College Counselor

Kehillah Jewish High School | Palo Alto, CA, United States

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Posted Date 1/26/2023

The College Counseling Department at Kehillah Jewish High School is seeking a dynamic professional who takes pride in building trusting relationships with students and parents and assisting families in developing realistic options for individualized college application plans. Working with the Director of College Counseling, this position will support all aspects of college and gap-year planning including course selection, college application advising, recommendation letters, coordination of on-site college and university admissions visits, and SCOIR training for students, families, and faculty.

This is a 10-month, Full-Time, Exempt position with full benefits starting immediately. 

Kehillah is a vibrant community where students thrive. Joyfully Jewish, we are committed to inclusion, equity, excellence, and creating brave spaces for learning. Our school is a supportive teaching community that embraces collaboration, outside-the-box thinking, and innovative pedagogy. We are a community that fosters a culture of mutual respect, diversity, and inclusion. Each student is challenged, actively encouraged, and supported to reach their potential.


We believe we best prepare our students to make the world a better place when we embrace diversity. Kehillah is committed to creating an environment where all members of our community truly value themselves and others, evoking a communal sense of belonging. We are committed to teaching students that the interconnectedness and value of all human beings also compel us to work collectively toward equity and social justice. Daily, we build a community that appreciates and celebrates differences as well as a society that empathetically confronts the ways individuals, institutions, and systems have oppressed others based on gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, disability, and other aspects of identity. By clearly understanding the past and the present of these dynamics, students will develop the capacity to help create a better future for all. We acknowledge that this work is ongoing and ever-evolving.


The salary range is between $85,000 and $95,000 annually. Kehillah offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes free HMO medical or employer-subsidized PPO plans, free dental and vision, EAP, retirement planning, life insurance, short and long-term disability, gym membership, free lunch, and more!


  • Counsel a caseload of approximately 60 students (30 students per grade 11 and 12) through all stages of the college application process, including college research, application, selection, essays, athletic recruitment, scholarship applications, and financial aid applications.
  • Work closely with the Director of College Counseling to keep abreast of national trends.
  • Plan strategically to position Kehillah students well in an increasingly competitive admissions climate.
  • Lead informational programs for parents, both virtually and in person.
  • Maintain strong relationships with college admissions officers; stay abreast of new programs/policies.
  • Represent Kehillah at relevant state, national, and professional conferences/workshops.
  • Partner with area high schools in BAISCC for professional development and community programs.  
  • Conduct Common Application, UC, CSU, and Coalition application workshops for students.
  • Advocate for students during the application process; write compelling letters of recommendation.
  • Coordinate college representative visits; match students with appropriate institutions; assist students with college, gap-year, and scholarship applications.
  • Advise students on course selection and its impact on the college selection process.
  • Research and update scholarships, summer, and volunteer opportunities and internships.
  • Maintain correct and complete student information in SCOIR; process required application documents in advance of posted admissions deadlines.
  • Train students, parents, and teachers on SCOIR.
  • Assist with course approval processes for the UC and NCAA3.
  • Support the Kehillah Admissions Office with open houses, events, information sessions, and tours. 


  • Bachelor’s degree; Master’s preferred.
  • At least 3 years of college counseling or admissions experience.
  • Expert in SCOIR, the UC system, the CSU system, and the selective college admission process.
  • Live in the State of California and work on campus.

Please apply directly through our careers page on our website: 

Direct link to online application: College Counselor

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Kehillah Jewish High School is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and providing a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at Kehillah are based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, ancestry, or any other status protected by Federal, State, or local laws or regulations. Kehillah will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics in the administration of its employment practices.

Salary85,000.00 - 95,000.00 Annual
Full Time
Counselor | Education - Other
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