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We seek an enthusiastic individual to join our College Counseling team, made up of four counselors and an assistant.  The new member of our team will advise roughly 35 seniors, 35 juniors, and 35 sophomores.  The Associate Director of College Counseling will counsel students on all aspects of college planning, including course selection, as well as write recommendation letters, establish relationships with college and university admission officers, assist in parent education event planning, and carry out other office duties as needed. An ideal candidate would have three years of experience in either college counseling or college admissions.

This is a full time, 12-month position that reports to the Director of College Counseling.  The position will begin in June or July of 2023.

Primary Responsibilities:

Addressing the social and emotional pressures on students and families as associated with the college search, application, and admissions processes.
Writing official school letters of recommendations for approximately 35 seniors.
Meeting with college representatives who visit the Menlo campus and serving as a liaison with college admissions offices throughout the academic year.
Visiting colleges and universities throughout the academic year and attending national and regional college admissions counseling conferences and forums.
Maintaining a personalized approach to counseling and working with students and families to reinforce the philosophy that “fit” in the college process is different for every student.
Understanding of the objectives and mission of an independent college preparatory school; possess the energy, patience, enthusiasm, and sense of humor necessary to thrive in working with adolescents in an academic setting.
Work effectively in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment while maintaining a supportive and approachable demeanor.
Strong work ethic, good judgment, and a high level of integrity expected.
Developing and presenting educational programming to our 9th-12th Grade students and families on the college search and admissions processes in conjunction with the college counseling team.
Required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience include but are not limited to:

Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s or postgraduate work in subject matter or counseling strongly preferred.
A minimum of 5 years of experience in college or university admissions and/or college counseling at a high school.
Demonstrated leadership and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Experience with online college admissions software (SCOIR) is strongly preferred.
Ability to work well with students; willingness to be an active, enthusiastic member of the Menlo community. Demonstrated interest in working with adolescents and their parents.
A clear understanding of the complex nature of the college counseling and college application process.
Excellent communication skills and eagerness to work as a collaborative team member are essential.
Ability and willingness to work evenings and weekends as necessary.

We offer:

An exceptional work environment and caring community.
Highly competitive salary.
A comprehensive benefits package for eligible employees and their families, including generous contributions to a retirement plan. Learn more by going to

To be considered for this opportunity:

Please submit your resume and cover letter.

We look forward to hearing from you!

About us:

Menlo School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory school for students in grades six through twelve. Located in Atherton, California, and established in 1915, the School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of the National and California Associations of Independent Schools.

Menlo is dedicated to providing a challenging academic curriculum complemented by outstanding creative arts and athletic programs. The School helps students develop positive values and nurtures character development in a supportive environment that upholds the highest moral and ethical standards. Our program encourages students to reach their fullest potential and to develop the skills necessary to respond intelligently and humanely to the complexities of a diverse and increasingly interconnected world.

At Menlo School, equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging are at the core of our organizational identity. Through our daily efforts, the School demonstrates a shared commitment to the development of all stakeholders by supporting a campus ethos where equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging reflect the major cornerstones of our community.

Our equal opportunity employment policy:

Menlo School is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants. We administer all personnel practices without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or domestic partnership status, disability, protected veteran status or military status, genetic information, or any other category protected under applicable law.

Pay range:In the spirit of pay transparency we share the base salary range for this position: $115,000 – $150,000. Base salary is exclusive of fringe benefits, retirement plan employer contributions or potential stipends (for eligible employees). Pay ranges at Menlo are reasonable estimates of what the School anticipates paying for a role but are not guaranteed. If hired at Menlo School, your final base salary will be determined by factors such as skills, education, experience, job level, part-time status and number of months of work per academic year. In addition to those factors, we believe in the importance of pay equity and consider internal equity with our current employees as a part of any final offer. Please keep in mind that the generous range mentioned above is the full base salary range for the role. Hiring at the maximum of the range is not typical for Menlo School in order to allow for future and continued salary growth.


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