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Planetarium and Media Technology Manager

Framingham State University
Massachusetts, United States
$60,000.00 - $65,000.00
Posted Date
Jul 25, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Geology & Earth Sciences
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Full Time
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Company Description:

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 first-year experience.

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 University.

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Job Description:


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 Center.


Contractors, interns and work-studies associated with planetarium




  • 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 project.
  • 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 Center


Staff occasional evening and weekend events at the McAuliffe Center



  • 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 learning.
  • 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 abilities.
  • 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 issues
  • 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

Additional Information:

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 - 65,000.

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 action employer.

Members of underrepresented groups, minorities, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and all persons committed to diversity and inclusive excellence are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions:

Candidates must apply online by submitting:

  • Cover Letter,
  • Resume/CV,
  • Equity and Inclusion Statement
  • Names and contact information for three (3) professional references.

*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 application materials.

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. If you experience technical issues with the online application process, please submit a helpdesk ticket.

Framingham State University understands that persons with specific disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance, please contact the Human Resources Office at 508-626-4530 or


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