Job Opportunity: Planetarium Coordinator at MCC Planetarium, Arizona

The MCC Planetarium has a job opening for a Planetarium Coordinator.

Located at the Southern & Dobson campus of Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona, the planetarium is a 52-seat Digistar 6 theater. It is used for college classes, K-12 visits, private group shows, and monthly public shows.

Job Summary

This is a 30-hour per week position. This Instructional Services Coordinator (title "Planetarium Coordinator") serves as the primary operator, developer, and scheduler for the MCC Planetarium as well as the liaison with the community, both internal and external. The Planetarium Coordinator organizes the schedule of visits to the Planetarium and coordinates appropriate educational presentations for group visits and public events. In collaboration with faculty, the Planetarium Coordinator develops planetarium shows and audio-visual content using a variety of digital media. This position is responsible for maintaining the facility's computer and physical assets and updating shows as needed. This Instructional Services Coordinator must be able to interact with colleagues at all levels of the college and with members of the public. The employee must have a collaborative approach to providing learning experiences in the Planetarium that fosters student success and strong community engagement. The Instructional Services Coordinator demonstrates a commitment to service excellence, innovation, student success, integrity, and diversity in the performance of job duties.

Essential Functions

30% -- In collaboration with appropriate faculty, develop planetarium presentations and audio-visual content for college classes, school & community groups, and the public using Digistar scripting/coding and audio-video production; update planetarium shows and audio-visual content as needed;

30% -- Present live and pre-recorded planetarium shows to diverse groups of learners; guide diverse groups of learners in educational & outreach activities, which may include the use of hands-on demonstrations, portable telescopes, or other activities outside of the Planetarium theater, and may require the supervision of volunteer assistants; facilitate discussions and question & answer sessions at an audience-appropriate level.

20% -- Coordinate and organize scheduling of college class, community group, and public visits to the Planetarium; in collaboration with Institutional Advancement, advertise schedule and content through the college website and social & print media.

10% -- Operate and maintain the Planetarium facility (Digistar digital projectors, lighting, computers, audio system) and coordinate with college maintenance & operations for electrical, flooring, seating, etc. repair; Troubleshoot issues as needed;

10% -- Assist and train college faculty, staff, and students on the use of the Planetarium facility; perform other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution in a related program area, and one year of program coordination experience.


An equivalent combination of the conferred degree and directly related full-time work experience as described above sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above, unless otherwise subject to any other requirements set forth in law or regulation, may be considered.

Desired Qualifications

  1. An excellent academic record that includes a Bachelor's Degree in Astronomy or related field.
  2. Experience operating and programming an Evans & Sutherland Digistar system.
  3. Experience in audio-video production, especially for science education purposes.
  4. Experience in public speaking and presenting technical information to general audiences.
  5. Experience in troubleshooting and maintaining computer hardware and networks.
  6. Experience with photo editing, audio editing, and 3D animation software.
  7. Experience with one or more programming languages.

Special Working Conditions

Requires work on some evenings and weekends. May work outdoors on occasion, in Arizona weather. Exposure to chemicals such as dry ice. Requires work in a low lighting environment and some exposure to loud sounds and strobe lighting. Lifting 50 lb.


$19.12 - $24.86/per hour, DOE

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 9am - 3:30pm

How to Apply

Applicants must submit a cover letter that details how the applicant meets minimum and desired qualifications.

Applications without a cover letter or do not include detailed employment history information will be incomplete and will not be considered.

Applicants are encouraged to include transcripts with their application. MCCCD accepts unofficial transcripts for U.S. schools at the time of application. Unofficial transcripts are submitted as an attachment to the application. Transcripts from non U.S. institutions must be translated/evaluated and provided with application material.

Please ensure your resume and cover letter provide the following items:

  • Clearly illustrate how prior experience, knowledge and education meet the minimum and desired qualifications for this position.
  • Provide employment history in a month/year format (e.g., 09/07 to 10/11) including job title, job duties, indicate full or part time experience for each position held and name of employer for each position.
  • Three professional references, preferably current and/or former supervisors. If references are not provided in resume upon application, they will be requested at time of interview.

Posting Close Date

Apply on or before January 6, 2019 to be considered.

Read more and apply here.

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