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:

Part-time Vocal Music Instructor

Reports to: Patrick Collins, Arts Department

 

POSITION PURPOSE:

Cate School is currently seeking applications from candidates for a part-time vocal music instructor. The position will formally begin in August 15, 2020. The instructor will conduct our Chorale–an all-comers group–and Camerata–a smaller group selected by audition–and our select acapella group known as Last Call. The instructor will also work with our Theater Director in the spring season in evening rehearsals for a musical mounted in late April.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

Vision

  • implement courses and curriculum consistent with school-wide and departmental skill/content objectives and institutional scholarly aspirations;
  • see to the productive evolution of all materials pertaining to course purposes and descriptions;
  • partner with peers and colleagues in all departments, and help Cate to build paradigmatic programs throughout the School.

 

Collaboration

  • work effectively with other teachers within your discipline and department in order to develop courses that are substantially the same at grade-levels and coordinated across the curriculum;
  • develop a professional development plan suited to the individual and to institutional priorities, in consultation with the department chair and director of instrumental music and consistent with the needs of the department;
  • maintain a growth mindset in considering all manner of pedagogical ideas, evaluative feedback, and evolving school needs.

 

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;
  • maintain accurate and complete records of students’ 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 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.

 

Education and Experience

  • minimally a BA and priority given to candidates with a masters
  • single subject teaching certification, MA, or MEd preferred
  • relevant teaching experience in a high-achieving, college-preparatory 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

 

Interested candidates should send a CV and two letters of reference to Jay Dorion, Assistant Headmaster, at jay_dorion@cate.org​

CAMPUS STORE ASSOCIATE
Reports to: KC Collins, Blue Ewe Manager

Please send resumé and cover letter to kc_collins@cate.org.
No phone calls please.

GENERAL:
Cate School, a 9-12 college preparatory boarding school, seeks a dynamic and energetic professional to join as a vital member of our team handling the school’s mailroom, shipping and receiving, and switchboard responsibilities, located in the campus store (The Blue Ewe). Ideally, we are looking for someone who wants to grow with us in a fast-paced and fun environment. The primary role of this position is to distribute and post all incoming and outgoing mail for faculty and students, process all
incoming deliveries and assist with outgoing shipments, assist with occasional large copy projects as needed, and answer the main phone line for the school. Additional duties include assisting sales associates
with daily customer sales, and occasional back-of-house stocking and organizing and fulfilling online store orders as necessary. The position requires an individual who is comfortable interfacing with a diverse community of students, faculty, alumnae, administrators and parents.
This year-round position is approximately 30 hours per week. The primary work hours are 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with an occasional Saturday on event weekends throughout the year.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:
● Process Incoming/outgoing US Postal Mail and Parcels. The USPS mail drop off is at Blue Ewe. Distribute all faculty mail in Faculty Room mailboxes. Distribute all student mail in student mailboxes. Maintain mailboxes and lock combinations log. Retrieve mail from all pick-up points on campus. Post all outgoing mail and packages and drop off at the Post Office at the end of the day.
● Process Incoming Deliveries (USPS and all other Carriers). Scan and record deliveries on log sheet and sort on shelves. Notify students and faculty by email of receipt of package for pickup.
Record package pickups on log sheet.
● Maintain Mailroom/Assist with Outgoing Packages and Deliveries (all Carriers). Keep mailroom organized and maintain mailroom with stock of airbills, envelopes, boxes and other shipping items. Support and help to process outgoing packages for students and faculty, with labeling, packaging and/or calling for special pickups as necessary. Make orders and service calls when machines need service or supplies.
● Copy Projects: Complete copy project requests for faculty. Maintain stock of copy paper, toner, and other necessary items (make orders when necessary and calls when machines need service).
● Blue Ewe Store Customer Sales. Greet customers when they arrive, build rapport with customers and provide them guidance and support. Process sales transactions at the POS counter.
Replace, restock and organize merchandise on shelves as needed when able as time permits

QUALIFICATION STANDARDS:
● Effective verbal and written communication skills, and able to do basic math;
● The ability to stand and walk for extended periods of time, as well as lift up to 40 pounds daily.
● Proficient in the use of a computer and various software including spreadsheet and word
processing software;
● Some experience with cash handling, and/or use of POS or similar systems desirable;
● The ability to work effectively in an often fast-paced environment;
● Must be self-motivated; have the initiative to work independently, to accept challenges and meet
deadlines, to work diligently to resolve issues;
● Must be enthusiastic!

SALARY:
$13-15/hour and benefits DOE. Access to Dining Hall meals.
This position has the potential to grow for the right person.

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

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

Essential Job Functions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

School Counselor

Reports to: Dean’a Curry, Director of Counseling

 

POSITION PURPOSE:

Cate School is currently seeking applications from candidates for full-time school counselor.  The position will formally begin on August 17, 2020.  The school counselor will promote student success, provide preventative services, and respond to identified student needs using advocacy and collaboration. The school counselor will work closely with the director of counseling, the director of student life, the dean of students, the health center, and outside mental health practitioners to coordinate care. Keys to success in this position include taking initiative, being proactive, and following-up in addressing student concerns. The school counselor will pay particular attention to community wellness in addition to providing one-on-one counseling support. Being actively engaged with students, being connected to student issues, and maintaining awareness of the pulse of the community will be essential to this position.

 

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provides support of the School’s counseling program (primarily Monday through Friday) with some evening and weekend commitments
  • Provides emergency and on-call support of and conjunction with health center staff (50%)
  • Works closely with the director of counseling services, dean of students, director of student life and the director of health services to coordinate care
  • Conducts mental health assessments and offers one-on-one counseling on a short term basis (six to eight sessions per student)
  • Collaborates with the School’s Human Development department in implementing wellness lessons
  • Collaborates with the director of student life and the dorm head chair to offer targeted lessons within the dorm
  • Facilitates small-group counseling to address student social-emotional needs
  • Refers students to outside therapists for therapy sessions on a long-term basis and acts as a liaison between the provider, the School and families. Maintains cross-communications
  • Periodically presents to parents/guardians and faculty and staff on adolescent development and wellness issues
  • Periodically writes an article for the school’s newsletter
  • Performs additional duties and participates in the life of the School as deemed by the Headmaster

 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Master’s degree in counseling, psychology, or closely related field and five years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • School psychologist, licensed LCSW, MFT, or MFT Associate preferred with successful completion of state-mandated clearances
  • Experience working with students from different backgrounds, cultures, and academic needs, including students with learning differences or giftedness
  • School counseling experience preferred
  • 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

 

KEY COMPETENCIES:

  • self-motivated
  • values diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • skillful with crisis intervention
  • 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 time-sensitive deadlines, student feedback and public performances
  • flexibility and adaptability
  • initiative

 

Interested candidates should send a CV and two letters of reference to Dean’a Curry, Director of Counseling, at dean’a_curry@cate.org​