Faculty and Staff Positions

Director of McNair Scholars Program

Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee has an opening for Director of the McNair Scholars Program. This is a twelve month, full time position with benefits. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. An immediate start date is desired.

The Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program is a TRIO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The program will serve 25 undergraduate students seeking to earn a doctoral degree who are low-income and first-generation college students, or are members of groups underrepresented in graduate education.

Education and Work Experience

  • Master's degree required, doctorate preferred, in counseling, education, higher education, student development, psychology, STEM, humanities or related discipline.
  • Minimum of three years of experience budgeting/program management, federal grant/s preferred.
  • Minimum of three years of experience working with college students in areas of student access, retention, counseling, graduate school preparation, or teaching experience in college opportunity programs preferred.
  • Supervisory experience required, three years personnel management preferred.

Essential Functions

The Director will oversee day-to-day operations of the program. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Recruiting and supervision of all personnel
  • Lead the participation selection process
  • Arrange training for Faculty and Peer Mentors
  • Ensure that objectives and timelines are met
  • Oversee management of program records and finances
  • Direct evaluation activities
  • Conduct McNair Institute Seminars and workshops
  • Engage in McNair and TRIO professional development offered by the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) and the U.S. Department of Education
  • Collaborate closely with Lee University’s LEAP office, a TRIO Student Support Services program, to ensure that all McNair Scholars are prepared for graduate education

Skill Requirements


  • Experience serving low-income, first-generation, and/or underrepresented students
  • Experience designing, implementing, and evaluating support program curriculum
  • Experience conducting and presenting research
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to collaborate with faculty from a broad array of disciplines
  • Demonstrate the ability to provide advice and direction to undergraduate students
  • Able to organize and execute event planning and goal-setting activities
  • Proficiency with computers and the Microsoft Office Suite


  • Counseling students in research and scholarly presentations

An applicant from a background similar to the participants is preferred. The Director of the McNair Scholars Program is a grant-funded position and continuation is subject to grant renewal.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and names, email addresses and phone numbers of at least three professional references by email to Dr. Debbie Murray, VP for Academic Affairs, debmurray@leeuniversity.edu. Application material may also be mailed to Lee University, 1120 North Ocoee Street, Cleveland, TN 37311. Review of applications will begin October 13, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Lee University is an equal opportunity employer.