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Salary Range: $40,000.00 To 45,000.00 Annually

To apply for this position, please click here: COCA Career Center

Position Summary:
The Arts Learning Manager serves as a key facilitator of Arts Learning Programming at COCA. During the school year, the Arts Learning manager designs, hires for, and supports arts learning residencies in K-12 schools and community centers throughout the region.

Each spring and summer, the Arts Learning manager shifts their attention internally to the day-to-day management of COCA’s robust multi-week Summer Camp program. During this period, the Arts Learning Manager will support Teaching Artists in preparing for and executing each week of camp.  They will act as a liaison between families, campers, and the program team.  In this scope of work, the manager will report directly to the Director of Arts Education & New Program Development.

In both contexts, the Arts Learning manager is working closely with Teaching Artists, key stakeholders (school partners and families), and the Education team.  This is a planning and execution heavy role with tight project management required.   The potential for impact across our region is large, both for students engaging in arts learning programming and for the Teaching Artists and adults who support each learning experience.

Essential Functions:
This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions. 

  • Serve as a key member of the Education Team.
  • Raise COCA’s visibility by representing COCAedu in meetings with school community members and with arts and educational leaders.
  • Design, plan, price, coordinate, oversee and evaluate in-school residencies, including but not limited to:
    • School time residencies in association with performances and exhibitions at COCA’s on-site location and;
    • After-school classes in dance, music, theatre and visual arts for children at fee-based and subsidized locations outside of COCA’s main campus.
  • Work in collaboration with Human Resources to on-board and orient highly qualified Teaching Artists and other COCAedu facilitators.
  • Supervise, observe and evaluate Teaching Artists while they are working in COCAedu arts learning programs.
  • In collaboration with Education team, provide constructive coaching and methods for professional development for Teaching Artists.
  • Assist in the fundraising for program sustainability by assisting the development of grant narratives and the tracking of grant funding.
  • Implement assessment tools and evaluation documentation for measuring program effectiveness.
  • Document and maintain program curriculum, updating and implementing new curriculum as needed.
  • Collaborate with Education Team and Director of Finance to establish and oversee an annual budget for COCAedu and summer camps.
  • Approve specific payrolls for the Education Department.

Summer Camp Duties (From May – August):

  • Supervise site and room preparation before camps begin and before each camp session to ensure that supplies and room set up support an atmosphere of excellence, including but not limited to:
    • Early arrival to COCA to ensure building readiness.
    • Facilitating a safe camp environment through procedures, family agreements, family communication, and health protocols.
  • Collaborate in the design and execution of camp teaching artist, teaching assistant and family orientation sessions.
  • Provide case management and accommodations as needed for all incoming campers.
  • Serve as primary communicator and manager over Teaching Artists and Teaching Assistants.
  • Operationally design, lead and participate in key camp transitions, such as arrival and dismissal.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Arts Education & New Program Development, manage the seasonal Assistant Camp Manager.
  • Observe camps in session and provide coaching to maintain high quality arts learning outcomes.
  • Respond to family concerns, elevating concerns to the Director of Arts Education & New Program Development as necessary, and working internally to process any refunds or reassignments for campers.
  • Organize and plan for any camp field trips.
  • Create and disseminate the weekly Teaching Assistant schedule.
  • Work with the Director of Arts Education and the Assistant Camp Manager to create and distribute culmination schedules to faculty, staff and families.
  • Organize and supervise the end of camp clean up after camps conclude for the summer and lead the efforts to flip the building.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education and/ or Qualifications:

  • Three (3) or more years of relevant experience in a similar position required.
  • Experience working with school-aged children, ranging in age from three to eighteen years old required.
  • Bachelor’s Degree is preferred.
  • Experience with project management is preferred.
  • Experience in education, arts education, arts learning, and/or community partnerships work preferred.
  • Experience managing others is preferred.


  • Ability to set goals and develop clear plans to meet said goals, while working collaboratively with a broader team
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks and roles, patiently and professionally, including consistent follow up and follow through with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Investment in ongoing coaching and improvement, using clear and consistent feedback loops to shift performance.
  • Strong communication skills with adults and children
  • Experience handling behavioral challenges with children
  • Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work within constantly changing priorities
  • Commitment to professionalism and confidentiality.

Physical Demands & Work Environment:

  • Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational skills including but not limited to: 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 as well as circulate the building.
  • Must be able to participate in organized children’s physical activities.
  • Must be available to work occasional nights and weekends.
  • Must have access to reliable personal transportation for travel to community partnership sites, mileage reimbursement available

COVID-19 Considerations: 

  • COCA Employees are required to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.
  • COCA requires all employees, students, patrons and guests to remained masked at all times, regardless of vaccination status.

COCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. All employment decisions at COCA are based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. COCA is committed to achieving a diverse workforce through application of its affirmative action, equal opportunity, and nondiscrimination policy in all aspects of employment. COCA complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact

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