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 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, and is mature, curious, adventurous, and willing to assume responsibility and independence.
Cate School Facts:
Total students: 277--227 boarders/50 day
The student-faculty ratio is 5 to 1 and the average class size is 12
Boarding students from outside California: 54
Boarding students from abroad: 17%
Students from 27 states and 14 countries
Students of color: 51%
Acceptance rate: 16%
Total financial aid distributed: $4.25M
Students who receive need-based financial aid: 28%
Eighty percent of the 60 faculty members have advanced degrees
Cate School is committed to attracting and retaining a highly talented and diverse community. Cate School is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and will not unlawfully discriminate in any manner against any applicant.
Cate School has a long history of philanthropic support from its alumni, parents and friends. Cate’s aspirational comprehensive campaign, recently approved by the Board of Trustees, includes a lofty endowment goal for access, faculty support, and programmatic initiatives. It also includes capital projects, planned giving, and five years of the annual fund. Cate’s endowment is currently $100M and Cate Fund raises $2.2M. Cate’s young alumni giving rate is among the highest in the country, with more than 75% of graduates of the last decade donating annually.
Job Description forDirector of Leadership Gifts
The Director of Leadership Gifts will be a new member of the Advancement team. This position will provide critical major gifts fundraising leadership for Cate’s comprehensive campaign. Early leadership gifts in support of capital and endowment projects provided the Board of Trustees with the information needed to approve the campaign, which will be a multi-year, aspirational endeavor to raise approximately $100,000,000. The Director of Leadership Gifts will be a key solicitor responsible for a portfolio of approximately 150 prospective donors with the capacity to donate gifts of $100,000 and above. The Director will help Cate achieve both short and long-term goals for advancement of the School and its programs.
Manage a personal portfolio of approximately 150 major gifts prospects and donors.
Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major gifts prospects/donors, working closely with the Director of Advancement, Assistant Head for External Affairs, Headmaster and advancement team.
Expectation of 60-70% of time spent on in-person meetings with prospects/donors. Frequent travel within United States required; international travel likely.
Develop and implement prospect-specific strategies for moves management.
Develop and maintain a working knowledge of educational and strategic programs in order to effectively articulate the School’s priorities and fundraising objectives.
Collaborate with Campaign Steering Committee, Board of Trustees, and other Cate School volunteers to create cultivation and solicitation strategies.
Work with Director of Planned Giving to maximize potential for expectancies, bequests, and future support of Cate School.
Attend regional receptions and campus events to meet prospects and donors.
Written skills to effectively report on donor research, interactions, meeting results.