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Careers

We believe that science matters to the workforce.

People who master STEAM skills are best-prepared to seize the opportunities and face the challenges of the 21st century.

We believe that science matters to society.

Science literacy empowers individuals and communities to ask questions, think creatively, solve problems, and work toward a better quality of life for all.

We believe that science matters to families and individuals.

Curiosity is a critical springboard for early learners filled with wonder, and for teens and adults who crave intellectual ways to better understand their world.


Do you believe Science Matters?

Explore below to see our open positions, then click the button to apply. Find information on our benefit package here.

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Available Positions

TITLE: Senior Manager of Human Resources (Full-time)

PAY RANGE: Starts at $60,000

REPORTS TO: Chief Financial Officer

SUMMARY: The Senior Manager of Human Resources is responsible for leading and directing the human resources function of Kentucky Science Center.  This encompasses all areas of the human resources function, including employee support (recruitment, retention, termination); oversight of benefits administration including selection of benefit plans and employee enrollment activities; and oversight of all compensation and payroll functions.  The position is responsible for ensuring human resources activities are in compliance with all laws, regulations, and requirements.

Today, more than ever, it is important for organizations in our community and throughout our Commonwealth, to welcome everyone, invite public discourse, encourage respect, inspire creativity and motivate innovation. Kentucky Science Center is committed to our mission – and our promise – to make science personal, fun, participatory and relevant for all.   We value our employees and their professional development and offer a strong benefits package with a family-friendly schedule.

AREAS OF CONCENTRATION:

  • Departmental operational leadership – 50%
  • Team development – 30%
  • Administrative tasks – 20%

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Ensures that all aspects of Kentucky Science Center’s human resources activities are in compliance with all applicable Federal, State, and Local laws, regulations, and requirements.
  • Oversees and manages the work of Human Resources team members.
  • Develops, facilitates, and implements all phases of the recruitment process at Kentucky Science Center.
  • Manages employee recruitment activities including review of job descriptions, ensuring jobs are posted to various outlets, supervising the processing of applications and routing of pertinent information to hiring managers. The position may assist in interview process as needed.
  • Provides strategic partnership to department leaders to develop staffing strategies that fit their teams’ individual needs and those of the Kentucky Science Center.
  • Oversees the onboarding of new hires, including facilitation of employee orientation.
  • Reviews job descriptions to classify exempt status and set applicable salary range.
  • Ensures that performance review system is in place and followed by all team members. This includes preparation of forms used in performance reviews and ensuring that all are completed timely.
  • Implements strategy to build capability, performance, and engagement throughout the organization. Advises team members to ensure performance coaching is implemented in accordance with applicable requirements.  This includes providing an outlet for employees to discuss grievances.
  • Identifies and manages training and development needs for team members. Manage execution of professional development processes designed to build capacity across all functions.  This includes analyzing activities to develop most beneficial professional development opportunities, and maximizing return on budget investments.
  • Responsible for maintaining employee handbook and providing training on key requirements.
  • Provides strategic and operational leadership in the design, development, and administration of compensation and benefit programs.
  • Responsible for overseeing all compensation functions including final submission of biweekly payroll via a third-party provider after processed by the Human Resources Manager.
  • Participates in annual budget process. This includes approval of benefit vendor invoices throughout the year.
  • Other duties as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management or closely related field, or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Minimum of five years human resources experience, preferably in an environment with small HR function.
  • Minimum of three to five years of experience managing the recruitment and hiring process highly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and develop Human Resources team members.
  • Exceptional analytical and communication skills.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and ability to learn and become proficient in HR/Payroll software
  • Knowledge of applicable Human Resources laws, regulations, and requirements including Federal, State, and Local.
  • Strong knowledge of Human Resources policies, procedures and practices. This includes hiring, human resources management, benefits administration, performance management, training and communication, compensation and wage structure, diversity strategies, classifying employees, employment law, and harassment laws.
  • Executes independent action and organizes own work. Accomplishes responsibilities with minimum supervision.  Meets established deadlines with ability to handle multiple projects.
  • Exudes positivity and energy and visibly displays behaviors congruent with leadership-level values and performance expectations.
  • Professional demeanor, flexible and able to respond to multiple demands.
  • Self-motivation and discipline to regularly set and achieve work goals.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with staff and outside contacts.
  • Ability to keep information confidential.
  • Ability to work jointly/cooperatively with others.
  • Understanding of mission and goals of the Kentucky Science Center.

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TITLE: Manager of Events and Sponsorships (Full-time)

PAY RANGE: Starts at $50,000

REPORTS TO: Director of Philanthropy

SUMMARY: Are you an events professional looking to support Kentucky Science Center’s mission of lifelong learning for all? Join Kentucky Science Center’s dedicated Philanthropy Department and help us throw meaningful and memorable events!

The Manager of Events and Sponsorships works with relevant Kentucky Science Center departments to oversee all event details in the planning and execution of internal advancement events, to include key annual revenue generating events such as our Eat, Drink, and Do Science adult series, our Annual Fundraising Event, ThunderBlast, and Donor Appreciation events. This position works with clients, committees, volunteers, vendors, and other departments to successfully achieve event, department and organizational goals.

Today more than ever, it is important for organizations in our community and throughout our Commonwealth, to welcome everyone, invite public discourse, encourage respect, inspire creativity and motivate innovation. Kentucky Science Center is committed to our mission – and our promise – to make science personal, fun, participatory and relevant for all.   We value our employees and their professional development and offer a strong benefits package with a family-friendly schedule.

AREAS OF CONCENTRATION:

  • Event sponsorship cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship – 35%
  • Event management and execution – 45%
  • Administrative/database tasks – 20%

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Works with relevant department(s) to organize and execute all event details including but not limited to: planning timelines, invitations and other event collateral, selection of and contract facilitation for vendors, décor, catering, and staffing, overseeing of post-event activities and analysis.
  • Develops sponsorships levels and benefits for events and assists the Director of Philanthropy with sponsorship solicitation and fulfillment of benefits.
  • Executes event layouts, vendor contracts and planning timelines for key advancement and donor stewardship events.
  • Manages processes, agendas and meeting follow-up for advancement event meetings and functions.
  • Acts as point person for select onsite events with responsibilities that may include, but are not limited to preparing invitation lists, tracking reservations, assisting with seating charts, and managing post-event activities.
  • Works with vendors and Kentucky Science Center departments to determine event space layouts and room designs.
  • Prepares vendor forms and submits invoices in a timely manner.
  • Coordinates and manages event logistics including but not limited to scheduling and communicating plans with vendors, volunteers, Kentucky Science Center staff and security.
  • Trains staff and volunteers on roles at events and supervises the set-up, arrangement, and tear-down of chairs, tables, technical equipment and related items.
  • Tracks event budgets and expenses for select Kentucky Science Center events.
  • Works with the Marketing Department on the development of event invitations and printing timeline.
  • Maintains event venue calendar in conjunction with master calendar to ensure event dates are posted in a timely manner and availability of event spaces are correctly indicated.
  • Assists in on-going event process development and provides input on existing and proposed procedures and event implementation plans for the continual improvement of the department and to ensure quality and successful advancement events.
  • Participates in Manager on Duty rotation.
  • Other duties as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in business, communications, marketing, advertising or related field, or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Minimum two (2) years’ experience with event planning, fundraising or sales.
  • Previous work experience within a cultural, educational, or similar not-for-profit organization.
  • Ability to work well independently on several projects concurrently, and possess excellent communication, organizational and creative thinking skills.
  • Software proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, is required.
  • Experience working with executives, donors and volunteers and managing, supervising and orientating people for events.
  • Excellent written and oral interpersonal communication.
  • Strong initiative and customer service orientation.
  • Project Management, organizational and prioritizing skills; problem solving and organizational skills; attention to detail is imperative.
  • Demonstrated high energy level and flexibility, pleasant persona coupled with sound judgment; flexible, discreet and able to maintain confidential information, knowledge of correct protocol for specific situations.
  • Experience working within a museum setting preferred but not necessary.
  • Office administration experience.
  • Ability to move, learn and think quickly; skilled at operating with a sense of urgency, but not recklessly.
  • Ability to collaborate across departments as a team player.
  • Willingness to work beyond “typical” office hours with the understanding that many events occur on weekends or evenings.
  • Understanding of event industry standards and trends.

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TITLE: Manager of Grants and Research (Full-time)

PAY RANGE: Starts at $50,000

REPORTS TO: Director of Philanthropy

SUMMARY: The Manager of Grants and Research will contribute towards strategic direction and leadership of Kentucky Science Center’s corporate fundraising and stakeholder cultivation efforts to meet annual and long-term goals and activities related to the analysis, planning, execution, control, evaluation, and reporting of annual fundraising efforts, events, and corporate sponsorships related to specific programs and activities, planned giving, and collaborative relationships with strategic corporate partners. This position will personally manage a portfolio of corporate donors and prospects and be actively involved in strategy sessions, cultivation and solicitation activities.

The Manager of Grants and Research will assist in supporting a culture of philanthropy and creative sponsorship activity in which the broadest possible array of stakeholders are brought to the table in support of Kentucky Science Center’s mission. This position will support and energize development-minded staff and volunteers through the institution.

Among the priorities of the Manager of Grants and Research is securing support for Kentucky Science Center programs and operational needs. Responsibilities include identification, planning, execution and analysis of collaborative relationships and the outcomes associated with continued cultivation and stewardship of corporate donors.

Today, more than ever, it is important for organizations in our community and throughout our Commonwealth, to welcome everyone, invite public discourse, encourage respect, inspire creativity and motivate innovation. Kentucky Science Center is committed to our mission – and our promise – to make science personal, fun, participatory and relevant for all.   We value our employees and their professional development and offer a strong benefits package with a family-friendly schedule.

AREAS OF CONCENTRATION:

  • Preparing and submitting requests of current grant opportunities – 50%
  • Research of new funding opportunities – 30%
  • Database/Administrative tasks – 10%
  • Donor Stewardship – 10%

RESPONSIBLITIES:

  • Identify corporate prospects and conduct research to determine interest and giving potential.
  • Develop, manage and implement cultivation and solicitation strategies for corporate sponsorships and grants including proposals and negotiation of marketing agreements.
  • Work directly with Science Center marketing staff and other departments to implement corporate sponsorship agreements and grants.
  • Monitor and assist with the fulfillment of Kentucky Science Center’s obligations to funders.
  • Arrange, conduct and coordinate cultivation, stewardship and recognition activities such as on-site signage, recognition in publications and on-site visits for corporate sponsors and donors.
  • Communicate with staff information about corporate requests and works with staff and volunteers on the corporate aspects of fundraising events.
  • Accountable for obtaining funds to meet annual financial goals.
  • Maintain accuracy of donor tracking systems and database for corporate constituents, while maintaining confidentiality of donor information.
  • Ensure timely donor acknowledgements, including thank you letters.
  • Implement on-going personal/written/phone contact with donors/potential donors.
  • Oversee/report monthly status of corporate operational budget through the Key Performance Indicator report.
  • Assure maintenance of a central file of donor records of correspondence (hard copy).
  • Assist in preparation of Annual Report.
  • Participate in Manager on Duty rotation.
  • Other duties as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in business, sales, marketing, advertising, communication or related field, or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Minimum three (3) years progressively responsible experience with proven sales and/or fundraising track record, including cold calls.
  • Previous work experience or extended volunteer service within a cultural, educational, or similar not-for-profit organization.
  • Operate with maximum integrity and passion for the mission of the organization.
  • Knowledge of the basic principles, concepts and methodology of fund raising in not-for-profit organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to close the deal.
  • Strong organizational, administration, telephone and interpersonal communication skills, detail and “big picture” oriented.
  • Self-motivation and discipline to regularly set and achieve work goals.
  • General understanding of donor database management and an ease in the integration of technology, data management tools, and integrated IT platform systems to qualify and quantify work.
  • Works independently and energetically; handles large numbers of details with ease; meets deadlines; operates comfortably in a fast-past, conceptual environment and able to turn strategy and concept into detailed work plan with goals and objectives; holds self and others accountable.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of poise and professionalism in all circumstances.
  • Ability to initiate and build relationships with prospective corporate donors and interact via telephone and in person with institutional representatives.
  • Knowledge of principles of public relations.
  • Skill in preparing written reports and presentations. Solid writing, editing and presentation ability.
  • Professional demeanor, flexible and able to respond to multiple demands.
  • Demonstrated record of success in generating significant commitments from corporations.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team setting.
  • Ability to work nights and evenings as needed.

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TITLE: Philanthropy Coordinator (Full-time)

PAY RANGE: Starting at $40,000

REPORTS TO: Chief Philanthropy Officer

SUMMARY: The Philanthropy Coordinator provides high level, polished administrative support for the Philanthropy Department while maintaining highest levels of presentation and being an exemplary extension of Kentucky Science Center. The position ensures continuous, seamless flow of accurate information through work with Philanthropy, while working proactively to anticipate needs and innovate solutions. The position acts as a primary public point of contact for the Philanthropy department and maintains the main fundraising software (Raiser’s Edge).

AREAS OF CONCENTRATION: 

  • Administrative tasks – 60%
  • Database management – 30%
  • Donor Relations – 10%

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Maintains strict confidentiality in respect to Philanthropy planning, donor records, employee records, financial reports, and any other information requiring discretion.
  • Responsible for input of all donor, prospect and grant/sponsorship data into Raisers Edge.
  • Maintains and updates procedures for all department gift-processing functions in Raiser’s Edge.
  • Reconciles all gifts and pledges monthly with Finance Department.
  • Design reports tracking various aspects of fundraising outcomes.
  • Trains staff in proper utilization of reporting systems.
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of adjustments to ongoing fundraising strategies.
  • Works with Philanthropy staff to ensure timely donor acknowledgements.
  • Responsible for tracking and ensuring timely fulfillment of all pledges.
  • Responsible for producing mailing lists for solicitations, events, and other correspondences.
  • Assists with the fulfillment of obligations to funders through individual and corporate support.
  • Assists with the preparation of grant submissions and reports, as needed.
  • Assists with prospect research.
  • Assures maintenance of a central file of donor records of correspondence (hard copy).
  • Responsible for in-kind donation requests and record management.
  • Provides assistance and support to fundraising activities, such as the annual fundraising event, ThunderBlast, and other donor events.
  • Maintains Philanthropy calendar and is knowledgeable about community events in the region.
  • Assists in preparation of Annual Impact Report and other donor communications.
  • Assists with scheduling of meetings and related activities for Philanthropy team.
  • Prepares monthly credit card statement reports and other administrative duties for Philanthropy department.
  • Other duties as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience with Philanthropy and/or Executive team.
  • Minimum of three years of experience in a dynamic office environment, with administrative management responsibilities.
  • At least one-year experience with relationship management system. Knowledge of Raisers Edge preferred.
  • Knowledge of fund-raising practices and experience in a development setting.
  • Executes independent action and organizes own work. Accomplishes responsibilities with minimum supervision.  Meets established deadlines with ability to handle multiple projects.  Keeps abreast of new technology and changes in office and records administration.
  • Exudes positivity and energy and visibly displays behaviors congruent with leadership-level values and performance expectations.
  • Professional demeanor, flexible and able to respond to multiple demands.
  • Displays diligence, courtesy and sensitivity when dealing with the public and diverse audiences. Is knowledgeable of current changes and events at Kentucky Science Center to be able to effectively respond to visitor or staff needs.
  • Strong organizational, administration, and interpersonal communication skills, and attention to detail.
  • Self-motivation and discipline to regularly set and achieve work goals.
  • Works closely with Philanthropy department facilitating good communication and information sharing while maintaining a high level of confidentiality.
  • Resolves problems with minimum supervision as appropriate, including rescheduling appointments or taking other remedial steps when unforeseen problems and events arise, uses good judgment to obtain approval for actions when necessary.
  • Takes responsibility for special projects as assigned, working closely with staff from other departments to ensure successful outcome.
  • At all times, is an exemplary advocate for Kentucky Science Center’s Mission, Vision, Values and policies.
  • General understanding of Raiser’s Edge and an ease in the integration of technology, data management tools, and integrated IT platform systems to qualify and quantify work.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team setting as well as independently.
  • Technology savvy (computer, office equipment, mobile communications) with excellent knowledge and aptitude with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

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TITLE: Temporary Education Specialist (Seasonal Part-time)

LOCATION: Please note that this position is located at Clinton County Public Library in Albany, KY

PAY RANGE: $15/hour (25-40 hours per week)

EMPLOYMENT DATES: August 25th, 2022 – January 8th, 2023

REPORTS TO: Manager of Early Childhood Education

SUMMARY: Science in Play2Go is a state of the art progressive traveling exhibit created by Kentucky Science Center so that all children in the state have access to exceptional play-based learning. Designed specifically for children aged 1-8 and their families, this exhibit puts a strong emphasis on the act of scientific thinking rather than scientific content. Utilizing loose parts and data driven processes, Science in Play2Go encourages young scientists to explore the world around them, make predictions, utilize tools, and discover relationships between things and ideas. Science in Play2Go travels to libraries all over the state, remaining at each one for 3 months. During that time, the exhibit is available for free to any children, families, or groups that come to the library. As the Education Specialist, you will be responsible for helping to get the library ready to receive Science in Play2Go, maintaining the exhibit, and implementing and facilitating programs for school groups, families and teachers.

AREAS OF CONCENTRATION:

  • 60% – Facilitating visiting children, families, and field trips through Science in Play2Go
  • 10% – Reaching out to and scheduling potential field trips
  • 10% – Cleaning, restaging, and maintaining Science in Play2Go
  • 10% – Planning for and preparing educational themes for Science in Play2Go
  • 5% – Administering surveys to visitors
  • 5% – Communicating with the Manager of Early Childhood Education at the Flagship

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Attending a scheduled training on location at the Kentucky Science Center in Louisville KY. Travel, food, and, when necessary, lodging will be provided by Kentucky Science Center.
  • Working prior to the arrival of Science in Play2Go at the library to ready the community, library staff, and yourself.
  •  Identifying and collaborating with local partners and school districts for field trips, special programs and events around the Science in Play2Go experience.
  • Assisting with inventory, exhibit load in, and exhibit load out.
  • Presenting programs and activities associated with Science in Play2Go that accurately reflect the mission of the Kentucky Science Center and conform to strategic goals, objectives and outcomes.
  • Coordinating, scheduling and delivering programs to schools and groups, public audiences and special events on a daily basis.
  • Participating actively in the training and coaching of Library staff and volunteers assigned to the exhibit.
  • Stocking and staging Science in Play2Go each morning so that the exhibit and associated programs are ‘show ready’ by opening each day.
  • Monitoring condition of exhibit components, program support pieces and other materials and props; replenish consumables, report issues or problems promptly.
  • Preparing and submitting daily reports including, but not limited to attendance, exhibit condition, visitor feedback.
  • Performing Science in Play2Go evaluation/assessment.

REQUIREMENTS:

The ideal candidate will

  • Be at least 18 years of age at the time of hire.
  • Upon hire, provide proof of vaccination status against the COVID-19 virus.
  • Have the ability to work comfortably with the public of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Enjoy working with children and their families.
  • Be proactive; take initiative to ensure the best visitor experience.
  • Be organized, efficient, and adaptable; good critical eye for spotting small issues before they
    become problems.
  • Have the ability to work proactively with little direct supervision.
  • Appreciate working in a dynamic environment.
  • Be excited about learning – both when it comes to themselves and others.

Physical requirements of the job:

The Education Specialist must be able to see, hear, and speak. They must be able to read and closely examine items and information. They will spend a considerable amount of time standing, walking, bending and stretching, and manipulating objects with fingers and hands. They must be able to lift up to 40 lbs.

APPLICATION: Applicants for this position should send their resume and cover letter to: chris.mceachron@louisvilleky.gov

 

 

Benefits

Positions offer:

  • Casual dress code
  • Professional development
  • Dual membership to Kentucky Science Center and Louisville Zoo with associated member benefits
  • Free downtown parking
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Discounts on tickets, programs, birthday parties and camps
  • Discounts at Subway, in our gift shop, and at participating local vendors

Full-time positions offer:

  • 403(B)
  • Paid Vacation
  • Paid Sick Time
  • Paid Holidays
  • Flexible spending account
  • Supplemental life insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Company-paid life insurance and long-term disability

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Kentucky Science Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

Hiring Process

Kentucky Science Center celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and guests. All employment decisions are based on qualifications, potential, merit, and business need.

Questions? Contact our Human Resources Manager at Cheryl.Horlander@louisvilleky.gov