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National Louis University is a private, non-profit, independent institution serving a diverse multicultural population of approximately 8,500 students enrolled in two Colleges, the National College of Education and the College of Professional Studies and Advancement. The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership, which resides in the National College of Education, is dedicated to enhancing the professional orientation, management skills, and leadership capacity of early childhood administrators. The activities of the Center encompass four areas: training and technical assistance to improve the knowledge base, skills, and competencies of early childhood directors; program evaluation to improve the quality of early childhood services; research on important workforce and professional development issues; and public awareness of the critical role that early childhood leaders play in the provision of quality programs for children and families.

As the premier institution in the country providing leadership and management training for early childhood administrators, the Center has received national recognition for its work in defining the competencies needed for effective early childhood program administration and delivering high-quality management training and technical assistance.

The Center is funded through endowments, grants, and contracts from philanthropic foundations, government agencies, and private corporations. Through its innovative work with early childhood leaders, the Center builds on National Louis University’s history of accomplishments in the field of early childhood education. From its founding as a vital force in the kindergarten movement in the 1880’s National Louis University (NLU) has remained rooted in educational progressivism and dedicated to advocacy for children and social change.


  • This is an exceptional opportunity for an innovative, forward thinking individual to provide vision and leadership for the McCormick Center. The Executive Director will be responsible for creating a shared vision and common purpose for the Center while providing executive oversight of operations in an effort to strengthen our position as a leader in early childhood.
  • The Executive Director reports to the Dean of the National College of Education and will be a highly visible representative of NLU’s McCormick Center and the University to a wide array of audiences. The ED is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Center, identifying and recruiting new talent as needed, overseeing staff development activities to enhance organizational performance, and achieving its vision.
  • The responsibilities of the ED include nourishing existing and developing new partnerships, promoting effective collaboration amongst University faculty, staff and stakeholders, developing and implementing strategy, managing day-to-day operations including financial management, grant writing and fundraising, and building public and board relations


  • The successful candidate will be a broadly experienced professional with superior interpersonal skills, who can passionately and articulately espouse the mission of the McCormick Center and possesses a solid understanding of external trends, issues and forces that shape early childhood leadership.
  • A history of success in securing funding, broadening the donor base and cultivating relationships is essential.
  • Demonstrated leadership, a collaborative orientation and information sharing is required.
  • An advanced degree in early childhood, developmental psychology, educational administration, or related field, with a minimum of five years of relevant experience is also required.

Terms of Employment

  • Salary commensurate with experience.
  • This position will function out of the McCormick Center’s Wheeling campus.
  • NLU offers an attractive benefits package including tuition waivers for full-time employees and dependents.

To Apply


National Louis University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and encourages applications from women, people of color, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

Full Time

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