Employment

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:

Special Events Coordinator
Department:    Administration, Headmaster’s Office

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

Under the general direction of the Assistant to the Headmaster, and in close collaboration with the Assistant Head, External Affairs, the Special Events Coordinator is responsible for planning, designing, executing, and managing the budget for Cate School events across multiple departments. The Special Events Coordinator:

  • Serves as the point person—independently, and in collaboration with other departments—for externally facing Cate School events.
  • Oversees all elements and particular requirements of special events—from invitations and RSVPS, catering, rentals, organization and decorations, trophies and gifts, to administration and budgeting—ensuring that events are presented creatively, professionally and safely.
  • Possesses effective communication skills, provides hands-on, creative oversight of events, is highly organizational and has superior administrative skills.
  • Manages volunteers, understands best practices in confidentiality, and ensures budget management.
  • Provides timely support for a variety of administrative activities, as directed, within the busy and fast-paced Office of the Headmaster, as directed.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES (80%):

Working in the Headmaster’s Office and partnering with departments where appropriate, the Special Events Coordinator:

  • Arranges, coordinates and supervises all elements, requirements and details for events such as, Steering retreat dinner, new faculty dinner, opening School dinner, Executive Committee meetings, Opening Days lunch, Chamber of Commerce Mixer on the Mesa, Board meetings, Board meeting receptions & dinners, Family Weekends, Executive Committee Meetings, Winter by Candlelight, Holiday Party, Grandparents’ Weekend, Revisit Days (2), Mesa Dinner, Cum Laude, Awards, Baccalaureate, Commencement, End of Year Party/Employee Recognition, and Camp Cate (Alumni Weekend).
  • Collaborates with Advancement, Admission, and other departments as necessary to establish budgets, goals and targets for events; creates and maintains working calendars with clear deadlines and action steps; maintains detailed spreadsheets describing and accounting for step-by-step organization of events.
  • Works closely with the Cate School Facilities team to ensure that buildings and grounds are safe, clean and organized for events; collaborates with the Technology department to ensure that all audio-visual and technology needs for events are met.
  • Maintains positive working relationships with vendors and suppliers; oversees the preparation and processing of accounts payable for events; prepares and analyzes events reports; ensures financial viability of special event activities.
  • Communicates carefully with the Cate School Marketing and Communications department to coordinate  photography of select School events for use in publications and on the website, as well as for off-campus events; oversees the production of a variety of certificates; is responsible for ensuring that items such as nametags are ready and available for all events.
  • Serves as the key point person for Cate School activities at events within the larger community, such as fund raisers and festivals.

 

OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES (20%):

  • The Special Events Coordinator is also a professional administrator, and assists in the Headmaster’s Office as directed with scheduling, budgeting, travel arrangements, and general recurring (daily, weekly, monthly, yearly) administrative support, including activities such as scheduling class visits and coordinating the work of the Metherall Grant selection committee.

QUALIFICATION STANDARDS:

Education/Training

  • Bachelors degree plus minimum four years experience in event planning and management; advancement, communications and/or public relations experience desirable

Work Experience

  • Event planning expertise/Public Relations/Education Administration
  • Experience in independent schools preferred; knowledge of Admission and Advancement administration desirable.

Skills/Qualities

  • Works independently under broad project definitions to define and gain approval on project scope, costs and deliverables, and executes accordingly.
  • Exhibits leadership competencies and high attention to detail; manages multiple and simultaneous priorities and projects.
  • Values interpersonal skills that allow for effective relationships with a variety of constituencies, including trustees, parents, faculty, administrators, colleagues, students.
  • Superior interpersonal, communication, editing, writing and presentation skills.
  • Competency in Microsoft Office Suite; Google docs and calendars; experience with Veracross information system desirable.

OTHER CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • Flexible hours and schedule as necessary, including nights and weekends.
  • Satisfactory completion of background check required.

 

TO APPLY:

Please send a PDF of your résumé and a cover letter to eva_diaz@cate.org.

Advancement & Communications Manager

Department: Advancement
Reports to: Director of Stewardship

 

The Advancement & Communications Manager supports the Advancement team’s goal of developing enthusiastic, lifelong donors and supporters of Cate School through best-in-class marketing and communication of Cate’s advancement campaigns and strategic donor initiatives that effectively cultivate, engage, and steward key donors with Cate School. The Manager reports directly to the Director of Stewardship, but supports the entire Advancement team, and maintains a strong partnership with the Cate Marketing and Communications Department.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Manager, Advancement Communications will provide overall support to the Advancement team (Major Gifts, Cate Fund, Stewardship, Planned Giving) including:

Writing / Editing:

  • Letters: Direct appeals, pledge reminders, thank-you’s, foundation updates
  • Articles / Stories / Newsletters: Cate Bulletin, Dispatches, Class Notes, other Cate newsletters
  • Website: Advancement pages on Cate website
  • External Publications: Cate specific articles to philanthropy donor journals (including CASE, Chronicle of Philanthropy)
  • Grants: Assistance with grant proposals

Stewardship / Impact Program:

  • Interview (Students / Faculty) and write impact stories of grant awards.  Capture and edit photos/videos highlighting grant awards
  • Compose written and visual content for publication/post in various Cate advancement communication channels

Graphic Design:

  • Assist in designing logos, infographics, social media graphics and other posts for use in various advancement campaigns

Production Calendar:

  • Manage the internal communications production calendar for all advancement campaigns & Events.  Key milestones include story generation / ideas, interviews, writing, redrafts / editing, photos / video / approval rounds, and publication / post

Collaborative Partnerships:

  • Serve as direct liaison with Cate Marketing and Communication Department, provide weekly Advancement status updates

 

QUALIFICATION STANDARDS:

Education/Training

  1.  Completion of a bachelor’s degree program in Journalism, Communications, English or equivalent experience

Work Experience

  1.   At least three years of writing/editing experience, preferably within an academic and/or non-profit environment
  2.  At least one year of graphic design & social media experience

Skills/Qualities

  1.   Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  2.   Excellent computer skills and experience with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and desktop publisher and other design applications
  3.   Experience with fundraising or other databases preferable
  4.   Ability to work independently and as a team member
  5.   Time management skills, able to work effectively within deadlines, and the ability to juggle multiple projects and priorities

Personal Traits

  1.     Collaborative work style, willing to help all members of the team
  2.     Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise good judgment
  3.     Attention to detail and comfortable working on a deadline
  4.     A sense of humor and ability to handle constructive criticism
  5.     Willing to offer help during evenings and weekends as needed

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive.  An employee may also perform other reasonably related business duties as assigned by his/her immediate supervisor.

To Apply

Please send a PDF of your resume to Tiarzha_Taylor@Cate.org.  Please attach up to 3 writing samples of your choice (no longer than 1 page each) in PDF format, and up to 3 samples of graphic design work you may have produced in PDF format.

Substitute Teacher
Reports To: ELC Director, ELC Assistant Director
Location: Carpinteria, CA

General Summary:
Substitute teachers provide coverage for regular classroom teachers in the infant/toddler and preschool classrooms when they are absent. The work hours of the Substitute position fluctuate significantly and qualified candidates must be able to be scheduled on an as needed basis. Responsibilities of this role will include, but not be limited to the following: physical caregiving, implementation of age appropriate/individually appropriate curriculum, and facilitating supportive relationships with parents and coworkers.

Essential Job Functions

Early Childhood Programming
At all times ensure the children’s safety in both indoor and outdoor environments.
Responsible for formulating relationships with parents and children that are respectful of individual differences, family styles, and cultural/socioeconomic diversity.
Responsible for ensuring that all meal and rest breaks for the staff and the changes in the daily schedule for the children (outside time, meals for the children, diaper changes, etc.) are done in an organized manner to support a sense of routine in the environment for the children.
Provide feedback to staff and program director about consistency of practices within the program.
Adaptable to changes in daily routines and program needs.
Strive to create a state of the art childcare program.

Interactions with Children
Strive to create a language-rich program, encouraging positive and respectful interactions with all children.
Treat each child with dignity and respect.
Help each child to become aware of his/her role as an integral member of the group.
Help each child to become comfortable with him/herself.
Encourage children’s active involvement in problem solving.
Encourage children to be responsible for their actions to support the development of their roles as effective decision-makers.

Working with Parents
Work with each classroom team to effectively address parent issues.
Create an environment that embraces open and positive communications between staff and parents.

Supporting Positive Staff Relationships
Attend and participate in all staff meetings (if available for long-term substitute position).
Attend all recommended in-service trainings.
Direct any issues to the suitable person in a timely and appropriate manner.

Administrative Functions
Complete all assigned paperwork (daily information sheets/daily attendance, child injury reports, etc.) in a timely manner.

Physical Requirements
Continually able to observe and respond to children’s needs, emergencies and/or conflicts that might occur during the day (inside or outside environment).
Continually able to supervise children outside exposed to the sun and changing temperatures.
Continually able to lift children/materials up to 40 pounds from the floor to a waist high table.
Ability to push a cart/stroller weighing up to 100 pounds for up to three miles.
Continually able to walk and run as job dictates.
Continually able to kneel to maintain eye contact at child’s level.
Continually able to sit on the floor to work with children.
Continually able to react to a child that is up to 30 feet away within 30 seconds.
Continually able to carry a child up to 40 pounds, up to 100 feet.
Continually able to respond to children’s first aid needs (inside and outside) which may include cuts, bruises, blood/bodily fluids.
Continually able to communicate clearly and calmly to children, parents and co-workers.
Continually able to deal effectively with the stress involved in working closely with children, parents and co-workers.
Continually able to do fine and medium hand manipulations.

Minimum Job Qualifications
High school graduate
Six months’ experience working with young children, one year preferred.
Twelve (12) units in Early Childhood Education (Child Growth & Development, Child, Family & Community, and two program development courses)
Successful completion of the fingerprinting process and/or successful transfer of fingerprints from another program.
Successful completion of the hiring packet, including current immunization record.
Excellent customer service skills in person and on the phone.
Comfortable with team-based works structure; demonstrates flexibility and initiative on the job.
Is conscientious and provides complete follow-through on areas of responsibility.

Preferred Job Qualifications
3-6 Infant-Toddler units
Bilingual (Spanish)
Familiarity with RIE philosophy
CPR and First Aid Certification, or able to acquire within 3 months hire date.

Employee Conduct
It is the responsibility of every employee to contribute to a positive work environment through cooperative and professional interactions with co-workers, customers and vendors.

Infant-Toddler Teacher
Reports To: ELC Director, ELC Assistant Director
Location: Carpinteria, CA

General Summary:
The Infant-Toddler Teacher is responsible for all aspects of care to infants and toddlers while at the Cate Early Learning Center. Such responsibilities will include: physical caregiving, developmental assessments, development of age appropriate/individually appropriate curriculum and facilitating supportive relationships with parents.

Essential Job Functions
The responsibilities of this position will include, but not be limited to the following:

Early Childhood Programming
At all times ensure the children’s safety in both indoor and outdoor environments.
Responsible for formulating relationships with parents and children that are respectful of individual differences, family styles, and cultural/socioeconomic diversity.
Responsible for ensuring that all meal and rest breaks for the staff and the changes in the daily schedule for the children (outside time, meals for the children, diaper changes, etc.) are done in an organized manner to support a sense of routine in the environment for the children.
Plan, supervise, and implement the Infant-Toddler program in accordance with the policies and philosophy of the ELC and the identified curriculum objectives.
Strive to create an instructional program that meets the needs of each child with concern for his/her interests, individual learning style, and pace of learning.
Provide appropriate guidance to support staff and substitute teachers, and actively facilitate their program development skills.
Design a stimulating, consistent, and developmentally appropriate learning environment suitable for all children enrolled in the classroom.
Responsible for doing routine evaluations of each child’s development.
Adaptable to changes in daily routines and program needs.
Strive to create a state of the art childcare program.

Interactions with Children
Strive to create a language-rich program, encouraging positive and respectful interactions.
Treat each child with dignity and respect.
Help each child to become aware of his/her role as an integral member of the group.
Help each child to become comfortable with him/herself.
Encourage active involvement in problem solving in the environment.
Encourage children to be responsible for their actions to support the development of their roles as effective decision makers.

Working with Parents
Communicate with parents on a regular basis regarding the progress of their children in the program or specific issues as they occur on a day-to-day basis.
Work with new parents to create an easy transition into the Program.
Create an environment that embraces open communications between staff and parents.
Provide Early Childhood/community resources as needed.

Supporting Positive Staff Relationships
Attend and participate in all staff meetings.
Attend all recommended in-service trainings.
Direct any issues to the suitable person in a timely and appropriate manner.

Administrative Functions
Complete all assigned paperwork (daily information sheets/daily attendance, shopping lists, child injury reports, etc.) in a timely manner.
Assist in the education and ongoing evaluation of fieldwork students, when applicable.

Physical Requirements
Continually able to observe and respond to children’s needs, emergencies and/or conflicts that might occur during the day (inside or outside environment).
Continually able to lift children/materials 1-40 pounds from the floor to a waist high table.
Continually able to kneel to maintain eye contact at child’s level.
Continually able to sit on the floor to work with children.
Continually able to react to a child that is 20 to 30 feet away within 30 seconds.
Continually able to carry a child (1 to 40 pounds), up to 50-100 feet.
Continually able to respond to children’s first aid needs (inside and outside) which may include cuts, bruises, blood/bodily fluids.
Continually able to communicate clearly and calmly to children, parents, and co-workers.
Continually able to deal effectively with the stress involved in working closely with children, parents, and co-workers.
Continually able to do fine and medium hand manipulation.

Minimum Job Qualifications
High school graduate.
Minimum of one year’s experience working with young children, two preferred.
Twelve (12) core units in Early Childhood Education.
6 Infant-Toddler units (or 3 units at time of hire with successful completion of 3 additional units within 12 months of hire).
Successful completion of the fingerprinting process and or successful transfer of fingerprints from another program.
Successful completion of the hiring packet, including current immunization record.
Working knowledge of personal computers with experience in the use of such programs as Word, Excel and Outlook.
Excellent customer service skills in person and on the phone.
Comfortable with team-based work structure; ability to demonstrate flexibility on the job.
Demonstrates initiative, is conscientious and provides complete follow-through on areas of responsibility.
Preferred bilingual (Spanish).
Strong grasp of RIE philosophy.
CPR/First Aid Certification, or able to acquire within 3 months of hire date.

Employee Conduct
It is the responsibility of every employee to contribute to a positive work environment through cooperative and professional interactions with co-workers, customers and vendors.

Preschool Teacher
Reports To: ELC Director, ELC Assistant Director
Location: Carpinteria, CA

General Summary:
The Preschool Teacher is responsible for all aspects preschool age children while at the Cate Early Learning Center. Such responsibilities will include physical caregiving, developmental assessments, development of age appropriate/individually appropriate curriculum and facilitating supportive relationships with parents.

Essential Job Functions
The responsibilities of this position will include, but not be limited to the following:

Early Childhood Programming
At all times ensure the children’s safety in both indoor and outdoor environments.
Responsible for formulating relationships with parents and children that are respectful of individual differences, family styles, and cultural/socioeconomic diversity.
Responsible for ensuring that all meal and rest breaks for the staff and the changes in the daily schedule for the children (outside time, meals for the children, diaper changes, etc.) are done in an organized manner to support a sense of routine in the environment for the children.
Plan, supervise and implement the preschool program in accordance with the policies and philosophy of the ELC and the identified curriculum objectives.
Strive to create an instructional program that meets the needs of each child with concern for his/her interests, individual learning style, and pace of learning.
Provide appropriate guidance to support staff and substitute teachers, and actively facilitate their program development skills.
Design an organized, stimulating, and developmentally appropriate learning environment suitable for all children enrolled in the indoor/outdoor classrooms.
Responsible for doing routine evaluations of each child’s development.
Adaptable to changes in daily routines and program needs.
Strive to create a state of the art childcare program.

Interactions with Children
Strive to create a language-rich program, encouraging positive and respectful interactions.
Treat each child with dignity and respect.
Help each child to become aware of his/her role as an integral member of the group.
Help each child to become comfortable with him/herself.
Encourage active involvement in problem solving in the environment.
Encourage children to be responsible for their actions to support the development of their roles as effective decision makers.

Working with Parents
Communicate with parents on a regular basis regarding the progress of their children in the program or specific issues as they occur on a day-to-day basis.
Work with new parents to create an easy transition into the program.
Create an environment that embraces open communications between staff and parents.
Provide Early Childhood/community resources as needed.

Supporting Positive Staff Relationships
Attend and participate in all staff meetings.
Attend all recommended in-service trainings.
Direct any issues to the suitable person in a timely and appropriate manner.
Administrative Functions
Complete all assigned paperwork (daily information sheets/daily attendance, shopping lists, child injury reports, etc.) in a timely manner.
Assist in the education and ongoing evaluation of fieldwork students, when applicable.
Physical Requirements
Continually able to observe and respond to children’s needs, emergencies and/or conflicts that might occur during the day (inside or outside environment).
Continually able to lift children/materials 1-40 pounds from the floor to a waist high table.
Continually able to kneel to maintain eye contact at child’s level.
Continually able to sit on the floor to work with children.
Continually able to react to a child that is 20 to 30 feet away within 30 seconds.
Continually able to carry a child up to 50 pounds, up to 50-100 feet.
Continually able to respond to children’s first aid needs (inside and outside) which may include cuts, bruises, blood/bodily fluids.
Continually able to communicate clearly and calmly to children, parents, and co-workers.
Continually able to deal effectively with the stress involved in working closely with children, parents, and co-workers.
Continually able to do fine and medium hand manipulation.

Minimum Job Qualifications
High school graduate.
Two years’ experience working with young children.
Minimum twelve (12) core units in Early Childhood Education.
Successful completion of the fingerprinting process and or successful transfer of fingerprints from another program.
Successful completion of the hiring packet, including
Working knowledge of personal computers with experience in the use of such programs as Word, Excel and Outlook.
Excellent customer service skills in person and on the phone.
Comfortable with team-based work structure; ability to demonstrate flexibility on the job.
Demonstrates initiative, is conscientious and provides complete follow-through on areas of responsibility.

Preferred Job Qualifications
3-6 Infant-Toddler Units
Bilingual (Spanish)
Familiarity with RIE philosophy
CPR and First Aid Certification, or able to acquire within 3 months hire date.

Employee Conduct
It is the responsibility of every employee to contribute to a positive work environment through cooperative and professional interactions with co-workers, customers and vendors.

Campus Store Sales Associate
Reports to:    KC Collins, Blue Ewe Manager

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

Cate School, a 9-12 college preparatory boarding school, seeks a dynamic and energetic professional to join as a vital member of our sales team for the Campus Store (The Blue Ewe). Ideally, we are looking for someone who wants to work long term and grow with us in an often fast-paced and enjoyable environment. The primary role of this position is to work on the floor with customers as a sales associate, support in marketing, and assist with back-of-house ordering, stocking, inventory-keeping, and fulfilling online store orders. Additionally, Some administrative and switchboard backup is necessary. The position requires an individual who is comfortable interfacing with a diverse community of students, faculty, alumnae, administrators, and parents. This year-round position is part-time, approximately 30 hours per week. The primary work hours are 10:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, with occasional weekend and evening hours.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Daily Customer Service.  The Sales Associate is responsible for providing outstanding customer service: greeting customers, responding to questions, improving engagement with merchandise and helping them to identify their needs. The associate is expected to be continuously updating their knowledge of the available products, services, and policies of the Blue Ewe.
  • Operate POS System. Operate POS and cash register, manage cash/credit transactions.
  • Store Presentation. A key responsibility is creating and maintaining the presentation and orderly appearance of the sales floor, products, signage, and displays. Constant organizing, folding and restocking are necessary. Tag items and rearrange displays often.
  • Inventory Record Keeping and Storage. Record inventory and keep records up to date on inventory management systems and spreadsheets on PC and Mac. Stock and organize storage shelves, some lifting and carrying are required.
  • Events Customer Service. Be available to work a set schedule of weekends for special events such as Admissions Revisit Day, Opening/Closing of School, Alumni Weekend, Family Weekend, Graduation, Camp Cate, and during the Cate Summer Institute and Sports Camps.
  • Online Store. Assist in maintaining and updating the online store. Fulfill online order requests.
  • Marketing. Assist with marketing, product choices, and quality control. Support in marketing to an audience of primarily high school students, but also faculty, parents, and alumnae. Work closely with Student Ambassadors, Communications, Admission, and Development Departments to coordinate marketing and introducing new arrivals, promotions and opportunities to customers in Cate newsletters, Facebook, and Instagram sites, and create iMovie commercials for Assembly. Assist in catalog and product previews for future purchasing and document customer feedback and purchasing habits.
  • Mailroom and Switchboard Backup. Receive UPS shipments for students and faculty and coordinate pick up by close of each day. Distribute mail in the faculty room and student mailboxes. Process outgoing mail. Answer Switchboard and assist with copy jobs; maintaining cleanliness and efficiency of Mailroom and Copy Room.

 

QUALIFICATION STANDARDS:

  • Associate’s degree or high school diploma;
  • The ability to stand and walk for extended periods, as well as lift to 40 pounds daily.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively in an often fast-paced environment with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community;
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills, and able to do basic math.
  • Proficient in the use of a computer (primarily Mac) and various software including spreadsheet and word processing software, and especially experience with Google Suite;
  • Experience with retail, cash handling, and/or use of POS systems; or any satisfactory combination of experience and training, which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the above duties.;
  • Interest and/or experience with graphic illustration, working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and/or iMovie a strong plus;
  • Must be self-motivated; have the initiative to work independently, to accept challenges and meet deadlines, to work diligently to resolve issues;
  • Must be enthusiastic!

SALARY:

$15-18/hr depending on experience. Access to Dining Hall meals.

TO APPLY:

Please send a PDF of your résumé and a cover letter to KC_Collins@cate.org.

This position has the potential to grow for the right person.