • Post-deadline touch base/preparation for application review (May-June)
      • Application review and award consensus (June)
      • Post-award touch base (June-July)
    • Crticial review and rating of AHSPA applications
    • Volunary involvement in intermittent subprojects and initiatives
    • Potential for upward mobility into Vice Chair and Chair positions

    Awards Committee

    The NSGC Awards Committee is responsible for oversight and selection of the NSGC Leadership Awards and of NSGC’s various organizational scholarships, recognizing those who have demonstrated a commitment to the genetic counseling profession and NSGC.

    Committee Member Responsibilities:

    • Oversee the nomination process, review applications, and select winners for NSGC Leadership Awards (including the Natalie Weissberger Paul National Achievement Award, Outstanding Volunteer Award, Strategic Leader Award, New Leader Award, Leader in Diversity and Inclusion, and Leader in Cultural Advocacy Award, NSGCares Community Engagement Award), Student Research Scholarship, Sponsored Annual Conference Scholarship, and Student New Member Scholarship.
    • Conduct outreach and both formal and informal communications to encourage nominations for Leadership Awards from diverse groups within the membership.
    • Conduct assessment of awards application and selection processes
    • Awards Committee members are not eligible to be nominated for or receive awards granted by the committee

    Volunteer Expectations:

    • One year term
    • Availability year round but majority of committee work is done in late-Spring, Summer, and Fall
    • Available for quarterly/monthly committee calls 
    • Full, New Genetic Counselor, Emeritus or Associate member of NSGC
    • Previous experience with evaluating and interviewing applications, supervision, etc. are valuable skills, but are not required 
    • Prompt communicator with frequent access to emails
    • Excellent organization skills
    • Critical thinking skills to help redesign application questions, streamline processes, and review the various applications

    CEU Reviewer Subcommittee

    NSGC CEU Reviewer Subcommittee is busier than ever and we need you! The CEU Reviewer Subcommittee provides a service which impacts the entire genetic counseling field, by approving continuing education activities for all certified genetic counselors. 

    Committee Structure 

    • As a subcommittee of the NSGC Education Committee, each CEU review team consists of a blend of new and experienced CEU reviewers.
    • Members of this subcommittee work on 2-3 person teams to discuss, review, and approve Category 1 and Category 2 CEU applications. 
    • We are aiming to have 30 teams in 2023 to keep up with the demand of CEU applications being submitted. 

    Volunteer Responsibilities

    • Alternate assignments with your team to evaluate one Category 1 CEU application or a group of Category 2 CEU applications using the criteria outlined in the CEU Standards and Guidelines.
    • Teams typically receive 1-2 assignments per month, with a review time of 2-4 weeks per assignment.
    • Training materials and staff support are provided!

    Qualifications

    • Prompt communicator
    • Excellent organization skills
    • Ability to work as part of a team
    • Critical thinking
    • Ability to operate "in the grey" and interpret the intent of a rule or guideline.

    Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (J.E.D.I.) Committee

    The mission of the NSGC DEI Committee is to facilitate conversation and communication surrounding justice, equity, diversity and inclusion within and around NSGC by:

    • Shepherding the needs of diverse genetic counselors, including:
      • Triaging inbound requests/questions
    • Helping the NSGC Board of Directors to inform and communicate NSGC’s DEI efforts. This includes furthering NSGC Board of Directors DEI strategy and communications, such as those informed by DEI external consultant, to: 
      • NSGC members and internal groups
      • External stakeholders

    Ethics Advisory Group

    NSGC’s Ethics Advisory Group (EAG) is calling for applications for 1 new member to serve from January 2022 through December 2025. The EAG’s purpose is to serve as an education resource to the membership and Board on matters involving ethical concerns. Applications from GCs working in any specialty are welcome. Formal experience or training in ethics may be helpful but is not required. To apply, submit your CV and a cover letter outlining why you are interested in joining the EAG, your relevant experience, an example of your work within a team to resolve an ethical conflict related to genetic counseling, and how you believe the NSGC Code of Ethics can facilitate the resolution of ethical conflicts in the field.

    Education Committee

    Jane Engelberg Memorial Fellowship (JEMF) Advisory Group

    The JEMF Advisory Group has an opening for one (1) new advisory group member to serve a 5-year term to begin in January 2023. The JEMF Advisory Group is responsible for a variety of funding and outreach activities to promote scholarly investigation of any aspect of our profession with the goal of improving the practice of genetic counseling. Activities include reviewing full member grant proposals and student awards annually. The JEMF Advisory Group awards a $90,000 award to a full member genetic counselor(s), a student manuscript award ($250), and several $500 awards for genetic counseling student research projects. 

    The JEMF Advisory Group strives to expand our membership to reflect diversity within our genetic counseling community. To serve on the JEMF Advisory Group, appointees must be full members of NSGC, board-certified, and have research experience and/or experience with grant submission and review. Appointees must be available to attend an annual summer meeting, which may be held in-person or virtually. An Advisory Group member is not eligible to apply for or serve in any role for any JEMF full member award or grant submitted during their tenure or in the year following the ending of their term. Services of JEMF Advisory Group members are provided on a voluntary basis with no financial remuneration. JEMF Advisory Group members will be reimbursed for expenses to attend the JEMF Advisory Group meetings. 

    Journal of Genetic Counseling (JOGC) CEU Program

    The JOGC CEU program is an important source of continuing education credit for genetic counselors. Training is provided to all quiz writers, which entails viewing a short webinar and practice composing a multiple choice question using a short article from the JGC.  You would then be asked to write between 6 and 8 quiz questions for a JGC article or podcast one to two times per year.

    Journal of Genetic Counseling (JOGC) Reviewer

    Reviewers evaluate article submissions based on the requirements of JOGC and the quality, completeness and accuracy of the research presented. They provide feedback on manuscripts, suggest improvements and make recommendations to the editor about whether to accept, reject or request changes to the submitted article. The ultimate decision always rests with the editor but reviewers play a significant role in determining the outcome.  As a reviewer, you will be the first to see a paper and see research before it is widely known, gain reviewing skills that can also be applied in other work that you do, and contribute to our journal and sharing of knowledge in our field.

    Membership Committee

    The Membership Committee is responsible for ongoing oversight of membership recruitment, retention and delivery of member services. Current projects and Subcommittee responsibilities are described below, and subject to change based on the Charges assigned by the NSGC Board of Directors each year. Committee members are expected to join monthly hour-long conference calls and support Subcommittee’s efforts, as described in detail below.

    Mentorship: NSGConnect is a platform that allows NSGC members to connect across all career and life stages, positions, and specialties.  The subcommittee is tasked with promoting the program, managing the features of the platform, and facilitating connections, engagement and discussions. As part of this work, the subcommittee is responsible for multiple projects throughout the year.

    NSGCares: NSGCares’ focus is developing a program for supporting members and collaborating with partners. This includes our annual partnership with RARE Bears and community partners local to Annual Conference locations. It may also include responding to requests for support from members, highlighting impactful work of NSGC members, and engaging with other stakeholders in the genomics community - e.g. patient groups, advocacy organizations, and research efforts.

    Recruitment:  The Recruitment subcommittee was formed out of a need to focus efforts on recruiting underrepresented students to the GC field. The goals include creating relationships with HBCU and/or high schools that represent mostly Black students, creating culturally competent recruitment material geared toward Black and Latinx high school students, and collecting stories about our current Black, LatinX and other underrepresented GCs for recruitment purposes. The subcommittee is also responsible for reviewing, creating and updating material on the NSGC’s website for prospective students. This group collaborates with other NSGC subcommittees and SIGs (such as the International SIG and New student/member SIG) and outside networks such as GOLDEN and MGPN, to allow for a more robust understanding of recruitment needs.  

    Outreach and Retention: Formally known as the Annual Conference Welcome Event Subcommittee, this group’s purpose and charges have expanded to meet the growing needs of NSGC’s members and partners. This subcommittee works to partner with new members, lapsed members, and non-members to improve upon and enhance opportunities to utilize member benefits. Volunteers engage in strategic thinking and planning to welcome new members, advocate for important updates to NSGC services, and improve member experience. This group also collaborates with the Student/New Member SIG at designing and administering the “Welcome to the Annual Conference” event to kick off the NSGC Annual Conference. 

    Equity & Inclusion Implementation:  Formally known as the Cultural Competency subcommittee, the mission of this group is to foster a more inclusive and equitable professional environment for NSGC members and the profession at large. This is done in collaboration with other NSGC committees in the J.E.D.I. space. Currently, charges focus on designing educational experiences such as this year’s Community Conversations series, focused on centering the voices and experiences of minoritized colleagues and patients for NSGC members to learn with and from.

    Member-At-Large Selection: The NSGC Nominating Committee is responsible for the annual selection of a slate of nominees for the NSGC Board of Directors. To ensure broad representation in the Nominations and Elections process, the Subcommittee is tasked with selecting the At-Large members of the Nominating Committee from the general NSGC membership. As part of this assignment, the Subcommittee creates, reviews, and updates the At-Large application guidelines. The subcommittee also promotes and administers the At-Large member application process and selection. The Subcommittee is most active in the fall.

    Member-At-Large: The efforts of the Membership Committee are supported by the dedicated volunteerism of our members. We are seeking a member to join the Committee and multiple Subcommittees to help with their ongoing projects. This is an ideal position for an individual looking to become more involved in NSGC or who may have interest in being involved in several subcommittees prior to taking on a specific leadership role.

    Nominating Committee

    The Nominating Committee consists of eight members: four current Board members [the Immediate Past President (chair), the President, two (2) Directors-at-Large], and four (4) non-Board members, Members-At-Large, appointed by the Membership Committee. The Nominating Committee is charged with the responsibility to put forth a slate of candidates for open positions on the Board of Directors that will best lead NSGC and that, to the degree possible from the pool of eligible nominees, reflects the high value NSGC places on diversity of all kinds, including diversity in skills, specialty, experience, culture, race, gender identity, sexual orientation and disability status.

    Candidates for the Nominating Committee should demonstrate dedication to the growth of NSGC and the genetic counseling profession. It is recommended that candidates display leadership abilities, are active members of NSGC, and have been employed as a certified genetic counselor for at least two (2) years. Candidates who represent a variety of work settings and/or other aspects of diversity within NSGC are strongly recommended to apply.

    The Nominating Committee’s primary responsibilities are as follows:

    1. Participate in NSGC-provided implicit bias training to prepare for committee work
    2. Actively participate in committee meetings
    3. Thoroughly review all application materials and candidate applications
    4. Interview a subset of candidates using a structured interview guide
    5. Evaluate candidates utilizing structured scoring rubrics
    6. Recommend a slate of officers and directors to serve as NSGC Board members beginning on January 1 of the following year.

    Time commitment is estimated to be 30 – 40 hours over January to May.

    Online Course Subcommittee

    Podcast Subcommittee

    The Podcast Subcommittee members are responsible for identifying topics and speakers for podcast episodes, creating interview questions, and/or conducting interviews. Ideally all members of the subcommittee are willing to be recorded, though applicants interested in assisting with other aspects of the podcast may be considered too. No specific technical experience is required. Podcast Subcommittee members are also responsible for attending planning meetings for each episode (roughly every other month) and drafting quiz questions and learning objectives for the episodes eligible for CEUs.

    Practices Guidelines Committee (PGC)

    The NSGC Practice Guidelines Committee (PGC) seeks new members to join our talented and hardworking team of volunteers. PGC members serve three-year terms, actively facilitate the development of NSGC’s evidence-based practice guidelines and practice resources, and manage collaborative guideline development with other professional societies.

    The PGC sets policy for guideline development to meet current standards, reviews potential practice guideline topics and practice resource topics, constructs all author groups, and makes recommendations to the NSGC Board regarding practice guideline and practice resource policies and publications. PGC members attend monthly conference calls and serve as liaison to practice guideline and practice resource author groups.

    As liaisons, PGC members review author COI, help set and maintain project timelines, review document outlines and drafts, attend monthly author-group calls, and communicate project needs and progress to PGC leadership. PGC members can help with PGC Subcommittees (e.g. COI and Endorsement Subcommittee).

    Experience in clinical research, systematic evidence review, grading evidence and recommendations, outcomes research, and professional guideline development are particularly valuable skills for prospective committee members, but not required. For more information about the PGC, visit the PGC Webpage.

    Interested applicants should submit their CVs and a one-page statement of interest (only Word or pdf accepted) as part of the Call for Volunteers application form. Applicants are welcome to contact PGC Staff Liaison, Jennifer Trotter.

    Professional Status Survey (PSS) Committee

    The Professional Status Survey (PSS) Committee is responsible for putting together a PSS every year. The committee term is 2 years.  A committee member is involved with various tasks pertaining to the development of the PSS throughout the cycle, including reviewing and developing the survey, and editing the PSS reports prior to publication. Committee members do not perform statistical analyses. 

    Program Committee

    The Annual Conference Program Planning Committee works year-round to plan and develop the educational content for NSGC’s Annual Conference.

    Public Policy Committee (PPC)

    The Public Policy Committee (PPC) is seeking knowledgeable, curious, and driven individuals to join our talented and hardworking team.  PPC members serve three year terms and help develop organizational position statements, and provide comment on proposed policy and federal rules and regulations. Committee members are expected to join monthly hour-long conference calls and actively participate in at least one internal Committee task force per year.

    Interested applicants should submit their CVs and a one-page statement of interest (word or pdf) as part of the Call for Volunteer application form. Applicants are welcome to submit questions to Jennifer Trotter, PPC’s Staff Liaison.

    Research, Quality and Outcomes (RQO) Committee

    The NSGC Research, Quality, and Outcomes (RQO) Committee is seeking new members to join our talented group. Committee charges include developing and designing NSGC’s research infrastructure, advancing NSGC's measure-development strategy, developing genetic counseling quality metrics, and maintaining NSGC’s Genetic Counselor Literature Repository.

    The RQO Committee holds a one-hour monthly standing call and monthly subcommittee calls. Experience in research, measure development, and patient-reported outcomes are valuable skills, but not necessary for Committee membership. The RQO Committee ultimately seeks candidates who are eager to learn about, and improve, NSGC’s ability to measure genetic counseling outcomes, demonstrate the value of genetic counseling services, and advance genetic counseling research. Learn more about the RQO Committee.

    Interested applicants should submit their CVs and a one-page statement of interest (only Word or pdf will be accepted) as part of the NSGC Call for Volunteers application process. Applicants are welcome to submit questions to Jennifer Trotter, RQO Committee Staff Liaison.

    Webinar Subcommittee

    The member webinar series as a free member benefit, with timely year-round education on issues impacting our profession. From telemedicine to genetic engineering, the webinar subcommittee aims to create content that keeps our membership apprised of how the latest trends in healthcare may affect them. The subcommittee typically meets once a month – once, as a committee, to plan the content of an episode and once with the invited speakers to discuss the content of the episode and episode logistics.

    Click here to apply.