The University of Texas at Austin Job Posting

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Assistant Director - Assistant Director for Education and Outreach

Hiring department McDonald Observatory
Monthly salary $7,500+ depending on qualifications
Hours per week 40.00 Standard from 800AM to 500PM
Posting number 18-03-14-01-0395
Job Status Closed
FLSA status Exempt
Earliest Start Date Immediately
Position Duration Funding expected to continue
Position open to all applicants
Location Austin (main campus)
Number of vacancies 1
General Notes

Reports to the Director of McDonald Observatory. Travels frequently to McDonald Observatory in the Davis Mountains - 16 miles from Fort Davis, Texas and 440 miles from the University of Texas at Austin's main campus.

Required Application Materials

  • A Resume is required in order to apply
  • A Letter of Interest is required in order to apply.
  • A List of 3 References is required in order to apply.

Additional Information


To strategically manage education programs and promote astronomy to the general public, K-12 students, and educators to increase awareness of the universe and encourage further exploration to advance the research and educational mission of the McDonald Observatory and The University of Texas at Austin.

Essential Functions

Manages the education, outreach, communication, and marketing for McDonald Observatory. Receives general direction regarding the planning, design, development, and operations of educational and outreach programs, including StarDate radio, StarDate magazine, the Frank N. Bash Visitors Center, and the Friends of McDonald. Assists the Director and development team at Board of Visitors meetings. Collaborates with the Director and Director of Development with raising funds to support the education and outreach programs by seeking support from sponsors, underwriters, private-foundations and donors, National Science Foundation, NASA and other state and federal funders. Prepares grants for funding and works with faculty to create grants and educational programs related to their research. Prepares service agreements and contracts for various professional services. Works with the Director, the Education and Outreach team, and an advisory board to carry out education and outreach programs that align the Observatory's major initiatives and new cutting edge science, such as the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment, the revitalized HET, the Giant Magellan Telescope, IGRINS, and the other advancing research initiatives. Oversees and manages a self-sustaining budget and complies with UT policies and processes. Supervises staff including the communications manager, marketing and production staff for StarDate magazine and StarDate radio, and Visitors Center manager. Develops and oversees educational programs at the Visitors Center and implements the facility's operating policies. Supervises marketing associated with tourism and the gift shop.

Marginal/Incidental functions

Other related functions as assigned.

Required qualifications

Bachelor's Degree. Seven years relevant experience in management and supervision, direct fundraising, fund development, business and financial administration, and/or communications outreach and public relations. Excellent professional demeanor. Experience managing a self-sustaining program and operational budget. Strong grants writing experience (includes involvement from research to concept to submission, budget writing and management). Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communications skills. Demonstrated ability to think strategically and creatively, work well under pressure and effectively manage concurrent projects. Active experience providing leadership to a team and the ability to work effectively in a collegial, team-oriented unit. Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to higher education. Willing to travel, work occasional nights/weekend events as required. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Master's Degree or greater, preferably in business or science related field. Ten years developing and managing a self-sustaining program and large operations budget. Demonstrated track record in securing large foundation gifts/grants including some corporate foundation gift experience. Demonstrated successful interactions with national foundations and/or corporations. Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with academic leaders, administrators, development staff, volunteers, and students for the benefit of promoting and/or fundraising in the field of higher education. Experience with non-profit management and/or educational outreach program. Leadership experience in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math). Experience with Altru Blackbaud and management of the cloud based software solution.

Working conditions

May work around standard office conditions Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation Use of manual dexterity Climbing of stairs

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