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Director of Professional Learning

National Louis University
Job Location:
Chicago, Illinois
Adult and Continuing Education Programs
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.

Essential 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.

Experience, Skills, and 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.
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