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COCAedu 2017-2018 Education Fellowship

COCA’s Season-Long Program Fellowship Program is a professional training program for aspiring arts administrators, arts educators, and performing arts production practitioners. Participants are given practical learning experiences, independent and collective projects, and work as entry-level staff persons in the company’s administrative and production departments.

Each Fellow’s experience is developed and supervised under the guidance of a staff mentor, and draws from the diverse resources and collective knowledge of COCA’s resident artists, teachers and administrators. Through daily exposure in their primary field of interest and work on individual, specific projects, the experience is designed to broaden and strengthen the professional and personal skills and abilities of each of our interns and fellows. COCA’s internships and fellowships are designed to provide a springboard to a professional life in the arts.

COCA’s formalized and comprehensive program includes:

Professional development and networking opportunities; Connections to peers, mentors and artists; Independent and collective learning projects; Hands-on experience for future career opportunities.

We are looking for an organized, professional, well-written post-college or graduate student with an eye for detail to fill the position of Education Fellow.  The Fellow will develop a thorough understanding of nonprofit and arts partnerships by taking charge of a diverse array of daily responsibilities and assisting with long-term projects.   The Education Fellow will assist in implementing all aspects of the Education Program at COCA including specific work with school-based residency preparation and execution, communication and planning with the COCAedu Cohort of educators, COCAedu 2018 Summer Institute planning, data and program evaluation, and residency culmination support.

Candidates must be team-oriented and demonstrate excellent interpersonal, organizational, and writing skills and should have a strong interest in the arts and education partnerships, and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment.

The fellowship can run from mid-November 2017 through mid-July 2018.

This is a part-time, paid fellowship, with expected hours of 20 hours a week and may include weekend/evening hours.


Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Residency launch and culmination support at a variety of school partners throughout the St. Louis Metro Area
  • Design and disseminate communication with the pilot COCAedu Cohort for Educators
  • Gather program evaluation data and use current tools to organize and synthesize that data
  • Assist in the preparation of materials and supplies for residencies, arts learning, after school programming, professional development workshops, and the Summer Institute including packets, advance materials, registration materials and classroom content.
  • Assist in the set-up of various COCAedu programming
  • Assist with registration, food, and other tasks associated with the operation of professional development and the Institute
  • Assist with the documentation of the work of COCAedu through social media campaigns, photography, videography and note taking.


To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Have earned a baccalaureate degree, or have equivalent professional experience
  • Applicant is less than five years from graduation or the equivalent work experience
  • Be able to commit to an 8-month program
  • Reside in, or be able to relocate to, the St. Louis metro area


Preferred skills for the Education Fellow also include:

  • A cumulative GPA of at least 3.5
  • An interest in non-profit education and school partnerships, professional development, arts administration/management
  • Access to reliable transportation (mileage reimbursement available)
  • Excellent oral, written and communication skills
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook


Application Instructions:

Interested applicants should email a resume and cover letter directly to jobs@cocastl.org with the position title in the subject line of the email.


To Apply:
Please submit cover letter, resume to jobs@cocastl.org using “Production Staff” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. This position is part-time, hourly, and requires primarily weekends and evening availability, though some daytime calls are required.