W. M. Keck Observatory

This position is open to high school students

Position open until filled


Under the general supervision of the Major Gifts Administrator, the Fund Development Student Assistant supports the day to day functions of the Fund Development Office by helping to stimulate public awareness and interest in W. M. Keck Observatory's (WMKO) work through boutique maintenance, marketing, donor relations activities, public events and informational materials.

Essential Functions

  • Assist with the management of retail sales of the KeckWear boutique by:
    • Maintaining and updating product inventory as well as maintaining the sales recordkeeping database
    • Handling sales (in-house, public events, and via phone)
    • Maintaining the professional presentation of KeckWear inventory on display
    • Keeping the inventory clean and tidy
    • Restocking lobby displays as needed
    • Ordering necessary products, as well as updating the KeckWear items on the iPad
    • Handling the money tracking and recordkeeping system; biweekly closing of the cash box
    • Working with and training WMKO volunteers (Guidestars) on boutique related matters
  • Maintain the W. M. Keck Observatory Keck Nation subscription list; upload new subscribers.
  • Assist with preparations and activities related to special events, such as mailing invitations, creating name badges, gathering handouts and mailing appeals. Provide support of various responsibilities at public lectures and special events both on and off site.
  • Greet visitors and orient them to lobby displays and informational materials. Ensure equipment is clean and working properly. Maintain lobby brochures and other information. Keep track of visitors via guest book in lobby and ensure information is entered into the filing system.
  • Maintain and update the Fund Development and KeckWear iPad applications, ensure all information is up to date and correctly displayed.
  • Compile and file corresponding donation documentation, upload documentation to correct files in Raiser's Edge constituent database.
  • Assist in design and layout of articles, flyers, reports, slideshows, boutique database, and various educational materials for distribution to public including the distribution of information through email, poster, and online calendar postings.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Assist with clerical tasks as needed.
  • Edit/Proofread educational/informational materials.
  • Assist in the upkeep and organization of Fund Development office supplies.
  • Create, edit and follow protocols within the scope of the position.
  • Respond to requests for informational and specific resources.
  • Perform other duties consistent with the scope of the position.

Required Qualifications

  • High School student in good standing.
  • Ability to work occasional evening events. 

Desired Qualifications

  • Interest in Astronomy and/or WMKO.
  • Experience working with PhotoShop
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office


  • Ability to read and understand policies, directives, and instructions in English.


Certificates and Licenses

  • No certificates or licenses required.


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Communication: Ability to communicate effectively and concisely at all levels.
  • Interpersonal skills: Ability to build collaborative, effective relationships with staff.
  • Professionalism: Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; treats others with respect and consideration; accepts responsibility for own actions; follows through on commitments.

Other Requirements

  • Willingness to commit to WMKO core values: Safety, Integrity, Respect, Discovery and Service.
  • Willingness to commit to WMKO cultural values: Education/Learning, Communication, Teamwork, Rewarding Work Environment, Excellence, Community Involvement.
  • Willingness and ability to occasionally work nights and weekends.

Physical Demands 

These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. This is not a complete list of the physical demands that may be required.

  • Sit: Remaining in the seated position continuously.
  • Use Hands: Picking, pinching, or otherwise working primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand or arm as in handling.
  • Talk: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word to impart oral information to clients or to the public and to convey detailed spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
  • Lift: Raising or lowering an object from one level to another (includes upward pulling) 10-25 pounds.

Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role may use standard office equipment such as computers, telephones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

The above information on this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by an employee in this classification.  It is not to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory, or all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications of employees assigned to this job.  Management has the right to add to, revise, or delete information in this description.  Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.


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