Department: Education Program (McCormick Foundation) Reports to: Program Officer, Education Location: Chicago, IL
About the Education Program
The McCormick Foundation has a decades-long commitment to supporting the education and healthy development of young children in Illinois, ages birth to eight, through investments in early education. A good portion of our nearly $6 million annual investment goes toward leveraging systemic change in the state’s early education system to improve the effectiveness and quality of care children receive. The Education Program focuses its work around two North Star goals: ensuring all Illinois children arrive at kindergarten ready to thrive and enter 3rd grade on track for long-term success.
The Education Program focuses on systemic ways of cultivating outstanding leaders, teachers and childcare providers, and supporting parents to fully optimize their young child’s learning and development at home. Our team works to support our grantees to fully realize the impact of their work, while also using our knowledge and unique position to raise awareness and public understanding of these efforts and critical issues in early education.
Opportunity: Education Intern
The Education program is looking for a graduate student intern to work side by side with the Director and Program Officer with the opportunity to be actively involved with early childhood policy and grantmaking. The Education Intern will support the Education Program by providing a wide range of administrative, organizational, and research support, including managing special projects, preparing correspondence, assisting with internal and external communications and attending internal and external meetings. Our goal is to give interns a comprehensive experience in education-focused nonprofit management to provide the skills necessary to be a viable candidate in a highly competitive field. This is a full-time, three-month internship beginning in June 2019 with the option of extending part-time through the fall.
Research the most compelling early childcare and education state and city data and then develop a repository and reference tool to organize and house data
Create a tool with compelling data, articles, and resources to build public awareness and will-building around early childhood goals and priorities for the state of Illinois
Provide support for the communication of 2019 Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) data and professional development for districts and educators
Serve as a project manager for special projects which may include: planning and coordinating presentations, developing visuals, disseminating information, and organizing and co-hosting events
Represent the Foundation by attending various early childhood partnership meetings and grantee events
Stay abreast of current developments in the field and compile reports for team
Perform other duties as needed to support the implementation of the Education Program strategy
Currently enrolled in an accredited graduate degree program with knowledge of and/or experience in public policy, K-12 education, and the field of Early Childhood
Strong ability to research, analyze, and synthesize data
Excellent organizational and project management skills with impeccable follow?up, time management, and resourcefulness to research and problem solve
High level of interpersonal skills and discretion to handle confidential situations. This position requires demonstrated poise, tact and diplomacy in establishing and maintaining strong relationships.
Excellent oral and written communication skills in a collaborative environment that requires continual attention to detail in writing and proofreading materials
Demonstrated passion for the Foundation’s values with commitment to deliver results measured against the Foundation’s mission
Proficient in MS Office Suite
All offers are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check and drug screening
Required Application Materials
Submit resume, cover letter, and writing sample online here.
About Robert R. McCormick Foundation
The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is dedicated to fostering communities of educated, informed, and engaged citizens. Through philanthropic grant-making and Cantigny Park, the Foundation works to make life better in Chicagoland. The McCormick Foundation, among the nation's largest foundations with more than $1.5 billion in assets, was established in 1955 upon the death of Col. Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune.
Cantigny Park, part of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, is the 500-acre Wheaton estate of Robert R. McCormick. It is home to the McCormick House, First Division Museum, formal gardens, picnic grounds, walking trails and a Visitors Center with banquet and dining facilities.