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:

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: Carpentaria, 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.

Advancement and Communications Assistant
Reports To: Director of Advancement
Location: Carpinteria, CA

ADVANCEMENT BACKGROUND:

Cate School has a long history of philanthropic support from its alumni, parents and friends. Cate’s aspirational comprehensive campaign, recently approved by the Board of Trustees, includes a lofty endowment goal for access, faculty support, and programmatic initiatives. It also includes capital projects, planned giving, and five years of the annual fund. Cate’s endowment is currently $100M and Cate Fund raises $2.2M annually. Cate’s young alumni giving rate is among the highest in the country, with more than 75% of graduates of the last decade donating last year.

ADVANCEMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT POSITION PURPOSE:

The Advancement and Communications Assistant will provide overall writing and editing support to the Advancement team and Cate Fund Director, and works collaboratively with the Marketing and Communications department. This is a non-exempt position that reports to the Director of Advancement.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

Writing and editing:
● Compose, customize, and edit outgoing letters, including appeals, gift acknowledgement letters, and campaign materials
● Update Advancement pages on School website
● Provide assistance with grant requests and proposals
● Collaborate to create and execute a robust donor stewardship communication plan

Providing assistance to the Cate Fund Director:
● Coordinate Cate Fund Volunteer Program, including writing and editing volunteer training materials, tracking volunteer assignments, providing regular updates, serving as point-person for volunteers, organizing meetings and calls
● Help with creation of Cate Fund calendar
● Conduct applicable research

Communications support:
● Report, write and edit short articles for Cate publications
● Serve as an editor for Cate School magazine, The Bulletin
● Other communications tasks and editing as needed

QUALIFICATION STANDARDS:

Education/Work Experience
○ Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications, English or relevant field
○ Minimum 5 years office or school-related experience and at least 2 years writing and editing experience
○ Advancement/development experience strongly preferred
○ Excellent writing and editing skills

Skills/Qualities
○ Experience with fundraising strongly preferred
○ Ability to work independently and as a team member
○ Excellent computer skills and experience with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google systems
○ Time management skills, able to work effectively within deadlines, and ability to juggle multiple projects and priorities
○ Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise good judgment
○ Attention to detail and comfortable working on a deadline
○ Sense of humor and ability to handle constructive criticism
○ Willing to offer help during evenings and weekends as needed

Please send resume and two writing samples to Lindsay Newlove ( lindsay_newlove@cate.org ).

Major Gifts Officer
Reports To: Director of Advancement
Location: Carpinteria, CA

ADVANCEMENT BACKGROUND:

Cate School has a long history of philanthropic support from its alumni, parents and friends. Cate’s aspirational comprehensive campaign, recently approved by the Board of Trustees, includes a lofty endowment goal for access, faculty support, and programmatic initiatives. It also includes capital projects, planned giving, and five years of the annual fund. Cate’s endowment is currently $100M and Cate Fund raises $2.2M. Cate’s young alumni giving rate is among the highest in the country, with more than 75% of graduates of the last decade donating annually.

POSITION PURPOSE:
The Major Gifts Officer will be a new member of the Advancement team. This individual will provide critical major gifts fundraising for Cate’s comprehensive campaign. Early leadership gifts in support of capital and endowment projects provided the Board of Trustees with the information needed to approve the campaign, which will be a multi-year, aspirational endeavor to raise approximately $100,000,000. The Major Gifts Officer will report to the Director of Advancement and will be a key solicitor responsible for a portfolio of approximately 150 prospective donors with the capacity to donate gifts of $50,000 and above. They will help Cate achieve both short and long-term goals for advancement of the School and its programs.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:
● Manage a personal portfolio of approximately 150 major gifts prospects and donors.
● Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major gifts prospects/donors, working closely with the Director of Advancement, Assistant Head for External Affairs, Headmaster and advancement team.
● Spend 50-60% of time on in-person meetings with prospects/donors. Frequent travel within United States required.
● Develop and implement prospect-specific strategies for moves management.
● Develop and maintain a working knowledge of educational and strategic programs in order to effectively articulate the School’s priorities and fundraising objectives.
● Collaborate with Campaign Steering Committee, Board of Trustees, and volunteers to create cultivation and solicitation strategies.
● Work with Director of Planned Giving to maximize potential for expectancies, bequests, and future support of Cate School.
● Attend regional receptions and campus events to meet prospects and donors.
● Exhibit written skills to effectively report on donor research, interactions, and meeting results.

QUALIFICATION STANDARDS:

Education and Work Experience
● Bachelor’s degree required. Graduate degree a plus.
● Minimum of 5-8 years experience in fundraising. Major gifts experience required.
● Proven track record of successful gift solicitation.
● Experience with major giving in a campaign, including planning, milestone celebrations, implementation, reporting, and closure.
● Experience in donor relations with high net-worth individuals and working with trustees.
● Experience with donor database systems (Cate School uses Veracross), Google Drive, donor research software, Microsoft Office and general technological ability.
● Independent/boarding school experience strongly preferred.

Skills/Qualities
● Excellent interpersonal skills to develop relationships, solicit gifts with tact and grace, and work collaboratively.
● Excellent written and spoken communication skills.
● Willingness and ability to travel regularly.
● Self-starter, energetic, flexible. Sense of humor a plus.
● Ability to work collaboratively and exhibit leadership competencies including organizational aptitude, strategic thinking, and managing multiple priorities.
● Ability to manage confidential information.

Please send cover letter and resume to Lindsay Newlove, Director of Advancement ( lindsay_newlove@cate.org ).

Director of Stewardship and Prospect Engagement
Reports To: Director of Advancement
Location: Carpinteria, CA

ADVANCEMENT BACKGROUND:

Cate School has a long history of philanthropic support from its alumni, parents and friends. Cate’s aspirational comprehensive campaign, recently approved by the Board of Trustees, includes a lofty endowment goal for access, faculty support, and programmatic initiatives. It also includes capital projects, planned giving, and five years of the annual fund. Cate’s endowment is currently $100M and Cate Fund raises $2.2M. Cate’s young alumni giving rate is among the highest in the country, with more than 70% of graduates of the last decade donating annually

POSITION PURPOSE:
The Director of Stewardship and Prospect Engagement will be a new member of the Advancement team. The newly hired Director will institute a comprehensive stewardship plan and execute prospect research for the School as we embark on Cate’s comprehensive campaign. Early leadership gifts in support of capital and endowment projects provided the Board of Trustees with the information needed to approve the campaign, which will be a multi-year, aspirational endeavor to raise approximately $100,000,000. The Director will be responsible for working collaboratively with the Advancement team on stewarding donors and managing key relationships to advance the School toward its short and long-term goals.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:
● Design and execute Cate’s stewardship initiative. Develop and implement key strategies and operational structure that successfully acknowledges the positive impact of Cate contributions to endowment, capital, Cate Fund, and special gifts to the School.
● Develop and implement Cate’s donor recognition program. Establish new initiatives for donor recognition, including Cate Fund leadership levels. Develop and monitor key program design and content elements that support Cate’s brand. Develop and manage Cate’s donor acknowledgement communications.
● Manage prospect engagement and research program. Conduct research to determine philanthropic capacity for new and longtime constituents. Support development and implementation of key advancement prospect-specific strategies for moves management.
● Attend regional receptions and campus events to meet prospects and donors.

QUALIFICATION STANDARDS:

Education and Work Experience
● Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred.
● Minimum of 5-7 years of experience in fundraising or relevant field. Campaign experience preferred.
● Experience in donor relations with high net-worth individuals and working with trustees.
● Experience with donor database systems (Cate School uses Veracross), Google Drive, donor research software, Microsoft Office and general technological ability.
● Independent/boarding school experience strongly preferred.

Skills/Qualities
● Excellent interpersonal skills to develop relationships and work collaboratively.
● Excellent written and spoken communication skills.
● Strong research skills.
● Self-starter, energetic, flexible, willingness to travel frequently. Sense of humor a plus.
● Work collaboratively and exhibit leadership competencies including organizational abilities, strategic thinking, and managing multiple priorities.
● Ability to manage confidential information.

Please send cover letter and resume to Lindsay Newlove, Director of Advancement ( lindsay_newlove@cate.org ).