Dayton Society of Natural History seeks a Director of Astronomy.

The Director of Astronomy oversees the day-to-day operation of astronomy and space science programming for the Dayton Society of Natural History (DSNH) including the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery and SunWatch Indian Village/Archeological Park. This position coordinates and supervises all activities of the Astronomy Department, including the production and delivery of educational and entertaining astronomy and space science programming and development of new exhibits and experiences.

This position reports to the Chief Operating Officer of DSNH. As a member of management, this position represents and advocates for Astronomy strategy and programs in the institution as well as with the Board of Trustees.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Oversees daily operation of the Caryl D. Phillips Space Theater, Apollo telescope, junior observatory, Hall of the Universe, and Exoplanets; monitors safety, order, and cleanliness of all astronomy spaces.
  • Oversees maintenance and performs the maintenance and operation of astronomy equipment and exhibits.
  • Produces, implements, and facilitates planetarium and laser shows.
  • Collaborates with the Education Department as a subject matter expert to aid in the development of astronomy programming for students and adults.
  • Stays up to date on current astronomy news and research, and shares information with our guests through programming as appropriate. The museum is in the path of totality for the solar eclipse on April 8, 2024.
  • Collaborates with other departments in the organization to leverage organizational strategies for educational purposes and to enable astronomy to help other areas do the same.
  • Assists Director of Education in working with community, school, corporate, government, and institutional groups and organizations to increase awareness of the DSNH as an educational resource, and to build and strengthen these relationships to promote STEM learning and increase attendance and participation in DSNH programs.
  • Reviews didactic material produced by DSNH to ensure educational mission alignment and content accuracy.
  • Assists in the development of educational programs and curricula, on-site, off-site, and virtually, paying special attention and focus on building diverse and inclusive experiences and striving to reach underserved audiences.
  • Works with the Development and Finance teams to identify and apply for funding from donors, government agencies, corporate and community partners.
  • Establishes goals, objectives, and priorities for DSNH staff and establishes plans to meet these goals.
  • Develops and executes a long-term strategy for astronomy and space sciences at the Museum.
  • Continually develops and enhances educational offerings of the Astronomy Department.
  • Furnishes the educational community with astronomy resource materials.
  • Provides information regarding upcoming astronomy events to inform the media and public, including but not limited to contributions to the DSNH website, newsletters, and press releases.
  • Maintains a professional relationship with Digistar Users group, Planetarium Association, and attend educational planetarium workshops and seminars.
  • Plans and oversees astronomy special events.
  • Researches and investigates space theater equipment and plans future purchases and upgrades.
  • Acts as liaison to the Miami Valley Astronomical Society.
  • Maintains and distributes legal records to ASCAP, the CDRH, and to the FDA.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Education and/or Experience: Bachelor’s Degree in Astronomy or a related field, and at least 5 years of experience working in a planetarium. Supervisory experience highly preferred.

Equal Employment Opportunity: The Organization provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran, or any other protected factor in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, employee development, transfer, promotion, compensation, and corrective action.

Salary range: $40,000 - 50,000

Job classification: Full-time, salary

To apply: Interested Candidates should forward a resume to: [email protected]. For more information, visit

Posted: December 20, 2022

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