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Strategic Initiatives Manager

Company: National Louis University
Location: Chicago
Posted on: January 27, 2023

Job Description:

Position TitleStrategic Initiatives Manager
Who we areNational Louis 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. We are a student focused community that is committed to continuous improvement and asks how do we become more "student ready" so that we may better serve our students. We believe that through education we are able to empower change and build healthy communities. Our community works hard in the service of students and supports one another like a family.
What we offerAt National Louis University 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.
CampusChicago IL -18 S. Michigan Ave

Position StatusRegular-(permanent) Position
Schedule Details (if applicable)In addition, working conditions may include some travel to attend and present at events, which involves carrying luggage and event materials.

What you will doNational Louis University is seeking applicants interested in joining the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership 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.

OutcomesIn this role you will:


  • 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 CompetenciesEssential Skills/Experience:

    • 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.


      NLU Inclusion Statement:

      National Louis University is deeply committed to serving its community, advancing access and equity, and ensuring that all individuals are welcomed and valued. We are dedicated to fostering a culture where diversity, equity, and inclusion remain at the core of who we are. These are more than just words to us: they are truly a way of life for the NLU community. We recognize that differences in age, race, gender (identity and expression), nationality, sexual orientation, physical and intellectual ability, and background bring richness to our work environment. We affirm diverse perspectives, innovative contributions, and authentic presentations of self from every member within the NLU community. We believe inclusion is grounded in the actions we intentionally take each day. Our goal is to inspire and empower NLU employees and community members to cultivate an environment where we collectively focus on uplifting and advancing our institutional culture.

Keywords: National Louis University, Chicago , Strategic Initiatives Manager, Executive , Chicago, Illinois

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