Position Title:Planetarium Director
Purpose of Position
The Planetarium Director is responsible for the activities on the planetarium housed in the science building. The Planetarium Director serves as a representative of Texas A&M University-Commerce in the community as well as at the University. The director plans and manages the public outreach programs of the planetarium and coordinates classroom usage of the facility. The director is the responsible administrator and primary presenter for the facility.
- Director’s all shows on the dome.
- Negotiates contracts for planetarium shows within budgetary restrictions.
- Schedules public shows.
- Provides technical expertise and assistance to university faculty and school groups to create presentations on the dome.
- Prepares show schedules and assists in marketing the University with marketing personnel.
- Represents and promotes the University by speaking at area schools, civic clubs, community groups and other venues.
- Maintains all equipment associated with planetarium within budgetary restrictions.
- Produces planetarium shows working in conjunction with science, mathematics and fine arts students and faculty.
- Gives science demonstrations to school/community groups as requested.
- Prepares budget for area of responsibility, submits all requisitions/contracts/leases for approval and maintains accounts expenditure records.
Contributes to the effective team management of all relevant problems, issues and opportunities.
This job description shall include, but is not necessarily limited to, the above duties. May temporarily perform other duties assigned to maintain operations and services.
Marginal Functions will vary with the specific assignment and depend on the particular unit or function for which the person is responsible. Consideration will be given on a case by case basis and reassignment of marginal duties will be made when appropriate.
Knowledge & Skill Requirements
Requires a Masters degree in physics, astronomy or related field. Successful experience in a digital planetarium. Commitment to excellence in planetarium production and programming. Must have an understanding of and commitment to the University philosophy. Ability to communicate orally and in writing and ability to work effectively with others. Ability to organize and prioritize job tasks and to oversee a variety of tasks simultaneously. Ability to prepare and deliver oral presentations. Ability to work as a team member. Ability to work independently with a high degree of professionalism. Ability to supervise others. An in depth knowledge of astronomy and basic scientific principles. Ability to operate and maintain planetarium equipment. Ability to maintain proper budgetary controls. Enthusiasm and dedication to the field of astronomy and education.
Supervision of Personnel
Assistant director and student assistants.