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

Director of Research and Evaluation

The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University (NLU) is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Director of Research and Evaluation.

Along with the Executive Director, the Director of Research and Evaluation oversees research and evaluation activities. This involves a keen understanding of research design, implementation, analysis, and publishing of the McCormick Center’s research activities. The ability to conduct research requires independent judgment as well as working in collaboration with others during various phases of the research and evaluation projects. Decisions on a daily basis are made independently and those that impact the larger vision of the Center will be done in collaboration with the Leadership Team. Decisions impacting projects for potential funders as well as reporting project results to funders will be vetted thorough the normal Center decision-making processes.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Oversees the design, implementation, project management, and data analysis for quantitative and qualitative research studies. Presents findings at professional meetings, as funding permits, and submits scholarly papers for publication.
  • Oversees and coordinates the McCormick Center’s Leadership Team’s efforts to secure funding for programmatic and research activities.
  • Collaborates with state and national entities to promote alignment of the research needs of our funders and partners, including IDHSISBEINCCRA, and Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development.
  • Oversees the design, implementation, and analysis of formative evaluation data from the McCormick Center’s training initiatives. Collaborates with other McCormick Center staff in writing reports to funders documenting activities and outcomes.
  • Oversees the development of surveys and the maintenance of survey data.
  • Oversees the L.E.A.D. Early Childhood Clearinghouse, including the website maintenance and Annual Report.
  • Supervises staff as needed.
  • Monitors new and emerging research relating to the early childhood workforce (birth through 3rd Grade), leadership development, and program quality improvement.
  • Writes and serves as editor of quarterly Research Notes
  • Serves as a member of the McCormick Center’s Leadership Team, guiding the development and implementation of the Center’s strategic initiatives.

YOUR COMPETENCIES

  • 3-5 years of experience designing and implementing research projects and evaluation studies in early childhood or related field.
  • 3-5 years of demonstrated record of securing external funding and establishing public/private alliances.
  • Doctorate preferred in Early childhood education, child development, organizational leadership or related study. Master’s required.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

  • Full time.
  • This position is located on the Wheeling campus of National Louis University (NLU).

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.

Communications and Design Specialist

The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University (NLU) is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Communications & Design Specialist.

This position will be responsible for advising on and implementing the communications activities of the McCormick Center. This person will also be responsible for using graphic design skills to create promotional materials and internal documents. In addition to graphic design skills, this person will use writing and communication skills to craft content for communications collateral and strategies for marketing implementation under the supervision of the Instructional Design Manager.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • General Office Support. Help keep common areas clean and tidy. Keep McCormick Center Outlook calendar current. Represent the McCormick Center in a professional and ethical manner. Support the growth of the McCormick Center by participating on relevant committees.
  • Make recommendations and develop strategies for new social media avenues and increasing reach. Pull regular data reports from Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Stay up-to-date on technologies in communication design and social media.
  • Manage and provide strategic input and help grow the McCormick Center’s social media reach. Manage and create written and visual content for social media outlets. Advise on, design, and create content and strategies for email marketing with Mailchimp.
  • 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.
  • Coordinate communications content. Write marketing content including eblasts, policy statements, press releases, social media copy, and other content as needed, in alignment with the McCormick Center’s brand. Coordinates 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.
  • Review branding usage on staff documents. Make necessary brand edits and ensure that staff have brand awareness.
  • 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 brand standard.
  • Coordinate printing; serve as liaison to professional printers. Get input/approval from internal managers and project leads for relevant marketing materials. Take photos and record video at events and trainings as necessary.
  • Design print items as requested, including advertisements, research reports, brochures, etc. Utilize HTML and CSS to design and build pages for the eLearning website (SimplyDigi) and Leadership Connections (Cvent), as well as general edits on the McCormick Center website.
  • Develop print and digital graphics. Manage digitized organizational system for all marketing materials. Develop graphics and icons for e-blasts, social media outlets, webpages, presentations, etc.

YOUR COMPETENCIES

  • 3- 5 years of related experience required.
  • Bachelors degree in marketing, graphic design or related field required.
  • Proficient use of technology and computer software, including Adobe Creative Cloud; familiarity of 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.
  • Must be able to work some nights and weekends, some travel required.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

  • Full time.
  • This position is located on the Wheeling campus of National Louis University (NLU).

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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