Cate School is committed to a policy of Equal Opportunity Employment and nondiscrimination in the treatment of employees or applicants for employment without consideration of race, color, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, disability, veteran status, genetic information, gender or gender identity.

We seek applications from candidates who are eager to live among and teach young men and women from all over the world. A small co-educational boarding school on the Central Coast of California, Cate School offers a career opportunity for educators whose priorities and purposes mirror the four pillars of our mission statement–commitment, scholarship, companionship, and service.  Cate School offers a career opportunity that anticipates and encourages work with our students well beyond the classroom, as faculty members serve as advisors, dorm-parents, coaches, and mentors.

Please see the following opportunities below:

The Early Learning Center (ELC) Director is responsible for ensuring the health, safety, and quality of education, for all children within the center’s care. The ELC Director is directly accountable for overall operational management in accordance with well-established guidelines, including curriculum development, staff and facilities management, financial management, legal compliance, and long range planning. The director will  oversee curricular and staff development for up to 28 children age 6 weeks to 5 years.  The position requires a professional who can work effectively with current staff to oversee an engaging curriculum that incorporates age-appropriate activities designed to balance developmentally appropriate objectives with the centers traditional play-based model.

Key Responsibilities:

Curriculum designer & expert teacher

  • Continue to enhance and grow the vision for quality for the center.
  • Demonstrate the best techniques and understanding of child development in working with children at the ELC.
  • Develop general educational curricula and collaborate with staff to develop positive learning activities.
  • Maintain quality effectiveness measurements.

Mentor to staff

  • Mentor staff with regular verbal feedback, quarterly written feedback, and yearly summary written feedback.
  • Hire and supervise all ELC staff members, including providing new employee orientations and regular feedback and evaluations.

Liaison with Cate administration and ELC Parents

  • Maintain communications with parents of current students through direct conversation, newsletters, and the parent handbook.
  • Maintain open lines of communication between Cate administration, Cate Liaison, and ELC Parent Liaison.
  • Resolve conflicts including corrective action when necessary to ensure a positive experience for everyone.

Operations Manager

  • Manage adherence to state and local regulations.
  • Maintain student records in accordance with established enrollment procedures and guidelines as well as for Cate’s conditional use permit.
  • Oversee tuition billing and payment, staff supervision, and purchasing.
  • Manage budget planning and review.

Position requirements:

  • The ideal candidate will be inspiring, dependable, caring, collaborative, and motivated.
  • Evidence of completion of ECE units for all levels of early childhood education and site director capability.
  • Minimum of 3 years of curriculum development and staff oversight experience. Familiarity with RIE teaching philosophy preferred.
  • Working knowledge of California licensing rules and regulations.
  • Director level experience preferred.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to foster a team environment and work well with others.


Send resume, and a brief educational philosophy to Hallie Greene at [email protected].

Under general supervision of the Director, the Early Learning Center Teacher shares responsibility for planning and implementing a quality child care program, and works cooperatively with other staff to coordinate program for entire center.

Minimum Requirements:

  • AA+ 12 units in ECE (Early Childhood Education) or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in group care setting.
  • Strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills to serve as an effective liaison between children, parents, and staff.
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality.
  • Satisfactory completion of a fingerprint background check.
  • Mandated reporting requirements of child abuse.

Job Description:

  • A balanced daily schedule is implemented that includes opportunities for indoor and outdoor activities, quiet and active periods, individual, small or large group play, and meeting personal needs (resting, eating, and toileting).
  • Developmentally appropriate activities are planned and implemented. Indoor and outdoor environments are thoughtfully planned to provide rich, warm, and diverse learning setting. Choices are regularly available in, but not limited to, the following curriculum areas: science, art, sensory, diversity, small and large motor skills, cooking, language arts, dramatic play, and problem-solving.
  • Infant classrooms employ the RIE model for all aspects of teacher-child interaction, especially feeding, diapering, comforting, and napping. Preschool and toddler teachers assume primary responsibility for a small group of children and their families (assessments, parent communication).
  • Post written activity plans on parent board at the beginning of each week.
  • Maintain a safe and healthy environment within guidelines established by State Licensing. Be knowledgeable of and follow State Licensing guidelines at all times.
  • Work daily with time allocated proportionately between classroom and preparation time on a weekly basis.
  • Establish a cooperative relationship with parents of children in the assigned group.
  • Interact daily with parents. Give brief verbal reports and written notices when necessary.
  • In conjunction with Director, conduct parent conferences. Document each conference.

Please send resume and cover letter to Hallie Greene at [email protected].