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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.

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.

Summer Arts Camp Assistant Manager

The Summer Camp Manager is responsible for the day-to-day management of summer camps at the COCA camp location. The person in this position reports to the Director of Arts Education and acts as a liaison between the faculty, parents/campers and the COCA Director of Arts Education. The position is temporary part-time running from the last week in May through the third week of August; camp dates are June 1-August 14, 2015. This position works 11:00am -5pm each day during the camp season.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Help with site and room preparation before camps begin and before each camp session.
  • Assist in running COCA camp orientations for parents on May 20 and July 8.
  • Provide a safe and fun camp environment by helping to organize camp spaces, as well as monitoring student behavior contracts, class roster/sign-out sheets, pick up authorization and student health forms.
  • Help camp manager with the creation of clipboards, rosters, attendance sheets and placement letters as needed.
  • Organize and maintain inventory of camp supplies.
    • Purchase supplies weekly to meet faculty needs two weeks before camps occur.
    • Take regular inventory of supplies and recommend purchases when needed.
    • Keep rooms and supply closet organized and stocked so that supplies can be found.
    • Ensure that supplies ordered for a particular class or teacher reach the correct room in an organized fashion.
    • Monitor supplies so that we stay under budget and supplies reach the teachers who need them.
  • Be present in the building lobby at 11:30am and 3:00pm daily in order to greet parents and supervise the dispersal of students to appropriate camp and to ensure that all students are picked up by the appropriate person.
  • Supervise lunches with teaching assistants each day and ensure that students are safely returned to their PM classes.
  • Help to organize and clean classrooms at the end of each camp day.
  • Walk through the building at the end of each camp day to ensure that all classrooms & studios are left in good condition for classes and other purposes.
  • Supervise the teaching assistants charged with running After Care to ensure that student supervision after camps is enjoyable and safe.
    • Help TA’s manage any after care behavior challenges and see that children are appropriately supervised.
    • Help TA’s determine when/if to reduce staffing in response to student pick-ups.
  • Attend faculty meeting held at 3:15pm on the first Tuesday of each camp session to create culmination schedule
  • Create/type and distribute culmination schedules.
  • Observe camps in session and communicate to the Director of Arts Education if there are concerns with instruction.
  • Help to maintain order among campers and ensure adherence to safety rules and operating procedures
  • Help to organize the clean-up and reorganization on last day of each camp session.
    • Supervise the TA’s helping with the turnover.
    • Break down each room and reset for camp the following session.
    • Restock supplies.
    • Return all clipboards and confidential paperwork to the office suite and shred.
    • Return all lost and found items to bins, all left behind art work to the office suite to dispose of each Monday.
  • Help to organize and supervise the end of camp clean up after camps conclude for the summer.

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational skills including: stooping, kneeling, walking, lifting, grasping, pulling, standing, and talking.
  • Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds
  • Must be able to walk up and down stairs
  • Must be able to perform light work exerting up to 20 pounds of force and/or constant force to move objects.
  • Must be able to occasionally participate in organized children’s physical activities

Job Specifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Strong communication skills with adults and children
  • Experience handling behavioral issues with children
  • Good organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks and roles, patiently and professionally
  • Team player, fun, outgoing, passionate, positive, mature, organized, creative, resourceful, timely, critical thinker, and self motivated.
  • Strong interest in and/or with some experience in arts education
  • Experience working with school-aged children

To apply: Please submit cover letter, resume to jobs@cocastl.org using Assistant Camp Manager in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. This is a seasonal position starting June 2015 – Mid August 2015.

Summer Arts Camp Manager

The Summer Camp Manager is responsible for the day-to-day management of summer camps at the COCA camp location. The person in this position reports to the Director of Arts Education and acts as a liaison between the faculty, parents/campers and the COCA Director of Arts Education.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Supervise site and room preparation before camps begin and before each camp session to ensure that supplies and room set up support and atmosphere of excellence.
  • Arrive in the COCA building by 7:00am each day and walk through each space to ensure that it is ready for campers. Ensure that the Before Care supervision is staffed each day and that children are appropriately supervised.
  • Provide a safe camp environment by organizing camp spaces, providing and monitoring all necessary paperwork - student behavior contracts, class roster/sign-out sheets, authorized pick up and student health forms in each classroom.
    • Collect attendance rosters in each camp daily (morning and afternoon in ½ day camps). Call parents/guardians to inquire about children who are absent. Communicate this information to the faculty and the Director of Arts Education as necessary.
  • Work with registration to ensure that we have all necessary information from parents of campers with special needs and have communicated pertinent information to incoming faculty prior to the start of each camp session. Coordinate any special requests of accommodations with Director of Arts Education, faculty members and families.
  • Be present in the building lobby at 8:45am, 11:30am and 3:00pm daily to greet parents and supervise the safe dispersal of students to appropriate camps and to ensure that all students are picked up by the appropriate person.
  • Supervise lunches with the Assistant Camp Manager and teaching assistants.
    • Monitor Lunch Bunch lists to ensure we have and accurate count of who will be with us.
    • Ensure that students behave in a safe manner in lunch and return to camps safely and are supervised at all times.
  • Observe camps in session and communicate to the Director of Arts Education if there are concerns with instruction.
  • Maintain order among campers and ensure adherence to safety rules and operating procedures. Work with the faculty and Director of Arts Education to address any student behavioral issues as they arise.
  • Work with parents to address any health or behavior concerns that come up during the camp day.
  • Organize and plan for any camp field trips.
  • Work with parents, faculty and the Director of Arts Education to address any quality concerns that come up.
  • Assist in the creation and distribution of information required in an atmosphere of quality and excellence including managing the posting of photos of classroom activities, collection of first day letters, placement letters and evaluation paperwork.
  • Work with the Director of Arts Education and the Assistant Camp Manager to create and distribute culmination schedules to faculty, staff and parents.
  • Assist in planning and running COCA summer camp faculty and TA planning/ training sessions in May.
  • Assist in planning and running COCA summer camp orientations for Parents in May and July.
  • Organize and supervise the end of camp clean up after camps conclude for the summer.

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational skills including: stooping, kneeling, walking, lifting, grasping, pulling, standing, and talking.
  • Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds.
  • Must be able to walk up and down stairs.
  • Must be able to perform light work exerting up to 20 pounds of force and/or constant force to move objects.
  • Must be able to occasionally participate in organized children’s physical activities.


Job Specifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Strong communication skills with adults and children
  • Experience handling behavioral issues with children
  • Good organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks and roles, patiently and professionally
  • Team player, fun, outgoing, passionate, positive, mature, organized, creative, resourceful, timely, critical thinker, and self motivated.
  • Strong interest in and/or with some experience in arts education
  • Experience working with school-aged children

To apply: Please submit cover letter, resume to jobs@cocastl.org using Camp Manager in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. This is a seasonal position starting mid- May through the third week of August; camp dates are June 1-August 14, 2015. This position works 7:00am-3:15pm each day.

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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