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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:

Position: Director of Counseling
Reports to: Dr. Susan Zapalac, Medical Director
Date Written: August 2021
Status: Exempt (Salaried)
Contact: Jay Dorion, Assistant Head of School, jay_dorion@cate.org
805-684-4127 ext. 207

POSITION PURPOSE:
Cate School is currently seeking applications from candidates for a full-time Director of Counseling.  The position will formally begin on October 1, 2021.  The Director of Counseling will oversee the School Counselor and collaborate with and direct adjunct and off-site counselors. The Director of Counseling will promote student success, provide preventative services, and respond to identified student needs using leadership, advocacy and collaboration. The Director of Counseling works closely with the medical director, director of campus 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 Director of Counseling will provide one-on-one counseling support and wellness lessons within our campus life program. 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:

  • Organizes and coordinates the School’s counseling program
  • Works closely with the Assistant Head of School, the Medical Director, Dean of Students, Director of Campus Life and the Director of Health Services to coordinate care
  • Sits on and meets weekly with the Student Services Committee
  • Conducts mental health assessments and offers one-on-one counseling on a short term basis (six to eight sessions)
  • Collaborates with the School’s Human Development department in implementing wellness lessons
  • Collaborates with the director of campus life and the director of residential life 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
  • Provides emergency and on-call support of and conjunction with health center staff
  • 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
  • Communicates directly with parents regarding their child’s social-emotional needs

Requirements: 

  • Doctoral degree in counseling, psychology, psychiatry, or closely related field and five years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Licensed clinical psychologist, school psychologist, adolescent psychiatrist, 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
  • 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 in considering all manner of pedagogical ideas, evaluative feedback, and evolving school needs.
  • tolerance for stress
  • flexibility and adaptability
  • initiative

Interested candidates should send a CV, a letter of interest, and a list of 5 references to Jay Dorion, Assistant Head of School, at jay_dorion@cate.org 


Position: School Counselor
Reports to: Dean’a Curry, Director of Counseling
Date Written: October 2021
Status: Full-time 
Contact: Dean’a Curry, Director of Counseling at dean’a_curry@cate.org
805-684-4127 ext. 225

 

POSITION PURPOSE:
Cate School is currently seeking applications from candidates for full-time school counselor.  The position will formally begin on October 1, 2021.  The school counselor will promote student success, provide preventative services, and respond to identified student needs using advocacy and collaboration. We are seeking someone who demonstrates strong cultural competency and has experience supporting the mental health needs of a diverse population. 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 medical director, 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:

  • Doctoral degree in school counseling, clinical psychology, psychiatry, or closely related field and five years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • School Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist, or Adolescent Psychiatrist 
  • Experience working with students from different backgrounds, cultures, and academic needs, including students with learning differences or giftedness and training on meeting the needs 
  • 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.

 


Position: Mathematics instructor
Reports to: Annalee Salcedo, Mathematics Chair
Date Written: September 2021
Status: Exempt (Salaried)
Contact: Jay Dorion, Assistant Head of School, jay_dorion@cate.org
805-684-4127 ext. 207

POSITION PURPOSE:

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.  A small co-educational boarding school, Cate School anticipates and encourages work with our students well beyond the classroom, as faculty members serve as advisors, dorm parents, coaches, and mentors. 

Job Description for Mathematics Instructor

Cate School is currently seeking applications from candidates for a full-time mathematics instructor. The position will formally begin August 2022.  The teacher will instruct four sections in the Math Department and report to Annalee Salcedo, Chair of the Mathematics Department.

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
  • Teach
    • prepare and facilitate learning experiences that help students master content and develop mathematical thinking through active investigation and inquiry (Math Dept Inquiry Model)
    • practice inclusive teaching by creating lessons and instructional moves customized to students’ learning needs 

(Inclusive Teaching Model)

  • 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 students’ progress and development
  • Continue to Learn
    • maintain a commitment to continuous professional growth through reflective practice, evaluative feedback, and evolving school needs
    • stay up-to-date with Standards for Mathematical Practices, developments in math education, teaching resources and methods, and incorporate new learning into teaching practices 
    • help advance the department’s objectives with regard to problem-based learning pedagogy and curriculum (PBL FAQs)
  • Demonstrate commitment to  Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work
    • foster a sense of belonging for each student 
    • help advance the department’s objectives with regard to anti-racist pedagogies and curriculum 

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

  • minimally a BS in a quantitative field
  • experience teaching secondary mathematics or, if a mid-career change, comparable work experience where these skills are demonstrated
  • demonstrated facility with or ability to learn and adapt to evolving technologies (ie, Google Suite)
  • demonstrated commitment to / love for working with teenagers as 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 Jay Dorion, Assistant Head of School, at jay_dorion@cate.org 


Position: Registered Nurse
Reports to: Director of Health Services
Status: Non-exempt, full-time

Position Overview

Cate School is currently seeking highly qualified Registered Nurse candidates. The position will formally begin April 30, 2021. The RN will report to Natalie Jackel, RN, Director of Health Services.

Major Responsibilities

Reporting to the Director of Health Services, the nurse will provide care for 300 day and boarding students and 200 employees. The ideal candidate possesses strong communication skills, problem-solving skills, and work ethic. The nurse will assist in managing the daily responsibilities of the health center. These include but are not limited to:

  • Provide comprehensive health care services
  • Daily maintenance of the Health Center and/or Mesa Clinic
  • Maintain accurate record keeping/documentation of patient interactions and any additional communication that may be necessary
  • Assist the Director of Health Services as needed
  • Assist the Medical Director as needed

Requirements

  • At least 5 years clinical experience, preferably in pediatrics or adolescent medicine
  • Expected hours: One 12 hour and 3 8.5 hour shifts per week, weekends required
  • Boarding school experience preferred
  • Adept at medical electronic records
  • Good communication skills
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • RN license
  • CPR and BLS certified

Key Competencies for Employees at Cate

  • 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
  • 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 Natalie Jackel at natalie_jackel@cate.org.