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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 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.

Development Position - Position Description

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.

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

Essential Job Functions:

Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Conduct prospect research on individual, foundation, and corporate donors
  • Edit existing grants and reports
  • Assist in writing and gathering supplementary materials for grants
  • Supporting creation and dissemination of annual fund appeals
  • Data input and organization on the Tessitura software program
  • Support staff with logistics associated with special events (including annual fundraising event, COCAcabana)
  • Maintain the grants calendar, donor files and other development materials
  • Collect arts impact data to include in information packets for prospective donors

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 a 9-month programbr />
  • Reside in, or be able to relocate to, the St. Louis metro area

Preferred skills for the Development Fellow also include:

  • A cumulative GPA of at least 3.5
  • An interest in non-profit development, grant writing, fundraising, arts administration/managementt
  • Excellent oral, written and communication skills
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook

Application Information

Please submit cover letter, resume, and references to using Development Fellow in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Individual Giving Associate - Position Description

COCA relies on a talented and dedicated Development team to raise critical funds for its growing programs and operations. Reporting to the Director of Development, this position will have the primary responsibility for developing and managing all aspects of fundraising related to The COCA Annual Fund, along with related activities supporting fundraising and cultivation efforts for individual donors. The Individual Giving Associate will also support the Director of Development in managing COCA’s Associate Board, a group of young professionals who participate actively at COCA, as well as implement broad strategies related to cultivating and soliciting COCA’s individual, corporate and foundation donors, including leading and managing an Annual Fund committee.

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

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Annual Fund/General Fundraising

  • Oversee the development, implementation and on-going management of COCA’s Annual Fund (donations of <$1,500 annually). This includes responsibility for producing timely and compelling appeals to various donor segments to achieve budget goals for this program. It also includes the use of tools, such as on-line giving, installment giving, use of electronic and social media, and the development of a sense of philanthropy amongst COCA donor prospects.
  • Establish short and long term goals for Annual Fund revenue sources (existing patrons, corporate sponsorships, in-kind donations) and prepare regular reports on activities.
  • Meet or exceed Annual Fund budget goals for the fiscal year.
  • Employ innovation and creativity to expand and diversify COCA’s Annual Fund donor base (including but not limited to identifying benefits/perks for various appeals, etc., creating committees, building relationships, etc.)
  • Conduct/prepare prospect research on individual donors; track/maintain research/rating system in database; provide analysis and interpretation of prospect and donor information; and work with development team to manage and implement research into specific cultivation and upgrade strategies.
  • Manage a portfolio of Annual Fund prospects and potentially Richard Baron Leadership Circle donors (major gifts) for cultivation and stewardship.
  • Work closely with the Development Systems Manager to pull and segment targeted Annual Fund lists; and use the donor database to track appeals and moves management strategies.
  • Track and analyze timelines and benchmarks to determine true event and donor engagement towards meeting overall goals.
  • Serve as department liaison to Marketing department/Project Manager for marketing needs in the development department
  • Work with communications/marketing team to develop strategies for development presence in all communications and establish production schedules and timeframes for marketing publications/appeals directly associated with Annual Fund initiatives (Taste of COCA, “Spotlight”, the Alumni Circle, theatre parties, Giving Tuesday, Give STL day, etc.); complete simple design projects as needed. Assist in developing/maintaining presence on the website.
  • Work closely with Special Events Coordinator and Operations team to produce/lead all events and initiatives associated with the Annual Fund (including but not limited to Taste of COCA events, theatre parties, alumni events, etc.).
  • Attend internal and external special events hosted and/or produced by COCA.

Committee Engagement

  • Work with Development Director on the development and engagement of COCA’s Associate Board (CAB).
  • Share responsibility for the identification, cultivation and recruitment of prospects for CAB and other COCA committees, including the Annual Fund committee.

Qualifications - Specific requirements include:

  • Minimum BS/BA degree with at least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in fundraising.
  • A successful track record of identifying, cultivating and soliciting individual donors, corporation and foundations.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent public speaking skills; ability to exercise tact and diplomacy in organizational settings.
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, flexible, innovative and hands-on approach to operational management.
  • Openness, integrity, positive attitude and self-directed.
  • Experience working as a team player in a fast-paced environment is a plus.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Excel and Word; experience in management of donor software; organization uses Tessitura and ActiveNet software.
  • Experience in direct marketing, special events, and writing e-appeals, websites, and social media communications is a plus.
  • Strong writing skills required, grant writing experience is a plus.

As a leader in arts education, and the largest multidisciplinary community arts organization in the Midwest, COCA annually serves more than 50,000 people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Through dance, vocal music, theatre, art and design, and beyond, we nurture the artistic and creative potential in our students and our community.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Please include Individual Giving Associate in the subject line.

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

To apply, please submit cover letter, resume, and references by email to using COCA Production Staff the subject line.

Or by mail to:

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

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:
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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