Planetarium Manager

Costa Mesa, California
$76,719.00 - $101,064.00 Annually
Jun 16, 2017
Institution Type
Community College

Orange Coast College


Planetarium Manager

Job#  O-002-18

Salary:  $76,719.00 - $101,064.00 Annually

Deadline:  8/17/2017


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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.



Knowledge of:

Theories and concepts in astronomy, physics, or related discipline.

• Planetarium equipment and technologies used for education and interactive presentations.

• Computer operating systems used by the District, desktop productivity software, and specialized applications/simulations software used on astronomy and physics.

• New technologies such as web development, multimedia tools, courseware authoring tools, and other instructional technologies.

• Scientific math skills sufficient to create and present analytic presentations.

• 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.

• Organize and present shows, education, and entertainment for astronomy topics.

• Outreach to school groups and the community for promoting the astronomy programs and to collaborate with faculty to support curriculum.

• Express educational technology goals relating to the Planetarium with imaginative application of multimedia and technologies to support curriculum.

• Convey concepts in writing and orally to individuals and/or groups of diverse backgrounds.

• Work within a changing environment, schedule, and manage multiple priorities.

• Work cooperatively and productively with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and patrons.


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.


Desirable Qualifications:

• Master's degree in related field or discipline.

• Licenses and Certifications:

• May require a valid driver's license.


Conditions of Employment

This is a full-time, 12-month, classified management position. The normal hours of work will be 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday. However, some flexibility such as evenings and week-ends will be required to meet the needs of the department. The effective date of employment will be arranged with the hiring manager.


Regular attendance is considered an essential job function; the inability to meet attendance requirements may preclude the employee from retaining employment.

The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in Coast Community College District policies, procedures, and Title IX. (Reference: BP/AP 5910)

The Coast Community College District celebrates all forms of diversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators, and faculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing the District's strategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

SALARY: Salary range is based on the  2016-17 Classified Management Salary Schedule (GG) - Pay Grade 22.  The District provides medical, dental, and vision insurance for the employee and eligible dependents and life insurance for the employee.


PAY PHILOSOPHY: All movement on the salary schedule will occur July 1 of each year for all classified management employees.



Office environment.

Work is performed indoors where minimal, yet some safety considerations exist.


Work is primarily sedentary in nature.

Ambulatory ability to move to various campus locations. Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard.

Hearing and speaking to exchange information and carry on conversations in person or over the phone.

Seeing to read a variety of materials and view a computer monitor. Sitting for extended periods of time.

Ability to retrieve work materials from overhead, waist, and ground level files. Ability to work extended hours to meet the needs of the department.


Additional Information

ATTENTION: Before applying, please be sure to review the Coast Colleges District Board Policy regarding Nepotism ((BP 7310) (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader)) to check if your application may be impacted. If you have any questions, please contact HR Recruitment at 714-438-4714 or 714-438-4716.


Coast Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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