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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.

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Open Positions

Professional Learning Manager

The Professional Learning Manager supports the Professional Learning team by managing and implementing the Professional Learning Leadership Academies (i.e. training logistics, training development and facilitation, marketing and recruitment, meetings, and supervision of Leadership Training Specialists). This person will assist the Director of Professional Learning with strategic planning and training (both in-person and virtual). This position reports to the Director of Professional Learning.

Essential Responsibilities

  • PROFESSIONAL LEARNING TRAINING LOGISTICS. Oversee Leadership Academies including: communications with training participants (i.e., applications, status, assignments, updates, etc.), training logistics (recruitment, date selections, locations, etc.), and preparation of training materials. Coordinate updates to academy handouts, assignments and PowerPoints. Assist with on-site and off-site logistics for successful delivery of learning opportunities both in-person and online. Oversee evaluation summaries and participant quotes for marketing. Develop protocols for team functions, roles, and responsibilities. Collaborate with NLU on course requirements and paperwork for trainings. Review and update application forms, marketing flyers and website information. Oversee the maintenance of an archive of participant evaluation data and quotes for marketing efforts and funder reports.
  • PROFESSIONAL LEARNING AND LEADERSHIP ACADEMIES LEADERSHIP. Respond to inquiries/meet with funders about initiatives with Director of Professional Learning and coordinate follow-up. Work in collaboration with the Research, Evaluation, and Quality Supports team to assure all necessary data is collected and archived. Oversee adherence to deliverables in grant contracts. Draft funder reports and annual team reports. Assist in planning of quarterly team meetings with QS team and strategic planning for Professional Learning team. Supervise and oversee workload of Leadership Academy Specialists. Organize and facilitate Leadership Academy team meetings. Oversee and analyze evaluation summaries for continuous quality improvement, work with PLT members to implement a process of continuous improvement based on participant feedback, data analysis and interpretation provided by the research team, and facilities observations. Disseminate information about professional learning initiatives by presenting at conferences. Stay apprised of quality improvement initiatives happening at the state and national level. Maintain a familiarity with current ECE leadership initiatives, contemporary training and learning theories, and leadership research. Communicate important trends to colleagues.
  • TRAINING DEVELOPMENT AND FACILITATION. Work with team members to create, update, and facilitate professional learning experiences and Leadership Academies including in-person training, online modules, webinars, and blended learning on topics of critical importance to early childhood leaders (e.g., center-based administrators, family child care providers, coaches and technical assistance specialists). Generate new and update current professional learning content and materials (PowerPoint, outline, handouts, packing list, etc.) to assure that Leadership Academies and other professional learning experiences stay relevant and reflect current trends in research and the field. Coordinate and contribute to the creation of activity materials, assignments, and eResources, etc. Maintain high level of understanding of the assessment tools (i.e. ERS, ARPS, ECWES, PAS and BAS). Become and maintain certification in the BAS and PAS Quality Supports team with training as needed.
  • MARKETING AND RECRUITMENT. Maintain database of key groups and individuals for marketing purposes Generate new contacts for Academy recruitment, Fee for service contract opportunities, and potential collaborations. Facilitate team use of such records to support targeting outreach and marketing efforts.  Work with the PLT and marketing team to oversee and coordinate the maintenance and updates to Professional Learning-relevant website pages. Work with others to generate and disseminate marketing materials for the PTL and Center as a whole (QS trainings, Leadership Connections, Aim, etc.) Represent the Center at conferences, meetings, and other events. Network and foster relationships with external collaboration partners. Contribute to the Center’s eResources.
  • MCCORMICK CENTER SUPPORT. Help keep common areas clean and tidy. Keep McCormick Center calendar current.  Represent the Center in a professional and ethical manner and assist with other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Administration, Adult Learning, Organizational Psychology, or other related field, required
  • Experience in strengths-based leadership, a plus
  • Previous experience working in Higher Education, a plus
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills including excel
  • Working knowledge of best practices in early childhood leadership, management, business and professional practices
  • 3+ years of experience working with early childhood administrators (center-based, home-based)
  • 3+ years of experience working with grant funders and generating reports
  • 3+ years of experience managing and leading teams
  • At least 1 year of experience working with early childhood quality rating and improvement efforts and initiatives

Qualities

  • Customer Focus – Personally demonstrates that external (or internal) customers are a high priority. Identifies customer needs and expectations and responds to them in a timely and effective manner. Anticipates and prevents delays or other things that can adversely affect the customer. Keeps customers informed about the status of pending actions and inquires about customer satisfaction with products or services.
  • Initiative – Recognizes opportunities and initiates actions to capitalize on them. Looks for new and productive ways to make an impact. Demonstrates this characteristic when it comes to generating new ideas or processes, capitalizing on new business opportunities, seeking out and taking on increasing responsibility or resolving problems as they occur. Uses sound judgment about when to take action and when to seek guidance or permission. This is in contrast to those who fail to notice opportunities, wait to be asked or instructed before taking action, seldom offer new ideas or express reservations about taking on additional responsibilities.
  • Managing Multiple Priorities – Handles multiple assignments and priorities yet still fulfills all commitments. Readily accepts new responsibilities and adapts well to changes in procedures. Gives appropriate priorities to various work demands.
  • Presentation Skills – Comes across as confident and well-prepared when making group presentations. Makes effective use of visual aids or presentation software and looks at ease while handling questions from the audience. His/her presentations hold the audience’s attention and tend to be the right length for the amount of information covered.
  • Flexibility – Adjusts quickly and effectively to changing conditions and demands. Discusses change as a necessary and inevitable aspect of organizational life as well as an opportunity to learn new things. Has a similar view and approach to potentially stressful situations. Invests personal energy toward accepting and adapting to change that others use toward resisting or resenting it.
  • Training and Development – Ensures that staff members get a sufficient amount of orientation, training and developmental opportunities to maximize their chances of being successful in their assignments. Views training and development as an investment in employees and uses mentoring, cross-functional assignments, job rotation or other on-the-job learning opportunities to enhance the depth and breadth of skills and experience. Also encourages self-development activities.

To apply, visit nl.edu/jobs and search for “McCormick Center.”

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