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SUNY Buffalo State Instructional Support Specialist in Buffalo, New York

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About Buffalo State

Buffalo State is the largest comprehensive college in the State University of New York system. As a civic, urban, and engaged campus community, we pride ourselves as having small college learning environments coupled with large university opportunities. We are a diverse and inclusive college committed to the intellectual, personal, and professional growth of its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Our mission is to transform lives, to empower students to succeed and to inspire a lifelong passion for learning. Buffalo State is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, service, scholarship, creative activity, and cultural enrichment. With degree programs in education, the arts, science, and professional studies, each year nearly 10,000 students choose Buffalo State for its broad array of high-quality academic programs, diverse and creative environment, hands-on learning opportunities, affordable SUNY tuition, NCAA Division III athletics, and prime location in Buffalo’s cultural corridor. We welcome applicants who are committed to helping us fulfill our mission.

Faculty/Professional Professional

Department Earth Sciences

Local Title Associate Planetarium Director

Budget Title Instructional Support Specialist

Rank SL-4

Line Number 21009

Salary Range competitive

FTE Full-Time

Negotiating Unit UUP

FLSA Exempt

Department Website

Brief Job Description

The Associate Planetarium Director will be responsible for most of the day-to-day operations of the Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium including, but not limited to:

  • Presenting quality programs for school and Scout groups, college classes, public audiences, special events, and other groups, including occasional evenings and weekends, and including on- and off-site Star Parties.

    • Managing and reporting upon public program schedules and reservations for school and private groups and special events, including scheduling part-time planetarium staff.

    • Advertising planetarium programs across campus and across the Western NY community. Managing the planetarium web site and social media accounts.

    • Maintaining the telescope collection. Planning and placing orders related to the planetarium gift shop.

    • Working with the Planetarium Director on program schedules, developing original content, and collaborating with interdisciplinary partners across campus and throughout the Buffalo region.

    • Working with the Planetarium Director on expanding planetarium offerings to areas such as summer and after-school camps and adult continuing education opportunities as well as developing proposals for formal and informal education programs within appropriate funding agencies.

The Associate Director will also be responsible for teaching SUNY college credit bearing astronomy/earth science-related courses and serving on committees and related activities in the Department of Earth Sciences and Science Education.

The new Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium at Buffalo State College is a 35-foot diameter planetarium which seats 48 and includes a Spitz SciDome 4K digital planetarium system, a Zeiss ZKP 4 opto-mechanical projector, and an AVI SkyLase FX laser system.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in astronomy, earth science, science education, physics or closely related field.

    • Proficiency in public speaking.

    • Good organizational skills.

    • Proficiency in MS Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

    • Be able to stand for extended periods of time and to lift and move telescopes and equipment (up to 30 lbs).

    • Valid driver’s license.

    Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience creating and presenting complex information in a planetarium or other informal science education setting.

    • Demonstrated ability communicating scientific information to audiences with a wide range of ages.

    • Demonstrated teaching experience in astronomy and/or earth sciences.

    Anticipated Date of Hire 08/02/2021

    Priority Review Date 07/05/2021

    Application Deadline Date

    Open Until Filled Yes

    Special Instructions to Applicant

    Contact Person

Dr. Kevin Williams, Search Chair

Contact Email

Contact Fax

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Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Buffalo State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution that subscribes to all federal, state, and SUNY legal requirements and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees on the basis of race, sex, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, or marital or veteran status (Nondiscrimination Notice). Any violation of this policy should be reported to the Equity and Diversity Office, Cleveland Hall 415, (716) 878-6210. Buffalo State is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. If you have any questions, please contact Lydia Kawaler at or call (716) 878-4822.

Background Investigation Statement

All applicants are subject to a pre-employment background investigation. Our Pre-Employment Background Screening Policy is available at

Clery Statement

Applicants interested in positions may access the Annual Security Report ( ASR ) for SUNY Buffalo State at The ASR contains information on campus security policies and certain campus crime statistics. Crime statistics are reported in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. Applicants may request a hard copy of the ASR by contacting the SUNY Buffalo State University Police Department at (716) 878-6333.

New York State Executive Order 161

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    • How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
  • Buffalo State website

  • Buffalo News

  • Buffalo Rocket

  • Challenger

  • Chronicle of Higher Education

  • HigherEdJobs

  • Panorama Hispano News

  • Employee Referral

  • Other

    • All applicants are subject to a pre-employment background investigation. The college's Pre-Employment Background Screening Policy is available at Prior to an offer of employment, an applicant will be required to sign an authorization release form, allowing Buffalo State to conduct a background investigation. Failure of an applicant to sign the authorization release form will disqualify an applicant from further consideration for appointment.
  • I agree to comply with the college's policy.

  • I do not agree to comply with the college's policy. (Note, this selection will disqualify you from further consideration for appointment.)

    • Please share with us what diversity, equity, and inclusion mean to you and why they are important.

(Open Ended Question)

    • What is your highest level of education attained?
  • High School Diploma or GED

  • Associates Degree

  • Bachelors Degree

  • Masters Degree

  • Doctorate

  • J.D. (Juris Doctor)

  • None of the above

    • Are you proficient in using the Microsoft Office Suite?
  • Yes

  • No

    • Do you possess a valid driver's license?
  • Yes

  • No

    Documents Needed to Apply

    Required Documents

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume / Curriculum Vitae

  • Names and Contact Information for 3 Professional References

    Optional Documents

  • Transcripts (unofficial)