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, and adventurous, and willing to assume responsibility and independence.
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 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 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.
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.
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
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
decision maker and collaborator within a team
tolerance for time-sensitive deadlines, student feedback and public performances
flexibility and adaptability
Interested candidates should send a CV and two letters of reference to Dean’a Curry, Director of Counseling.
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
For more than 100 years, Cate has combined the best of East Coast tradition and West Coast
energy and innovation in the service of highly motivated, independent-minded students.
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, and is mature, curious, adventurous, and willing to assume
responsibility and independence.