Job Summary – Observatory and Planetarium Director
The Snow King Observatory and Planetarium Director provides leadership, management, and direction for all operations associated with the Snow King Observatory and Planetarium due to be completed in Fall 2023. This unique facility is a for-profit, public outreach, educational facility, with a first class one-meter Planewave telescope, 24-foot AstroHaven Dome, 8-meter Sptiz Planetarium Dome, 45-person classroom/theater, and educational gallery. The facility is located at 8,000 ft atop the Snow King Mountain Resort in Jackson, Wyoming, with amazing views of the Teton mountain range and is accessed via a short gondola ride. The Director of this facility may serve multiple functions including public educator, researcher, facility operator, and staff educator. It is anticipated that the facility will host events ranging from school class visits, corporate gatherings, astronomers doing research, to normal public educational operations.
Snow King Mountain is seeking an exceptional, well rounded individual with a passion for astronomy, experience managing observatory and/or planetarium operations, and love for educating, entertaining, and interacting with the general public. This position will report to the President of the resort and will work alongside the Senior Management Team in developing and executing resort initiatives. It is anticipated that the position will also report to the Snow King Mountain Resort Board Chairman.
This position is responsible for ensuring the overall success of the Snow King Mountain Observatory and Planetarium including the following:
Operation and oversight of the one-meter Planewave Telescope and associated equipment.
Astrophotography, remote telescope rental operations, astronomy research programs.
Public educational programs, tours, event space rentals, and school visits.
Employee hiring and staff training/development.