CAREERS

Our vision is to inspire, educate and entertain, building lifelong relationships with the arts.

The Kentucky Center is proud to offer a value-driven culture for its employees. We strive to support organizational effectiveness through staff training and professional development opportunities. The courses we offer provide Kentucky Center employees with benchmark leadership values, language and skills, supportive of The Kentucky Center’s vision, mission and strategic imperatives. Our employees, our strongest brand ambassadors, are engaged, empowered and valued through our recognition culture. Each and every employee exhibits our core values by being inclusive, collaborative, innovative, passionate, connected leaders.

Every member of The Kentucky Center contributes to creating a truly unique and vibrant organization that aspires to exhibit these values in all that we do:

  • Inclusive - We embrace and leverage the diversity of all team members, stakeholders, art forms and audiences
  • Collaborative - We know that it takes a well-rehearsed orchestra to play a symphony; with every member working together and being a pro at playing their part
  • Innovative - We set the stage for what's next
  • Passionate - We are inspired by our work and find joy in our efforts and share that passion with all
  • Connected- We trust and rely on each other; and when we come together we find reasons to celebrate
  • Leaders - We are all accountable leaders; instead of looking to others, we first look inward and ask
 
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We at The Kentucky Center are especially proud of the Barnes Human Resources Center. This multi-use facility serves as a technology equipped training space, a staff meeting and ideation center and a place where we encourage casual collisions to take place amongst various staff and a diverse array of departments. Beyond that, the BHRC serves as our Human Resources library where employees can check out books on a wide range of topics including career development, time management and effective leadership.

Job Opportunities

The Kentucky Center is currently accepting resumes for the following positions:

Programming and Community Engagement Manager

The Kentucky Center has an exciting opportunity for the qualified candidate.  Send your cover letter and resume to employment@kentuckycenter.org relating your experience and qualifications to the requirements of this position.  Submit your paperwork by February 1st in order to be considered for this opportunity.  This position is posted both internally and externally. 

POSITION TITLE:  Programming and Community Engagement Manager
POSITION SUPERVISOR:  VP of Programming and Events
POSITION DEPARTMENT:  Programming and Events

POSITION GOALS:
  • To exceed artist and patron expectations through the provision of services for Kentucky Center events creating the best possible experience.
  • Develop exciting and engaging programs around Kentucky Center Presents shows, including community outreach activities, pre and post-show events, and master classes for the purpose of increasing the impact of Kentucky Center to the community.
  • Utilize time efficiently pertaining to duties between office and event responsibilities through self-management and multi-tasking.

CORE COMPENTIENCIES:

•     Initiative and Creativity

Plans work and carry out tasks without detailed instructions; makes constructive suggestions; prepares for problems or opportunities in advance; undertakes additional responsibilities; responds to situations as they arise with minimal supervision; creates novel solutions to problems; evaluates new technology as potential solutions to existing problems. 

•     Cooperation/Teamwork

Works harmoniously with others to get a job done; responds positively to instructions and procedures; able to work well with staff, co-workers, peers and managers; shares critical information with everyone involved in a project; works effectively on projects that cross functional lines; helps to set a tone of cooperation within the work group and across groups; coordinates own work with others; seeks opinions; values working relationships; when appropriate facilitates discussion before decision-making process is complete.

•     Communication

Writes and speaks effectively, using conventions proper to the situation; states own opinions clearly and concisely; demonstrates openness and honesty; listens well during meetings and feedback sessions; explains reasoning behind own opinions; asks others for their opinions and feedback; asks questions to ensure understanding; exercises a professional approach with others using all appropriate tools of communication; uses consideration and tact when offering opinions.

•     Problem Solving

Anticipates problems; sees how a problem and its solution will affect other units; gathers information before making decisions; weighs alternatives against objectives and arrives at reasonable decisions; adapts well to changing priorities, deadlines and directions; works to eliminate all processes which do not add value; is willing to take action, even under pressure, criticism or tight deadlines; takes informed risks; recognizes and accurately evaluates the signs of a problem; analyzes current procedures for possible improvements; notifies supervisor of problems in a timely manner.

•     Staff Development

Works to improve the performance of oneself and others by pursuing opportunities for continuous learning/feedback; constructively helps and coaches others in their professional development; exhibits a “can-do” approach and inspires associates to excel; develops a team spirit.

•     Reliability

Personally responsible; completes work in a timely, consistent manner; works hours necessary to complete assigned work; is regularly present and punctual; arrives prepared for work; is committed to doing the best job possible; keeps commitments.

 

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:

Curate Fine Arts Programming, Special Events, and Outreach – Primary Function

  • Book fine arts programming in collaboration with the Vice President of Programming and Events; experience in contemporary music programming a plus.
  • Review current sponsorship relationships with input from Programming and Development as it pertains to programming art forms or series, and adapt the intent or purpose to achieve mission-oriented goals in a fiscally responsible manner.
  • Initiate and oversee events surrounding KC Presents shows and artist residencies by coordinating with internal departments of The Kentucky Center, particularly Education; Communications; Development; and Events to support Center-wide programming.
  • Oversee community, as well as, internal initiatives that convene people to the Center.
  • Represent The Kentucky Center through networking in the community, seeking partnerships and collaborations relevant to programming for the purpose of increasing financial and promotional support. Coordinate and finalize all logistics for master classes, lecture-demonstrations, and artist residencies in the community.
  • On behalf of Programming and Communications departments, develop concepts and assist in the coordination of logistics for Kentucky Center events including pre and post-show events, CD signings, meet and greets, local artist performances and receptions, and special events. 
  • Generate ideas for season collaboratively with the Vice President of Programming and Events and the programming team, including artist; agency; and sponsorship leads for show-related activities and new projects.
  • Other tasks as assigned by supervisor. 

Managing Show Activities – Support Function

  • Oversee the coordination and advancement of show-related itineraries and activities of Kentucky Center Presents programs in collaboration the programming team. Duties include internal and external correspondence to secure catering, hotel accommodations, and local transportation for artists; oversee and monitor concession sales; secure payment from finance; monitor artist and venue holds via ticketing while establishing protocol specific to show on releasing seat holds. 
  • Oversee contract processing for specific series or assigned shows; route show needs and instructions to appropriate departments, i.e. Events, Production, Marketing, and Finance. 
  • With discretion, create and oversee budgets for programming on special projects or ancillary activities relating to KC Presents shows; make final decisions on talent.
  • Provide continuity in communication over assigned programmatic activities with all Center departments and designated venues.  These departments include but are not limited to Production, Patron, Ticketing, Security, Events, and Finance.  Provide responses to program inquiries from departments.
  • Keep current on fine and contemporary artists and industry trends; assist with show research with internal departments, e.g. marketing and ticketing, and local resources; scouting live performances locally and at conferences.  Maintain an awareness of trends within the fine arts landscape via publications, conferences, and social media to assist in booking shows.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:
  • Experience in arts management and community outreach
  • Creative and innovative thinker
  • Prolific multi-tasker
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in experience
  • Available to work evenings and weekends
  • Valid driver's license; ability to do some lifting of up to 20 lbs.

 

COMPUTER SKILLS:
  • Microsoft Office Suite and Microsoft Outlook
  • Knowledge of EMBS software (scheduling), a plus 
Job posting: Facilities Department Intern (part-time)

The Kentucky Center is seeking a Facilities Department Intern. If you meet the stated responsibilities and qualifications in the intern description below, send your cover letter and resume to Cecilia Reyna. Paperwork needs to be received by January 25, 2016 to be considered as a candidate for this opportunity.

Department: Facilities
Department Contact:  Chuck Schmidt
Position Title: Intern
Season: Spring 2017       
Weeks: 12          
Hours: 12-15 hours per week
Salary: Non-exempt $10.10 per hour

The Kentucky Center
The mission of The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts is to lead and enrich the artistic, educational, and economic vitality of the region by providing unparalleled programming and cultural events.

Position Goal:

  • Assist in the overall programmatic needs of Facilities Services to ensure the proper management of the services from Production, Security, Engineering, and Building Services.

Position Duties:

  • Provide primary support for Facilities Services
  • Assist with general office management
  • Asist with archival history of the department
  • Proof and edit various documents and materials produced by/through the department
  • Attend specified Facilities meeting and sessions as necessary
  • Clerical tasks such as answering the phone, making phone calls on behalf of the program, data entry, filing correspondence and program records; copying, preparing mailings; taking minutes at meetings
  • Assist/complete any other special projects as directed

Qualifications:

  •  Must be interested in and highly engaged with arts administration and theatre management 

     
    Requirements/Experience Needed:

  • Experience in the arts and technical theater settings.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Familiar with Microsoft Office, Outlook/e-mail fundamentals.
  • Ability to work alone with a minimum amount of supervision as well as in a team environment.
  • Must be reliable, detail oriented and self-motivated.
  • Ability to work on several projects simultaneously.
  • Interest in Theatre Management 

 

Line Cook/Back of House Staff (Part-Time)

POSITION TITLE:  Line Cook/Back of House Staff (Part-Time)
POSITION SUPERVISOR:  Chef
POSITION DEPARTMENT:  Patron Services

Position Goal

Goal: To assist in providing a superior customer service experience to the patrons of The Kentucky Center. To be a versatile and enthusiastic member of the Food and Beverage team. 

Core Competencies:

Reliability and Integrity
Personally Responsible. Completes work in a timely, consistent manner. Works hours necessary to complete assigned duties; is regularly present and punctual.  Arrives prepared for work and is consistently neat in appearance and friendly in demeanor. Operates under the highest moral and professional standards at all times.

Kitchen Service
Able to maintain a calm and professional demeanor in a fast paced setting. Listens and responds effectively to supervisor; resolves issues to the supervisor’s satisfaction; respects all customers and supervisors; utilizes a team approach to quickly and efficiently handle the customer’s needs and strives to exceed customer expectations.

Product Knowledge
Will continuously remain knowledgeable regarding menu items and seasonal or special offerings. Will maintain general knowledge of the Kentucky Center at large and be able to direct customers to essential services including but not limited to customer service, elevators, bathrooms and coat check. 

Problem Solving and Strategic Thinking
Adapts well to changing priorities, deadlines and directives. Is willing to take action under pressure and responds productively when faced with crises or criticism. Anticipates emerging situations and handles them with the ultimate success of the department in mind while carefully adhering to legal and organizational policies and procedures.

Initiative, Engagement and Enthusiasm
Plans work and carries out responsibilities without detailed instructions. Engages with supervisor to develop goals, execute plans and deliver results.  Solves problems and identifies opportunities in advance and responds to situations as they arise with minimal supervision. Maintains a positive team attitude and always seeks to further the reputation for excellence that the Kentucky Center is known for.

Support Diversity
Treats all people with respect; values diverse perspectives; participates in diversity training opportunities; shows sensitivity to individual differences; treats others fairly without regard to race, sex, color, religion, or sexual preference.

 

Essential Functions:

  • Provide efficient and knowledgeable service in our kitchen
  • Be prepared to serve as Bartender Host/ess or Food Runner as needed
  • Understand and be accountable to all pertinent company standards, policies and principals.
  • Maintain reasonable availability regarding scheduling in order to best serve our patrons with the highest level of service
  • Participate in regular staff meetings to receive ongoing training, motivation and transfer of information
  • Collaborate with team members to streamline event processes, increase quality of service, implement departmental goals and actively participate in maintaining a standard of excellence.
  • Maintain Food Service Standards as required by the Board of Health and as dictated by law.  Incorporate new standards as communicated by supervisor and communicate with supervisor to maintain the highest level of compliance with those standards
  • Maintain the highest level of compliance with applicable Food Service standards and regulations
  • Communicate with supervisor regarding supplies and inventory needs.  Work as a team member to promote food and kitchen quality and standards
  • This position requires decision making skills that consistently increase revenue and satisfy patron needs
  • Maintain complete knowledge of Service Staff manual and comply with policies and procedures as illustrated and conveyed during staff meetings. Be aware of changes to manual and service procedures as we grow.
  • Set up, stock and break down kitchen areas as assigned by supervisor. Maintain a clean organized and efficient work space at all times
  • Maintain cleanliness and organization of all areas. Maintain a collaborative attitude regarding the condition of our work space
  • Prepare end of night ordering sheets and maintain a clean station. Demonstrate strong ethics, integrity and honesty
  • Embody The Kentucky Center values and mission

 

Non-Essential Functions:

  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

 

Position Requirements: 

Experience:
2 years in a kitchen setting. Restaurant and supervising experience is a plus.

Qualifications:
The employee will possess excellent organizational skills and be detail oriented. They will possess the ability to work effectively in a broad range of situations and communicate calmly and efficiently under hectic and, at times, stressful situations.  The employee will demonstrate superior verbal and written communication skills and have the ability to adapt to a flexible schedule.  The employee must be able to work at peak performance for the duration of their shift, often under extreme pressure with a calm and friendly demeanor.  They will either be well versed in fine dining and food preparation or motivated to learn.

Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, and navigate stairs.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 35-50 pounds.  The employee must be able to navigate all areas of the buildings, both public and non-public.

Hours:
Flexible hours based around events; often evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Employees Supervised:
None

Bartender/Front of House Staff (Part-Time)

POSITION TITLE:  Bartender/Front of House Staff (Part-Time)
POSITION SUPERVISOR:  Food and Beverage Manager
POSITION DEPARTMENT:  Patron Services

Position Goal

Goal: To provide a superior customer service experience to the patrons of The Kentucky Center. To be a versatile and enthusiastic member of the Food and Beverage team. 

Core Competencies:

Reliability and Integrity
Personally Responsible. Completes work in a timely, consistent manner. Works hours necessary to complete assigned duties; is regularly present and punctual.  Arrives prepared for work and is consistently neat in appearance and friendly in demeanor. Operates under the highest moral and professional standards at all times.

Customer Service
Able to maintain a calm and professional demeanor in a fast paced setting. Listens and responds effectively to customer questions; resolves customer issues to the customer’s satisfaction; respects all customers; utilizes a team approach to quickly and efficiently handle the customer’s needs and strives to exceed customer expectations.

Product Knowledge
Will continuously remain knowledgeable regarding menu items, drink offerings, wine list and seasonal or special offerings. Will maintain general knowledge of the Kentucky Center at large and be able to direct customers to essential services including but not limited to customer service, elevators, bathrooms and coat check. 

Problem Solving and Strategic Thinking
Adapts well to changing priorities, deadlines and directives. Is willing to take action under pressure and responds productively when faced with crises or criticism. Anticipates emerging situations and handles them with the ultimate success of the department in mind while carefully adhering to legal and organizational policies and procedures.

Initiative, Engagement and Enthusiasm
Plans work and carries out responsibilities without detailed instructions. Engages with supervisor to develop goals, execute plans and deliver results.  Solves problems and identifies opportunities in advance and responds to situations as they arise with minimal supervision. Maintains a positive team attitude and always seeks to further the reputation for excellence that the Kentucky Center is known for.

Support Diversity
Treats all people with respect; values diverse perspectives; participates in diversity training opportunities; shows sensitivity to individual differences; treats others fairly without regard to race, sex, color, religion, or sexual preference.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide efficient and knowledgeable service to our patrons
  • Be prepared to serve as Bartender Host/ess or Food Runner as needed
  • Understand and be accountable to all pertinent company standards, policies and principals
  • Maintain reasonable availability regarding scheduling in order to best serve our patrons with the highest level of service
  • Participate in regular staff meetings to receive ongoing training, motivation and transfer of information
  • Collaborate with team members to streamline event processes, increase quality of service, implement departmental goals and actively participate in maintaining a standard of excellence
  • Maintain Food Service Standards as required by the Board of Health and as dictated by law.  Incorporate new standards as communicated by supervisor and communicate with supervisor to maintain the highest level of compliance with those standards
  • Maintain the highest level of compliance with applicable liquor laws regarding patron service. Confirming legal age of patron where applicable and refusing service to patrons deemed intoxicated
  • Communicate with supervisor regarding supplies and inventory needs.  Work as a team member to promote drink and food specials
  • This position is a front line position. It requires decision making skills that consistently increase revenue and satisfy patron needs
  • Maintain complete knowledge of Service Staff manual and comply with policies and procedures as illustrated and conveyed during staff meetings. Be aware of changes to the manual and service procedures as we grow
  • Set up, stock and break down bar and kitchen areas as assigned by station and supervisor. Maintain a clean organized and efficient work space at all times
  • Maintain cleanliness and organization of all areas accessed by service staff including bars, kitchen, and storage areas. Maintain a collaborative attitude regarding the condition of our work space.
  • Prepare end of night sales sheets and maintain an accurate bank. Demonstrate strong ethics, integrity and honesty in dealing with monetary handling
  • Embody The Kentucky Center values and mission

 

Non-Essential Functions:

  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

 Position Requirements:

Experience:
At least 2 years in a bar setting. Restaurant and customer service experience is a plus.

Qualifications:
The employee will possess excellent organizational skills and be detail oriented. They will possess the ability to work effectively in a broad range of situations and communicate calmly and efficiently under hectic and, at times, stressful situations.  The employee will demonstrate superior verbal and written communication skills and have the ability to adapt to a flexible schedule.  The employee must be able to work at peak performance for the duration of their shift, often under extreme pressure with a calm and friendly demeanor.  They will either be well versed in fine dining and bar knowledge or motivated to learn.

Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, and navigate stairs.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 35-40 pounds.  The employee must be able to navigate all areas of the buildings, both public and non-public.

Hours:
Flexible hours based around events; often evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Employees Supervised:
None

Kentucky Center Internships
*All Kentucky Center internships are paid and provide a wealth of experience as well as class credit. Clicking the link will explain the positions available and how to apply. If you do not see internship listings on this page, it means no internships are currently posted.