Yes, I actually get paid to "do astronomy".
I know, I think it's awesome too!
I work for the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO), whose headquarters are in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I work from my home office in Michigan most of the time, but every other month I go to Boston for a week or so for meetings, face to face discussions and hands on work at AAVSO. My 'official' job title is Membership Director/ Development Officer. But like everyone who works at the AAVSO, I wear many hats and do many things that don't fall strictly under that title.
I am responsible for the development and implementation of a comprehensive membership development program, including new members/donors, retention of current members/donors and the solicitation and contact of previous members/donors. I am charged with providing the best possible service to the membership of the organization.
In addition to these responsibilities, I carry out assigned tasks that are consistent with the general area of responsibilities of this position or deemed critical by the Director.
I also coordinate the AAVSO Charts and Sequences team and the AAVSO Mentor Program; create, manage and edit various web pages and sections of the AAVSO website, and manage the AAVSO Speakers Bureau and the AAVSO Writers Bureau.
Like everyone who works for a non-profit, it can be summed up this way:
We the Few,
have done so much, for so long,
for so many, with so little
we are now qualified to do anything
The image above is my travel companion, Simochick, making himself at home in my Cambridge office ordering a pizza.
Image credit: M. Simonsen