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Job Posting: Full Time Planetarium Manager

27 Jan 2022 5:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


Leadership role within the McAuliffe Center requiring a deep commitment to collaborative work in open-ended contexts. Manage operations for the FSU Planetarium, including facilities and equipment, staff, activities, and resources. Design, supervise, and implement planetarium offerings, including K-12 school visits, college courses, public events, and online counterparts via virtual programs. Manage and work with a content creation team to produce multimedia digital resources for all McAuliffe Center educational offerings. Research and develop planetarium capabilities for new interdisciplinary offerings geared at college-level students.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Contractors, interns, and work-studies associated with Planetarium
SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Reports to Director of McAuliffe Center

Program Development & Implementation

  • Design, develop and execute daily activities in the planetarium for K-12 students and out-of-school time groups, through ongoing evaluation according to accepted classroom pedagogy.
  • Design, develop and co-instruct, in collaboration with faculty, new educational modules and revise all aspects of the activities and/or learning experiences offered through FSU Planetarium educational program, through ongoing evaluation according to accepted classroom pedagogy.
  • Design, develop and implement astronomy and climate education activities, for both K-12 and college students, in collaboration with McAuliffe Center team members to fully utilize the technical and educational potential of the FSU Planetarium.
  • Design, develop, and manage public programs and astronomy programs both in-person and via live streaming including: Design and prepare visuals; Develop and manage schedule of events
  • Develop new presentations, in collaboration with McAuliffe Center team members, to fully utilize the technical and educational potential of the FSU Planetarium
  • Manage undergraduate internship opportunities offered at the FSU Planetarium.
  • Produce content and multimedia materials in support of McAuliffe Center educational programs and development initiatives in collaboration with McAuliffe Center team members.
  • Develop, in collaboration with McAuliffe Center team members, and manage entertainment programming for the campus community that leverage the live stage setting and the versatile capabilities of the planetarium environment.
  • Collaborate with McAuliffe Center team members in the planning, design, and realization of a future large-scale capital improvement project.
  • Assist the McAuliffe Center Director in the submission of grant applications.

Human, Physical and Financial Responsibilities

  • Manage the McAuliffe Center activities implemented through the FSU Planetarium including: select, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate part-time staff that facilitate education programs and operate planetarium equipment
  • Select, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate student interns that support the work of the planetarium and contribute to educational programs
  • Select and manage the computer systems of the FSU Planetarium, implement technical upgrades and implement new software packages
  • Act as the primary interface between the Planetarium and FSU Facilities and IT Services departments.
  • Work closely with McAuliffe Center Director in the development and management of McAuliffe Center budget in regards to program development and planetarium operations budget.
  • Accountable for ensuring that affirmative action, equal opportunity, and diversity are integrally tied to all actions and decisions in areas of responsibility.

Community Building

  • Responsible for increasing FSU Planetarium and virtual astronomy program bookings.
  • Represent the McAuliffe Center at conferences for the international Planetarium community
  • Build and maintain effective communication tools with K-16 students, colleagues, teachers, community agencies and the public as required by the role.
  • Collaborate with McAuliffe Center team members to create and deliver a wide range of weekend and summer science programs for K-12 students and teachers.
  • Staff occasional evening and weekend events at the McAuliffe Center

Occasional work on weekends and evenings; scheduling of work activities is based according to audiences needs.


  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Master's degree preferred or/and substitute work experience including certifications, research experience, and/or professional development.
  • Demonstrated commitment to a high standard of educational practice and scientific integrity.
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to the needs of a diverse range of audiences representing a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and abilities
  • 3-5 years experience in the presentation of astronomy-related educational programming to K-16 students and public audiences of all ages
  • 3-5 years experience with integrated planetarium systems, OR with digital media production that demonstrates the candidate capacity to operate OR ability to learn to operate the FSU Planetarium including: Spitz SciDome XD or Digi-star; Networked computer systems; 5.1 channel audio systems; Automated lighting systems; Presentation software such as Starry Night Dome, Spitz ATM-4, Spitz Player, etc.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and resolve computer and mobile device issues
  • Demonstrated multimedia production skills, including experience with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom, and Audition; Sony Vegas, Apple Final Cut Pro, or similar video editing tools; other tools as appropriate to task
  • Demonstrated strong commitment to collaborative work
  • Demonstrated confidence in working with open-ended problems
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated application of multidisciplinary and creative skills
  • Demonstrated willingness to participate in teaching, mentoring, research, or service activities that promote the growth of an equitable, diverse, and inclusive academic environment.

Candidates who are bilingual in English and Spanish or English and Portuguese are strongly encouraged to apply.

This is a full-time, exempt, benefits-eligible position in the Association of Professional Administrators (APA) bargaining unit with an official title of Staff Associate and functional title of Planetarium Manager. The salary range is $55,000-$60,000.

It is the policy of Framingham State University that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including booster if eligible before they begin employment. Proof of the COVID-19 vaccine is required of all individuals hired by FSU, to be verified after a verbal offer of employment has been accepted, and before employment begins. Prospective employees may submit a request for a medical or religious exemption to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement to Human Resources. Furthermore, FSU employees must wear a mask inside campus buildings.

Framingham State University conducts criminal history and sexual offender record checks on recommended finalists prior to final employment for all positions.

Framingham State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Members of underrepresented groups, minorities, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and all persons committed to diversity and inclusive excellence are strongly encouraged to apply.

Candidates must apply online by submitting:

  • Cover Letter,
  • Resume/CV,
  • Equity and Inclusion Statement*,
  • Names and contact information for three (3) professional references.

*The Equity and Inclusion Statement is an opportunity for candidates to discuss professional skills, experience and/or willingness to engage in activities that would enhance the university's efforts to promote a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. Equity and inclusion statements will be considered as part of a transparent and comprehensive review of candidate application materials.

Application Deadline: February 28, 2022, but applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Apply now.

Framingham State University only accepts application materials through our online application system. We are unable to accept application materials through mail, email, fax, or hand delivery. If you experience technical issues with the online application process, please submit a helpdesk ticket.

Framingham State University understands that persons with specific disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance, please contact the Human Resources Office at 508-626-4530 or humanresources@framingham.edu.

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