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NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
HUMAN RESOURCES SERVICES

POSITION CLASSIFICATION DESCRIPTION


Position Classification Title: Telescope Ops Specialist
Position Classification Code: R3040
Job Family: Instruct/Research/Pub Srvc
Pay Level: 09
Exempt Status: Exempt
This description is intended to describe the general nature of the work being performed. It is not intended to be a complete list of specific duties of any particular position. Duties, responsibilities and bargaining unit eligibility may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.
Purpose of Classification:
Works at telescope site, responsible for safety of site personnel and for the observatory during operational shift. Interprets, assesses, advises, and works closely with visiting scientists, engineers and technicians. Operates telescope and related computers, instruments and sub-systems. Performs regular maintenance and instrument changes and assists with special maintenance activities. May test functionality of newly installed software and assist in debugging.
Standard Duties:
Supervise, direct, delegate, and evaluate work of assigned staff. Assist in performing nightly quality assurance tests and data analysis of telescope instruments and acquire data. Operate facilities to acquire scientific data, under direction of Support Astronomers. Perform periodic engineering tests and procedures as instructed, Assist engineering staff to maintain and improve facilities. Participate in the interface with other project staff at different institutions regarding survey issues and progress. Perform related duties as required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
University and department policies and procedures; principles and practices of organization and administration; principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
Short- and long-range planning; problem analysis and resolution; report preparation and presentation; public contact and relations; oral and written communication; technical; computer; telescope control systems and/or analysis of CCD images/ spectra.
Direct, evaluate, train, and supervise the work of assigned personnel; develop and maintain effective working relationships; maintain accurate and orderly records; use independent judgment and initiative; organize and direct activities; analyze and evaluate information; Understand and operate software on Mac and Linux based Operating Systems.
Minimum Qualifications:
   Education- Bachelor's degree in a related field.
   Experience- One (1) year of experience related to the standard duties as outlined
   Equivalency- Any equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience as approved by Human Resource Services.
   Certifications/License-
   Departmental Requirements-
   Special Requirements-