Join us, and use your skills to build a better future for children, one leader at a time.

As part of National Louis University (NLU), a pioneer in early childhood education, we offer a comprehensive benefits package, including paid time off; medical, dental, and vision insurance; tuition waivers; 403(b) group supplemental retirement annuity; professional development opportunities; and life insurance.

We are looking for team members who

Believe that leaders make a difference.

Believe that early education is the foundation for achievement through life.

Believe in continuous improvement.

Open Positions

Communications and Design Specialist

The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership is seeking applicants interested in joining our team as a Communications and Design Specialist. This position will be responsible for advising on and implementing the communications activities of the McCormick Center. This position will also be responsible for using graphic design skills to create promotional materials and internal documents. In addition to graphic design skills, this position will use writing and communication skills to craft content for communications collateral and strategies for marketing implementation under the supervision of the eLearning and Technology Manager.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Design and create print and digital graphics. Manage organizational system for all marketing materials, both physical and digital. Develop graphics and icons for eNewsletters (Mailchimp), social media outlets (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter), webpages, presentations, etc.
  • Design print and digital items as requested, including advertisements, research reports, media toolkits, brochures, etc. Understand the basics of HTML and CSS to complete general edits on the McCormick Center website (WordPress). Coordinate printing; serve as liaison to professional printers.
  • Take photos and record videos at conferences, events, and trainings, as necessary.
  • Ensure the integrity of the McCormick Center brand. Manage brand by ensuring consistent look, style, and feel for all graphics. Ensure all vendor printed materials meet the brand standard.
  • Review branding usage on staff documents. Make necessary brand edits and ensure that staff has brand awareness. Maintain templates for MS Word, MS PowerPoint, as well as Google Docs and Slides.
  • Coordinate with content owners, edit, and write marketing content, including eNewsletters, policy statements, press releases, social media copy, and other content as needed, in alignment with the McCormick Center’s brand. Coordinates the development of resources and announcements to be distributed on the website, social media, and/or via email, NLU, and relevant national early childhood news outlets.
  • Interacts with NLU departments to coordinate mutually beneficial communication plans. Represent the McCormick Center at conferences and events as necessary. Present technology and marketing trainings in alignment with the McCormick Center’s goals and scopes of work.
  • Manage, design, and develop social media strategies to help grow the McCormick Center’s social media reach and impact. Manage schedule for email communications and social media postings. Create written and visual content for social media outlets. Advise on, design, and create content and strategies for email marketing with Mailchimp.
  • Monitor and share data reports regarding Key Performance Indicators. Stay up-to-date on technologies in communication design and social media.

YOUR COMPETENCIES

  • Bachelors degree in Marketing, Graphic Design, or related field required.
  • 3-5 years of related experience required.
  • Proficient use of technology and computer software, including Adobe Creative Cloud; familiarity with Customer Relationship Management databases; video conferencing software; and familiarity with online email tools, social media tools and strategies, video and photo equipment, and website design management.
  • Some travel will be required. Must be able to work some nights and weekends.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

  • Full time.

TO APPLY

The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University (NLU) is dedicated to building brighter futures for children by enhancing the management skills, professional orientation, and leadership capacity of early childhood administrators. The activities of the Center encompass four areas: training and technical assistance, program evaluation, research, and public awareness.

NLU is a 130+ year old university that has been grounded in the values of innovation, access, and excellence from its inception. As an institution we believe in providing access to educational opportunity and that education is our greatest lever for social and economic mobility. At NLU, we offer our employees an innovative environment to work together and inspire the ideas that will make an impact. As our external environment changes, our employees are provided the opportunities and tools needed to grow both personally and professionally to remain successful. NLU employees and dependents are offered a wide range of benefits, including but not limited to, Health Insurance benefits, Retirement benefits, Paid Time Off and Educational Benefits.

The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University (NLU) is an affirmative action/equal access/equal opportunity employer dedicated to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its students, faculty, and staff. NLU is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive community and strongly encourages all qualified individuals to apply.

“Working with early childhood leaders nationwide, I see and hear a deep appreciation for the services we provide. I am proud to be part of this team and of the impact on early childhood that we have in Illinois and around the country!”
Melissa Casteel, Director of Quality Assessment, City of Chicago

Diversity Statement

The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University (NLU) is an affirmative action/equal access/equal opportunity employer dedicated to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its students, faculty, and staff. NLU is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive community and strongly encourages all qualified individuals to apply.

Campus Safety

NLU is committed to positioning and maintaining its facilities in convenient, safe locations and creating policies and safety procedures to ensure that the possibility of criminal offense is diminished, and public safety is enhanced. In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, prospective employees may request a copy of the University’s Annual Safety Report by contacting the Campus Facilities Office at each of our campuses or by downloading the report detailed in the following web site: http://www.nl.edu/legalpages/consumerinfo/annualsecurityreport/.

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