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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: Director of Libraries
Reports to: Annalee Salcedo, Dean of Academics
Date Written: February 12, 2024
Status: Exempt (Salaried)
Pay Scale: $70,000-85,000
Position Start Date: June 1, 2024
Contact: Annalee Salcedo, Dean of Academics, annalee_salcedo@cate.org, 805 684 4127 x. 271

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 practices 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.

POSITION PURPOSE

The Cate School Director of Libraries collaborates closely with administrators, faculty, students, and other stakeholders to develop library spaces, collections, exhibits, and patron services that promote inclusivity and respond to the diverse academic and cultural needs of the Cate community. In the short term, this librarian will have the opportunity to create, shape, and implement a shared vision for the new Wykoff Library which opens in the summer of 2024. Throughout their tenure, the Director of Libraries will be a teacher, a partner to our faculty, the steward of our collections, and a program and campus leader, bringing their commitment to equity and inclusion to their work in these capacities.  The Director of Libraries will practice inquiry about emerging technologies that impact how we teach and learn and will lead the School’s efforts to be well-informed and strategic in our relationships with these technologies.  The Director of Libraries motivates and guides community members to appreciate literature and reading.

In addition, this role may include full residential engagement including residential duty on a dorm team and two co-curricular responsibilities. If housing is not an appropriate fit at this time, a day faculty role may also be an option. Day faculty members are also involved in Cate’s residential and co-curricular programs, though to a lesser extent than housed faculty members.

As a teacher, the Director of Libraries:

  • teaches articulated research skills based on the AASL National School Library Standards through classroom visitations, online tutorials, and stand-alone research skills courses
  • oversees support for the Cate School Early Learning Center (preschool program)’s early literacy program
  • provides technical support and training to faculty and students for a variety of ed-tech software platforms
  • supervises the student librarian program, including regular meetings and scheduling.

As a partner to our faculty, the Director of Libraries:

  • offers professional growth opportunities (e.g. workshops, reading groups) for faculty on topics of current and emerging importance
  • assists students, faculty, and administrators with research, information analysis, academic writing, copy-editing, and fact-checking.
  • works closely with the Cate Academic Support Services team to assist students with individualized learning plans and special proctoring needs
  • serves on Cate’s Department Chairs Committee and Tech Committee
  • leads efforts to plan and implement the annual All-School Summer Read

As a steward of our collections, the Director of Libraries:

  • maintains, develops, and assesses our library collection, library policies, and library media program to ensure they are aligned with School goals and best practices in inclusive education.
  • understands the school’s curriculum so that they can develop a collection that coordinates with long-term teaching goals as well as current and emerging needs.
  • the librarian provides intellectual, physical, and virtual access to print and digital learning materials that are efficiently organized and conveniently stored according to accepted standards.
  • maintains a facility that is active, inviting, and conducive to student and faculty learning.
  • supervises the Cate School Archives and archivist

Qualifications:

  • MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution
  • Experience supervising staff and student workers in a high school library setting
  • Experience with library management systems (Koha preferred)
  • Experience copy cataloging with OCLC
  • facility with or ability to learn educational management systems (Schoology, Veracross, etc.)

Key Competencies

  • Strong knowledge of and commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, anti-racism, anti-oppression, and social justice
  • Commitment to / love for working with teenagers as a role model, mentor, advisor
  • Commitment to professionalism, collaboration, and growth
  • High work standards as evidenced by
    • excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • organization and planning
    • attention to detail
    • problem solving
    • critical thinking
    • decision making
  • Ability to thrive in boarding school environment as evidenced by
    • self-motivation and initiative
    • stress tolerance
    • flexibility and adaptability
    • high energy level and stamina
    • ability to setting boundaries

Interested candidates should send a CV and two letters of reference to Annalee Salcedo, Dean of Academics, annalee_salcedo@cate.org.


Position: Educational Therapist & Academic Offices Administrative Assistant
Reports to: Christina Weir, Director of Cate Academic Support Services (CASS)
Date Written: January 25, 2024
Status: Full-time Day Faculty
Pay Scale: $60,000-$68,000
Position Start Date: August 1, 2024
Contact: Annalee Salcedo, Dean of Academics, annalee_salcedo@cate.org, 805 684 4127 x. 271

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 practices 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.

POSITION PURPOSE:

Cate School is currently seeking qualified applicants for the position of Educational Therapist.  This person will work with students to provide guided practice in academic content areas, to teach executive functioning skills and learning strategies individually and in small groups, and to help students manage work plans following an extended absence. The Educational Therapist will maintain student meeting notes, provide assistance with record keeping and documentation, support the Director of CASS and Dean of Academics by completing administrative tasks. All faculty (residential and day) attend Faculty Meetings, in-service days, and all-school events. As a full-time Day Faculty member, the Educational Therapist will also be involved in Cate’s residential and co-curricular programs, though to a lesser extent than housed faculty members.

APPLICANTS FOR THIS POSITION WILL HAVE:

  • At least a Bachelor’s degree, preferably a Master’s in Education
  • Experience working with students from different backgrounds, cultures, and academic needs, including students with learning differences or outstanding aptitudes
  • Deep understanding of neurodivergent students and knowledge of current inclusive teaching best practices
  • Experience tailoring individual sessions to provide specific strategies and/or tools to strengthen student’s’ areas of weakness
  • Experience writing, interpreting, and teaching to Accommodation/Learning Plans
  • Experience teaching high school / collegiate level reading, writing, research skills
  • Demonstrated facility working with educational technologies (LMS, Desmos, Google Suite)
  • Ability to deal straightforwardly and compassionately with students and parents.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with students, faculty, staff, and administration in support of the mission of the School
  • Demonstrated commitment to / love for working with teenagers as a role model, mentor, advisor
  • Demonstrated commitment to professionalism, collaboration, and growth
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice

KEY COMPETENCIES:

  • self-motivation
  • high energy level
  • excellent 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 Annalee Salcedo, Dean of Academics, annalee_salcedo@cate.org.


Position: Science Instructor
Reports to: Craig Bouma, Science Chair
Date Written: February 2024
Status: Exempt (Salaried)
Pay Scale: $60,000-$80,000
Contact: Annalee Salcedo, Dean of Academics, annalee_salcedo@cate.org 805-684-4127 ext. 271

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.

Job Description 

Cate School is currently seeking highly qualified science teaching candidates. The position includes the teaching of four classes in close collaboration with the science department – Three 9th-grade sections of Cate’s foundational, skills-based Physics course and one other course to be determined. Each week, classes meet three times for 65 minutes, teachers host office hours for one hour, and there are one-hour department and faculty meetings. Some classes meet on Saturdays, and all science teachers report to Craig Bouma, Chair of the Science Department. In addition to instructing science, teachers assist or lead two co-curricular seasons and advise 4-6 students. As a residential institution, school-provided housing may be provided on or near campus with residential dormitory duties assigned.

In addition to instructing science, this role may include full residential engagement including residential duty on a dorm team and two co-curricular responsibilities. If housing is not an appropriate fit at this time, a day faculty role may also be an option. Day faculty members are also involved in Cate’s residential and co-curricular programs, though to a lesser extent than housed faculty members.

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 DEI work
    • foster a sense of belonging for each student in science
    • help advance the department’s objectives concerning anti-racist pedagogies and curriculum

Key Responsibilities

  • Teach 4 classes, attend meetings, and hold office hours
  • Work in a subgroup (i.e., physics) and support other science department programming
  • May advise 4-6 students
  • May assist or lead 2 co-curricular seasons
  • If housing is provided, participate in dorm duty (or equivalent) 1-2 nights a week

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

  • minimally a BS or BA in science or a related field
  • teaching experience in high school or college science courses preferred
  • 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 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 Annalee Salcedo, Dean of Academics, annalee_salcedo@cate.org.


Reports to: Head of School
Date Written: January 2024
Status: Exempt, Full-Time, 12 months
Salary Range: $70,000-$85,000
To Apply Contact: Director of People & Belonging, Yutopia Essex, yutopia_essex@cate.org

Position Purpose
The Executive Assistant to the Head of School plays a vital role in providing seamless support to the daily operations of the Head of School’s office. This position requires a proactive individual with a broad skill set, capable of managing diverse responsibilities in a dynamic and fast-paced environment. Serving as a trusted partner with unwavering integrity, this role demands the highest level of discretion, particularly considering the residential context of Cate. The Executive Assistant is an exceptionally organized, detail-oriented, and innovative professional with robust communication and project management skills.

Description of Responsibilities:

  • Schedule Management:
      • Create a productive and manageable schedule for the Head of School.
      • Prioritize and redirect meeting requests to ensure accessibility while allowing dedicated time for strategic issues and projects.
  • Communication Excellence:
      • Represent the Head of School’s office through excellent written and oral communication, exercising independent judgment, initiative, and discretion.
      • Foster relationships with all offices throughout the school.
  • Financial Oversight:
      • Manage the Head’s office budget.
      • Oversee all contracts and projects related to the Head of School’s office, such as consultants and searches.
  • Travel and Event Coordination:
      • Coordinate the Head of School’s travel and professional development.
      • Plan events hosted by the Head of School for various constituents.
  • Collaboration with Advancement:
      • Work closely with the Advancement office to coordinate donor engagement, communication, events, and travel.
  • Marketing and Communication:
    • Coordinate all Head of School communications with the Director of Marketing and Communication.
    • Ensure deadlines are met by allocating time for writing.

Board of Trustees Support Responsibilities:

  • Manage communications, support, and record-keeping, including meeting minutes, agendas, materials, address rosters, committee assignments, and meeting dates.
  • Update and maintain the online Trustee Portal.
  • Coordinate logistics for Board of Trustee meetings (4 per year) and Executive Committee meetings (4 per year), handling dates, locations, materials, and minutes.
  • Support Board Leadership and committees, especially in scheduling and communication.
  • Develop orientation schedules and materials for new trustees, maintain trustee term expiration information, committee assignments, and reference materials.
  • Coordinate Board receptions, dinners, and special events.
  • Personal Assistance:
      • Assist with personal tasks for the Head of School, including scheduling appointments, managing small projects, and handling various personal responsibilities.
  • Additional Responsibilities:
    • Undertake other duties as assigned, with occasional night and weekend hours required.

Qualification Standards, Skills and Competencies:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with administrative support experience, preferably in an executive office, ideally within an educational setting.
  • Commitment to working in and fostering an inclusive community.
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills.
  • Ability to cultivate strong, collaborative relationships internally and externally.
  • Strong problem-solving skills with a commitment to follow-through.
  • Proficiency in Google environment, Microsoft Word, Excel, and other database programs.
  • Exceptional writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
  • Outstanding organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple demands.
  • Experience in meeting, calendar, time, and event management.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion and independent judgment.
  • Ability to lift/push/pull at least 20 pounds.

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


Department: Administration
Reports To: Executive Assistant to Head of School
Status: Non-Exempt, Full-time 12 months
Date Revised: January 2024
Salary Range: $60,000-$70,000
To Apply Contact: Director of People & Belonging, Yutopia Essex, yutopia_essex@cate.org

Job Summary

The Administrative Director of Folger Center plays a pivotal role in ensuring the efficient operation of the offices within Folger Center and in support of all school events and projects. This individual will oversee office management, provide administrative support, assist in hiring processes, coordinate events, manage budgets, and maintain a high level of organization and professionalism. The Administrative Director will be an integral part of coordinating work across offices and departments, contributing to the overall success and productivity of the school.

Position Responsibilities

  • Office Management
      • Act as the daily point of contact for Folger Center, managing office opening and closing, guest greetings, and overall office flow.
      • Handle supply inventory, respond to inquiries in person, phone, and email, provide occasional administrative support to other departments, manage mail, conduct research, and maintain office files.
  • Administrative Support
      • Assist program administrators with tasks such as expenses, conference registration, and travel.
      • Schedule meetings for Steering Committee members.
      • Support the re-contracting process by managing contract proofreading, distribution, and collection.
  • Hiring Support
      • Manage position postings and track applicants.
      • Coordinate interview schedules and travel arrangements for prospective faculty candidates.
      • Support new hire onboarding in collaboration with human resources and other departments.
  • Event Planning and Execution
      • Manage logistics for faculty events, Family Weekends, and Commencement Weekend activities.
      • Collaborate with the Advancement Office on additional event planning and needs.
      • Support Executive Assistant to the Head with any board-related events or events at Mesa House.
  • Budget Management, Expenses
    • Review administrator budgets, monitor spending, and assist in staying on track.
    • Process routine invoices, purchase orders, and monthly credit card invoices for the Folger Center team.

Qualification Standards:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with administrative support experience, preferably in an executive office, ideally in an educational setting.
  • Tenacious and “can-do” attitude with a focus on completing tasks.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, evolving environment.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, written, and spoken communication skills.
  • Strong project management ability with a commitment to meeting expectations for recurring events and projects.
  • Willingness to work collaboratively with various constituents.
  • Detail-oriented with the ability to meet deadlines.
  • Proficient in G Suite and Microsoft Office; experience with Veracross is a plus.
  • The ability to lift/push/pull at least 20 pounds.

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.