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Classroom Counselor


Are you passionate about supporting the mental health needs of BIPOC youth? So are we, and we’re hiring Classroom Counselors to help cultivate Unconditional Education with one of our close-knit school program teams. 
Seneca’s school partnership program is hiring a Classroom Counselor to guide students to academic success at Redwood Highschool in Castro Valley. As a Counselor, you’ll support students' mental health needs, provide therapeutic interventions, and foster curiosity in an innovative classroom setting. Our Counselors collaborate with a creative team of special education teachers, school therapists, and education leaders to foster classrooms that celebrate diversity and weave our community’s cultures into a curriculum that addresses each student's individual needs. You’ll also have the opportunity to enroll in embedded MSW, MFT, or Special Education credential programs under a substantial Seneca scholarship! 
Seneca’s Unconditional Education Constellation program partners with East Bay school districts to implement services that identify and intervene on behalf of the community’s most vulnerable children. You can learn more about Seneca’s School Partnership Programs and Unconditional Education model here. 
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.


  • Inspire curiosity and creativity in students by sharing your skills and interests in sports, art, games, nature exploration, and other fun activities.
  • Motivate students in their academics and mentor them in interacting positively with peers and coping with frustration. 
  • Confidently guide students in staying on task and focused within the classroom. 
  • Effectively collaborate with special education teachers and school therapists. 
  • Communicate clearly and tactfully with all staff and caretakers involved in the daily life of your students. 
  • Provide crisis intervention for students, using de-escalation techniques and the 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 
  • Bilingual Spanish-English proficiency is a plus! 
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • TB test clearance, fingerprints, and COVID-19 vaccination


  • Full-time, school-based schedule
  • School-based schedule  
  • 5 weeks of paid time off, 11 paid holidays, and additional paid school break days 


  • Starting at $24.00 per hour, with actual salary dependent on creditable experience above the minimum qualifications for the role
  • Additional compensation is 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 scholarship and promotional opportunities