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ASP Career Opportunities


Part Time Position (24 hours/week)

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) – a 501c3 nonprofit astronomy organization headquartered in San Francisco – inspires and supports professionals, researchers, educators, amateurs, and armchair astronomers to learn more about astronomy and strengthen their ability to teach the subject to others. The ASP, which is currently celebrating its 126th year, develops and disseminates innovative astronomy toolkits, programs, publications, education resources, and online activities in its mission to advance science literacy through astronomy. ASP works with K-12 classroom teachers, museums, planetariums, national and state parks, nature centers, astronomy clubs, and city sidewalk enthusiasts. The ASP also works with NASA, the American Astronomical Society, the National Science Foundation, and other leading professional and educational organizations in North America and overseas. Financial support comes from a diverse portfolio of sources that includes government agencies, foundations (private and corporate), sponsorships, earned revenue, and donations from ASP members and individuals. The annual operating budget is approximately $2,500,000 and the institution employs a staff of 15 people. Please visit for more information.

JOB SUMMARYThe Program Coordinator is responsible for the support and management of a community of about 1,000 museum educators and park rangers across the U.S. This includes logistical and participant support for 5 – 6 workshops per year, which take place both online and in-person, and ongoing support and management of an online community of program participants. This person provides support for several programs – Astronomy from the Ground Up (museum educators and park rangers), My Sky Tonight (children’s museum educators), Skynet Junior Scholars (4-H Leaders), Astronomy Ambassadors (graduate students & post docs) – as well as other programs as needed.


  • Workshop support for approx. 150 participants per year. This includes:
    • Processing workshop applications
    • Communication with workshop participants
    • Preparation and shipping of workshop materials
    • Online technical support
    • Onsite logistics
  • Ongoing community management for approx. 1,000 program participants. This includes:
    • Database management
    • Ongoing tracking and communication
  • Organization, maintenance, and stocking of in-house education supplies
  • Other event support as needed


  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong, personable communication skills, both written, on the telephone, and in person
  • Computer skills:
    • Demonstrated proficiency in Excel, Word, and various web and mail applications.
    • Database management experience preferred, with FilemakerPro experience particularly desirable
  • Generally tech savvy and able to pick up new technologies quickly.

Applications must be received by June 1, 2015.

This is a nonexempt 60% FTE (24 hours per week) position with an hourly wage of $18-19 to be determined based on qualifications and experience. There may be an opportunity for expanded hours in the future.

To apply, please submit cover letter and resume to:

Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Attention: Program Coordinator Search Committee
390 Ashton Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94112

Or e-mail your application materials to: