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Join a professional community that is celebrated for its transformational pedagogy and that fosters curiosity. Here, our faculty thrives within a dynamic culture driven by an unwavering dedication to the greatest growth possible, a spirit of innovation and progress, and a core of care and support for each member of this community.

For over a century, Cate School has been blending together the tradition of the East Coast with the innovation of the West Coast in the service of a dynamic, diverse, and close-knit community. A four-year college preparatory school with a low student-to-faculty ratio, small class sizes, and inviting residential spaces, Cate’s inquiry-based program is designed to challenge, inspire, and support boarding and day students whose interests, abilities, characters, and aspirations make them individually and collectively exceptional.

Perched on a hill overlooking the Southern California coast, Cate School’s setting is one of unparalleled beauty and natural inspiration. “The Mesa,” as we call it – with its juxtaposition of close spaces and vast vistas, its blending of human architecture and natural splendor, history, and potential – is itself a critical touchstone for this community.

Please see our available opportunities below:

Position: Network Administrator
Reports to: Kim McCormack, Director of Technology
Status: Full-Time, Exempt
Salary Range: $60,000 – $85,000
Contact: Kim McCormack, Director of Technology, kim_mccormack@cate.org; 805-684-4127 ext. 268

POSITION PURPOSE
The Network Administrator under the direction of the Director of Technology designs, supports, maintains, and evaluates computer networking and telecommunication systems; installs, configures, and maintains both physical and virtual computer servers; maintains faculty/staff/student network and e-mail infrastructure. Performs other related duties as assigned.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

The essential functions of the position include:

  • Oversees the day-to-day operation of an Academic network environment including hardware/software support & training.
  • Ensures a high level of system availability including monitoring and remediation of system issues that might arise. This would include servers, networking, and Internet connectivity events.
  • Special projects planning, design, and implementation of both physical plant network and foundation software operating systems and application installation.
  • Assists in coordinating special projects including network-related wiring plans, LAN/WAN hardware/software purchases, system installation, backup, maintenance, and problem-solving.
  • Maintains LAN documentation including hardware/software applications, support logs, and other related information.
  • Monitor analyze, and troubleshoot network logs and track the nature and resolution of problems along with monitoring usage to ensure the security of data and access privileges.
  • Establishes and maintains user accounts, profiles, file sharing, access privileges, and security.
  • Monitor and ensure daily server backups are occurring at all times.
  • Assists in planning, coordinating, and consulting with vendors for hardware/software purchases, installation, product services, and support.
  • Plans, recommends, and assists in the design, installation, and support of telecommunications systems; troubleshoots and resolves telecommunications-related problems.
  • Creates systems and support by analyzing needs and projects; documenting and tracking
  • Create failover systems by crosstraining within technology and other departments
  • Supports the Technology Department during some weekend and evening events including but not limited to, Fall Family Weekend, Spring Family Weekend, Commencement, and Sunset Ceremony.

Training and Experience 

Experience in all areas of local and wide area network management and administration including system configuration, setup, troubleshooting, planning, designing, implementation, and user support; experience installing and supporting Microsoft server technologies; experience supporting telecommunications equipment.

Education and Experience

  • minimally a BA
  • relevant experience in a high-achieving environment
  • knowledge of relevant technology and ability to use a learning management system

Key Competencies

  • self-motivated
  • values diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • high energy level
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • careful attention to detail
  • high work standards
  • problem solver
  • decision maker and collaborator within a team
  • organized
  • growth mindset
  • tolerance for stress
  • flexibility and adaptability
  • initiative

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

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to lift 20 pounds, using proper lifting techniques
  • Ability to sit, stand, and/or move around the applicable working environment as needed
  • Ability to travel safely and comfortably around our campus
  • Ability to use a keyboard (or an alternative input device) and other office equipment
  • Ability to read information in printed material, on a computer screen, and/or on a mobile device/laptop for extended periods of time

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Cate School is an equal-opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, pregnancy, childbirth, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition including genetic characteristics, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender, gender identity, genetic information or any other category protected under federal or local law.

Interested candidates should send a CV and three names of references to Kim McCormack, Director of Technology, at kim_mccormack@cate.org

 


Position: Rock Band Instructor
Reports to: John Knecht, Chair of the Performing Arts
Date Written: May 24, 2024
Status: Non-Exempt, Part-Time
Pay Scale: $80/hour
Contact: John Knecht, john_knecht@cate.org and Annalee Salcedo, annalee_salcedo@cate.org Dean of Academics

Overview
Cate School is committed to attracting and retaining a highly talented and diverse community.  We seek applications from candidates who are eager to live among and teach young people 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 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.

Cate School offers competitive compensation. In setting compensation ranges, Cate School reviews numerous factors including industry data from NAIS, CAIS, NBOA, and other market data. Final Salary is based on experience relevant to the role and internal equity.

Job Description for Rock Band Instructor

Cate School is currently seeking highly qualified rock band instructor candidates. The position will include close collaboration with performing arts colleagues while teaching all rock band courses and driving the vision for the Cate rock music program. For this position, the rock band instructor will teach two rock courses that meet twice per week: Tuesdays and Wednesday classes will be 2:10-3:15pm and Thursday and Friday classes will meet 1-1:55pm. There are several atypical weeks during the year when Tuesday and Wednesday schedule will shift to Monday and Tuesday.

The class emphasis will be on learning and rehearsing rock music, developing musical teamwork among students, and blending a solid rock sound geared towards performances. Each rock class will consist of 12-14 students and will be subdivided into two performing groups of 6-7 students. There will be rock performances several times during the year. In 2023-24, all of the rock bands performed on October 20, February 24, and April 19. Other gigs may also occur as opportunities arise, especially for the top group. For instance, one of our groups was invited to perform at the Avocado Festival on Oct 5. The rock instructor will serve in a professional manner, prepare for classes adequately, focus on the needs of the students, participate in grading and parent conferences, and contribute to the overall excellence of Cate School’s Performing Arts program.

Cate students, teachers, and parents have high expectations for teaching and learning. Consequently, we expect our teachers to…

  • Collaborate
    • work with course team teachers to deliver consistent, high-quality instruction
    • participate in department, school, and parent meetings
    • communicate necessary information regularly to students, colleagues, and parents regarding student progress and student needs
  • Practice excellent teaching:
  • plan, prepare, and design activities that engage students in inquiry and facilitate active learning experiences
  • be knowledgeable of and incorporate national standards and best practices
  • identify and select differentiated instructional resources and methods to meet students’ varying needs
  • guide and monitor student learning and growth through formative assessment and appropriate feedback
  • assign and grade class work, homework, tests, and assignments in a timely, fair, and consistent manner
  • maintain accurate and complete records of student’s progress and development
  • participate in department and school meetings, parent meetings
  • communicate necessary information regularly to students, colleagues, and parents regarding student progress and student needs
  • keep updated with developments in the subject area and with teaching resources and methods, make relevant changes to instructional plans and activities, and be willing to grow professionally and attend conferences
  • Continue to Learn
    • maintain a commitment to continuous professional growth through reflective practice, evaluative feedback, and evolving school needs
    • stay up-to-date with curriculum standards, developments in education, teaching resources and methods, and incorporate new learning into teaching practices
    • help advance the school’s objectives concerning the curricular integration of computational thinking
  • Demonstrate commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work
    • foster a sense of belonging for each student
    • help advance the department’s objectives concerning anti-racist pedagogies and curriculum

In terms of education and experience, applicants for this position will have:

  • minimally a BS or BA in Music Performance and/or Music Education, or experiential equivalent
  • experience teaching high school music courses or experiential equivalent
  • demonstrated facility with or ability to learn LMS (Schoology, Veracross, etc.)
  • demonstrated commitment to / love for working with teenagers as a role model, mentor, advisor
  • demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion work
  • demonstrated commitment to professionalism, collaboration, and growth

Key Competencies

  •    self-motivation
  •    high energy level
  •    verbal and written communication skills
  •    Attention to detail
  •    high work standards
  •    problem-solving
  •    decision making
  •    organizing and planning
  •    learning orientation
  •    critical thinking
  •    stress tolerance
  •    flexibility and adaptability
  •    initiative

Interested candidates should send a CV and two letters of reference to John Knecht, Chair of the Performing Arts, john_knecht.cate.org, and Annalee Salcedo, Dean of Academics, annalee_salcedo@cate.org


Position: Advancement Associate for Alumni Engagement
Department: Advancement
Reports to: Director of Advancement
Date Written: April 2024
Status: Exempt
Salary: $60,000-$82,000

Summary 

Cate School Advancement: Cate has a long history of philanthropic support from alumni, parents, and friends. Cate’s Advancement office is the fundraising, volunteer management, parent relations, and alumni relations center of the School. The Advancement office manages all aspects of fundraising, including the endowment, capital, planned giving, and annual giving to provide necessary dollars for institutional priorities.

Position Purpose 

The Advancement Associate will be a key member of the Advancement team, building relationships between and among Cate’s decades of alumni. Though focused on alumni engagement, this is a position with great potential for growth in all aspects of Advancement.

The Advancement Associate will collaborate with Advancement staff and volunteers and will be responsible for meeting a portion of Cate’s annual fund budgeted goal, which in 2023-2024 is $2.75M, and is expected to grow each year. They will aim to meet or exceed annual goals of 33% alumni participation and increase the average alumni dollar raised per year.

The Advancement Associate will be the primary liaison between alumni and Cate School and is responsible for alumni activities including volunteer management, alumni programming, and communications. Working closely with the Advancement team, they will be expected to provide innovative strategies for increased alumni connection.

The position requires fundraising ability, strong organizational and technological skills, the ability to build relationships with donors and reunion classes, event coordination, and oversight of volunteer management programs.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES 

Alumni Engagement

Ensure and reinforce a strong relationship between alumni and the School. Engage alumni through alumni-driven activities and events, identify and cultivate future volunteers and donors, and provide leadership and support for alumni relations program.

Volunteer Management

Collaborate with and coordinate the Alumni Leadership Council, reunion chairs, and class agents in partnership with members of the Advancement Office. Manage the senior class giving program and coordinate Distinguished Alumni Program and event.

Alumni and Reunion Giving Program

In collaboration with colleagues, work on the 12-18-month calendar of outreach for milestone reunions through class agent/reunion chair volunteer program. Direct March Magic, the young alumni giving program. Solicit alumni for gifts for the Cate Fund.

Alumni Communications

Work with colleagues to write, design, and send quarterly alumni e-newsletters, alumni solicitations, and invitations. Use data-driven segmentation strategies to effectively engage donors.

Social Media

Serve as point person for Cate alumni social media, including LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook. Ensure all social media accounts remain active by posting relevant content on regular basis and responding to messages.

Special Events

Collaborate with colleagues on campus events. Oversee Camp Cate, the annual reunion program. Plan and coordinate regional receptions and campus events to meet alumni and donors, manage various aspects of events, make introductions, champion and solicit for the alumni program and Cate Fund. Occasional public speaking.

QUALIFICATION STANDARDS 

Education and Work Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Three-to-five years experience in alumni relations, annual giving, or a related field. Volunteer management experience desired.
  • Experience with donor database systems (Cate School uses Veracross), Google Suite, Microsoft Office, and general technological ability.
  • Independent/boarding school experience preferred.

Skills/Qualities 

  • Excellent interpersonal skills to develop relationships, build volunteer management program, and solicit gifts with tact and grace.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Self-starter, energetic, flexible. Sense of humor a plus.
  • Work collaboratively and exhibit leadership competencies including organizational abilities, strategic thinking, and management of multiple priorities.
  • Ability to exercise discretion with sensitive and confidential information and demonstrate cultural sensitivity in working with diverse populations.
  • Willing to take on additional responsibilities as needed.

Physical Requirements 

  • Ability to lift 20 pounds, using proper lifting techniques.
  • Ability to sit, stand, and/or move around the applicable working environment as needed.
  • Ability to travel safely and comfortably around our campus.
  • Ability to use a keyboard or an alternative input device and other office equipment. ● Ability to read information in printed material, on a computer screen, and/or on a mobile device/laptop for extended periods of time.

To apply: Please send resume and cover letter to Lindsay Newlove, Director of Advancement, at lindsay_newlove@cate.org

About Cate 

For more than a century, Cate School has blended together the tradition of the East Coast with the innovation of the West Coast in the service of a dynamic, diverse, and close-knit community. A four-year college preparatory school with a low student-to-faculty ratio, small class sizes, and inviting residential spaces, Cate’s inquiry-based program is designed to challenge, inspire, and support boarding and day students whose interests, abilities, characters, and aspirations make them individually and collectively exceptional.

Join a professional community that is celebrated for its transformational pedagogy and that fosters curiosity. Here, our faculty thrives within a dynamic culture driven by an unwavering dedication to the greatest growth possible, a spirit of innovation and progress, and a core of care and support for each member of this community.

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.

Cate School offers competitive compensation. In setting compensation ranges, Cate School reviews numerous factors including industry data from NAIS, CAIS, NBOA, and other market data. Final Salary is based on experience relevant to the role and internal equity.

Note: This job description is intended to convey essential information about the position and is not an exhaustive list of duties, responsibilities, or qualifications.


Position: Infant-Toddler Teacher
Reports to: ELC Director, ELC Assistant Director
Date Revised: March 2023
Status: Hourly, Non-Exempt, Full-Time
Salary Range: $20 – $25 per hour
Contact: Interim Director of Cate Early Learning Center, Diamond Gray-Diaz,
diamond_gray@cate.org, 805.684.4127 ext. 305

General Summary: 

The Infant-Toddler Teacher is responsible for all aspects of care for infants and toddlers while at the Cate Early Learning Center.  Such responsibilities will include physical caregiving, developmental assessments, monthly contributions to Learning Stories and child portfolios, 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.
  • Maintain teacher-to-child ratios at all times. (Infants 1:4, Toddlers 1:6)
  • 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.
  • Contribute monthly Learning Stories pertaining to each child’s development and keep their respective portfolios up-to-date.
  • 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 communication between staff and parents.
  • Provide Early Childhood/community resources as needed.
  • Update Learning Genie Application in real-time.

Supporting Positive Staff Relationships

  • Attend and participate in all staff meetings.
  • Attend all recommended in-service trainings.
  • Direct any issues to a suitable person in a timely and appropriate manner.

Administrative Functions

  • Complete all assigned paperwork (daily information sheets *Learning Genie*/daily attendance, nap and rest documentation, 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 the 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.

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.

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 the 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 Microsoft Word and the Google Workspace (Gmail, Google Sheets, Google Docs, Google Calendar, Google Photos).
  • 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.


A Cate education uniquely leverages strong academic and residential curricula to transform students’ lives by preparing them as independent thinkers, informing their societal roles as global citizens of influence, and encouraging them to build authentic and meaningful relationships. Cate students engage enthusiastically in myriad non-academic pursuits and traditions which, complemented by academic rigor, constitute the foundation of a truly whole education. 

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Equal Opportunity Employer

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.

Cate School offers competitive compensation. In setting compensation ranges, Cate School reviews numerous factors including industry data from NAIS, CAIS, NBOA, and other market data. Final Salary is based on experience relevant to the role and internal equity.