After-School Program Counselor
Job Details
Programs Office - Oakland, CA
Part Time
High School
After-School Program Counselor

The mission of the Head-Royce School is to inspire in our students a lifelong love of learning and pursuit of academic excellence, to promote understanding of and respect for the diversity that makes our society strong, and to encourage constructive and responsible global citizenship. The After-School Program (ASP) provides a high quality experience for students through a balance of student-led and adult-led activities, games, and play spaces. The After-School team consists of enthusiastic individuals who share a passion for creating a healthy, welcoming and playful environment after school. We seek applicants who support our anti-racist pedagogy, understanding of children and a genuine fondness for working with students at this specific developmental stage. 

Responsibilities include and are not limited to:

■ Provide energetic, positive support to students in order to foster a safe, enriching and fun atmosphere for all involved in after-school programming

■ Manage student safety; ensure all students are accounted for and all fellow staff members are aware of student whereabouts throughout the day

■ Proactively supervise, initiate and participate in various student-led activities during unscripted and scripted time

■ Actively engage in initiating activities and games with students of all grade levels (K-6)

■ Report any unsafe conditions in a timely manner and provide accident/incident reports when necessary

■ Be proficient, aware, prompt, and responsive when communicating with co-counselors and ASP Director via walkie talkie

■ Collaborate with co-counselors and ASP Director to ensure smooth flow of daily activities

■ Provide conflict-management mentoring and facilitation to students

■ Respond to parent and children concerns in an effective, professional manner

■ Be active, flexible, resourceful and creative in responding to the needs of students and parents

■ Make intentional and strategic use of prep time and slow times to plan activities, games, and ensure we are ready for the next day (snack, clean up, materials ready, etc.)


Candidates should possess strong interpersonal communication skills and ability to relate with people and children from a variety of educational, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Other essential qualities important to the position are:

■ The ability to be professional, positive, flexible, fun and energetic.

■ A “go-getter” attitude, positive energy and “can do” mentality.

■ Counselors must enjoy a collaborative team setting and be willing to engage in frequent communication with fellow staff members.

■ Requires a minimum of one-year experience working with children/youth in any capacity. This position is ideal for staff looking to enter a career in teaching, child development, recreation management and/or education administration.

■ Minimum High School diploma/GED equivalent.


Other Considerations:

Compensation: Competitive among comparable schools

Location: Oakland, California Start Date: August 2021; End Date: June 2022



Head-Royce School Overview:

Located on a 22-acre campus in Oakland, California, Head-Royce is a pre-eminent, co-educational, independent, K-12 day school with a 134-year history. Our mission is to inspire in our students a lifelong love of learning and pursuit of academic excellence, to promote understanding of and respect for diversity that makes our society strong and to encourage active and responsible global citizenship.


Head-Royce School is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. We want to have the best available person in every job. School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on age, color, creed, disability, gender, marital status, national origin or ancestry, race, religion, registered domestic partner status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, a medical condition including genetic characteristics, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. Head-Royce School seeks to be a community in which every individual is treated with sensitivity, courtesy and respect.