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Hartnell Community College
  • Position Number: 2605883
  • Location: Salinas, CA
  • Position Type: Science - Astronomy and Astrophysics

Planetarium Coordinator

Location: Main Campus
Job Code: 353
# of Openings: 1

OPEN UNTIL FILLED; (Extended) first application review deadline January 7, 2022.

Position Description

Under the direction of the area dean, perform specialized activities and coordinate the operations of the planetarium facility and equipment; oversee and present various programs and activities for college classes, group astronomy programs, and the general public.

Representative Duties

Perform specialized activities and coordinate the operations of the planetarium facility and equipment; coordinate technical requirements and maintenance contracts of the facility.

Schedule and present planetarium programs for college classes, schools, community groups and the public; modify and install new programs; research, write, produce and update existing programs as needed; compile schedules for shows and lectures.

Work with college faculty and staff to enrich college coursework and programming with planetarium resources.

Maintain the planetarium facility and equipment; design, build, set-up and maintain planetarium equipment as necessary; contact outside vendors as needed for repairs; maintain documentation and inventory files on equipment.

Communicate with outside organizations in person, on the telephone, or electronically regarding new programs and technology, and schedule activities.

Plan and schedule planetarium - star shows, courses, and special events; modify programs by adding and rearranging projectors and special effects; charge and collect admission fees according to established procedures.

Prepare preliminary budget recommendations related to planetarium operations; purchase new equipment, tools and shows according to established procedures; coordinate and oversee maintenance contracts and other related technical requirements of facility; maintain related records.

Operate a variety of equipment including a star projector, various audio and visual equipment, sound system, computer, various hand and power tools and office equipment.

Arrange and update exhibits in the lobby and other exhibit areas as needed.

Respond to issues or concerns regarding the planetarium facilities or programs; provide public information and answer astronomy and related science and space technology questions.

Perform related duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:

Principles of planetarium operation and management.

Operation of technical equipment related to planetarium use.

Modern astronomy including constellations, evening sky, physical science, mathematics and related knowledge.

Modern office practices, procedures and equipment.

Dramatic and theatrical techniques related to planetarium programming.

Oral and written communication skills.

Interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy.

Record-keeping techniques.

Public speaking techniques.

Ability to:

Coordinate the planetarium facility and equipment.

Coordinate and present creative programs and activities for college astronomy classes, group astronomy programs and the general public.

Respond to questions accurately regarding astronomy and space science.

Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.

Maintain records and prepare reports.

Operate a variety of technical equipment.

Meet schedules and time lines.

Work independently with little direction.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination equivalent to a bachelor's degree in astronomy, physics, physical science or related field and two years' experience in a planetarium.

Conditions of Employment

Regular, full-time, 12 months per year classified position on Main Campus. Weekly Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm but must be able to work a flexible schedule as needed (including some late evenings) to accomodate astronomy classes, shows, and special events. Starting salary $4,251/month (Step A). Salary range 25 on CSEA salary schedule: $4,251 to $5,167) monthly (5 Steps); District provides health benefits, which currently consist of full medical, dental, and vision insurance for employee and a high percentage of coverage for eligible dependents. District-paid life, accident and income protection insurance is provided for the employee only. Must become a member of the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS).
Application Procedure
The following documents MUST be uploaded as attachments to your on-line application:

1) Resume
2) Cover letter
3) College/university transcripts

It is the policy of the Hartnell Community College District that no person shall be discriminated against in any employment procedure on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability. The College actively seeks applications from candidates who have multi-cultural experience. Contact the Office of Human Resources and Equal Employment Opportunity if you need any special accommodations to complete the application process.

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