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Careers

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.

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Open Positions

TITLE: Visitor Services Manager (Full-time)

REPORTS TO: Sr. Manager of Visitor Services

SUMMARY: As the Visitor Services Manager you will be an exemplary leader in outstanding customer service. You will work closely with the Visitor Services Senior Manager and share responsibilities for administration, communication, planning and managing the Visitor Services team to achieve budget goals, while meeting and surpassing service standards.  The Visitor Services Manager is responsible for leading a team in timely and accurate communication in-person, over the phone, or through electronic and written communication. You will manage a team working with individuals, groups, schools, members, and all parties who make inquiry with the Kentucky Science Center, ensuring we are meeting visitor needs and identifying areas with growth potential. You will also serve as a Manager on Duty, being responsible for decisions, management and operations of the Kentucky Science Center. The Visitor Services Manager shares responsibilities for hiring, training, scheduling, motivating and disciplining Visitor Services staff, ensuring a positive public image at all times.  You will manage staff that includes full-time and part-time team-members operating front line areas including the Ticket Desk, Gift Shop, Concessions, School Lunches, Theater, addition revenue opportunities and all service aspects of phone and electronic communications.

AREAS OF CONCENTRATION:

  • Front Line Operations Management (80%)
  • Administrative (20%)

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Effectively manages the daily operation as well as technological requirements of the Visitor Services Department.
  • Ensures theater is operational and performs as scheduled.
  • Effectively and purposefully works to aid in the professional development of staff with a focus on departmental growth and future planning.
  • Collaborates with Visitor Services Senior Manager to recruit, train, schedule and evaluate the performance of all staff and volunteers/teens for the main downtown facility as well as offsite venues as required.
  • Ensures that staff is scheduled for optimum operation, and that their performance is conducive to science center mission and strategic plans; balances staffing needs with fiduciary restrictions and budgetary goals.
  • Monitors, reviews and assures accuracy of change fund and is responsible for balancing daily cash reports for admissions and reservations functions.
  • Select, order and merchandise products that appeal to Science Center visitors and supports the Science Center’s mission.
  • Collaborate with Visitor Services Senior Manager to prepare the annual department budget.
  • Prepare key sales reports to identify sales trends, maintain inventory control, and maximize profits.
  • On call troubleshooting of Point of Sale (POS) systems and theater system as needed.
  • Follows and implements strict internal financial controls.
  • Ensures Science Center standards for organization and cleanliness are maintained in all operational areas as well as behind the scenes in employee only spaces.
  • Keeps informed of overall Science Center operations and effectively communicates that information to staff.
  • Holds on-call responsibility to maintain staffing coverage.
  • Ensures excellent communication and engagement with visitors and Science Center staff.
  • Develops and maintains successful and continually evolving sales strategies.
  • Cultivates and maintains good relationships with internal and external customers.
  • Participate in Manager on Duty Rotation.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

POSITION QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Prior sales and customer relations experience.
  • Minimum four years’ experience in supervision over frontline department preferred.
  • Candidate must successfully demonstrate leadership qualities.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Excellent organizational skills in both physical and electronic formats.
  • Understanding and practice of Kentucky Science Center mission and goals.
  • A creative imagination and vision to promote the Science Center.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of computer data entry, point of sale inventory management, merchandising, pricing concepts and strategies, and proper accounting procedures.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, handle multiple tasks, and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to interact effectively with the Science Center’s culturally diverse audience including, but not limited to, parents, teachers, and children, as well as Science Center volunteers and VolunTeens (teenage volunteers).
  • Ability to work as a team-player with all Science Center staff and establish good interdepartmental relationships.
  • Ability to act with tact and diplomacy at all times.
  • Ability to generate a friendly, upbeat, high-energy level, and positive attitude among staff.
  • Ability to maintain a professional appearance.
  • Ability to adjust to a flexible work schedule including nights, weekends and some holidays.

TITLE: Camp Lead (Seasonal Part-time)

REPORTS TO: Camps and Family Programs Coordinator

SUMMARY: The Kentucky Science Center is seeking a seasonal Onsite Camp Lead for our summer 2021 School’s Out Science Camp program. As a Camp Lead you will play a vital role in the day to day management of camp.  As a Camp Lead you will work closely with the Camp and Family Programs Coordinator to ensure the daily coordination of the School’s Out Science Camp program. This will include attaining knowledge of the camp policies and procedures, Kentucky Science Center exhibits, and supply locations.  Additionally, you will work closely with all Camp Teachers and Counselors each day to manage our high caliber camp/operations.

AREAS OF CONCENTRATION:

  • Back End- Day to Day Logistics of Camp Management/Evaluation/Data Analysis- (50%)
  • Front Line- Interacting with Campers/Ensuring Camper Safety (30%)
  • Front Line- Communicating with Camp Parents (20%)

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Collaborate with the Camps and Family Programs Coordinator for the management of all onsite camp operations including, but not limited to, check-in/check-out, daily camp schedule implementation, demonstrations, etc.
  • Manage day-to-day logistics such as check in, check out, rosters, camper information.
  • Be a point person for behavioral management of campers.
  • Be a point person for the health and safety of campers by evaluating and treating minor incidents, contacting parents if needed, maintaining updated health records for staff and campers, and stocking of first aid kits.
  • Assist Teachers and Counselors on day-to-day camp logistics and procedure and support to staff in orientation and training.
  • Provide support to teachers, counselors, and supply specialists in preparation and for the duration of summer camp programming.
  • Work in coordination of special requests with other Science Center staff and external partner relationships.
  • Supervising campers during lunch.
  • Maintain and review camp evaluations and make staffing or curriculum adjustments based on evaluations.
  • Update data tracking logs and collaborate with the Camps and Family Programs Coordinator to make data-based adjustments as necessary.
  • Work with teachers and counselors to enforce all COVID-19 safety protocols as given to you by the Kentucky Science Center to ensure the health and safety of campers and fellow staff members.
  • Collaborate with all camp staff members to help cultivate a positive camp culture.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be available to work a full-day camp setting, five 8-hour days a week (7:00-3:30 or 9:00-5:30) from May 24-August 10, 2021
  • It is preferred that the Camp Lead commit to all 10 weeks of camp and commit to a FULL WEEK of work (Mon-Fri).
  • If selected, Camp Lead is required to attend a 2 days of orientation May 8 & 9. 2021
  • Previous experience working with elementary-age children in an informal setting with experience in program development preferred.
  • Excellent communication and organization skills with an enthusiastic and flexible attitude.
  • Ability to stand/walk for long periods of time and lift up to 25 pounds.
  • Must pass a criminal background check.
  • Ability to work comfortably with the public of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Must have a desire to work in a fast-paced camp environment and have an enthusiasm for working with children, with the ability to adapt to changing situations and react calmly under pressure.
  • Applicant must be comfortable communicating with parents daily.
  • Understanding of basic educational practices and basic scientific principles.
  • Ability to motivate and inspire others, especially children of all ages.
  • Ability to work comfortably with science equipment, multimedia/instructional technology and safety procedures.
  • For a full description of camp topics; please see our website at https://kysciencecenter.org/camps/

TITLE: Onsite Camp Teacher (Seasonal Part-time)

REPORTS TO: Camps and Family Programs Coordinator

SUMMARY: The Kentucky Science Center is seeking seasonal Camp Teachers with an enthusiasm to “Do Science!” for our summer 2021 School’s Out Science Camp program. As a Camp Teacher you will ensure that campers experience a stimulating and fun learning environment at the Kentucky Science Center. You will facilitate all lesson plans and lesson extensions (provided by the Kentucky Science Center) for a class of up to 25 students. You will exercise the engineering design process, inquiry-based learning, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and other best practices in conjuncture with the provided curricula. Additionally, you will provide professional development opportunities for and guidance to camp counselors and all volunteers in the classroom.

AREAS OF CONCENTRATION:

  • Front Line- Facilitating Science-Based Curriculum Activities with Campers from ages Pre-K-8th grade: (60%)
  • Front Line- Facilitating and Maintaining Camper Safety within the Kentucky Science Center Exhibits: (30%)
  • Front Line-Communicating with Camp Parents: (10%)

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Use a provided curriculum to facilitate lessons with campers on a multitude of science subjects.
  • Help students understand and utilize the engineering process within the NGSS.
  • Maintain a safe and fun learning environment while in and outside of the classroom.
  • Modeling best engineering practices in exhibits, field trip opportunities, and any partnerships.
  • Foster an inclusive classroom environment.
  • Deliver/adapt activities for campers with a spectrum of ability levels.
  • Manage classroom materials throughout the week.
  • Preparation of classroom and cleaning of classroom.
  • Assist with health and safety of the campers by evaluating and treating minor incidents and informing Camp Staff Leads of any incidents.
  • Follow all COVID-19 safety protocols as given to you by the Kentucky Science Center to ensure the health and safety of campers and fellow staff members.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be available to work a full-day camp setting, five days a week. Camp Hours: Weekdays: 7:30-5:00, May 28– August 10, 2021.
  • Teachers are NOT required to commit to all 10 weeks of camp but are required to commit to a FULL WEEK of work (Mon-Fri). Prefer applicants who can commit to at least 4 weeks of camp.
  • If selected, Camp Teachers are required to attend an Orientation May 8 & 9, 2021.
  • College Graduate or pursuing a degree with emphasis in education or other science related discipline. Preferred current Teaching Certificate.
  • Working experience with Pre-K through middle school students (Pre K-8).
  • Excellent communication and organization skills with an enthusiastic and flexible attitude.
  • Ability to stand/walk for long periods of time and lift up to 25 pounds.
  • Must pass a criminal background check.
  • Ability to work comfortably with the public of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Must have a desire to work in a fast-paced camp environment and have an enthusiasm for working with children with the ability to adapt to changing situation and react calmly under pressure.
  • May be called up to perform other camp responsibilities as needed.
  • Applicant must be comfortable communicating with parents on a daily basis.
  • Understanding of engineering process and basic scientific principles.
  • Ability to motivate and inspire others, especially children of all ages.
  • Ability to work comfortably with science equipment, multimedia/instructional technology, and safety procedures.
  • For a full description of camp topics; please see our website at https://kysciencecenter.org/camps/.

TITLE: Onsite Camp Counselor (Seasonal Part-time)

REPORTS TO: Camps and Family Programs Coordinator

SUMMARY: The Kentucky Science Center is seeking seasonal Camp Counselors for our summer 2021 School’s Out Science Camp program. As a Camp Counselor you will ensure that campers experience a stimulating and fun learning environment at the Kentucky Science Center in the classroom, while in our exhibits, and on any field trips. You will assist Teachers with lesson plans and activities, help maintain a safe and functional classroom, and work closely with children of all ages. We are seeking patient, dependable, high energy individuals with an enthusiastic “Do Science!” attitude.

AREAS OF CONCENTRATION:

  • Front Line- Assisting Camp Teachers with Science-Based Activities and maintaining a positive classroom: (50%)
  • Front Line- Engaging with Campers and helping to Maintain Camper Safety within the Kentucky Science Center Exhibits: (30%)
  • Front Line-Communicating with Camp Parents: (20%)

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Help Camp Teachers provide a safe instructional environment in and outside of the classroom.
  • Assist campers with activities and material preparation in groups or individually.
  • Assist the teacher in classroom preparation and cleaning.
  • Assist with health and safety of the campers by evaluating and treating minor incidents and informing Camp Staff Leads of any incidents.
  • Assist with registration and other daily duties per Camp Staff Leads.
  • Assist with pulling supplies and preparation of classrooms.
  • Communicate with parents, visitors, and non-camp staff.
  • Follow all COVID-19 safety protocols as given to you by the Kentucky Science Center to ensure the health and safety of campers and fellow staff members.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be available to work a full-day camp setting, five days a week. Weekdays: 7:50-4:20 or 8:30-5:00, May 28 – August 10, 2021
  • Counselors are NOT required to commit to all 10 weeks of camp but are required to commit to a FULL WEEK of work (Mon-Fri). Prefer applicants who can commit to at least 4 weeks of camp.
  • If selected, Camp Counselors are required to attend orientation May 8 & 9, 2021.
  • At least 18 years of age.
  • Pursuing a College Degree or other certified post-secondary program in education, the sciences, the arts, or technology.
  • Working experience with elementary age children, preferably in a recreational setting.
  • Excellent communication and organization skills with an enthusiastic and flexible attitude
  • Ability to stand/walk for long periods of time and lift up to 25 pounds.
  • Must pass a criminal background check.
  • Ability to work comfortably with the public of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Must have a desire to work in a fast-paced camp environment and have an enthusiasm for working with children with the ability to adapt to changing situation and react calmly under pressure.
  • Applicant must be comfortable communicating with parents on a daily basis.
  • Understanding of basic educational practices and basic scientific principles.
  • Ability to motivate and inspire others, especially children of all ages.
  • Ability to work comfortably with science equipment, multimedia/instructional technology and safety procedures.
  • For a full description of camp topics; please see our website at https://kysciencecenter.org/camps/

TITLE: Onsite Camp Supply Specialist (Seasonal Part-time)

REPORTS TO: Camps and Family Programs Coordinator

SUMMARY: The Kentucky Science Center is seeking a seasonal Camp Supply Specialist for our summer 2021 School’s Out Science Camp program. As the Camp Supply Specialist you will play a vital role in the day to day aspects of camp by ensuring all supplies are prepared and organized for each week of camp. This will include attaining a basic knowledge of supply locations throughout the building as well as management of camp supplies throughout the summer. Additionally, you will work closely with all Camp Teachers and Counselors each day to maintain and restock all materials.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Ensure all supplies are prepared, organized, and delivered to classrooms for a minimum of 8 camps per week for full 10-week summer camp program. Camps range from Pre-K to 8th
  • Maintain an organized system of supply locations and method for prepping supplies for each camp.
  • Develop a method of communication with camp teachers for any additional supply requests throughout a given camp week.
  • Communicate effectively with camp teachers for any supply substitutions or items that will be provided day of a specific activity.
  • Collaborate with the Camps and Family Programs Coordinator to purchase supplies needed for camps via going to the store or ordering online.
  • Track receipts and keep supplies within the provided budget.
  • Follow all COVID-19 safety protocols as given to you by the Kentucky Science Center to ensure the health and safety of campers and fellow staff members.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be available to work a full-day camp setting, five days a week. Hours: Weekdays: 7:00-3:30, or 9:00-5:30 May 28 – August 10, 2021
  • 2 days of orientation: May 8-9, 2020
  • It is preferred that the Camp Supply Specialist commit to at least 9 weeks of camp and commit to a FULL WEEK of work (Mon-Fri).
  • Must be available to help with camp prep starting May 12, 2021.
  • Excellent communication and organization skills with an enthusiastic and flexible attitude.
  • Chemical handling experience preferred
  • Ability to stand/walk for long periods of time and lift up to 25 pounds.
  • Must pass a criminal background check.
  • Ability to work comfortably with the public of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Ability to learn quickly, adapt to changing situations and react calmly under pressure.
  • Ability to organize large amounts of various equipment and supplies
  • Must have a desire to work in a fast-paced camp environment and have an enthusiasm for working with children.
  • Ability to work comfortably with science equipment, multimedia/instructional technology and safety procedures.
  • For a full description of camp topics; please see our website at https://kysciencecenter.org/camps/

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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.

 

TITLE: Educator I (Part-time)

REPORTS TO: Sr. Manager of Education

SUMMARY: The Educator position is responsible for facilitation of programs and experiences both within Kentucky Science Center  and beyond the flagship facility into the community.  Educators are responsible for engaging all ages in a variety of program settings. An Educator ensures the “Do Science” philosophy of our organization is accessible to all they encounters. The ideal candidate is motivated, outgoing, and flexible with creative interactions through informal teaching and customer service skills to provide an exceptional visitor experience to visitors of all ages.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Facilitate educational programs and experiences including exhibit facilitation, demonstrations, walk-up activities, classes, birthdays, scouts and other specialized programming as assigned.
  • Facilitate educational programming such as during school, afterschool, and other evening programs in our offsite or outreach capacity to schools or organizations.
  • Facilitate hands- on activities and promote critical thinking on a diverse array of topics.
  • Staging and restaging interactive exhibit areas to create engaging and inviting spaces for learning. This may include monitoring program supplies and exhibit components to ensure all programming spaces are “visitor ready” on a daily basis.
  • Participate in educator training sessions and attend regular team meetings.
  • Able to contribute to a positive work environment that fosters collaboration, teamwork and creativity.
  • Present educational activities at special events, media/marketing promotions, member events or community events.
  • Practice safety and emergency policies and procedures. Maintain a clean and safe environment for program participants in all Science Center classrooms, labs and storage areas in cooperation with other team members.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Actively enrolled in a 2 or 4 year college for either science, education, liberal arts, management or related field and or 1-2 years experience, in some capacity, involving direct public interface on a regular basis.
  • Excellent communication and public interaction skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationship with others.
  • Satisfactory work record in education field such as youth programs, volunteer or similar community engagement field.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule that routinely includes weekends and evening hours.
  • Ability to ensure proper use of science equipment, multimedia, technology and safety procedures, after receiving proper training.
  • Ability to develop effective programs to engage participants of diverse needs and skills.
  • A commitment to Kentucky Science Center’s mission, vision, and values.

 

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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.

 

TITLE: Offsite Program Educator (Part-time)

REPORTS TO: Manager of Partner and Program Strategy

SUMMARY: The Offsite Program Educator engages visitors of all ages in educational and entertaining offsite programming. Educators will be expected to teach in a variety of settings that includes but is not limited to assemblies, outreaches, after school programs, mobile van-based programs, demonstrations, digital learning programs and science expos. This role also includes maintenance and coordination of supplies, offsite logistics, volunteer training, customer service, set-up and/clean-up, and activity facilitation. This role requires traveling and may involve overnight stays. This role will work directly with education staff, volunteers and department managers to ensure that the program participants have an engaging and educational experience. The Offsite Program Educator is expected to represent Kentucky Science Center on the road.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Engages with the public and visitors in a positive and friendly manner to provide impactful experience through facilitation.
  • Ability to lead demonstrations to large scale audiences and to teach a broad range of programs for schools, youth groups and adults.
  • Follow and assist the detailed logistics and implementation of offsite programs including assembly programs, expos/ enrichments, and other outreaches in cooperation with other members of the Visitor Experience team.
  • Demonstrates effective communication skills with program contact for program set up /tear down logistics, handle program volunteers and other programming needs.
  • Follow and help maintain systems for organization, cleaning and safety of offsite program supplies and vehicles.
  • Facilitate, and at times, mediate digital learning programs for a variety of groups and students.
  • Follows implemented documentation plan established for offsite programs such as attendance tracking, mileages, receipt tracking and any additional information that is deemed necessary.
  • Will be required to work across the multi-state area.
  • Serve as an on-site educator when necessary and perform other duties as assigned by the Sr. Manager of Fee-Based and Partnership Initiatives.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • College graduate is preferred with emphasis in education, science or other related discipline.
  • Working experience with Kindergarten through High School students (K-HS).
  • Excellent communication, organization and public interaction skills.
  • Enthusiastic and flexible attitude.
  • Must be self-motivated, able to follow directions and work independently.
  • Able to lift up to 50 pounds and perform the physical duties such as lifting, reaching, pulling/pushing.
  • Able to travel and work evenings/weekends including overnight stays
  • Ability to stand/walk for long periods of time.
  • Must pass a criminal background check.
  • Valid driver’s license is a requirement for this position.

 

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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.

 

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.

AREAS OF CONCENTRATION:

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

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • 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.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • 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 days 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.

 

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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.

 

Benefits

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 Cheryl.Horlander@louisvilleky.gov