Public Program Presentations Manager

Job Summary

Outreach / Education Staff
Lowell Observatory
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement
In-Person Location(s)

Flagstaff, AZ
United States

Job Description

Lowell Observatory is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1894 with a mission to perform basic research in astronomy and to share that research with the public.  Lowell has a vibrant public outreach program, with 100,000 visitors annually to our campus.  We are finishing the 40,000 sq ft Marley Foundation Astronomy Discovery Center, opening November 2024, which will increase our visitor capacity significantly, and includes two galleries, a stunning wrap-around Lowell Universe Theater, and a breathtaking roof-top Dark Sky Planetarium.  The Discovery Center will serve as a destination for locals and visitors from across the country and the world.

Lowell Observatory seeks applications for the position of Presentations Manager (PM). The PM is a member of Lowell’s public outreach team and reports to the Public Program Operations Manager. The PM works with and manages a team of roughly 5-7 Presentation Specialists. This is both an operational and a management position.  The Presentations Manager will lead our talented and innovative presentation team in providing entertaining and educational experiences for visitors.


The PM is responsible for managing the Observatory’s large-group programs for the public, including campus tours, live presentations in the Lowell Universe Theater, and live stargazing programs given at the Dark Sky Planetarium.  The PM will manage all presentation personnel and will organize presentation shift supervision with the Senior Presentation Specialists. The PM will supervise the Presentation Specialists and work with the Senior Presentation Specialists to train the staff in presenting to large groups and in each of the various specialized areas (including the Lowell Universe Theater and Dark Sky Planetarium); the PM should be willing and able to personally deliver these experiences if needed.

The PM’s critical tasks include:

  • Management of Senior Presentation Specialists and Presentation Specialists, including training, mentoring, regular check-ins, and performance management
  • Schedule the Presentation Specialists to ensure all presentation shifts are covered during regular visitor hours.  Schedule staff as needed for special or offsite programs
  • Supervise onboarding and training for Presentation Specialists with all current programs
  • In collaboration with the Content group, ensure that information presented to the public is current and accurate
  • Maintain familiarity with infrastructure associated with delivery of the large-group programs, including the hardware and software of the Lowell Universe Theater, the large display screen of the Dark Sky Planetarium, and the public-facing facilities in areas around the Observatory’s campus
  • Provide overall supervision during regular visitor hours
  • Coordinate program schedules and coverage with other public program managers
  • Conflict resolution as needs arise
  • Regularly deliver programs and engage in general guest interactions as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

The PM will maintain familiarity with all current presentations and will assist the Content group as needed with updating and preparation of new presentations. The PM will work on an ongoing basis with other public program managers to ensure that all programs run smoothly and must be willing and able to provide direct support if needed. Such tasks may include, but are not limited to, logistical support in the Astronomy Discovery Center, crowd and traffic management on busy evenings, snow removal from critical guest areas, and other duties as needed to deliver our programs.


It is not necessary to meet 100% of these qualifications to be considered for this position.

  • Bachelor’s degree in astronomy, planetary science, or related field is required. Demonstrated equivalent experience may be used to satisfy this requirement.
  • Minimum of 3 years of personnel management; demonstrated ability to train, mentor, develop, evaluate, and provide progressive discipline (as needed) for direct reports
  • Excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills
  • Comfort with and demonstrated ability to speak effectively with large and/or diverse groups of guests with wide ranges of ages, backgrounds, and knowledge bases
  • Prior experience in theater or other performance types will be considered a plus
  • Familiarity with the night sky/constellations, general astronomy, and science center or planetarium operations are strongly preferred
  • Ability to occasionally work evenings and/or on weekends

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation Type
Compensation Range
$55,000USD to $70,000USD
Included Benefits

In addition to 11 scheduled paid holidays, Lowell Observatory offers a Flexible Paid Time Off policy for all full-time, benefit eligible employees which allows you to determine how much time you need to rest and enjoy yourself outside of work.  The cost of premiums for medical, life & long term disability insurances for benefit eligible employees is 100% paid by the company. Up to a 5% match on retirement contributions after 6 months of employment.

Application Details

Application Instructions
Please send the following documents to [email protected]
• Lowell Application (
• Resume
• Letter of interest addressing your qualifications
• Phone numbers and e-mail addresses of three professional references
Publication Start Date
2024 Apr 11
Application Deadline
2024 Apr 21


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