College Counselor: Part Time (NJ, CA)

Southern California, New Jersey
May 09, 2019
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Counseling
Jobs Outside Higher Education
Businesses & Consultants
Institution Type
  • Do you want your work to feel like a calling—where you make a difference every day?
  • Do you believe the college admissions process should be an exciting journey for families, not an anxiety- inducing rite of passage?
  • Are you looking for the training, resources, and support to do the very best college admissions counseling of your career?

Collegewise is looking for part-time college counselors with experience in admissions or student counseling to join us in the following areas:

Bergen County, New Jersey
Irvine, California
Redondo Beach, California

Who We Are

Collegewise is a college counseling company that guides high school students through the college admissions process. We bring sanity, perspective, and clarity to an often confusing and anxiety-filled time for families, ensuring that students have the resources and advice they need to confidently navigate their journey to college.

Since 1999, we’ve helped more than 12,000 “A” students, “C” students, and everyone in between apply and get accepted to schools—sometimes famous, often not—that they’re excited to attend. And we do it all with just the right mix of advice, encouragement, and occasional cheerleading to ensure their college admissions process goes smoothly and thoughtfully. We also speak in public, write, and constantly look for ways to spread relevant college planning information to anyone who needs it—whether or not they join our program.

We’ve built our business with counselors who work with us full-time. But we’ve recently had success in a few areas employing a former admissions officer or high school counselor whose work and life circumstances have led them to seek part-time work not as a second gig, but as their only gig. And we’d like to replicate more of that success.

What We Do

To learn more about our inspiring work, check out this short video: 

How We Work

To get a solid intro to our culture and the amazing people we work with, watch this short video: 

What’s the Job?

As a part-time Collegewise counselor, you’ll work with a small caseload of junior and senior students, meeting privately at our offices and, in some cases, online (via Skype, FaceTime, Zoom, etc.) to help them find and apply to the right colleges for them. The number of hours you’ll work per week will depend on the number of students you elect to take on.

Every college counselor who joins us completes an initial 40-hour training, followed by mentoring, support, and ongoing professional development to help you elevate your counseling and grow in your career here. And we think that drive shows in our work. Browse our counselors’ bios and you’ll see hundreds of glowing testimonials from families. Even our most veteran counselors don’t coast on experience. We all want to keep getting better all the time. 

We’re not looking for people who equate part-time hours with part-time effort. This is less about the number of hours you work and more about the heart you bring to that work. And that engagement will go both ways here. You’ll have a dedicated manager who’s committed to your success. You’ll be treated like a valuable addition to our team, you’ll be invited to our company holiday party, and you’ll be considered for some of our most iconic annual awards. In fact, some of our most indispensable colleagues are part-timers who have found their place here and now thrive doing their very best work.

You’ll also work hard, often in the evenings and on weekends when students are available. But you’ll be helping kids and parents, working with smart, passionate coworkers, and doing it all at an organization that has absolutely no reverence for US News & World Report college rankings.

Doing the Right Thing, Making A Difference, Treating People Right

You definitely wouldn’t be crossing over to the for-profit “dark side” here. We have an excellent reputation with both high school counselors and admissions officers. We present at NACAC, International ACAC, and at high schools and community events. We’re partnered with Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher organization, and we o?er a scholarship program for under-resourced students. We tell the truth, treat people right, we recycle, and we have at least have confirmed vegetarians here. We’re biased…but really, this is a pretty great place to come to work every day.

Who We’re Looking For (You)

  • You currently want work to play a part-time role in your life, and you’d rather be challenged by something important than phone it in for something mundane.
  • You earn a reputation as someone who can be counted on. When you promise you’ll show up, literally or figuratively, you always do. And you don’t need a list of policies to know you should be on time, prepared, and professional.
  • You understand parents and their high school-aged students. You speak their figurative language fluently. And you’ve run in the circles you’re seeking to serve, either as a parent, a high school counselor/director, or a professional who’s worked closely with those populations. You’re inspired—not intimidated—by the prospect of working with families who want to engage with a college counseling service like ours. In fact, we’ll give special consideration to applicants who have already forged trusted relationships with local high school communities.
  • You believe that truly great college counseling is a craft that deserves to be respected, nurtured, and put to the very best use to help kids.
  • You’re comfortable flying solo but you also love lending a hand and being helpful to others. You enjoy success together with a team as much as—or even more than—you do alone.
  • You win people over easily and earn trust quickly. Whether you’re working on a project with a coworker, meeting with a student about a college list, or talking to a concerned parent on the phone, people enjoy and benefit from their interactions with you.
  • Most importantly, you believe in the vision of Collegewise. You’ve seen or experienced the anxiety that the college admissions process can wreak on families. You want to be a supportive guide and an enthusiastic source of support for kids and parents. You’re passionate about what Collegewise stands for and our drive to help as many families as possible transform their journey to college.

Compensation, Hours, and Caseload

You’ll receive a percentage of the Collegewise tuition paid by each student you work with. While we envision part-time counselors working with 5-10 students, you’ll ultimately have autonomy to decide the size of your caseload based on your availability and your desire for work. Tuition for Collegewise programs, and the precise number of hours to service a student, varies from location to location, so it’s difficult for us to clearly state an hourly rate of pay in an ad like this. But we’re happy to get more specific with any candidate during the interview process.  

What if you already have a full-time job?

At this time, we’re not considering candidates who are currently employed full-time as counselors or admissions officers. We may be open to doing so in the future, but existing full-time commitments make it very difficult for part-time counselors to schedule student meetings and to attend relevant Collegewise trainings. 

Start Date

We’d like our part-time counselors to start by August 2019 so you’ll have the opportunity to work with seniors applying to college, but we’re flexible for the right person.

How to Apply

If your interest is piqued, please start by writing us a cover letter. Like a great college essay, a great cover letter helps us get to know who you really are. You’re more interesting than a generic, “insert-name-of-company-here” letter. So please be yourself—smart, thoughtful (maybe even funny). You might also consider checking out our five tips for job seekers:

Then submit your information at the right. When you paste your cover letter into the text box, your formatting will hold up when we see it (but if it doesn’t, we’ll blame the text box, not you).


Feel free to email us at jobs{at}collegewise{dot}com (please no phone calls). We promise to respond to you quickly.

Thanks for reading our post. We’d love to hear from you, but if we don’t, we hope you find the perfect professional fit someplace else.

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