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 and 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, conduct inter-reliability assessments, and write accurate reports.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provides on-site or virtual evaluation and provides support for state early childhood programs using the Environment Rating Scales, Classroom Assessment Scoring System tool, and the Program/Business Administration Scales.
  •  Prepares and submits evaluation reports according to the required time frame and criteria.
  • Participates in inter-rater reliability training for all required evaluations tools, writes related reports, and maintains required level of reliability.
  • Attends all staff, assessment team, and supervision meetings.
  • Wen requested, conducts and provides ExceleRate trainings on specific assessment tools.
  • Provides support for the other McCormick Center duties as assigned.

YOUR COMPETENCIES

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field. Master’s degree strongly preferred.
  • 3-5 years of teaching or administrative experience in the field of early childhood education.
  • 3+ years of high level or prior leadership experience and skill.
  • 3+ years high level of reliability on observation tools.
  • 3+ years willingness to travel throughout the state of Illinois.
  • 3+ years willingness to attend ongoing training to obtain and retain in assessment tools.
  • 3+ years prior experience in early childhood assessment preferred.
  • 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, based at the Lisle, IL, campus, that requires state-wide travel.

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 and Training Specialist (ISBE)

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 State Board of Education programs that participate in 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.
  • Prepare and submit evaluation reports according to the required time frame and criteria.
  • Ensure accurate documentation and on-site or virtual protocol for the Illinois State Board of Education Compliance Checklist.
  • 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.
  • 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 or administrative experience in the field of early childhood education are required.
  • 0-3 years of prior experience with early childhood assessment is preferred.
  • Teaching license and/or public school early childhood teaching experience preferred.
  • Prior experience with early childhood evaluation tools like the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale, third edition for Pre-K classrooms preferred.
  • Must be willing to attend ongoing training in assessment tools.
  • Must be willing to travel throughout the state of Illinois.
  • Must have a high level of knowledge or previous reliability on observation tools.
  • Spanish speaking preferred.

This is a remote position that requires state-wide travel, and down-state Illinois location candidates are preferred.

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.

 

Director of Professional Learning

The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University is seeking applicants interested in joining our team as the Director of Professional Learning. The Director of Professional Learning will lead the McCormick Center’s professional learning team. They will lead the center’s efforts to develop and create new professional development content and resources. They will direct the Leadership Academies. They will be responsible for funder relationships and public relations related to professional learning opportunities and growth.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • CONTENT CREATION: Direct content creation for new professional development offerings. Serve as a subject matter expert (SME) for early childhood education program leadership. Work with the McCormick Center’s instructional design team and other SMEs, at the center and in the field, to coordinate and develop new content. Conduct needs assessments and align new resources with the McCormick Center’s mission, vision, and strategic priorities. New resources will also incorporate current research in the field, emerging industry trends, and new technologies. New resources will be created for a variety of formats including social media, eNews resources, white papers, training events and programs, and online resources.
  • LEADERSHIP ACADEMIES. Direct the leadership academies, including Taking Charge of Change, Taking the Lead, and Ready to Lead. Oversee developments and updates of professional learning experiences, including the curricula development, implementation, and training. Oversee updates to handouts and PowerPoints. Oversee the performance of trainers and training materials. Co-facilitate and facilitate national and international trainings. Assist with on-site and off-site training logistics when presenting.
  • TRAINING LOGISTICS AND ADMINISTRATION. Oversee system development and operations of Professional Learning Team. Oversee contracts and respond to training inquiries with staff. Oversee Professional Learning training archives. Maintain Professional Learning training grid. Oversee funder and team reports. Work with McCormick Center staff to develop consistent data collection methods and variables, and to develop and revise materials and plan for recruitment efforts. Oversee the team’s website pages.
  • LEADERSHIP, GRANTSEEKING, AND PUBLIC RELATIONS. Stay apprised of state and national quality initiatives, early childhood education trends, contemporary training and learning theories, leadership research, and adult learning. Consult with states regarding their professional development systems, director credentials, and leadership initiatives. Pursue new collaborations with organizations and state and federal agencies. Work with Executive Director and leadership team members to write proposals for new initiatives. Serve on McCormick Center leadership team.
  • Provides support for other McCormick Center duties/tasks as assigned.

YOUR COMPETENCIES

  • Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Adult Learning, Child Development, Early Childhood Administration required. Doctorate preferred.
  • 7-10 years of previous experience required.
  • Previous training experience required.
  • Learning management experience preferred.
  • Experience writing grant proposals and reports preferred.
  • Experience recruiting, supervising, and managing staff.
  • Extensive experience developing content and creating, refining, presenting, and delivering training preferred.
  •  Ability to understand research studies and implications for the field of early childhood.
  • Knowledge of adult learning principles and best practices in leadership and organizational dynamics.
  •  Knowledge of state and national early childhood systems (e.g. quality rating and improvement systems, professional development registries).
  • Knowledge of various early childhood assessment tools (ERS, PAS, BAS, ECWES).
  • Knowledge of effective early childhood leadership, management, and professional practices.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

  • Full time
  • Chicago IL -18 S. Michigan Ave, Lisle IL, Wheeling IL, campuses

 

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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 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.
  • Spanish speaking preferred.
  • 3-5 years of management experience providing direct supervision to staff.
  • 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, the 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
  • Chicago, IL -18 S. Michigan Ave

 

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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.

Events and Collaboration Coordinator

The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership is seeking applicants interested in joining our team as the Events and Collaboration Coordinator. The Events and Collaboration Coordinator coordinates Leadership Connections, a national professional development conference, and other McCormick Center events, including staff meetings. The Events and Collaboration Coordinator coordinates new staff orientation and the “Buddy Program”; staff engagement activities; the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) task force logistics; and course credit with National Louis University and Illinois Gateways to Opportunity.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Coordinate Leadership Connections activities as assigned by the Events & Communications Manager. Support the leadership team; the advisory council; the Paula Jorde Bloom Scholarship Committee; and awardees, keynote speakers, and presenters. Coordinate all conference logistics. Work with the leadership team to coordinate staff assignments and strategic planning. Assist with conference budgeting, evaluation, and design and marketing. Support conference partnerships, including sponsors, marketplace exhibitors, and vendors. Generate funders and registrants.
  • Coordinate Cvent work for the center, including Leadership Connections, and serve as primary contact on behalf of the center.
  • Coordinate logistics related to course credit for the center’s professional development offerings with National Louis University and Illinois Gateways to Opportunity, and serve as primary contact on behalf of the center.
  • Coordinate logistics for all McCormick Center team meetings and the DEI task force activities.
  • Coordinate team building efforts, including orientation, the “Buddy Program”, and staff engagement activities, such as Lunch & Learns.
  • Other duties as assigned.

YOUR COMPETENCIES

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, early childhood education, business, event planning, adult learning theory or related fields.
  • 1-3 years’ Event planning and conference coordination, both in-person and virtual.
  • 1-3 years’ experience Cvent or other registration software.
  • 1-3 years’ team building.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

  • Full time
  • Chicago, IL -18 S. Michigan Ave, Lisle IL, Wheeling IL, campuses

 

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.

Strategic Initiatives Manager

The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership is seeking applicants interested in joining our team as the Strategic Initiatives Manager. This position will manage new research and evaluation activities. This position will manage all data initiatives, the McCormick Center’s Impact Study and Strategic Priorities, and special projects as assigned. The Strategic Initiatives Manager will also support efforts to secure funding and supervise a research associate.

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. Supervise a research associate in generating and analyzing evaluation data.
  • Work with all McCormick Center teams to determine appropriate data collection practices and procedures. Manage data collection systems and ensures consistent archival of data across all projects.
  • Conduct and coordinate original and/or review research on early childhood program leadership resulting in three Research Notes per year.
  • Support efforts to secure funding for programmatic and research activities.
  • Manage the McCormick Center’s Impact Study and Strategic Priorities, including creation, tracking, updating, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned.

YOUR COMPETENCIES

  • Master’s degree in Early Childhood Administration, Early Childhood Education, Child Development, organizational leadership, or related field required. Doctorate preferred.
  • 3-5 years of designing and implementing research projects and evaluation studies in early childhood or related field are required.
  • 3-5 years of data management experience is required.
  • 3-5 years of survey software experience is required.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

  • Full time
  • Chicago, IL -18 S. Michigan Ave.

 

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.

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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