Careers - Kentucky Science Center
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We believe that science matters to the workforce.

People who master S.T.E.M. 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? Come work with us.

To apply to any of our open positions, fill out an application here:



Open Positions

TITLE: Senior Manager of Corporate Sponsorships and Grants

REPORTS TO: Director of Philanthropy

SUMMARY: The Senior Manager of Corporate Sponsorships and Grants 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. He/she will personally manage a portfolio of corporate donors and prospects and be actively involved in strategy sessions, cultivation and solicitation activities.

The Senior Manager of Corporate Sponsorships and Grants 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. She/he will support and energize development-minded staff and volunteers through the institution.

Amongst the priorities of the Senior Manager of Corporate Sponsorships and Grants is securing sponsorships for the major fundraising events which includes Science with a Twist and Thunderblast! Responsibilities include identification, planning, execution and analysis of collaborative relationships and the outcomes associated with continued cultivation and stewardship of corporate donors. This position will spend approximately 60% of the time working on identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities pertaining to the two events and other identified sponsored programming needs; 20% related to event execution and 20% on database and donor management.


  • 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.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in business, sales, marketing, advertising, communication, or related field.
  • 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 evenings (2 times a month) and weekends (1 time a month).


  • Work setting may vary from a quiet office setting to a moderately noisy environment that includes many distractions.


  • Computer, printer, telephone, photocopy machine, and fax machine



TITLE: Visitor Services Representative (Part-time)

REPORTS TO: Visitor Services Leadership Team

SUMMARY: As a Visitor Services Representative team member, you will work with a highly motivated group of peers and be the first line of contact with our visitors. With the training and support of management staff and coworkers you will serve as one of the science ambassadors for Kentucky Science Center. The VS Department is responsible for meeting our visitor’s needs in the following areas of service: admissions and ticket sales, retail sales, theater, concessions, lunchroom, information-sharing, and phone reservations.


  • Front Line – Tickets Sales/Retail Sales/Information-sharing (80%)
  • Front Line – Cleaning/Organizing/Stocking (10%)
  • Front Line – Phone sales and inquiries (10%)


  • Give accurate information to visitors 100% of the time.
  • Serve a diversified public (children, parents, adults and teachers) with a positive professional, energetic GLOWING attitude.
  • Effectively market Science Center products and programs to customers.
  • Complete transactions accurately and efficiently.
  • Prepare accurate daily balance reports.
  • Maintain a clean, neat, and well-stocked work area.
  • Assist in inventory activities.
  • Assist in retail and admissions sales onsite at the flagship facility as well as the location at the Mall St Matthews.
  • Maintain high levels of cleanliness.
  • Answer and return phone calls in a timely manner.
  • Communicate and work in a team manner with co-workers and volunteers to ensure a smooth operation.
  • Perform other tasks, as assigned.
  • Report to work in a timely manner and maintain a strict time schedule.
  • Maintain flexibility to work days, nights, and weekends, as well as holidays.


  • A working knowledge of Point of Sale systems and standards.
  • Strong attention to detail and commitment to a positive visitor experience
  • Able to work efficiently without direct supervision.
  • Able to work a flexible schedule: we are a seven day a week operation at multiple locations.
  • Problem and puzzle solving in both physical and electronic formats.
  • A team player with high emotional intelligence.
  • A love for continuous learning and growth.
  • A commitment to our mission, vision, values and service philosophy.



Reasonable accommodation may be made to those who are able to perform the essential duties of this job.

The Kentucky Science Center reserves the right to revise this Position Description, as it deems necessary.



All positions offer:

  • Professional Development
  • Dual Membership to Kentucky Science Center and Louisville Zoo with associated member benefits
  • Parking
  • Employee Assistance Program

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.

Questions? Contact our HR Manager at