Seneca Family of Agencies

Classroom Counselor

Job Locations US-CA-Oakland
Job ID
Direct Care
Job Type
Regular Full-Time


Join our team at Maya Angelou Academy, where we seek dedicated individuals committed to continuous learning and personal growth. As a Classroom Counselor, you'll play a pivotal role in guiding and supporting students with diverse needs, fostering an inclusive and nurturing educational environment.


Join Seneca's Maya Angelou Academy in Oakland, CA as a Classroom Counselor for K-5 students. Collaborate with special education teachers and school therapists to meet students' therapeutic, behavioral, and academic needs. As a Counselor, you'll support mental health, provide therapeutic interventions, and promote academic curiosity.You will also have the opportunity to pursue an embedded MSW or Education Specialist credential via a Seneca scholarship!


Seneca Family of Agencies has been nominated among the Bay Area’s Top Workplaces for several consecutive years. We’re committed to providing traditionally marginalized communities with a network of excellent mental health, community-based, and educational services. We are committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourage people of color to apply. Our programs are deeply engaged in conversations and training on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to bring equity and justice to the youth and families we serve.


  • Contribute to the structure and stability of the classroom by helping students stay on task and focused within the classroom.
  • Use behavioral and clinical techniques to support the mental health needs of our clients; this can include working with students on skills such as anger management, coping with frustration, and interacting positively with peers.
  • Collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of Special Education Teachers, School Therapists, and School Leadership to promote a school environment where students' therapeutic, community, and academic needs are met.
  • Foster curiosity and creativity in students by sharing your skills and interests in sports, art, games, nature exploration, and other fun activities.
  • Participate in weekly supervision to expand your skills and receive ongoing guidance and support.
  • Communicate effectively with all staff and caretakers who are involved in the daily life of the student.
  • Provide crisis intervention for students when necessary, using de-escalation techniques to resolve conflicts; this may include physical management of clients and implementation of Seneca's Equilibrium Training.


  • Education/Experience requirements:
    • Bachelor's degree OR 
    • Associate degree and one year of relevant experience OR 
    • High school diploma and two years of relevant experience 
  • Experience working with youth in a mental health or classroom-facing capacity
  • At least 21 years of age
  • California Driver's License
  • Clearance of TB test, fingerprints, and any other mandatory State/Federal licensing or certification requirements
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination


  • School based schedule:
    • Monday to Friday: 8 AM- 4:30 PM
    • 5 weeks of paid time off, 11 paid holidays, and additional paid school break days


  • Starting at $24.72 -$27.22 per hour, with actual salary dependent on creditable experience above the minimum qualifications for the role
    • Additional compensation provided upon passing a bilingual language proficiency exam 
    • Salary increases each year 
  • Comprehensive employee benefits package:
    • Medical, dental, vision, chiropractic, acupuncture, and fertility coverage
    • 50% paid premiums for dependants 
    • Family leave, life insurance, and long-term disability 
    • 403b retirement plan 
    • Employer-paid Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) 
  • 5 weeks of paid time off, 11 paid holidays, and flexible professional development opportunities during school breaks 
  • Abundant professional development opportunities, including: 
    • Fully-funded embedded bachelor's degree program through Reach University 
    • Substantially funded embedded MSW or Education Specialist programs at various universities


Keywords: student counseling, emotional well-being, academic success, student support, counseling services, student empowerment, educational journey, student well-being, counseling programs

Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
Share on your newsfeed

Need help finding the right job?

We can recommend jobs specifically for you! Click here to get started.