Public Program Content 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 Content Manager (CM). The CM is a member of Lowell’s public outreach team and reports to the Public Program Operations Manager. The CM works with and manages a team of approximately four Content Specialists. This is both an operational and a management position.  One aspect of Lowell Observatory’s mission is to share information and discoveries with the public, and the person in the CM role will be instrumental in this effort.  Our well-established public program currently sees ~100,000 visitors per year, with a 50% increase expected in 2025 once our ground-breaking Astronomy Discovery Center has opened.  The person in the CM role will be a dynamic and forward-thinking individual who will work with staff in public program, science, technology, marketing, and philanthropy to share the wonders of our universe with as wide an audience as possible.


The Content Manager is responsible for managing the group that ensures that accurate and timely information is available to all staff delivering content in the Observatory’s visitor programs, onsite and offsite, and in all exhibits and presentations. The Content group also works with any Observatory staff, as time and programmatic strategy permits, to develop presentation content regarding and related to the Observatory’s scientific and technical programs and historic legacy.

Essential tasks of the CM include:

  • Manage the Content Specialists:  set goals and clear metrics, determine possible approaches, ensure that project and performance milestones are achieved
  • Work with Content Specialists to define and develop products needed by the public program department or by other departments.  These will include current event sheets, presentation scripts, exhibit concepts and contents, and more.  The CM will also need to be proactive in seeking new approaches to delivering content, and identifying new content that may be provided.
  • Act as a resource for all departments, for requests for public-facing science content; work with team to fulfill these requests; ensure that content is accurate and up-to-date.
  • Develop plans for field testing new content
  • Maintain current knowledge of astronomical events, current science research at Lowell, space exploration, and associated fields.
  • Maintain familiarity with all content components of the Astronomy Discovery Center’s exhibit galleries. In collaboration with appropriate staff, ensure the exhibits are in up to date and provide effective experiences for visitors.
  • Present science programs to visitors regularly at the Astronomy Discovery Center
  • Supervise planning for, production of, and/or acquisition of shows to be presented in the Lowell Universe Theater (LUT).
  • Supervise production of and regular updates of content available for the large screen of the Dark Sky Planetarium (DSP).
  • Other duties as assigned.

The CM may be called upon from time to time to assist with delivery of outreach programs. While such duties would be expected first to be performed by Telescopes and Presentation staff, the CM should be prepared to step in if needed. As such, the CM should maintain familiarity with current events in the night sky and the current contents of campus tours and LUT/DSP shows.


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

  • Bachelor’s degree in astronomy, planetary science, or closely related field is required. Advanced degree is preferred.  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
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize complex concepts into stories and narratives that are accessible to the general public
  • Familiarity with the night sky/constellations, astronomy/planetary science fields and science center or planetarium operations are strongly preferred
  • Familiarity with exhibit design and production is a plus
  • Familiarity with development of visuals and graphics for live shows is a plus
  • Familiarity with video production is a plus
  • Ability to occasionally work evenings and/or on weekends

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation Type
Compensation Range
$70,000USD to $85,000USD
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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