Development Fellow

Department: Development
Reports to/Supervisor Title: Development Operations Coordinator
Full or Part Time (hours and time frame): Part-time – 20+ hrs/week for 8 months

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.

Each Fellow’s experience is developed and supervised under the guidance of a staff mentor, and draws from the diverse resources and collective knowledge of COCA’s resident artists, teachers and administrators. Through daily exposure in their primary field of interest and work on individual, specific projects, the experience is designed to broaden and strengthen the professional and personal skills and abilities of each of our interns and fellows. COCA’s internships and fellowships are designed to provide a springboard to a professional life in the arts.

COCA’s Fellowship Program includes: Independent and collective learning projects; hands-on experience for future career opportunities; professional development and networking opportunities; and connections to peers, mentors and artists.

The development department is seeking an organized, professional, well-written post-college or graduate student with an eye for detail to fill the position of Development Fellow. COCA’s Development Fellow will assist the development department staff with a broad spectrum of COCA’s fundraising activities, including: grant research and writing; donor relation management; special events planning, coordination and logistics; projects in Tessitura (COCA’s donor and ticketing database); and other responsibilities as related to the Development department. The Fellow will develop a thorough understanding of nonprofit and arts fundraising by taking charge of a diverse array of daily responsibilities and assisting with both long- and short-term projects. Candidates must be team-oriented and demonstrate excellent interpersonal, organizational, and writing skills and should have a strong interest in the arts and fundraising, and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment.

This is a part-time (expected 20 hours a week for 8 months) fellowship, and may include weekend/evening hours.


Responsibilities include but not limited to: 

  • Conduct prospect research on individual, foundation, and corporate donors
  • Assist in writing, editing and gathering supplementary materials for grants and grant reports
  • Supporting creation and dissemination, and recognition of annual fund appeals
  • Data input, organization and projects on the Tessitura software program
  • Support staff with logistics associated with special events (including annual fundraising event, COCAcabana)
  • Maintain donor files and other development materials



To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:

  • Be able to commit to a 8-month program
  • Reside in, or be able to relocate to, the St. Louis metro area

Preferred skills for the Development Fellow also include:

  • An interest in non-profit development, grant writing, fundraising, arts administration/management
  • Excellent oral, written and communication skills
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook


To Apply:
Please submit cover letter, resume, and references to using the position title in the subject line.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.