Private College Counselor for High School Students

Empowerly - Remote - Part time

Empowerly ( is a platform for personalized college and career guidance. Our mission is to empower students to become the most successful version of themselves and get accepted to their top choice colleges.

Empowerly is hiring for part-time (and full time) college counselors for high school students. We prefer college counselors with years of experience and/or former admissions officers at top colleges. We also prefer college counselors who have graduated from top 50 colleges and have a STEM background (preferably computer science, engineering, medicine).

Many of our students live in the San Francisco Bay Area and apply for top 50 colleges, including the UCs and Ivy League schools. We particularly have many aspiring pre-med students (BS/MD programs) and computer science students.

Responsibilities and Requirements:

  • Keep up to date with current college admission changes
  • Expect to take 3-10 students, flexible based on your schedule and bandwidth
  • Advise students about extracurriculars that expand interests and may potentially present leadership opportunities.
  • Help students with meaningful summer plans by applying to internships, explore competitions, research opportunities and community service options.
  • Create a plan for standardized testing that includes strategies for improving scores and help decide which tests are appropriate.
  • Help create college list, rate colleges for student (reach, target and safety) and offer tips for college visits.
  • Guidance through the entire application process: personal statement, activities, resume, recommendation letters, essay review and edits, utilizing research when necessary, reviewing entire application materials before submitting.
  • Strategizing plan for early action, early decision, regular decision as well as waitlisted strategies and college choice guidance.
  • Discuss financial aid resources and guidance as well as merit scholarship resources.
  • Prepare for sessions in advance, be on time, log sessions in a timely manner, stay in touch with students, maintain healthy relationship with parents and include parents in all communications.
  • Attend monthly team meetings.
  • Utilize resources available within Empowerly to provide optimal advice for all students.
  • Monitor Empowerly email account and Slack account for up-to-date Empowerly communications
  • Passion for education, talent for teaching, essay writing, and essay editing

We’re Looking For:

  • Former college admissions officers
  • Top 50 college graduate (advanced degrees like MD, PhD, MBA, JD, or Masters are a plus)
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to plan around and meet deadlines
  • Dedication to client service
  • Commitment to stick with student for multi-year package
  • Experience with the college admissions process is preferred

Required Materials:

  • Resume
  • Writing sample, preferably college and/or graduate school admissions essay
  • List of colleges and/or graduate schools you’ve helped students get accepted to
  • List of colleges and/or graduate schools you were accepted

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Experience Level

Mid Level


Empowerly ( provides personalized college and career guidance, empowering students to become the most successful version of themselves. We're a team of UC Berkeley, Princeton, and Stanford alumni from Teach For America and Facebook - and hiring for employee #9!
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