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Planetarium Manager
Coast Community College District

  • Jun. 19, 2017
  • Planetarium Manager
  • Coast Community College District
    Costa Mesa, CA
    United States
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Educational Services
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Under the general supervision of the Dean of Math and Sciences, the Planetarium Manager develops, directs, and administers a planetarium which supports curriculum and serves as an educational and entertainment facility for students, school groups, and the community. The manager will develop a research-based action plan that blends service hours, programs, and education in a way that optimizes patronage.

The Planetarium Manager is a first-line management position that integrates educational support with community-based education and entertainment. The Planetarium provides both fee-based and educational support services by introducing and scheduling core and innovative programs, presentations, and events. The Planetarium Manager assists the Foundation with fund raising and public relations efforts.

The manager will be involved in planning during the final phase of construction, for a facility opening in Fall, 2018. (see OCC website:

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
* 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. Directs scheduling and present planetarium programs for the college's classes, schools, community groups and the public.     
* Develops, modifies and installs new programs. Researches, writes, produces and updates existing programs to offer continuous new visual and lecture content. Works with faculty to enrich college coursework and programming with planetarium resources.     
* 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. Note that events may be scheduled on weekends, holidays, and special celestial occurrences.     
* Sets up systems for handling admissions and other fees and charges; accounts for receipts, school/group initiated purchase orders and other arrangements and trains others to do the same.     
* 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.     
* Performs other duties as assigned that support the overall objective of the position.

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