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COCAedu Teaching Artist (Part Time)

Reports to COCAedu Program Managers

COCAedu’s vision is to be an integrated, imbedded, important and visible partner to schools, districts, and centers of community throughout the greater St. Louis metropolitan area. Our partnerships bring arts learning and arts integration opportunities to children who greatly benefit from access and opportunity.

The COCAedu Teaching Artist is responsible for planning and executing arts learning and arts integration residencies in schools and centers of community. The teaching artist offers expertise and skill in a specific arts discipline (such as theatre, art and design, dance and creative movement) and will often co-teach or collaborate with a general education classroom teacher to facilitate a residency.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide high-quality arts instruction for assigned residencies
  • Lead programs by example and model professionalism to students through conduct, attitude, attendance and punctuality
  • Plan residencies with classroom teacher and/or COCAedu program manager and submit required planning documents by communicated deadlines
  • Develop age and contextually appropriate lesson plans, maintain attendance sheets, support program evaluation, and attend all required meetings and training sessions
  • Fulfill number of hours/classes required in specific teaching agreement
  • Prepare materials, coordinate and obtain equipment, materials and supplies for classes and programs
  • Prepare students for a culminating event on the final day of the residency that reflects the goals and process of the program

Job Specifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or significant professional experience required
  • Commitment to teaching and providing continuity on a part-time basis
  • Experience and enthusiasm working in arts
  • Firm educational and practical background in the arts, including, but not limited to:
    • Visual art and design
    • Dance and movement
    • Theatre and dramatic arts
  • Excellent oral, written, presentation, and teaching skills
  • Ability to problem solve, be flexible, imaginative and innovative

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to physically demonstrate and model the physical stamina and skills necessary for performing arts activities
  • Ability to communicate so others will be able to clearly understand instruction
  • Ability to stand and circulate for extended periods of time
  • Ability to bend, twist, stoop, kneel and reach in all directions

To Apply:
Please submit cover letter, resume to jobs@cocastl.org using “COCAedu Teaching Artist” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted ongoing. This position is part-time, hourly, and requires weekday availability throughout the school year and into the summer.