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

Assessor & Training Specialist (COC)

The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University is seeking applicants interested in joining our team as the Assessor & Training Specialist. This position is responsible for providing assessment for Chicago Public Schools’ Early Childhood Programs. Along with conducting inter-reliability assessments and developing accurate reports.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide evaluation of City of Chicago Early Childhood Programs.
  • Prepare and submit evaluation reports according to the required time frame and criteria.
  • Participate in inter-rater reliability training for all required evaluation tools and maintain required level of reliability.
  • Attend all assessment team, supervisor, and all-staff meetings.

YOUR COMPETENCIES

  • Bachelors Degree required, Masters Degree strongly preferred in early childhood education or related field
  • Spanish speaking preferred, but not required
  • 3-5 years of teaching or administrative experience in the field of early childhood education
  • 0-3 years of prior high-level leadership experience and skill
  • 0-3 years of high-level reliability on observation tools
  • 0-3 years of prior experience in early childhood assessment preferred
  • Willingness to attend ongoing training to obtain and retain assessment tools
  • Willingness to travel within Chicago, and to Wheeling as needed

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

  • Full time

 

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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.

 

Assessor & Training Specialist (IDHS)

The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University is seeking applicants interested in joining our team as an Assessor & Training Specialist. This position is responsible for providing assessment for Illinois Department of Human Services programs that participate in Illinois ExceleRate, conducting inter-reliability assessments, and writing accurate reports.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide on-site or virtual evaluation and provide support for state early childhood programs using the Environment Rating Scales, Classroom Assessment Scoring System tools, and the Program/Business Administration Scales.
  • Prepare and submit evaluation reports according to the required time frame and criteria.
  • Participate in inter-rater reliability training for all required evaluation tools, write related reports, and maintain the required level of reliability.
  • Attend all staff, assessment team, and supervision meetings.
  • When requested, conduct and provide ExceleRate trainings on specific assessment tools.
  • Provide support for other McCormick Center duties as assigned.

YOUR COMPETENCIES

  • Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or related field required. A Master’s degree is strongly preferred.
  • 3-5 years of teaching administrative experience in the field of early childhood education is required.
  • 0-3 years of prior experience with early childhood assessment is preferred.
  • 0-3 years of prior high-level leadership experience and skills are preferred.
  • Must be willing to attend ongoing training in assessment tools.
  • Must be willing to travel throughout the state of Illinois.

Spanish speaking preferred. Prior experience with early childhood evaluation tools like the Classroom Assessment Scoring System or Early Childhood Environment Rating Scales preferred. This is a remote position that requires state-wide travel, and down-state Illinois location candidates are encouraged to apply.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

  • Full time

 

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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 the leadership of the City of Chicago (COC) assessment system.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage the City of Chicago assessment system. Serve as the liaison to the contractors, including Chicago Public Schools and the Department of Family and Support Services. Work with the Executive Director and Business Manager to monitor the budgets. Keep Executive Director and Senior Director apprised of ongoing work with COC contracts and deliverables. Complete required reports. Work 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 supervise and manage the workflow of the Assessment Coordinators and Report Review Specialists, and manage the workflow of the Assessor and Training Specialists.
  • Oversee COC contracts. Work closely with contractors to meet deliverables and scope of work. Assist with the completion of reports and data as needed. Lead the assessment team in being responsive in meeting the expectations of the contracts and deliverables.
  • Represent 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.
  • Participate as an active member of the McCormick Center staff. Assist in hiring decisions, strategic planning, and provide insight into project decisions to leverage resources and promote the financial stability of the McCormick Center. Promote a healthy organizational culture.

YOUR COMPETENCIES

  • Master’s degree in early childhood education, early childhood leadership, or related field required. Ph.D. strongly preferred
  • Spanish speaking preferred
  • 5-7 years of administrative experience providing direct supervision of staff required
  • 3-5 years of experience working with data, quality assessment, grant deliverables, and related research required
  • 3-5 years of successful oversight of contracts and contract management
  • Experience in educational policy, early childhood quality improvement, teaching, coaching, community development, or systems building required
  • Experience working with Chicago Public Schools, Department of Family and Support Services, or the early childhood education system in Chicago preferred
  • Must be highly skilled in technology, writing, and/or editing.
  • Must have strong communication and problem-solving skills, with leadership capacity to mobilize team members toward common goals
  • Ability to manage large-scale, complex projects, work flexibly to solve challenges, and supervise a team.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

  • Full time

 

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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.

 

Research & Evaluation Manager

The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership is seeking applicants interested in joining our team as the Research & Evaluation Manager. This position will manage the research and evaluation activities of the McCormick Center. The Research & Evaluation Manager will work closely with the Leadership Team, and the Senior Policy Advisor, in particular, to carry out the strategic priorities, goals, and requirements related to research and evaluation.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage the design, implementation, project management, and data analysis for quantitative and qualitative research studies. Present findings at professional meetings, as funding permits, and submit scholarly papers for publication.
  • Manage the design, implementation, and analysis of formative and summative evaluation data from the McCormick Center’s training initiatives. Collaborate with other McCormick Center staff in writing reports to funders documenting activities and outcomes.
  • Manage the McCormick Center’s data management project and an external evaluation of a leadership academy.
  • Support efforts to secure funding for programmatic and research activities.
  • Manage quarterly Research Notes.
  • Manage the L.E.A.D. Early Childhood Clearinghouse, including the website maintenance and reports.
  • Manage the development of surveys and the maintenance of survey data.
  • Other duties as assigned.

YOUR COMPETENCIES

  • Master’s in early childhood education, child development, organizational leadership, or related field required. Doctorate preferred.
  • 0-3 years of experience designing and implementing research projects and evaluation studies in early childhood or related field.
  • 0-3 years of experience in data management.
  • 0-3 years of experience in survey software.
  • Must have content knowledge or expertise in early childhood education, education leadership, early childhood workforce issues, state professional development systems, and program evaluation.
  • Must have knowledge of scientific concepts and expertise in research methodology.
  • The ability to conduct quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research projects is necessary.
  • The ability to conceptualize and design research projects that meet the rigorous standards of the academic community is necessary.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

  • Full time

 

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.

Quality Training Specialist

The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership is seeking applicants interested in joining our team as the Quality Training Specialist. This position works closely with the Director of Professional Learning, Quality Supports Manager, and the Professional Learning Team to update, develop, and facilitate new and existing professional learning experiences. Assists with national training. Reviews Program Administration Scale (PAS) and Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS) assessments for certification and recertification. Develops online surveys, training needs assessments, and other research-based tools as well as conducts data analysis.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • PROFESSIONAL LEARNING TRAINING LOGISTICS. Assist with preparation of training materials for shipment. Coordinate material organization and room set-up for PAS and BAS trainings when facilitating. Assist with PAS and BAS on-site and off-site logistics when presenting. Develop and maintain data collection tools and gather data for funders, McCormick Center, and team reports.
  • TRAINING DEVELOPMENTFACILITATIONAND MARKETING. Work with team members to develop and update professional learning experiences (e.g., in-person and virtual training, online modules, webinars, blended learning, follow-up supports, handouts, blogs). Assist in the creation of activities, materials, assignments, surveys, etc. Facilitate and co-facilitate PAS and BAS trainings and assist with other trainings as necessary. Create sample documentation for PAS and BAS activities (e.g., transcripts, handouts) as needed. Participate in training video development (e.g., talent, organizing, transcribing, viewing). Work with Instructional Design/Marketing Team to develop and revise materials and plan for recruitment efforts. With Professional Learning Team, develop and review publication materials (e.g., brochures, Web site).
  • PAS AND BAS ASSESSOR CERTIFICATION AND RECERTIFICATION. Maintain reliability on the PAS and BAS. Complete at least two PAS and BAS visits for reliability a year. Conduct PAS and BAS assessments as needed (e.g., academy participants, reliability checks). Assist in training new team members to reliability (e.g., feedback on assessments, visits). With the PASBAS committee, review and clarify indicators, update notes, determine ratings, etc. With Professional Learning Team, improve the recertification system. Assist in the coordination of BAS recertification webinars and review of assessments for learning. Review and correct PAS and BAS certification assessments and complete feedback forms. Review and update PAS and BAS databases as needed.
  • GENERAL OFFICE SUPPORT. Help keep common areas clean and tidy. Keep McCormick Center calendar current. Represent the McCormick Center in a professional and ethical manner and assist with other duties as assigned.

YOUR COMPETENCIES

  • Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Administration, Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Adult Learning, or related field required.
  • Spanish speaking strongly preferred.
  • PAS and BAS certification preferred.
  • 1-3 years of training development and facilitation experience required.
  • 1-3 years of early childhood administrative or teaching experience required.
  • 1-3 years of experience and established reliability conducting different program quality assessments such as the PASBAS, Environment Rating Scales (ERS), or Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) required.
  • Knowledge of early childhood accreditation, QRIS, and administrative credentialing systems.
  • Due to the national travel and responsibilities involved, this position requires some availability during evenings and weekends and access to the Internet and phone when out of the office. National travel requires evening work, overnight stays, airplane flights, and driving.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

  • Full time

 

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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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