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:

Cate School is currently seeking highly qualified teaching candidates to advance, coordinate, and support the integration and threading of computational thinking  throughout the Cate curriculum, particularly in mathematics and science. The position would include teaching advanced computer science and either math or science. The position will formally begin in August of 2018. The teacher will instruct four sections in the Math and/or Science Departments, oversee or assist during two extra-curricular seasons, fulfill a residential commitment, attend department and faculty meetings, and report to Annalee Salcedo, Chair of the Math Department and/or Craig Bouma, Chair of the Science Department.

Course Description:

Advanced Computer Science – Scientific Programming (Science/Math)

This advanced course in scientific problem-solving will provide students with the programming skills to ask and answer a broader class of questions than can be addressed by conventional means. Using concepts from physics, chemistry, biology, environmental science, and mathematics, students will design, code, and run computational models to conduct virtual experiments. Using the open source Python programming language and the rich set of free scientific, mathematical, and graphical packages built for it, students will learn to think like a programmer as they work through case studies and classical algorithms. They will deepen their understanding of population dynamics by modeling a zombie apocalypse. They will appreciate the subtleties of random numbers and probability by constructing a blackjack simulator. They will develop techniques for numerical integration and data visualization as they analyze the record-breaking Red Bull Stratos jump. At the end of the course, students will own a toolkit of transferable problem-solving skills applicable to any discipline at the college level.

Specific responsibilities also include:

Vision
An exploration of basic ideas of computational thinking focusing on the perspectives, thought processes, and skills that underlie computational approaches to problem  formulation and problem solving. Application of computational tools to investigate complex, large- scale problems in a variety of knowledge domains. Examination of  the societal and political implications of computational systems.

Computational thinking skills are versatile approaches to problem solving that include:

  • Gathering and organizing data to investigate questions and communicate findings
  • Expressing procedures as algorithms (that is, a series of logical, precise, repeatable steps that delivers an expected result) to reliably create and analyze processes
  • Creating computational models that use data and algorithms to simulate complex systems
  • Using and comparing computational models to develop new insights about a subject
  • 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
  • The art of coding

Responsibilities

  • Teach the equivalent of four classes in computer science and mathematics or science
  • Develop and support computational thinking activities and projects across the curriculum
  • Skillfully work with students from different backgrounds and levels of computer science proficiency, to increase computational thinking proficiencies across the  campus

Collaboration

  • Advance computational thinking in all disciplines that will give students the skills to model and represent phenomena, set up and solve problems, and ask and clarify questions that make a contribution when used
  • Work effectively with other teachers within your discipline and department in order to develop courses that are consistent at grade-levels and coordinated across the four-year Science curriculum
  • Develop a professional development plan appropriate to your needs, in consultation with the department chair, 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

  • Experience in teaching programming using Python:
    o For example, interpret and visualize stats in math
    o Use algorithms to study intervals, rhythm, and composition in music
    o Predict movement of species in biology
    o Create simulations to model motion in physics
    o Create models to represent equations, functions, and statistical phenomena in math
    o Use primary source data to study patterns of voting in social science
  • Designs and supports efforts to integrate coding across the curriculum
  • Plan, prepare, and design science activities and labs that engage students in scientific inquiry and facilitate active learning experiences
  • Be knowledgeable of and incorporate national standards and best practices
  • Identify and select different 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 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, teaching resources and methods and make relevant changes to instructional plans and activities, and be willing to grow professionally and attend conferences

Education and Experience

  • Minimally a BS and experience in teaching science, mathematics, or computer science
  • Single subject teaching certification, MS, 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 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 Headmaster, at jay_dorion@cate.org

The Assistant Director of Admission is an essential member of Cate School’s Admission team and reports directly to the Director of Admission and Enrollment Management. The Assistant Director supports the Director and the team in all areas related to student recruitment and enrollment. In addition, the Assistant Director may also play an important role in the wider school community by serving as a student advisor, coach, and/or leading extracurricular activities as assigned by the Headmaster.

 

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Travel domestically and internationally for student recruitment as assigned by the Director. This includes school fairs, school visits, receptions
  • Responsible for assisting other members of the admission office with various duties, including, but not limited to: Opening of School Orientation Program, Tour Guide Program, Re-visit Program, and Congratulations Phone Calls
  • Conduct student interviews on and off campus
  • Serve on the Admission Committee and the Financial Assistance Committee
  • Attend faculty meetings, assemblies, convocation, sit-down meals, and other duties consistent with a boarding school administrator and/or faculty member
  • Other duties as indicated by the Director of Admission and/or the Headmaster that are keeping within the spirit of a boarding school faculty member

 

QUALIFICATION STANDARDS:

Education/Training

  • Bachelors degree
  • Minimum two years experience in admission
  • Independent/boarding school experience a plus

 

Skills/Qualities

  • The commitment and ability to articulate the special nature of a Cate education
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and spoken communication skills
  • An interest in all facets of enrollment management
  • The ability to travel representing Cate
  • The ability and willingness to work collaboratively with all Cate constituents, including, but not limited to, admission staff, faculty, students, parents, Board members, alumni, and the Headmaster
  • Manage details and meet deadlines
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Experience with Veracross a plus
  • Willing to take on additional responsibilities as needed

 

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

The Cate Fund Director is a key member of the Advancement team who reports to the Director of Advancement. The Director is a lead solicitor responsible for meeting Cate’s annual fund budgeted goal from all Cate constituents – which in 2018 is $2.2M, and is expected to grow each year. The Cate Fund must meet or exceed annual goals of 45% alumni participation and 85% parent participation (parents of freshmen, sophomores and juniors). Cate’s young alumni giving rate is among the highest in the country, with more than 70% of graduates of the last decade donating annually, and there is great opportunity for growth in alumni giving overall. The position requires proven, frontline fundraising abilities, strong organizational skills, building lasting relationships with donors and reunion classes, and oversight of a robust volunteer management program.

 

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Prospect Management and Solicitation: Research both newly admitted families and existing prospects, collaborate with colleagues to set target Cate Fund amounts, identify prospects for Mesa leadership-level giving ($2,000 and above), maintain and update prospect lists. Serve as the primary frontline fundraiser for the Cate Fund.
  2. Parent Giving Program: Schedule phone calls and meetings on and off campus to cultivate and solicit for Cate Fund. Organize and implement volunteer program for parent giving, ensuring an annual cycle of communication and outreach. Identify, recruit and train volunteers. Work cooperatively with Director of Special Gifts and Events.
  3. Alumni and Reunion Giving Program:  Schedule phone calls and meetings on and off campus to cultivate and solicit for Cate Fund. Manage 12-18-month calendar of outreach for milestone reunions through class agent program; set targets for leadership giving within classes; oversee and ensure long-term support through consecutive giving program. Work cooperatively with Director of Alumni Relations and Advancement Assistant.
  4. Grandparent and other annual giving: Work with Director of Special Gifts and Events to coordinate grandparent solicitation. Follow up with all other annual donors.
  5. Advancement Communications: Collaborate with advancement colleagues to design, calendar and implement the solicitation/appeal process, including print and electronic communications. Use data-driven segmentation strategies to effectively engage donors.
  6. Reporting: Track and provide regular financial and descriptive reports for the team and Advancement Committee.
  7. Special Events:  Attend regional receptions and campus events to meet prospects and donors, assist with all aspects of events, make introductions, champion and solicit for the Cate Fund. Occasional public speaking.
  8. Social Media: Contribute, as applicable, to Cate social media sites including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Collaborate with communications team to develop an online/social media strategy and content for annual giving.

 

QUALIFICATION STANDARDS:

Education and Work Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Five-to-seven years experience in annual giving/fundraising. Annual giving program management experience strongly preferred. Proven track record of successful gift solicitation.
  • Experience in donor relations. External/public relations experience a plus.
  • Experience with donor database systems (Cate School uses Veracross), Google Drive, Microsoft Office, and general technological ability.
  • Knowledge of and experience with donor research software.
  • Independent/boarding school experience strongly preferred.

Skills/Qualities

  • Excellent interpersonal skills to develop relationships, build volunteer management program, solicit gifts with tact and grace, and work collaboratively.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills.
  • Self-starter, energetic, flexible. Sense of humor a plus.
  • Works collaboratively and exhibits leadership competencies including organizational abilities, strategic thinking, and managing multiple priorities.
  • Ability to manage confidential information.
  • Willing to take on additional responsibilities as needed.
  • Can manage details and meet deadlines.

 

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

The Director of Financial Assistance is an integral member of Cate School’s Admission Team and reports directly to the Director of Admission and Enrollment. The Director of Financial Assistance will be responsible for administering and directing all aspects of the financial assistance program at Cate School as well as supporting all areas relating to student recruitment.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  1. Oversee all aspects of Financial Assistance at Cate School
  2. Support students and families on financial assistance through regular communications and participate in the Financial Assistance Affinity Group
  3. Oversee financial assistance budget of over $4,000,000 in collaboration with Controller and Director of Admission
  4. Evaluate new and returning financial assistance applications in conjunction with Controller to determine appropriate and consistent allocation of funds
  5. Chair the Financial Assistance Committee; serve on the Admission Committee and the Financial Assistance Sub Committee of the Board of Trustees
  6. Serve as chief liaison to families receiving financial assistance to ensure a consistent application of policies and a positive experience
  7. Communicate scope of financial assistance awards to families receiving assistance

 

RELATED DUTIES:

  • Support Office Manager in arranging travel for those FA students who receive a travel stipend
  • Support Office Manager in arranging travel/hotel arrangements for parents of FA students for Family Weekend
  • Travel domestically for student recruitment as assigned by the Director. This includes school fairs, school visits, receptions,
  • Responsible for assisting other members of the admission office with various duties, including, but not limited to: The Tour Guide Program, the Re-visit Program, Congratulations Phone Calls, and the Opening of School Program
  • Conduct student interviews
  • Attend faculty meetings, assemblies, convocation, sit-down meals, and other duties consistent with a boarding school administrator and/or faculty member
  • Effective understanding and use of the SSS by NAIS financial aid system
  • Other duties as indicated by the Director of Admission and/or the Headmaster that are keeping within the spirit of a boarding school faculty member

 

QUALIFICATION STANDARDS:

Education/Training

  • Bachelors degree
  • Minimum five years experience in admission, experience in financial assistance preferred
  • Independent/boarding school experience a plus

 

Skills/Qualities

  • The commitment and ability to articulate the special nature of a Cate education
  • An interest in all facets of financial assistance and enrollment management including a deep understanding of all aspects of tax reporting and evolving tax codes
  • The ability and willingness to work collaboratively with all Cate constituents, including, but not limited to, admission staff, faculty, students, parents, Board members, alumni, and the Headmaster
  • The ability to travel representing Cate
  • Willing to take on additional responsibilities as needed
  • Can manage details and meet deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and spoken communication skills
  • Expertise in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Experience with Veracross a plus

 

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