College Advisor

Job Type

Full Time Contract


Details: DOE



Start Date:


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849 Valencia Street
San Francisco
United States



Founded by author Dave Eggers, ScholarMatch began as a simple scholarship crowdfunding platform and grew into a full service college-access organization. Our mission is to make college possible for underserved youth by matching students with donors, resources, colleges, and professional networks.

ScholarMatch has expanded rapidly from serving just 39 students in 2010 to reaching more than 1,500 students per year. Though scholarships remain essential to our work, our college advising, career coaching, and other services are an essential part of each student’s college journey.


We envision a world where all students have access to higher education and the opportunity to succeed in a fulfilling career. Our mission is to make college possible for underserved youth by matching students with donors, resources, colleges and professional networks.


We excited to announce a new opportunity with the ScholarMatch family. Our team is seeking two candidates (one in San Francisco and one in Los Angeles) to contribute to the development of a growing, fast-paced organization in the role of College Advisor.

Please note: This position is a full-time role with a one-year contract, and the opportunity to renew and/or grow into a full-time, permanent position pending student need and successful completion of year one contract.

The College Advisor will join a dynamic team of 20 (14 in San Francisco and 6 in Los Angeles) and assist with case management of college students, coordinate student events and provide community outreach.

We are passionate about our community, education, and equal opportunities for everyone. Most importantly, we strive to provide the best care to our students and the community.

Our offices are located in the Mission District in San Francisco, CA and in the Arts District in Los Angeles, CA. We are a close-knit team, appreciate each other’s work and like to celebrate everyone. Join us!


  • Establish and build relationships with assigned college students to help them navigate the transition into college, during college, and from college to career
  • Manage a caseload of approximately 40 - 45 college students (attending various colleges) to maintain regular contact via phone, skype and in person meetings to deliver personalized and motivational support
  • Provide ongoing support around situations commonly faced by first-generation, low-income college students by helping students navigate challenges, focus on problem-solving techniques and encourage them to locate campus resources
  • Advise students on academic strategies, financial aid and money management, engagement on campus and in the community, and career exploration
  • Record student information to provide personalized coaching conversations
  •  Visit students on campus throughout the academic year
  • Actively contribute to the ongoing development and refinement of College to Career Program
  • Administrative duties as needed


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in counseling/social work related field preferred
  • We are open to considering a current graduate student in their final term of the program (for part time role)
  • Candidate with professional experience and knowledge of issues facing first-generation, low-income college students, and comfort in engaging in direct communications with students
  • Experience in either college, career counseling, or student coaching
  • Ability to develop curriculum, trainings and student event planning


  • Bilingual preferred: (e.g. Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Tagalog)
  • Dynamic public speaking skills and outstanding communication skills
  • Strong computer skills and ability to manage data; confidentiality required
  • Advanced proficiency in Excel and database management desired


  • Passion for our mission and drive to help students reach their full potential
  • Individuals with similar background to student population (1st in their families to attend college)
  • Must have a strong work ethic, can-do attitude, attention to detail, self-sufficient and be willing to do whatever is necessary to get the job done
  • Sense of humor 

  • Must have reliable car & insurance; will be reimbursed for gas and mileage
  • Hours: traditional work hours with occasional evening and weekend events
  • Travel: 1x/week travel to visit students on their college campus


Generous PTO, health insurance (medical, dental, vision), 401k, transportation benefit, and more.

Level of Language Proficiency

PREFERRED: Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Tagalog native speaker

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


Click here to apply.


Submit your application by April 17th.

Ideal start date is between May 10 and June 15th.