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Opportunities at COCA

COCA is always looking for qualified individuals to work in a variety of capacities. COCA is a community-based arts center committed to the creation, presentation and display of the visual and performing arts. We seek like-minded individuals who are as passionate about their profession as the center is about its mission. You’ll work with other staff/faculty members who are professionals in their field and embrace the importance of the arts in all their forms to the community.

Current Job Openings

Lead Tech / Master Electrician ~ Position Description

COCA’s Lead Technician – Master Electrician reports to the Production Manager. The ME serves as primary electrician for COCA Presents shows, COCA’s Pre-Professional produced shows and any other shows & events. The primary function includes hanging and circuiting lighting units according to the plots, ensuring adequate stock of spare lamps, rep gel, etc, updating documentation and recommending and working on technical maintenance projects as needed.

This position is part-time, hourly, and requires primarily weekends and evening availability, though some daytime calls are required.

Essential Job Functions:

On tours as part of COCA Presents:

  • Work in concert with the Production Manager and the visiting Tech Dir/Stage Manager to make sure that we can alter our rep plot to meet their production needs during the advancing process
  • Create a purchase list (if need be) for gel, etc, for the shows
  • Hang, patch and preliminarily focus the touring plot
  • Participate in load in/focus and strike to ensure that the plot is properly focused for the show and returned to rep on the strike
  • Participate as board operator if the tour requires it
  • May need to assist in the rental of specific items on a show-by-show basis.

On COCA produced shows and events:

  • Ensure that the plot is returned to COCA’s rep plot OR hung to new plot
  • Ensure that boom color is returned to rep plot OR hung to new plot
  • Alter and focus any specials according to the design
  • Serve as board operator for the production
  • Some shows may be designed by ME as needed

On rental productions:

  • Work in concert with the production manager to ensure that the lighting needs of the renter are accommodated
  • Hang, patch and preliminarily focus the rental plot
  • Participate in load in/focus and strike to ensure that the plot is properly focused for the show and returned to rep on the strike
  • Participate as board operator if the tour requires

Job Qualifications

  • Experience with the ETC Ion light board (programming, running)
  • Experience in dance and dance lighting preferred
  • Able to hang and focus lighting instruments
  • Ability to trouble shoot lighting and theatrical electrical related issues
  • Ability to repair and maintain theatrical lighting instruments and cabling
  • Creative problem solver
  • Ability to work alone or with a group – initiative is desired (identifying issues before they are problems, preventative maintenance, etc)
  • Able to climb ladders and/or a genie lift
  • Able to lift 50 pounds or more
  • Experience with LED and moving lights a plus

To apply: Please submit cover letter, resume to jobs@cocastl.org using Lead Tech/Master Electrician 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.

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Graphic Designer ~ Position Description
Reports to: Director of Marketing and Communications

As a member of the Marketing and Communications department, the Graphic Designer is responsible for the design and production of a wide variety of print and digital marketing materials as well as content creation for and maintenance of COCA’s online properties – websites and social media platforms.

Essential Functions:
Graphic Design

  • Collaborate with internal clients on the creative direction, concept, design and production of a variety of print and digital pieces including: program guides, brochures, advertisements, direct mail, promotional items, flyers, website graphics, newsletters, presentations, annual reports, e-blasts and other materials as required.
  • Develop standard templates and forms for the organization.
  • Serve as a brand steward to ensure proper usage of COCA brand standards throughout the organization.

Print Production & Direct Mail

  • Collaborate with the Marketing and Communications Coordinator to create and maintain an annual publication schedule that establishes production timelines and deadlines for print and digital pieces.
  • Maintain outside print/production vendor relationships, obtain bids, prepare files for print, and schedule printing/production to meet deadlines and budget goals.
  • Manage relationships with mail houses, coordinate targeted mailing lists and track results/conversion rates for direct mail efforts.

Digital Communications

  • Help to maintain COCA website using WordPress and some HTML. This includes both content management and some content creation (copywriting in addition to layout and visual structure) in coordination with the Marketing and Communications Coordinator.
  • Execute email marketing efforts in coordination with the Marketing and Communications Coordinator. Develop schedule and targeted strategy for distribution. Design and build e-blasts, maintain email contact database, and track results/conversion rates for e-mail efforts.
  • Create promotional videos/slideshows from existing footage and photography.

Marketing Administration

  • Serve as photographer at various events, and catalogue and maintain photo files.
  • Maintain and archive design-related files.
  • Other administrative duties as assigned by the Director of Marketing and Communications.

Skills required

  • Three to five years experience.
  • Proven knowledge of graphic design techniques and standards.
  • Extensive experience with InDesign and the entire Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Experience using social media as a professional marketing tool.                   
  • Basic working knowledge of website content management systems and HTML.
  • Strong MS Office skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.       
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Proven ability to work independently and with a team.

To apply, please send resume, cover letter and portfolio/samples of work to jobs@cocastl.org and include Graphic Designer in the subject line. 

Full-time position, requiring some evening and weekend hours, with competitive salary and benefits package. 

COCA is searching for a part-time Patron Services Specialist.  This position is fast paced, highly visible, and works on the front line answering phones and receiving and directing patrons.  This position also alternates between the front desk/reception area and the position of “Floor Manager” to oversee the scheduled activities and events happening in the facility.  This opportunity requires evenings and week-ends.  Ideal candidates must be able to roll up their sleeves and work in a “hands on” environment.  Position also demands an energetic individual with strong customer service, PC and multi-tasking skills.

To apply, please submit cover letter, resume, and references to jobs@cocastl.org using COCA Patron Services in the subject line.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Production Staff – PT (Week-Ends & Evenings)

Reports to:  Productions Manager
POSITION OVERVIEW
COCA is seeking experienced crew members to join our Production team (House Managers, Stage Crew, and Technical Assistants – Light & Sound).  

APPLICATION INFORMATION
To apply, please submit cover letter, resume, and references by email to jobs@cocastl.org using COCA Production Staff the subject line.

Or by mail to:

COCA – Center of Creative Arts
524 Trinity Avenue
St. Louis, MO  63130
314.725.6555

Please note: COCA is always recruiting for Production Staff even if there are no current job openings.

How to apply

To apply for a job at COCA, please follow the specific instructions listed in the job posting. If no specific directions are listed, you can submit your current resume, cover letter and references to COCA HR Department by:
e-mail:
fax: 1(314) 725-6222
mail: 524 Trinity Ave., St. Louis, MO 63130

Equal Opportunity statement

COCA is an equal opportunity institution, and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the bases of race, sex, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, and status as a covered veteran. This policy covers employment, and participation in the organization’s programs, activities, and services.


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