Job Opportunity: Planetarium Manager at the Orange Coast College Planetarium
Examples of Duties:
- Oversees the operation of the planetarium and its displays, presentation formats, schedules and hours of service, and programs.
- Works with faculty to integrate planetarium capabilities with curriculum in astronomy, physics, and other sciences and curriculum.
- Coordinates and directs programming, staff training, and outreach to schools, groups, and visitors.
- Develops, modifies and installs new programs. Researches, writes, produces and updates existing programs to offer continuous new visual and lecture content.
- Oversees maintenance of planetarium facility and equipment. Participates in the design, build, setup, and maintain planetarium equipment as necessary; contacts outside vendors as needed for repairs; maintains documentation and inventory files on equipment.
- Plans and schedules planetarium star shows, courses and special events; modifies programs by adding and rearranging projectors and special effects.
- Sets up systems for handling admissions and other fees and charges; accounts for receipts, school/group initiated purchase orders.
- Researches and prepares preliminary budget recommendations related to planetarium operations, taking into consideration schedule proposals, equipment, and income projections.
- Purchases new equipment, tools, and shows based on approved budgets; coordinates and oversees maintenance contracts and other related technical requirements of facility.
- Knowledge of theories and concepts in astronomy, physics, or related discipline.
- Knowledge of planetarium equipment and technologies used for education and interactive presentations.
- Knowledge of computer operating systems used by the District, desktop productivity software, and specialized applications/simulations software used on astronomy and physics.
- Knowledge of new technologies such as web development, multimedia tools, courseware authoring tools, and other instructional technologies.
- Knowledge of scientific math skills sufficient to create and present analytic presentations.
- Knowledge of English language sufficient to write clear, succinct, step-by-step instructions and explanations.
- Well-developed human relations skills to deliver inspiring group presentations, in-service education to groups and individuals and to explain technical concepts to non-technical staff.
- Ability to carry out the major accountabilities of the position.
- Ability to organize and present shows, education, and entertainment for astronomy topics.
- Ability to outreach to school groups and the community for promoting the astronomy programs and to collaborate with faculty to support curriculum.
- Ability to express educational technology goals relating to the Planetarium with imaginative application of multimedia and technologies to support curriculum.
- Ability to convey concepts in writing and orally to individuals and/or groups of diverse backgrounds.
- Ability to work within a changing environment, schedule, and manage multiple priorities.
Education and Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree in Astronomy, Physics, or related discipline.
- Three (3) years of progressive experience supporting a planetarium or comparable environment that includes guest relations.
- Master’s degree in related field or discipline.
- May require a valid driver’s license.
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