Join Us on This Transformational Journey

Chief of Inclusion, Diversity,
Equity & Action (IDEA)

Transformational Leadership Opportunity
Start Date: June/July 2021

The Mount Vernon School seeks to appoint the senior leadership position of Chief of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Action (IDEA), effective June/July 2021. Amplifying the mission and executing the vision of the School, the Chief of IDEA plays a creative, collaborative, and inclusive role in impacting the School’s future.

Established in 1972, Mount Vernon, serving 1,120 students in preschool through grade 12, is located in the heart of Sandy Springs, Georgia, within metropolitan Atlanta, on the 40-acre Upper Campus and 7-acre Lower Campus. We are a school of inquiry, innovation, and impact, Grounded in Christian values, we prepare all students to be college ready, globally competitive, and engaged citizen leaders.

Seizing this moment to effect change, Mount Vernon strongly believes in the mandate and need for this leadership position. Through an inclusion, diversity, and equity lens of belonging, the Chief of IDEA will serve a significant role as visionary, innovator, and community connector, collaborating across the entire organization along this transformational journey.

Application Requirement & Search Process

Interested candidates should submit the following materials as separate PDF attachments in one email to [email protected].

  • Cover letter expressing interest in the Chief of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Action (IDEA)
  • Current resume

Sherry Coleman, Partner
Staci Williams Seeley, Associate Storbeck Search

What Matters Here

IDEA Statement

Anchored in Christian values — love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control — relationships at Mount Vernon are foundational to learning. Preparing students to be college ready, globally competitive, and engaged citizen leaders call us to lean in to inclusion, diversity, equity, and action.

Creating and cultivating connections between all people, ideas, and sectors, the School welcomes all learners to wrestle with voices and perspectives that challenge our assumptions, biases, stereotypes, and privileges. Not allowing our differences to divide us requires each of us to engage in honest, vulnerable, and courageous conversations through empathy, reflection, examination, and action. Being real agents of change is a continuous journey.

Committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, our trust in each other strengthens our sense of identity, autonomy, and interdependence. As a school of inquiry, innovation, and impact, we are committed to creating and sustaining a school culture where all members feel valued and safe, sharing their authentic selves to design a better world…together.

Mount Vernon’s Mission

We are a school of inquiry, innovation, and impact. Grounded in Christian values, we prepare all students to be college ready, globally competitive, and engaged citizen leaders.

Mount Vernon’s Vision & Values

To continually develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to actively design a better world, one must learn to thrive in any context. This requires engaging with a diverse network.

Mount Vernon’s IDEA

We are committed to creating and sustaining a school culture where all members feel valued and safe, sharing their authentic selves to design a better world…together.

Action Steps

The Mount Vernon School has established short-term objectives, mid-term priorities, and long-term goals to advance and sustain inclusion, diversity, equity, and action in the future.

Organizational & School Climate
  • Commitment to look back to look forward through conducting intentional conversations with past and present members of the Black community within The Mount Vernon School
  • Commitment to analyze and revise the School’s current processes, policies, handbooks, and communication in order to build a more inclusive future where words of racism and actions of prejudice will not be tolerated
  • Commitment to retain external resources to measure IDEA gaps, missed opportunities, community needs, and next steps
Learning & Well-Being
  • Commitment to review the School’s curricular and instructional framework for PS-12 programming through a culturally responsive IDEA lens and infuse and amplify multiple perspectives, voices, experiences, and historical contexts of Black and underrepresented communities
  • Commitment to expand anti-bias and anti-racist training opportunities for all students, faculty and staff members, parents, and trustees and deepen competencies for social and emotional learning — self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, healthy relationships, and ethical decision-making skills
  • Commitment to support the social and emotional well-being of students and staff members of color through dedicated staff members, programs, and opportunities
Recruitment & Retention
  • Commitment to strategic shifts in outreach in admissions to increase awareness, engagement, and enrollment of diverse communities within the Atlanta area
  • Commitment to build upon recruiting and retention of staff members of color through partnerships, mentorship, and leadership
  • Commitment to expand IDEA Department, conducting national search to recruit Chief of Inclusion Diversity Equity and Action reporting directly to the Head of School as a member of the senior leadership team and identifying IDEA directors for the Lower Campus and Upper Campus as well as IDEA divisional coordinators
Advancement & Continuous Improvement
  • Commitment to communicating clear, tangible action steps reflecting short-term and long-term targets
  • Commitment to amplify the progress of inclusion, diversity, equity, and action within The Mount Vernon School, bringing awareness and understanding to the broader School community
  • Commitment to conducting ongoing analysis and review in real time to pivot and adjust as necessary for the School to lean in and live out IDEA daily

IDEA Expressions

In 2018, the Mount Vernon School began to have courageous conversations around the most challenging issues of our day, including diversity, equity, and inclusion. The following IDEA Expressions of Learning are not meant to be an exhaustive or even a performative list of activities, experiences, and projects but intentional demonstrations designed to make continual improvements in amplifying inclusion, diversity, equity, and action at Mount Vernon.

Transformational Journey of Inquiry Innovation & Impact

Beginning with the Preschool in 1972 and adding a grade level each year, The Mount Vernon School operated as a preschool through grade 6 until the mid 1980s. By 1989, Mount Vernon expanded by offering grades 7-8. In 2004, the School finalized plans to form an Upper School, and a year later the School opened the doors of the academic building on the Upper Campus. In 2007, MVPS celebrated the first graduating class of the School. In June of 2009, Mount Vernon’s Board of Trustees recruited and appointed Dr. Brett Jacobsen as Head of School.

Over the last decade, Mount Vernon has experienced a transformational period of growth, innovation, and brand recognition locally and throughout the United States. As a result, enrollment has increased from 740 to 1,120 students with a total enrollment of 430 Upper School students, tripling in size.

The educational and academic transformation at Mount Vernon has occurred through the lens of innovation tiers: (Tier 1 Innovation) innovation that incrementally moves us forward; (Tier 2 Innovation) innovation that creates breakthrough opportunities; (Tier 3 Innovation) innovation that transforms the very way that people think about “school.” Key highlights:

Fast Facts

2 Campuses (47 acres) — Lower Campus (PS-5), Upper Campus (6-12)
1,119 students (PS-12)
430 Upper School students, 279 Middle School students, 318 Lower School students, 86 Preschool students
14% of students receive financial aid
190 faculty and staff (PS-12)
17% students of color
25% of faculty/staff members of color
90% of students participate in athletics/arts

Memberships and Affliations

A Better Chance
Ashoka Changemaker Schools Network
Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools
Association of Independent School Admissions Professionals
Atlanta Area Association of Independent Schools
Black Parents Forum
Center for Spiritual and Ethical Leadership
College Board
Council for Advancement and Support of Education
Enrollment Management Association
Georgia High School Association
Global Education Benchmark Group
International Thespian Honor Society
Mastery Transcript Consortium
Mid-South Independent School Business Officers
National Association of Independent Schools
National Association for College Admissions Counseling
National Business Officers Association
National Honor Society
Southern Association for College Admissions Counseling
Southern Association of Independent Schools

Strategic Plan

New Upper School Building
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Action
Stanford’s d.School Design Thinking
Buck Institute’s Project-Based Learning
Harvard’s Instructional Rounds
Harvard’s Visible Thinking Routines

Standards, Competencies & Work habits

Interim Term International Travel
Innovation Diploma

Georgia Tech Design Bloc Partner

VR Flagship for Dell & Alienware
Mount Vernon Ventures
Mastery Transcript Consortium

Adventure Awaits

Mount Vernon intentionally fosters deep knowledge of science, cultures, and society; intellectual and practical skills; a commitment to personal and social responsibility; and the ability to apply learning to complex problems and challenges.