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For over 100 years, Cate has been combining the best of East Coast tradition and West Coast energy and innovation in the service of highly motivated, independent-minded kids. Residential life is structured to develop well-being and leadership through the practice of self-discipline and service. In addition to an inquiry-driven curriculum designed to elicit the greatest possible growth in every student, all students participate in an extracurricular program that includes athletics, drama, music, dance, community service, and an extensive outdoor program. With more than 50 honors and advanced courses, the Cate curriculum can meet the demands of the most ambitious students. A typical applicant to Cate has impeccable character, a history of high academic achievement, is mature, curious, adventurous, and willing to assume responsibility and independence.

At Cate School Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work are integral to our mission because we recognize that academic excellence and productive citizenship are impossible without intercultural competency. While DEI work at Cate has historically focused on increasing racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity amongst students and faculty, today’s efforts must also provide the skills and competencies that will allow all stakeholders to thrive in increasingly diverse environments, beginning with the one we are constructing at Cate.

Cate’s approach is to “meet students where they are,” and ensure, through education and practice, that they graduate with the foundational skills necessary to excel in institutions of higher learning and in the 21st-century workplace. This approach embodies Cate’s mission as an educational institution rooted not only in character development but in skill building. Likewise, faculty cultural competency is evaluated during the hiring process and then supported and evaluated at regular intervals as part of Cate’s ongoing professional development. Continually honing these skills is essential to ensuring that each member of the Cate community feels a genuine sense of belonging and is able to achieve their greatest growth.

To that end, Cate’s curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular programming relies upon a community-wide, skills-based framework that acknowledges the centrality of DEI competency to teaching, professionalism, and collaboration, and, for students, meaningful interpersonal connections and post-secondary success. This framework is important because one can value difference immensely and never become interculturally competent. Put simply, awareness and sensitivity must be augmented with greater knowledge of myriad cultures, ideologies, faiths, and ways of living and the practical tools that will enable the most proactive and inclusive behaviors.

At Cate, we often talk about the deep sense of community that attends the “spirit of this place.” While the “spirit” manifests in many ways, it is rooted in the full recognition of the dignity of each person. We encourage all members of the Cate community to share their background, interests, identities, and beliefs so that we can collectively work to broaden our perspectives, deepen our capacity for empathy, and strengthen our resilience. In doing so, we can continue the daily work of creating and building 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.

Please see the following opportunities below:

Position: Visual Storytelling Manager
Reports to: Director of Marketing and Communications
Status: Exempt
Contact: Director of Marketing and Communications: Avani Patel Shah, avani_shah@cate.org
Pay Scale: $57K – $67K

Job Summary

Cate School is currently seeking a highly qualified Visual Storytelling Manager responsible for creating and managing digital and multimedia content that strategically enhances the Cate School brand for both internal and external stakeholders. This role is responsible for all photography, videography, multimedia editing, digital asset management, and live streaming. The ideal candidate would take a photojournalistic approach to capture and editing and serve as part of the Communications & Marketing Department. This full-time position is salaried and may come with a housing benefit.


  • Oversee all aspects of campus photography, videography, and other multimedia from concept to implementation to showcase the depth, breadth, and diversity of the Cate experience.
  • Initiate, implement, and manage the production of all video projects from concept through implementation for Communications & Marketing stakeholders internally and externally.
    • Create and manage an overarching media plan for each school year for ongoing campus coverage, including coverage for the Convocation Speaker Series, the Servons Speaker Series, and ongoing school traditions.
    • Play a strategic role in the School’s Social Media strategy and create compelling and engaging content on a regular basis.
    • Collaborate with Advancement and Admission Offices to create and implement strategic visual storytelling plans for major initiatives including the annual Welcome to Cate video, campaign and fundraising videos, and ongoing photography for materials produced year-round.
  • Lead the charge,  implement, and manage all outside vendors for photography, videography, and live streaming, including vetting, budgeting by project, and contracting for freelancers.
  • Capture and manage all photo and video content updates on Cate School’s website and assist in general website content updates.
  • Manage all photography for printed publications including the Bulletin, Admissions, and Advancement marketing materials, and individual campaign collateral.
  • Create and manage an organized digital asset management system to track, tag, and archive media.
  • Additional responsibilities in support of the School’s Communications & Marketing initiatives as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree or Skills & Training
  • Candidate must possess advanced photo and video capturing skills on a Canon system.
  • Candidate must possess the ability to photograph in all different types of settings (low light, outside, sports photography, group settings, portraits, etc.)
  • Candidate must be proficient or advanced in Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, and Premiere.
  • Candidate should be collaborative, organized, enthusiastic, and have a sense of humor.
  • Candidate must be able to work flexible hours including nights and weekends
  • Independent/boarding school experience a plus

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.

Health Benefits 

The School pays 90% of the monthly premium for all full-time employees for the base plan HMO option.  The School pays 90% of the baseline plan premium for a single employee, plus 40% for dependents.  The School pays 90% baseline plan premium for a single employee, plus 40% for dependents.

Additional Benefits Include flexible spending, life insurance, long-term disability, voluntary benefits, accident insurance, accidental death & dismemberment: (AD&D), hospital indemnity insurance, commuter benefits, critical illness insurance, legal service, short-term disability, retirement plans, vacation, sick, and holiday time, on-site child care facility, and professional development funds.

Position: Infant-Toddler Teacher
Reports to: ELC Director, ELC Assistant Director
Date Revised: March 2023
Status: Hourly, Non-Exempt, Full-Time
Salary Range: $18.50 – $23.50 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.