Framingham State University is a vibrant comprehensive liberal
arts institution located in the MetroWest suburbs of Boston, which
integrates an academically challenging liberal arts education with
workforce preparation programs. Founded in 1839, FSU enrolls about
4,000 undergraduates and 1,200 graduate and professional students.
FSU offers 35 bachelor's degrees with 55 specialized
concentrations, 63 minors, and 26 master's degree programs, in a
highly personalized teaching environment. Our community takes pride
in empowering student success by providing a superior education,
leading research and innovation opportunities, and a strong
At FSU, we are deeply committed to inclusive excellence,
encouraging a supportive, diverse and collaborative learning
environment, and providing culturally relevant education. We are
honored that our commitment earned FSU six Higher Education
Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Awards from INSIGHT Into Diversity
and that we are the only public institution in Massachusetts
recognized in 2018, 2019, and 2020. FSU is designated as an
emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution by the Hispanic Association
of Colleges and Universities and also belongs to the Howard Hughes
Medical Institute (HHMI) Inclusive Excellence community, providing
national leadership in science education and exploring strategies
that will lead to more inclusive science education. We encourage
applications from those who share our commitment to promoting a
diverse, welcoming, and inclusive community.
Our founding motto, LIVE TO THE TRUTH, was said at the end of
each class by beloved first principal, Cyrus Peirce, who sought to
discover and teach "truth in theory and principle...truth in spirit
and motive...truth in manner and form...truth intellectual and
truth moral." Principal Bagnall found this motto "speaks of
sincerity of spirit...of intensity of effort, of resolution to
succeed, of joy in achievement." LIVE TO THE TRUTH continues to
guide our institution in practice and endeavor. If you share in
this quest for truth and a commitment to living it fully, make the
next chapter of your career the best chapter at Framingham State
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GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:
The McAuliffe Center is seeking a Planetarium and Media
Technology Manager to support a wide range of programs based on the
use of media technology, from planetarium programs to
technology-enabled simulations including virtual reality
applications. This individual will be responsible for driving
innovation that enhances and redefines the McAuliffe Center's
interactive digital products and services that support the Center's
activities, both online and on-site. The ideal candidate is a
visionary thinker with an inquisitive mind, a person keen to
integrate new technologies and enjoys working in a collaborative
environment. This role will be an integral part of the Center's
creative efforts, research and development of planetarium
capabilities, and management of the operation of the FSU
Planetarium and of simulation technology in the Challenger Learning
Contractors, interns and work-studies associated with
EXAMPLES OF SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Design, develop and execute daily activities in the Planetarium
for K-16 students that fully utilize the technical and educational
potential of the FSU Planetarium.
- Produce content and multimedia materials in support of
simulations in the Challenger Learning Center.
- Develop and manage entertainment programming for the campus
community that leverage the live stage setting and the multiple
projections capabilities of the Planetarium.
- Design, develop, and manage public planetarium programs and
astronomy programs both in person and via livestreaming
- Manage the computer systems of the FSU Planetarium and the
Challenger Learning Center, implement technical upgrades and
implement new software packages.
- Act as primary interface between the Planetarium and FSU
Facilities and IT Services departments.
- Collaborate with McAuliffe Center team members in the planning,
design, and realization of a future large-scale capital improvement
- Accountable for ensuring that affirmative action, equal
opportunity, and diversity are integrally tied to all actions and
decisions in areas of responsibility.
- Staff occasional evening and weekend events at the McAuliffe
Staff occasional evening and weekend events at the McAuliffe
- Bachelor's degree or substitute work experience in digital
media or computer science or related field.
- Demonstrated knowledge of physics, astronomy, and other STEM
fields acquired through academic programs or independent
- Experience creating new products at an interactive design
agency or digital media team.
- Strong familiarity with interactive, mobile and emergent
technologies, and an ability to identify the right technology to
meet the needs of a project.
- Demonstrated ability to adapt to the needs of a diverse range
of audiences representing a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and
- 3-5 years experience in supporting informal learning for K-16
students and public audiences of all ages.
- 3-5 years experience with integrated planetarium systems, OR
with digital media production that demonstrate the candidate
capacity to operate the FSU Planetarium including:
- Spitz SciDome XD or similar networked computer systems
- High resolution full dome projection systems
- 5.1 channel audio systems
- Automated lighting systems
- Presentation software such as Starry Night Dome, Spitz ATM-4,
Spitz Player, etc.
- Ability to troubleshoot and resolve Windows-based computer
- Demonstrated multimedia production skills, including experience
with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom, and Audition; Sony
Vegas, Apple Final Cut Pro, or similar video editing tools; other
tools as appropriate to task.
- Previous experience with both Planetarium systems and the
technology and programs used in a Challenger Learning Center
- Experience, professional or self -aught, with VR systems
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and the many
changes in technology and programming to be experienced by the
Center in the next two years
This is a full-time, exempt, benefits-eligible position in the
Association of Professional Administrators (APA) bargaining unit
with a title of Assistant Director. The salary range is $60,000 -
It is the policy of Framingham State University that all
employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including booster
if eligible, before they begin employment. Proof of the COVID-19
vaccine is required of all individuals hired by FSU, to be verified
after a verbal offer of employment has been accepted, and before
employment begins. Prospective employees may submit a request for a
medical or religious exemption to the COVID-19 vaccination
requirement to Human Resources. Furthermore, FSU employees must
wear a mask inside certain campus spaces.
Framingham State University conducts criminal history and sexual
offender record checks on recommended finalists prior to final
employment for all positions.
Framingham State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative
Members of underrepresented groups, minorities, women, veterans,
persons with disabilities, and all persons committed to diversity
and inclusive excellence are strongly encouraged to apply.
Candidates must apply online by submitting:
- Cover Letter,
- Equity and Inclusion Statement
- Names and contact information for three (3) professional
*The Equity and Inclusion Statement is an opportunity for
candidates to discuss professional skills, experience and/or
willingness to engage in activities that would enhance the
university's efforts to promote a diverse, equitable, and inclusive
community. Equity and inclusion statements will be considered as
part of a transparent and comprehensive review of candidate
For full consideration, application materials must be received
by August 15,2022. However, applications may continue to be
reviewed until the position is filled.
Framingham State University only accepts application materials
through our online application system. We are unable to accept
application materials through mail, email, fax, or hand delivery.
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process, please submit a helpdesk ticket.
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process and/or with the interview process. For confidential
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