Available Positions

Faculty Positions

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    Assistant Professor: School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences (3 Vacancies)

    Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor

    Vacancies: 

    • Assistant Professor of Wildlife Biology, Vertebrate Zoologist
    • Assistant Professor of Biology
    • Assistant Professor of Wildlife Biology, Plant Ecologist   

    The School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences at Lees-McRae College invites applications for the positions of Assistant Professor of Wildlife Biology, Vertebrate Zoologist, Assistant Professor of Biology, and Assistant Professor of Wildlife Biology, Plant Ecologist. These are permanent, full-time positions to begin August 2020. At the time of hire, the successful applicant must have completed a PhD in related discipline. 

    Assistant Professor of Wildlife Biology, Vertebrate Zoologist: The new hire will be required to teach one or all of the following: ornithology, mammalogy, herpetology, field biology, animal behavior, invertebrate zoology, and introductory ecology and evolution courses and associated labs. In addition, the new hire will be expected to develop upper-level courses directly related to the individual’s academic discipline and must be able to integrate research into undergraduate education. The new hire will be part of the Wildlife Biology major, an ecology-based program with an emphasis on fieldwork.

    Assistant Professor of Biology: The new hire will be required to teach one or all of the following: introductory biology for majors, microbiology, cell biology, genetics and any associated labs. In addition, the new hire will be expected to develop upper-level courses directly related to the individual’s academic discipline and must be able to integrate research into undergraduate education.

    Assistant Professor of Wildlife Biology, Plant Ecologist: The new hire will be required to teach one or all of the following: general botany, field botany, general ecology, conservation biology and introductory ecology and evolution courses and associated labs. Ability to teach both plant and animal-related courses and content desirable. In addition, the new hire will be expected to develop upper-level courses directly related to the individual’s academic discipline and must be able to integrate research into undergraduate education. The new hire will be part of the Wildlife Biology major, an ecology-based program with an emphasis on fieldwork.

    Lees-McRae is a small, four-year, liberal arts college, serving Appalachia and the Southeastern United States. The college is located in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of northwestern North Carolina. Banner Elk is nestled between two popular ski areas and is within a short drive of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Appalachian Trail, and area cycling, hiking, and climbing. The college also owns and maintains the Elk Valley Preserve and Field Station.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Assistant Professor of Wildlife Biology, Vertebrate Zoologist: A terminal degree in the field of ecology, vertebrate zoology, or a related discipline is required (PhD preferred). ABD at the time of application will be considered. Teaching experience desired.

    Assistant Professor of Biology: A terminal degree in the fields of molecular biology, microbiology, cell biology, or a related discipline is required (PhD preferred). ABD at the time of application will be considered. Teaching experience desired.

    Assistant Professor of Wildlife Biology, Plant Ecologist: A terminal degree in the field of ecology, botany, or a related discipline is required (PhD preferred). ABD at the time of application will be considered. Teaching experience desired.

    To apply, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, unofficial transcripts, and the names of three references with contact information at the Apply Now link below.

    Any questions regarding the application process, please contact Tammy Franklin at franklin@lmc.edu.

    Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.

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    Adjunct Faculty (Multiple Positions)

    Division: Office of Academic Affairs

    Reports to: Provost and Dean of Faculty

    Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, NC is accepting applications for multiple adjunct positions. Adjunct faculties are hired to provide quality learning experiences to traditional students as well as adult learners, depending on the program for which candidates are hired.

    Positions Available: Adjunct faculties are needed for the following disciplines:

    • Business Management and Accounting
    • Development Education
    • Foreign Language: French and Chinese
    • Humanities: General Arts and Humanities courses, Literature (American and British)
    • Performing Arts: Acting, Voice and appreciation courses (Theater & Performing Arts); Dance; Costume Designer/Builder
    • Physical Education
    • Rhetoric I and II (English Composition and Public Speaking)
    • Science: Anatomy and Physiology, Environmental Biology, Human Biology and Wildlife Biology
    • Social Science: Psychology and Sociology
    • Sport Administration

    General Responsibilities: The categories listed below constitute the expectations for the adjunct faculty member. These responsibilities will be assessed utilizing student evaluations, classroom observations by thesupervisor, and the supervisor’s formative and summative evaluations. Specifically, the adjunct will:

    1. Participate in an orientation program provided by the College and/or division.
    2. Develop course syllabi according to the standards provided;
    3. Distribute and review the course syllabus in the first week of classes.
    4. Utilize current pedagogical methods that foster active and engaged learning;
    5. Remain abreast of standards and ongoing developments and practices in the assigned academic program or department;
    6. Remain abreast of developments and practices his/her professional content area(s);
    7. Follow the course or academic program standards as prescribed by the area to which he/she is assigned;
    8. Acquire materials and supplies to deliver quality instruction, and be prompt and accurate in the recording and reporting of mid-term and final grades.

    Skills Required: Course and syllabi development, current pedagogical knowledge and practices, MS Office, cooperative and active learning strategies, writing for learning, communication skill (verbal, written and interpersonal), and problem-solving.

    Minimum Degree: Ph.D. in specified field preferred. Master’s degree in specified field considered with a minimal of 18 graduate credit hours in each area taught. Educational background and work experience which meets the standards of the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges and Lees-McRae College required.

    Application Deadline: Ongoing; Interviews will begin immediately.

    Start Date: Varies depending on course rotation schedule and enrollment demands

    Method of Application: Submit a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae and a list of three references with complete contact information using the Apply Now link below. AA/EOE

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Staff Positions

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    Director of Institutional Research

    The Director of Institutional Research, reporting to the Vice President for Planning and External Relations, establishes a conceptual plan to support a data-driven campus environment and encourages decision making through careful analysis and informed projections. The position manages departmental reporting and data integrity and distributes institutional data to external agencies and internal constituents.

    Essential Functions

    Data-Driven Operations and Integrity

    • Utilizes appropriate software solutions to synthesize and analyze complex data sets from multiple institutional systems and repositories.
    • Anticipates and methodically approaches questions/problems to inform decision making and establish a data-driven campus environment.
    • Prepares and maintains statistical data and applies appropriate quantitative and qualitative research design and methodology to studies.
    • Publishes and distributes the annual Factbook and uses data visualization techniques to articulate complex data sets.
    • Supports student success initiatives through collection and analysis of student engagement and academic data.
    • Prepares and maintains statistical data and applies appropriate quantitative and qualitative research design and methodology to studies.
    • Develops, assesses, and refines methodology used to inform future projections.
    • Oversees data integrity initiatives and leads the Data Integrity Group.
    • Works with Office of Information Technology to develop compliant and successful data architecture.
    • Collaborates with departments across campus to standardize data processes and articulates the implications for process/data changes.
    • Fills in data gaps and strengthens historical data to enable longitudinal analysis and enhance reporting accuracy.

    Surveys and Evaluations

    • Manages the administration and timing of all course evaluations and other institutional surveys to avoid survey fatigue and duplicative institutional efforts.
    • Collaborates with faculty to produce a course evaluation instrument and collaborates with departments to enhance, condense, and revise department-specific surveys.
    • Serves as the point of contact and support for evaluation software, including management of annual contracts.

    External Reporting

    • Ensures the accurate and timely submission of all federal and state reporting; serves as IPEDS Keyholder.
    • Completes all external survey requests, including, but not limited to US News, College Board, Peterson’s, etc.
    • Monitors third-party data releases to ensure that the college is accurately presented.

    Competencies

    • Exceptional data management required
    • Exceptional critical thinking and analysis required
    • Strong attention to detail required
    • Strong written and verbal communications required
    • Strong project management required
    • Effective organizational planning required
    • Effective stress management/composure required
    • Teamwork orientation required

    Supervisory Responsibility
    This position has no supervisory responsibilities. 

    Work Environment
    Normal office environment where there is no physical discomfort due to temperature, dust, noise and the like. 

    Physical Demands
    The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must frequently lift or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift or move up to 40 pounds.

    Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
    This is a full-time position. Possibility for position to be remotely based. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Occasional evening and weekend work (or other times when the college is otherwise closed) may be required as job duties demand. 

    Travel
    Limited travel is expected for this position. 

    Required Education and Experience

    • Bachelor’s degree (with coursework in data analytics, higher education, computer sciences, social sciences, mathematics, statistics, and/or equivalent).
    • Advanced Microsoft Excel experience.
    • Two or more years of data analysis and/or higher education experience.

    Preferred Education and Experience

    • Master’s degree.
    • Ellucian Colleague or equivalent student information systems (SIS) experience.
    • SAS, SPSS, Entrinsik Informer, and/or equivalent data analytics program experience.
    • Four or more years of data analysis and/or higher education experience.

    Additional Eligibility Qualifications
    Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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    Director of Career Services

    The Director is responsible for the planning, organization, implementation, and evaluation of career services programs that focus on student needs.

    Essential Functions

    • Work with academic colleges to conduct programs and bring in speakers to meet the specific career development needs of students
    • Conduct classroom presentations on career development topics in collaboration with faculty
    • Develop, implement, and evaluate campus wide career programs including job and graduate school fairs, networking events, formal etiquette dinners, career development workshops, professional clothes closet, and Career Treks
    • Conduct individual appointments with students and alumni on topics including major and career exploration, skill/interest inventories, resume and cover letter assistance, graduate school preparations, job and internship search assistance, and other services as needed
    • Support the Burton Center for Student Success in building class schedules and advising first year students during the summer months in preparation for new student orientation and the fall semester
    • Strategically plan for the vision and the direction of the department by collecting and analyzing data on programming and services and maintaining awareness of the economic needs and trends of the region
    • Gather First Destination information from graduates via the graduation survey and disseminate results
    • Build relationships with local and regional employers; create both formal and information opportunities for student interaction with employers
    • Oversee the resources, programming, and coursework that align with the Professional Preparation Modules within the General Education curriculum
    • Maintain and regularly update social media accounts including Facebook and Instagram accounts for Career Services
    • Maintain and publicize job and internship opportunities on the Lees-McRae Job Board
    • Supervise one student worker
    • Hire, train, and supervise student Career Ambassadors, who host drop in hours and support career services events
    • Serve on campus committees as assigned
    • Additional identified needs

    Competencies

    • Ethical conduct
    • Interpersonal skills
    • Creativity and vision

    Supervisory Responsibility
    This position has limited supervisory responsibility.

    Work Environment
    Normal office environment where there is no physical discomfort due to temperature, dust, noise and the like.

    Physical Demands
    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must frequently lift or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

    Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
    This is a full-time position. Typical days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.

    Travel
    Occasional travel to visit local employers is expected. No overnight travel is required.

    Required Education and Experience
    Bachelor’s degree in Business, Education, or Human Services or a related field.
    One or more years working in career development/services at an institution of higher education.

    Preferred Education and Experience
    Master’s degree in Counseling, Career Counseling, Student Development or related field in higher education

    Additional Eligibility Qualifications
    Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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    Admissions Counselor

    Reporting to the Director of Admissions, the Admissions Counselor is a professional member of the enrollment team who conducts and manages recruitment, admission processes and operations as it relates to total enrollment.  The Admissions Counselor represents Lees- McRae College to prospective students and organizations and works to increase inquiries and convert applications into enrolled students.  The successful Admissions Counselor exhibits superior customer service skills and professionalism throughout daily interactions and communications with students including interviews, phone calls, emails and information sessions.  The Admissions Counselor creates and implements recruitment strategies to reach prospective students through events, referrals, online and print communications, and outreach to businesses and organizations, as well as manages recruitment activities in targeted initiatives. The Admissions Counselor also reviews applications for admission, making admission decisions and awarding academic merit scholarships. The successful candidate will also conduct information sessions for prospective students and families. The Admissions Counselor must demonstrate an ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with team members, faculty, students, alumni, administrators and staff. 

    Essential Functions

    • Evaluate admission applications and make admission decisions or recommendations in a timely fashion.
    • Award academic merit scholarships at the time of admission.
    • Manage a geographic territory and handles budget, including making multiple fiscal decisions, for that territory
    • Manage all activities related to prospective students, applicants, school districts and colleges from a specific territory/population
    • Attend regional and national college fairs
    • Report on recruitment initiatives, including tracking of inquiries, applications, follow-up contacts, campus visits, etc. that allow for the analysis of strategies
    • Extensive follow-up by maintaining phone, email, written and personal contact with prospective students, families and school personnel
    • Conduct prospective student interviews and information sessions for all populations
    • Provide tours of campus if needed
    • Promptly respond to phone calls, email and inquires
    • Manage application flow
    • Work closely with financial aid and other offices on campus to provide information students need to convert acceptances to enrollments
    • Participate in extensive travel: visit up to 100 high schools and attend college fairs (both in and out of state); attend special programs to talk with prospects, families, high school counselors, independent counselors, and school administrations about the college’s programs and offerings
    • Coordinate special projects as assigned
    • Provide back-up counseling for financial aid as needed
    • Assist in the writing and editing of enrollment materials
    • Other duties as assigned

    Competencies

    1. Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
    2. Ability to work independently
    3. Must be able to work as a member of a team
    4. Detailed-oriented
    5. Goal-oriented

    Supervisory Responsibility
    This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

    Work Environment
    Office in a professional environment in addition to travel that includes driving to and attending events at high schools, colleges, and other venues.

    Physical Demands
    The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must frequently lift or move up to 50 pounds. 

    Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
    This is a full-time position. A flexible work schedule that will include days, evenings, and some weekends is required. Extensive travel during high recruitment periods. When not traveling, typical work hours vary from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, with weekend hours as needed to cover campus visits and college fairs.

    Travel
    Extensive travel is required at certain times of the year. Both in-state and out-of-state travel is required.

    Required Education and Experience
    Bachelor’s degree is required. Recruiting, management, sales, and/or knowledge of higher education required. Must be able to demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills. Well-developed presentation skills are required. Outstanding customer and quality service skills are essential. Familiarity with MS Office Suite, social media platforms and marketing. Ability to build relationships with students and determine the correct program fit for the students’ educational, career and personal goals. Ability to multi-task in a high energy environment is necessary.

    Preferred Education and Experience
    Experience with Salesforce and/or another CRM is preferred. 

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    Campus Security Officer (Part-Time)

    This position strives to maintain a safe and secure environment for the students, employees, and visitors of the College through systematic monitoring of the campus grounds and buildings.

    Essential Functions

    • Provide excellent customer service through proactive interaction with the staff, students, guests, and visitors.
    • Patrol campus property on foot and by vehicle to identify hazardous conditions, take corrective measures to reduce or eliminate hazards to persons or college property.
    • Respond to calls for service in a timely manner. Monitor police and fire department radio channels and emergency phone lines.
    • Respond to emergency situations providing basic first aid, and alerting additional police or emergency personnel, as appropriate.
    • Lock and unlock buildings at specified times, provide crowd control at special events as required.
    • Prepare written reports, collect evidence, and gather victim/witness statements of criminal acts or violations of College policy.
    • Perform traffic control duties including issuing parking citations and motorist assistance.
    • Other duties as assigned

    Competencies

    1. Ethical Conduct.
    2. Stress Management/Composure.
    3. Teamwork orientation.
    4. Thoroughness.

    Supervisory Responsibility
    This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

    Work Environment
    Work in various environments including adverse outdoor conditions such as cold, snow, ice rain or heat.

    Physical Demands
    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

    • Stand or walk constantly (for up to 12 hours) on various surfaces.
    • Run, Climb stairs and ladders.
    • Occasionally lift or carry up to 50 pounds
    • Ability to stay calm in stressful or emergency situations

    Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
    This is a part-time, non-exempt position.

    Travel
    No travel is expected for this position.

    Required Education and Experience

    1. High school diploma or GED
    2. Clear criminal background check
    3. Valid NC driver’s license
    4. Neat and professional appearance
    5. Computer skills (Microsoft Word/Excel)
    6. Ability to tactfully enforce rules and regulations by using independent judgment within established guidelines.
    7. Security and/or law enforcement experience
    8. Ability to regularly work rotating evening, weekend, and holiday shifts as required.
    9. Ability to work overtime as required.

    Preferred Education and Experience

    1. Associates degree in Criminal justice or related field
    2. Prior Law Enforcement or Security training
    3. CPR, First-Aid, AED Training/Certification

    Additional Eligibility Qualifications
    Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

    Continuous alertness to detail required while setting priorities and following up on assignments.

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    Bus Driver

    Drivers who hold a Class B Commercial Driver’s License are needed to assist with transporting the collegiate athletic teams to various locations. 

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For additional information about benefits for employees at Lees-McRae College, please email Mary Furst, director of human resources and benefits administration, at furstm@lmc.edu.