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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

Skilled pianist experienced in accompanying ballet technique and modern dance classes. Monday & Thursday evenings 5:30-7:30PM, and Saturday 9-10:30AM. Opportunities for additional work.  Classical and contemporary repertory. Hourly rate is $15-$30/hr depending on skills and experience. 

Send resume to:  hr@cocastl.org with “Accompanist” in the subject line. 

POSITION SUMMARY:
Reporting to the Director of Development, this position will have primary responsibility for developing and managing all aspects of fundraising related to The COCA Annual Fund. In addition, the Associate Director of Development will have primary responsibility for managing the COCA Associates Board, a group of young professionals who participate actively at COCA, and will oversee a portion of COCA’s grant research and submissions. The Associate Director of Development will work closely with the Director of Development to implement broad strategies related to cultivating and soliciting COCA’s individual, corporate and foundation donors.

The following staff members will report to the Associate Director of Development:
Development & Special Events Coordinator

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

ANNUAL FUND

  • Oversee the development, implementation and on-going management of COCA’s Annual Fund. 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.
  • Collaborate with Marketing Dept. to develop marketing plans and establish production schedules and timeframes for marketing publications directly associated with Annual Fund initiatives (Taste of COCA, Flame, RBLC events).
  • Oversee all events and initiatives associated with the Annual Fund, including Taste of COCA events.

GRANT WRITING

  • Responsibility for an assigned portfolio of COCA’s annual grant submissions.
  • Assist in identifying and researching new grant and funding sources via grant making databases, professional fundraising applications, local newspapers and publications, websites and any other potential sources.
  • Work closely with Development Director and Program staff to make sure that all materials (grant and annual fund) are consistent with program goals.
  • Ensure the fulfillment of all benefits/recognition related to funders.
  • Execute grant reporting.
  • BOARD/COMMITTEE ENGAGEMENT

    • Oversee the development and engagement of COCA’s Associate Board (CAB).
    • Responsible for the identification, cultivation and recruitment of CAB prospects and members.
    • Share responsibility for the identification, cultivation and recruitment of prospects for other COCA Committees, including COCAcabana.
    • FUNDRAISING

      • Establish short and long term goals for Annual Fund revenue sources (existing patrons, corporate sponsorships, in-kind donations).
      • Employ innovation and creativity to expand and diversify COCA’s Annual Fund donor base.
      • Attend fundraising and public relations events to build/maintain relationships with current and prospective donors.
      • BUDGETING

        • Work closely with the Director of Development to manage the contributed income budget across the organization and the expense budget for the Development Department.
        • Meet or exceed Annual Fund budget goals for the fiscal year.
        • Execute contributed income reporting.
        • SPECIAL EVENTS

          • Oversee all events associated with the Annual Fund.
          • Supervision of Development & Special Events Manager, who will oversee logistics for COCA’s extensive calendar of events and activities.
          • Participate in the planning, fundraising and execution of COCAcabana.
          • Attend internal and external special events hosted and/or produced by COCA.
          • SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

            • Oversee certain day-to-day operations within the Development Department as designated by the Director of Development.
            • Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with organizational policies and applicable laws.
            • Responsibilities include: Interviewing, hiring, training employees; planning, assigning and directing work, appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining employees.
            • Meet regularly with Director of Development to discuss and evaluate department challenges, outstanding department initiatives and budgeting.
            • QUALIFICATIONS
              Special requirements include:

              • Minimum BS/BA degree with at least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in fundraising.
              • Experience in budgeting and fiscal management.
              • 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 with Tessitura preferred.
              • Strong writing skills required, grant writing experience a plus.
              • Capital/endowment campaign experience, a plus.

              • To apply, please send resume and cover letter to hr@cocastl.org.  Please include Associate Director of Development in 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 hr@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 hr@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.


COCA is looking for a Rhythm Tap teaching artist to begin in January 2015.

COCA's teaching artists are responsible for leading classes and programs that support COCA’s educational curriculum in the following areas: dance, theatre and voice, and art and design.  Teaching artists offer expertise and/or skill in a specific area. 
Essential Functions:
•    Provide high quality arts instruction for assigned classes and programs
•    Lead classes and programs by example and model professionalism to students through conduct, attitude, attendance and punctuality
•    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
•    Advise students on appropriate class placement through discussion with students and parents as well as placement letters
•    Understand and adhere to policies and procedures explained in Faculty Manual
Job Specifications:
•    Bachelor’s degree required or significant professional training
•    Commitment to teaching and provide continuity on a part time basis
•    Experience and enthusiasm working in arts
•    Firm educational and practical background in the 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: Interested candidates should submit their resume to hr@cocastl.org.

COCA has an opening for a Yoga instructor to begin in September 2014.

COCA's teaching artists are responsible for leading classes and programs that support COCA’s educational curriculum in the following areas: dance, theatre and voice, and art and design.  Teaching artists offer expertise and/or skill in a specific area. 
Essential Functions:
•    Provide high quality arts instruction for assigned classes and programs
•    Lead classes and programs by example and model professionalism to students through conduct, attitude, attendance and punctuality
•    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
•    Advise students on appropriate class placement through discussion with students and parents as well as placement letters
•    Understand and adhere to policies and procedures explained in Faculty Manual
Job Specifications:
•    Bachelor’s degree required or significant professional training
•    Commitment to teaching and provide continuity on a part time basis
•    Experience and enthusiasm working in arts
•    Firm educational and practical background in the 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: send resume to hr@cocastl.org

 

COCA has an opening for a Zumba instructor to begin in September 2014. 

COCA's teaching artists are responsible for leading classes and programs that support COCA’s educational curriculum in the following areas: dance, theatre and voice, and art and design.  Teaching artists offer expertise and/or skill in a specific area. 
Essential Functions:
•    Provide high quality arts instruction for assigned classes and programs
•    Lead classes and programs by example and model professionalism to students through conduct, attitude, attendance and punctuality
•    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
•    Advise students on appropriate class placement through discussion with students and parents as well as placement letters
•    Understand and adhere to policies and procedures explained in Faculty Manual
Job Specifications:
•    Bachelor’s degree required or significant professional training
•    Commitment to teaching and provide continuity on a part time basis
•    Experience and enthusiasm working in arts
•    Firm educational and practical background in the 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: send resume to hr@cocastl.org

 

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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