Founded in 1972, The Mount Vernon School is a leading private school of inquiry, innovation, and impact.
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 into 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.
The Mount Vernon School is seeking a Director of Preschool for the 2021-2022 school year. The MV Preschool embraces the mission of our school, is accredited by NAEYC, utilizes the Project Approach alongside rich foundational skills, and is committed to a low child to teacher ratios. We believe that children learn best in a play-based environment, where teachers shape the activities and environment to best serve each child's individual needs. We also invest heavily in teacher learning and growth by providing robust opportunities for training.
Role & Responsibilities
Establish a safe, healthy, and welcoming preschool setting and oversee programs and activities to engage and educate young children
Oversee the day-to-day operations of the Preschool to include overall responsibility of the Preschool budget; Meet and exceed financial goals and objectives
Stay informed on current research on neuroscience, child development, education, and other schools that are implementing innovative practices and programs
Plan and facilitate professional learning experiences for teachers
Ensure full compliance with MV policies and standards, as well as federal and state regulations including licensing and health and safety protocols
Observe and evaluate teachers to include goal setting, professional growth plans, and year-end reviews
Coordinate with the Head of Lower Campus regarding faculty retention and recruitment
Communicate and collaborate with current families and potential new families for strong retention and growth of the School
Continue to create and maintain an innovative and collaborative learning environment
Contribute to School life beyond the classroom including Family Nights, arts and athletic events, and graduation
Embody the School's mission and advances the School's vision
Minimum requirements include a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, or related field, a Master’s Degree preferred
Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a management/director level position within an educational setting
Proven ability to collaborate with others, build strong partnerships and lead by example
Strong written and communication skills
Strong sense of integrity and ethical decision making
Classroom teaching experience in early childhood
A genuine love of children and understanding of the developmental milestones
Experience with NAEYC standards and criteria preferred
Experience with Project Approach or similar inquiry-based pedagogy preferred
The faculty and staff of The Mount Vernon School believe the fair and equitable treatment of employees is critical to fulfilling its mission and purpose. It is the policy of The Mount Vernon School to conduct business and provide equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, age, gender, religion, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
About Mount Vernon Presbyterian School
Established in 1972, The Mount Vernon School, serving students in preschool through grade 12, is located in the heart of Sandy Springs within the metropolitan Atlanta area on a 37-acre campus. Throughout the School's rich history, Mount Vernon remains committed to offering an innovative educational experience for students to lead the future with confidence as they confront a fast-paced digitally based global marketplace. Mastering 21st century skills, driven by a vigorous college preparatory environment, reflects the world-class education received by students at Mount Vernon. The School is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS).