Manages education, outreach, communication, and marketing for McDonald Observatory; includes planning, design, development, operations of programs including StarDate radio and magazine, Frank N. Bash Visitors Center, and Friends of McDonald. Assists at Board of Visitors meetings. Collaborates to raise funds by seeking support from sponsors, underwriters, private-foundations and donors, NSF, NASA and other state and federal funders. Prepares grants for educational programs.
Prepares contracts for professional services. Carries out programs that align major initiatives and new cutting edge science, such as HETDEX, HET, GMT, IGRINS, and initiatives. Oversees and manages a self-sustaining budget and supervises staff and production staff for StarDate magazine radio, and Visitors Center manager. Develops and oversees educational programs at Visitors Center and implements operating policies; and marketing for tourism and the gift shop.
Requires seven years relevant experience in management and supervision, fundraising, business and financial administration, and outreach and public relations. Strong grant writing experience and excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communications skills are required. Experience providing leadership to a team and the ability to work effectively in a collegial, team-oriented unit are needed.
Preferred Qualifications include Master’s Degree or greater, preferably in business or science related field, and ten years developing and managing a self-sustaining program and budget. Demonstrated track record in securing large foundation and/or corporate grants is preferred.
See https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/hr/jobs/nlogon/180314010395 for complete description and to apply. This position is security sensitive and background check is required. UT Austin is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to diversity.