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Position: Mandarin Instructor

Reports to: Mamadou Pouye, current Modern Languages Department Chair, and Monica Garcia-Gamero, incoming Modern Languages Department Chair

Status: Full-time and/or Part-time

Salary Range: Full-time $60,000-$80,000, Part Time pro-rated proportionally

Contact: Annalee Salcedo, Dean of Academics, [email protected], 805 684 4127 (x 271)


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.

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.

Job Description for Instructor of Mandarin 

Cate School is currently seeking applications from candidates for multiple Mandarin instructors to cover a maternity leave during the 2024-25 school year. There is a total need for 6 sections of instruction, from Level 1 through 6 where Level 1 is a first-year course , Level 5 is roughly equivalent to Advanced Placement or a first-year college course and Level 6 is equivalent to a heritage speaker advanced language and culture course. These six sections could be one position, though will most likely be split across two positions, either one full time (4 sections) and one part time (2 sections) or two part time (3 sections each). The positions will formally begin August 2024. There is potential for an extended part time role (2 sections) during the 2025-26 school year pending enrollment in the program.

In addition to instructing Mandarin, 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…


work closely with course team teachers to deliver consistent, high-quality instruction and collaborate frequently on assessment measures
participate in course team, department, school, and parent meetings
communicate necessary information regularly to students, colleagues, and parents regarding student progress and student needs


prepare and facilitate learning experiences that help students master content and develop skills as active readers and writers, especially through active inquiry (Modern Languages Department Inquiry Model)
practice inclusive teaching by creating lessons and instructional moves that accommodate a wide range of 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, essays, and other assignments in a timely, fair, and consistent manner
maintain accurate and complete records of students progress and development via the school’s learning management systems (Schoology and Veracross)

Continue to Learn

maintain a commitment to continuous professional growth through reflective practice, evaluative feedback, professional development opportunities, and evolving school needs
Stay up-to-date in developments in education, teaching resources and methods, and incorporate new pedagogical and curricular design practices
Demonstrate Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

foster a sense of belonging for each student
help advance the department’s objectives with regard to anti-racist teaching pedagogies, curriculum, and DEI-based student learning objectives

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

willingness to adapt to an existing curriculum as well as contribute to the corresponding academic program.
teaching experience in secondary school and/or university.
relevant education, such as a BA in Chinese language and Certification for Teaching Chinese to Nonnative Speakers or similar. Advanced degrees preferred, but not required.
experience teaching high school Mandarin courses, and an ability to teach across different grade levels
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 diversity, equity, and inclusion work
demonstrated commitment to professionalism, collaboration, and growth

Key Competencies

collaborative mindset and skills
high energy level
verbal and written communication skills
attention to detail
high work standards
decision making
organizing and planning
learning orientation
critical thinking
stress tolerance
flexibility and adaptability

Interested candidates should send a CV and two letters of reference to Mamadou Pouye and Monica Garcia-Gamero, current and incoming chairs of the Modern Languages Department, [email protected] and [email protected],   and Annalee Salcedo, Dean of Academics, [email protected].

To apply for this job email your details to annalee_salcedo@cate.org

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