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Salary Range:$54,000.00 To 57,000.00 Annually

About COCA:

COCA (Center of Creative Arts) is a leading, multidisciplinary community arts organization committed to enriching lives and building community through the arts. As an innovative model for arts education and nationally accredited for artistic and educational excellence, COCA serves as a regional hub for learning in and through the arts for all ages from all backgrounds and skill levels. The organization was founded with the intention of being a place of artistic learning that would transcend the boundaries of geography, race, and class. COCA celebrates diversity in perspectives, backgrounds, artistic disciplines, and experiences, and believes everyone should have access to experience the arts. It has grown to become one of the most diverse cultural institutions in St. Louis, a position bolstered by a commitment to access and equity.


Position Summary:

The Dance & Pre-Professional Division Manager, reporting to the Co-Artistic Directors of Dance, is directly responsible for the overall coordination and management of the Pre-Professional Division (PPD), which includes Dance and Theatre. COCA offers the highest quality dance training in the region with the rigorous, diverse instruction necessary to achieve the highest levels of professionalism and performance. This position will be responsible for managing all processes, documentation, student agreements and communications related to the audition, adjudication, selection and development of COCA students for the PPD program. An individual with strong customer service skills will be key to being successful in this role.


The Dance & Pre-Professional Division Manager also plays a leadership role in all aspects of the administration for the dance department. This position is a key partner in providing administrative support for the Co-Artistic Directors of Dance, and provision of the Dance department. Ideally, this individual will have a strong background in teaching dance, as they will be responsible for teaching a select number of classes as part of their teaching duties. COCA’s work environment provides a unique culture that is both supportive and creative for both employees and students, making it a great place to work.


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. 

Pre-Professional Division Duties:

Work in collaboration with Co-Artistic Directors of Dance, the Artistic Producer and the Student Success Coordinator to prepare, distribute and communicate timeline for the year including rehearsal, tech and performance schedules.
Manage PPD student communications and advisory processes.
Directly supervise the Student Success Coordinator and the Transportation Specialist.
Manage and execute the planning process and weekend events for the Regional Summer Intensive Program.
Schedule, communicate and deliver support services (tickets, master classes, tutoring, evaluation, college panel discussions, etc.) for efficiency and clarity of responsibilities for patrons.
Track student’s attendance to ensure all students complies with student agreement requirements and manage probationary status.
Manage logistics and staffing related to any workshops and/or master classes that are scheduled.
Maintain details of budget, planning budget & coding all expenses accordingly.
Work with the production team to prepare, publish and distribute production packets and information for the performance program.
Prepare and host the Annual Kick-Off and End of Year parties.
Communicate and engage with the Marketing team regarding all key events and programs.
Work with the Grants Manager to provide relevant and accurate data for grant proposals.
Administrative Duties: 

Manage all processes, documents, and communication related to the Annual Placement Classes and written student evaluations for both dance and theatre.
Work with the Artistic Directors to arrange or communicate about outside performances, such as “Spring to Dance” and COCA development events.
Work with and communicate to Operations/Patron Services class combinations and staffing during residencies and production weeks.
Manage data for classes – enrollment numbers, trends, retention, withdraws, revenue, and expenses.
Participate in 1-2 marketing events a year.
Work with Marketing Department on “niche” marketing.
Work with Registration Office on placement, transfers and schedules for PPD and Dance patrons
Prepare class specific needs: EC props/yoga mats and work with operations to maintain studio storage.
Contribute program ideas and review/edit the guide during production periods.
Prepare on-site class grids (Fall, Winter/Spring, Summer) – class schedules, ages, faculty, create student schedules to check for overlap, serve up data in an easy to use way for registration.
Participate in the Trauma Response Training and facilitate trainings for COCA faculty and staff
Attend artistic meetings with Co-Artistic Directors of Dance and artistic staff.
Work with the Co-Artistic Directors to assign instructors for each given semester.
Review resumes’, facilitate initial screenings and attend audition teach (when it applies).
Observe and evaluate faculty as outlined in the COCA Faculty Evaluation Plan.
Build positive morale and develop trust, loyalty, and excitements about the program with the faculty.
Work with Co-Artistic Directors to select faculty to include on Qualified Sub Lists for Patron Services.


Teaching Duties:

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.
Prepare materials, coordinate and obtain equipment, materials, and supplies for classes and programs.
Advise students on appropriate class placement through discussion with other faculty and having students attend Placement Days.
Understand and adhere to policies and procedures explained in the Faculty Manual.


Education and/ or Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree or significant professional experience required.
1 – 2 years of administrative experience preferred.
Experience and enthusiasm working in arts.
Firm educational and practical background in the arts.
Excellent oral, written, presentation and teaching skills.
Ability to take initiative in the development of ideas and programs.
Possess and demonstrate an excellent work ethic, positive attitude and sense of humor.
Proficient computer skills required, specifically with Microsoft Office.
A commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.



Ability to problem-solve, be flexible, imaginative and innovative.
Ability to take initiative in the development of ideas and programs.
Possess and demonstrate an excellent work ethic, positive attitude and sense of humor.
Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification.
Participates in meetings and demonstrates group presentation skills.
Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently. Plans for additional resources; organizes or schedules other people and their tasks.
Strong customer service skills, able to tailor communication between internal team members, students and student families.


Physical Demands & Work Environment:

Ability to physically demonstrate and model the physical stamina and skills necessary for performing arts activities.
This position may need to move objects weighing up to 20 pounds for various needs.
Ability to communicate so others will be able to clearly understand instruction.
Ability to stand and circulate for extended periods.
Ability to bend, twist, stoop, kneel and reach in all directions.
This position is required to work onsite. At times, it will be acceptable for this position to work remotely at the discretion of their supervisor.
This position requires some nights and weekends, dependent upon COCA’s Performance & Event schedules.


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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