Date Posted: Sep 18, 2013
The director is responsible for the operation of the Planetarium, including but not limited to, development and/or acquisition of content for Planetarium shows, scheduling and presentation of shows, maintenance of the facility, including the multimedia equipment used for shows and for management of budgets, policies and other administrative matters.
- Work with the Samford faculty to provide Samford students with a “Planetarium experience” during their study at Samford; this will be primarily, but not exclusively, for undergraduate students in all disciplines.
- Maintain the Planetarium facilities, including the multimedia equipment associated with show presentation as well as room/seating conditions.
- Continually expand the show offerings of the Planetarium by means of acquisition from outside sources and/or in-house development of new content.
- Develop and maintain a web site for the Planetarium.
- Perform administrative duties including:
- Budget management
- Calendar management (including scheduling for the Planetarium)
- Supervision of student assistants
- Policy development and review
- Contribute to enrollment growth in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields by hosting events that will attract prospective science and mathematics students to Samford.
- Support the Christian Mission of Samford University.
- Engage in continuous professional development that furthers expertise in subjects relevant to the Planetarium. Examples include continuing education experiences, review of current literature and attendance at appropriate conferences.
- Seek external sources of funding, including grants, gifts and underwriting.
- Other duties and responsibilities as discussed between the Planetarium director and his/her supervisor.
- Earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
- Knowledge of astronomy and contemporary events in astronomy, cosmology, space exploration and related topics
- Working knowledge of audio/visual production techniques and the equipment and computer software necessary for such production and presentation
- Demonstrated administrative skills including management of calendars, budgets and personnel
- Must be capable of exerting light physical labor for tasks such as movement of chairs and tables as well as maintenance of the media equipment in the Planetarium, some of which is installed in elevated areas requiring the use of ladders for access.
- Good speaking voice and ability to communicate with the public
- Must be able to work occasional weekend and evening events
- Work experience in a Planetarium or similar facility that requires production and presentation of public shows
- Knowledge of music and/or graphic arts is desirable
- Experience in Event Management, Technology Services, Grant Writing and Administration, or Science Recruitment
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Submit resume and cover letter with current salary/salary requirements to:
Office of Human Resources
800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL 35229
FAX: (205) 726-4027
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