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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

Administrative Assistant

The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University is seeking applicants interested in joining our team as an Administrative Assistant. The Administrative Assistant will be responsible for providing support and assistance to the Director of Research and Evaluation, Manager of Quality Supports and Evaluation, and Quality Supports and Quality Training Specialists. The Administrative Assistant will be responsible for training logistics. The Administrative Assistant will also be responsible for supporting the Program Administration Scale (PAS) and Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS) certification and recertification processes. In addition, the Administrative Assistant will be responsible for online module customer support and tracking of module completion. Duties require a broad range of technical and interpersonal skills including advanced word processing, writing and editing, complex data entry, excellent customer service skills, and editing ability.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • TRAINING LOGISTICS AND SUPPORT: The Administrative Assistant will be responsible for training logistics (e.g., organizing, storage, packing boxes, shipping, coordinating copying and collating, booking reservations, ordering). The Administrative Assistant will serve as the primary contact for training participants. The Administrative Assistant will create training materials, maintain and update the Professional Learning Team publications and website pages, assist in the production of training videos and online module content, transcribe interviews, take meeting minutes, oversee the PAS.BAS@nl.ed email account, and enter, archive, and gather data for reports.
  • PAS AND BAS ASSESSOR CERTIFICATION AND RECERTIFICATION: The Administrative Assistant will process and review assessments for missing information and errors, monitor the collection of missing information, enter data, and prepare and mail reports, letters, certificates, and feedback. The Administrative Assistant will assist with webinar logistics, maintain website information, send renewal date updates.
  • GENERAL OFFICE SUPPORT: Represent the Center in a professional and ethical manner and assist with other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Associate Degree required.  Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
  • One to three (1-3) years administrative assistant experience.
  • One to three (1-3) years working with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.

Communication/Interpersonal: Communicates effectively and appropriately. Uses good judgment as to what to communicate to whom as well as the best way to get that accomplished. Speaks in a clear and credible manner, selecting the right tone for the situation and audience. Listens to others and allows them to make their point.

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.

Detail Orientation/Quality Focus: Has established a track record of producing work that is highly accurate, demonstrates attention to detail and reflects well on the organization. Is personally committed to high quality work and encourages others to have similar standards.

Team Orientation: is an effective team player who adds complementary skills and contributes valuable ideas, opinions and feedback. Communicates in an open and candid manner and can be counted upon to fulfill any commitments made to others on the team.

Ethics/Integrity/Values: Demonstrates an unwavering commitments to do what is ethically “right”.  Consistently tells the truth unless doing so would violate confidentiality or compromise the safety or privacy rights of students or others.  Behaves in a manner fully consistent with stated intentions and commitments, even when there is no one to witness activities.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

  • Full-time
  • Lisle, IL

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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.

 

Director of Quality Assessment

The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University is seeking applicants interested in joining our team as the Director of Quality Assessment. The Director of Quality Assessment is responsible for leadership of the City of Chicago (COC) assessment system.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manages the City of Chicago assessment system. Serves as the liaison to the contractors, including Chicago Public Schools and the Department of Family and Support Services. Works with the Executive Director and Business Manager to monitor the budgets. Keeps Executive Director and Senior Director apprised of ongoing work with COC contracts and deliverables. Completes required reports. Works with the McCormick Center team to recruit, screen, and hire assessors, coordinators, and administrative support staff and monitor the quality of work across the team. Directly supervises and manages the work flow of the Assessment Coordinators and Report Review Specialists, and manages the work flow of the Assessor and Training Specialists.
  • Oversees COC contracts. Works closely with contractors to meet deliverables and scopes of work. Assists with completion of reports and data as needed. Leads team in being responsive in meeting the expectations of the contracts and deliverables.
  • Represents the McCormick Center in forums within the City of Chicago, actively seeking meetings and building relationships with the goal of effectively strengthening the work of the assessment team and the work of the McCormick Center.
  • Participates as an active member of the McCormick Center staff. Assists in hiring decisions, strategic planning, and provides insight into project decisions to leverage resources and promote the financial stability of the McCormick Center. Promotes a healthy organizational culture.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Leadership or related field required, PhD strongly preferred.
  • Experience in educational policy, early childhood quality improvement, teaching, coaching, community development, or systems building.
  • Experience working with Chicago Public Schools, Department of Family and Support Services, or the early childhood education system in Chicago.
  • Minimum of three years of administrative experience providing direct supervision of staff.
  • Minimum of three years of working with data, quality assessment, grant deliverables, and related research.
  • Minimum of three years of highly skilled in technology, writing, and/or editing.
  • Minimum of three years of successful oversight of contracts and contract management.
  • Fluent in Spanish preferred.

Building Organizational Commitment: Demonstrates commitment, loyalty, and appreciation for the organization. Conveys a high level of concern for the well-being of all employees, helping to ensure that both their needs and those of the organization are met. Consistently speaks highly of the organization, its employees, and its mission.

Communication/Interpersonal: Communicates effectively and appropriately. Uses good judgment as to what to communicate to whom as well as the best way to get that accomplished. Speaks in a clear and credible manner, selecting the right tone for the situation and audience. Listens to others and allows them to make their point.

External Awareness: Keeps informed about market conditions, competitive information and political factors that may impact the goals and interests of the organization. Uses good judgment about when to share external information as well as who should be informed. Stays up-to-date on trends and projections and sees what is on the horizon. Is seldom surprised by political or market factors that affect the organization.

Implementing Policies: Ensures that new policies are understood and taken seriously. Communicates new policies and procedures to employees, supports them with adequate and timely resources and monitors actual practices in a manner that makes it clear that full compliance is expected. Avoids behavior or communications that might send a mixed message about the importance of new procedures or suggests that full compliance is optional.

Managing Employee Performance: Takes action to ensure that employees fully understand their roles, responsibilities, and performance standards/expectations and provides ongoing feedback and support as employees strive to achieve expectations. Engages in two-way conversations throughout the year that ensure an up-to-date understanding of expectations, performance gaps and actions required to close any gaps.

Motivating the Team: Takes action that results in a high level of morale and motivation among team members. Assesses and communicates progress on work goals and objectives as well as the level of morale on the team. Raises the motivation level of the team and heads off issues that might lower morale if they were not handled in a timely and effective manner.

Relationship Building/Networking: Builds rapport and develops alliances with a broad range of people. Adjusts communication style to meet the needs of individuals at various organizational levels and to meet the needs of clients. Forms alliances by demonstrating concern and respect for others, as well as by highlighting common interests and aspirations. Leave others feeling that he/she will be a trusted ally and is careful to act in ways that reinforce that trust over time.

Solving Problems: Takes a proactive approach to anticipating and preventing problems. When problems occur, defines those problems, investigates obstacles, gathers relevant information, decides whether solving the problem should be a group decision, generates and analyzes alternate solutions and arrives at a workable solution.

Ethics, Integrity, Values: Demonstrates an unwavering commitment to do what is ethically “right”. Consistently tells the truth unless doing so would violate confidentiality or compromise the safety or privacy rights of students or others. Behaves in a manner fully consistent with stated intentions and commitments, even when there is no one to witness.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

  • Full-time
  • Chicago, IL

Type “Director of Quality Assessment” or “2023-1322” in the search bar to access the job posting and apply:

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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.

 

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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