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Research Specialist (Early Childhood Policy) - Educations Systems Center (38851)

Northern Illinois University
Job Location:
DeKalb, Illinois
Laboratory and Research

Provide policy expertise for all projects/initiatives undertaken by Early Childhood Transformation Team

Key Job Characteristics

  • Develops multiple research projects that fall within the area of expertise
  • Contributes to the design, development and delivery of research projects in consultation/collaboration with colleagues, external partners and clients
  • May determine objectives and approach to research projects in area of content expertise
  • Presents results and publishes manuscripts for public, private, and professional audiences

Duties and Responsibilities (generally)

Research, Policy development, Policy structure, Regulatory compliance

Minimum Required Qualifications for this position


  • Bachelor's Degree; business, public policy, economics, or other relevant field of study.
  • 5+ years experience in government (local, city, state or federal) and/or business operations
  • Experience with and knowledge of government processes, data collection and analysis
  • Strong writing and communication skills; ability to communicate clearly to diverse audiences
  • Experience supporting multiple projects simultaneously with attention to detail
  • Understanding of and interest in early childhood education
  • Understanding of and experience with process improvement strategies and technology

Education and Experience Preferred

Master's Degree preferred

Experience with Early Childhood Educational system preferred

Experience with Governor's Office preferred

Experience with state agency/government preferred

List the knowledge, skills, and abilities critical to the performance of this position.

  • A demonstrated passion and commitment to transform Illinois' system of early childhood education to be high quality, equitable and accessible to all families
  • Understanding of state government internal processes, guidelines, and administrative requirements
  • Thrive in a high volume, fast-paced, mission-driven work environment
  • Highly developed verbal and written communication skills with the demonstrated ability to effectively communicate/present to a diverse audience
  • Experience in strategic communications, graphic design and layout, and messaging
  • Ability to multitask and manage complex projects while remaining execution-focused, exceeding client expectations and respecting internal and external deadlines
  • Interest and experience in the public policy process (state and/or national)
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Strong comfort with technology; including PowerPoint, MS Word & Excel, and more

Working Hours: 8 - 4:30; evenings and weekends as needed

Minimum Pay Rate (Hourly or Monthly)

$4,583.34/month ($55,000.08/year)

Hiring Rate Information

Actual hiring rate is commensurate with experience, education, and internal equity; position includes a robust benefits package to eligible applicants.

Priority Review Date: 06/30/2021

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EEO Statement

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator

Health Services 230


Is Background Check Required: Yes

Visa Policy

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

ADA Accommodation

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Position Number: 00038851

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