COCAedu Teaching Artist COCA (Center of Creative Arts)


Reports to: Director of COCAedu
Department: Education
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt (Part-Time)
Direct Reports: N/A

Position Summary:

The COCAedu Teaching Artist, reporting to the Director of COCAedu, is responsible for supporting COCA’s offsite partnerships. COCAedu Teaching Artists complete this work through creating and communicating lesson plans and teaching classes, camps and workshops in the visual and performing art disciplines. These programs can range from school day and/or afterschool programs. Additionally, COCAedu Teaching Artists working in arts integration are responsible for collaboratively planning and co-teaching with non-COCA classroom teachers and the COCAedu administrative team. This role works entirely offsite with students, which can include both school age and adults within the community in arts learning, arts integration or both.


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.

  • Provide high quality arts instruction for COCA’s community and school partners.
  • Lead classes by example and model professionalism to students through conduct, attitude, attendance and punctuality.
  • Develop and submit age and contextually appropriate lesson plans to the COCAedu team member directly managing the program
  • Prepare materials, coordinate and obtain equipment, materials and supplies for classes, as applicable with the COCAedu team member directly managing the program.
  • Attend all COCA required meetings and training sessions.
  • Fulfill the work as outlined in the Letter of Agreement, COCA’s documentation for Teaching Artist assignments.
  • Understand and adhere to policies and procedures explained in COCA Employee Handbook, as well as the Teaching Artist Appendix.
  • Represent COCA in the community.
  • Independently navigate to offsite locations and communicate between the school and the COCAedu Administrative Team.
  • Develop and maintain robust communication with the COCAedu Administrative Team; respond to COCA emails within forty-eight (48) hours.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications / Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or significant professional training required.
  • Three (3) - five (5) years of experience working with children ages 4 - 18 is required.
  • Ability to teach scaffolded beginner to advanced discipline specific techniques.
  • Ability to create entry points and establish personal relevance to discipline specific techniques for all learners.
  • Opportunities to work as a teaching assistant to gain additional classroom experience are available.
  • Firm educational and practical background in the arts.
  • Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.


  • Enthusiasm for education and working in and through the arts.
  • Excellent oral, written, presentation, and teaching skills.
  • Ability to problem-solve, be flexible, imaginative and innovative.

Physical Demands & Work Environment:

  • 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 work as a lead teacher without an assistant.
  • Weekday availability is a requirement; afterschool availability is a plus.
  • This position is required to work off-site at COCA and is eligible for on-site work.
  • Access to transportation to work throughout the St. Louis area is required. Must be able to provide proof of automobile insurance.

Compensation starts at $20-$30/hr., based on experience.

Applicants can contact:

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