Open Positions

Rockets: Not just for Engineers! The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry is an exciting, fun, and diverse club that welcomes students of all majors and specializations. Everyone who works with SOAR should become an active member and is encouraged to participate in engineering, rocket, or aeronautics projects at all levels. We have a Political Science Major who is earning her Level 1 rocket certification, a Physics Major who was a Rocket Production Lead and is now the Vice President, and a Finance Major who was the Chief of Operations.

SOAR also offers a multitude of opportunities for specialists within their own field. From safety to supply chain to marketing to human resources, SOAR wants to give you the opportunity to use your skills to prepare you to work in a challenging environment that mirrors a real company structure. In your role with SOAR, you will handle issues that directly affect the success of your department and the organization; in many cases, you will be given the opportunity to conceive and implement new departments and processes to build the success of SOAR. So bring your ideas and passion to a new endeavor and remember, with SOAR: The sky is not the limit!

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OPEN POSITIONS

Below are descriptions of the positions we are currently hoping to fill. These positions will disappear from this page as they are filled. If you feel that your expertise is better filled by a position that is not listed here, feel free to apply anyway using the Apply Now link, and just note what you would like to do under “Other” on the list of positions.

Note that SOAR leadership positions are only open to current University of South Florida members.

Safety Officer

Majors/Concentrations: All scientific/engineering STEM majors preferred; open to all majors and concentrations

The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry is looking for a Safety Officer who can develop and oversee SOAR’s Safety Program. This position is key to the success of SOAR, as the organization regularly deals with flammable, corrosive, and oxidizing substances that require proper handling, storage, and training, as well as operating large and small power tools. The individual will oversee the safety aspect of all SOAR engineering and technical projects and will report directly to the Vice President.

  • Become a member of SOAR
  • Become familiar with OSHA and EPA procedures and regulations
  • Develop initial safety training package for all new SOAR members
  • Develop and write safety standard operating procedures for chemical lab, workshop, and launch operations
  • Maintain safety training records for all SOAR members
  • Develop and update safety risk matrix and standards for NASA Student Launch Competition periodic reports
  • Ensure proper storage and accountability of all hazardous materials (HAZMAT) in accordance with OSHA standards and University of South Florida policy
  • Work with Project Managers to develop project specific safety procedures and ensure personnel are trained on equipment being used
  • Conduct periodic safety training
  • Maintain database and physical book of Safety Data Sheets for all HAZMAT used and ensure that each project team is educated and informed of its location and contents
  • Ensure sufficient safety equipment is available for project team use
  • Enforce safety standards, regulations, and preventative measures
  • Record, investigate, and prepare reports regarding incidents to determine causes

Supply Chain Manager

Majors/Concentrations: Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Marketing, Management, Business

The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry is looking for Supply Chain Manager who can institute new protocols and build a supply chain process from scratch. The managers will work together as a team to ensure that practices are consistent across projects and that processes are followed by team members. Managers will work closely with project managers and report directly to the Chief of Finance.

  • Become a member of SOAR
  • Conduct initial inventory of SOAR tools, equipment, parts, and consumables
  • Update inventory on weekly basis and enter data into inventory database
  • Monitor stock level of parts and consumables and reorder when level reaches designated reorder point
  • Ensure that all tools, equipment, parts, and consumables are properly secured and safe from theft or damage
  • Develop processes and procedures to initiate and improve productivity, quality, and efficiency of operations
  • Develop procedures to control distribution of supplies, tools, and equipment
  • Attend project build days and distribute/control supplies, tools, and equipment to maintain accountability and stock levels
  • Ensure that purchase order paperwork is properly filled out and attached to database record
  • Prepare periodic reports on inventory and budget for project managers and Chief of Finance
  • Prepare budget and risk assessment sections of proposal and flight readiness documents for NASA Student Launch Competition

Marketing Manager

Majors/Concentrations: Marketing, Sales, Management, Business, Communications, Leadership

The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry is looking for marketing manager who can oversee and develop the marketing department in managing SOAR’s brand and reputation, recruiting new members, and obtaining corporate partnerships. The marketing manager does not create and develop marketing themselves, but rather serves as a manager of the marketing department. They should be skilled in leadership, business, and marketing.

  • Become a member of SOAR
  • Participate in recruiting and interviewing new marketing department positions, including a graphic designer, social media specialist, photographer, videographer, and other necessary positions
  • Run the marketing department as an independent section of SOAR that reports directly to the Chief of Operations
  • Oversee the creation and maintenance of a comprehensive SOAR brand standard document
  • Oversee the creation and maintenance of a SOAR corporate sponsorship packet
  • Communicate with other departments and projects within SOAR to facilitate completion of necessary design (such as rocket designs) and media (such as press releases) work, brand management, and adherence to SOAR standards
  • Facilitate the development of SOAR print and web marketing campaigns, and monitor the success and implementation of such campaigns
  • Engage with USF campus faculty, staff, and student leaders to expand SOAR’s brand recognition
  • Manage SOAR’s attendance in University events (ie Bull Market), ensuring that SOAR has an active, engaged, and professional appearance at such events
  • Prepare periodic reports for the Chief of Operations on marketing department activities

Social Media Specialist

Majors/Concentrations: Social Media, Internet Marketing, Communications

The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry is looking for a social media specialist to manage and post to SOAR’s social media accounts and websites. This is crucial position in managing SOAR’s brand and marketing. This person should be passionate about the internet, scientific research, and rocketry. SOAR’s ultimate goal is to have a social media presence on par with a large company or organization, such as SpaceX.

  • Become a member of SOAR
  • Regularly post to SOAR’s website, Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram using content generated in collaboration with the rest of the marketing department
  • Remain current with and participate in social media trends
  • Creating new accounts and deactivate old accounts as the internet landscape changes, to keep SOAR’s social media presence dynamic and active
  • Actively engage with other related social media accounts, such as the @NASA and @USF Twitter accounts
  • Remain online even when not posting, in order to quickly respond to communications with SOAR’s accounts

Graphic Designer

Majors/Concentrations: Graphic Art, Design, User Experience, Communications, Marketing

The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry is looking for an in-house graphic designer to create graphic media that aligns with SOAR’s brand. This person should be creative, artistic, and experienced with graphic design software such as Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. While designs created under this position will be SOAR’s property, the designer will have the right to use them to build and expand their own professional design portfolio. Access to the Adobe software suite can be provided if necessary.

  • Become a member of SOAR
  • Work with the marketing department to develop a comprehensive SOAR brand standard document
  • Work with the marketing department to create the design work for a SOAR corporate sponsorship packet
  • Create professional and creative design work that matches said brand standard while remaining exciting and interesting
  • Create work for specific events and projects in a timely manner
  • Work with the marketing department in building print and web media campaigns
  • Collaborate with the photographer and social media manager in creating dynamic and engaging social media posts
  • Create designs for SOAR merchandise, including but not limited to business cards, pens, hats, tshirts, and keychains

Photographer

Majors/Concentrations: Photography, Art, Design, Communications, Marketing

The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry is looking for an in-house photographer to attend frequent events and take high quality photographs of everything from rocket launches to member portraits. The photographer should have the ability to take interesting, professional, and creative pictures. They should be familiar with the operation of advanced photography equipment and software such as SLR cameras with different lenses, Lightroom, and Photoshop. Access to the Adobe software suite can be provided if necessary.

  • Become a member of SOAR
  • Attend and document the majority of SOAR’s events, including meetings, build days, campus events, and competitions
  • Take artistic but professional photographs of varying types, including action shots, long exposure, portraiture, candids, and others
  • Work with the marketing department to take the pictures that SOAR needs for its print and web marketing campaigns
  • Work with the social media manager and graphic designer to post images frequently on social media

Videographer

Majors/Concentrations: Videography/Cinematography, Art, Design, Communications, Marketing

The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry is looking for an in-house videographer to attend frequent events and take/edit high quality videos of SOAR projects and events. The videographer should have the ability to record interesting, professional, and creative video footage. They should be familiar with the operation of advanced photography and videography equipment and software such as SLR cameras, sports cameras, Premiere Pro, and After Effects. Access to the Adobe software suite can be provided if necessary.

  • Become a member of SOAR
  • Work with the marketing department to take and edit the videos that SOAR needs for its marketing campaigns
  • Attend and document the majority of SOAR’s events, including meetings, build days, campus events, and competitions
  • Create periodic video updates of SOAR events, and work with the social media manager to post such videos online

 

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