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Planetarium Coordinator Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Coordinates several aspects of the Planetarium including the preparation and presentation of lectures and shows to university classes and the general public and the repair and maintenance of planetarium equipment. Ensures expenditures stay within allocated budget and ensures safety of patrons in the planetarium. Incumbents typically report to a Director or a Chairperson of the department.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is second in a series of two classifications and is distinguished from the Planetarium Technician in that incumbents in larger planetariums supervise Planetarium Technicians, ensure expenditures stay within budgetary guidelines, ensure safety of patrons using the facilities and have overall responsibility for the scheduling of shows within the Planetarium. This classification requires a flexible work schedule in order to accommodate the viewing and show schedule.

Examples of Duties:

  • Prepares, presents and schedules planetarium lectures and shows for the general public, schools and university community which includes selection of material to be presented, artwork for posters, selection of accompanying background music and production of soundtracks.
  • Monitors the maintenance and repair and/or maintains and repairs existing mechanical, optical and electronic equipment such as telescopes, projectors and computers.
  • Monitors and/or performs the modification, design and/or construction of equipment of a mechanical, electrical or electronic nature.
  • Designs and writes a brochure of scheduled shows and available planetarium times for visitation by various groups.
  • Ensures expenditures for the planetarium stay within the allocated budget.
  • Ensures compliance with safety standards; removes obstructions on the floor; checks emergency exits and electrical equipment to ensure safe and proper operation.
  • May supervise, train, evaulate and coordinate the activities of subordinates.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of optical, electronic and mechanical equipment as it relates to planetarium equipment.
  • Skill in graphics, photography and writing for program design.
  • Skill in presenting lectures to groups of people.
  • Skill in repairing various types of planetarium equipment.
  • Skill in supervising and coordinating the activities of others.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelors degree in Astronomy or related field AND two years of planetarium operations experience; OR, Six years of planetarium operations experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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