About Our Organization
Organization Overview: COCA is a nationally recognized, innovative community arts center with a deep commitment to equity and accessibility. With an annual budget of $6 million, the organization serves 50,0000 diverse St. Louisans from 250+ zip codes. COCA continues to adapt to address the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and, having recently completed a significant capital campaign and facility expansion, the organization is optimistic about its future. COCA is seeking a talented Director of Marketing and Sales to join its senior leadership team to help guide it toward growth and greater community impact in its next phase.
COCA’s Equity and Inclusion commitment: COCA is committed to actively and intentionally operating as an anti-bias, anti-racist institution. As such, we promote policies, practices, and programs that create courageous spaces for our COCA community to dialogue toward understanding.
We know art is a powerful instrument for social justice. It is a means for people to share history, culture, and perspectives, celebrate differences, challenge assumptions, and find common ground. We aim to be a home to people from all backgrounds. We do not discriminate based on race, national or ethnic origin, citizen status, veteran status, ancestry, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis of discrimination.
COCA is dedicated to advancing anti-bias, anti-racism work as we grow. As a learning institution, we understand that this work is an iterative journey. We will continue to evolve our strategies in collaboration with our communities in order to remain relevant and impactful.
Position Overview: The Director has primary responsibility for developing and implementing an effective, integrated comprehensive marketing, communications, and sales strategy aligned with COCA’s mission, goals, and ambitions for the future. The Director will be a driving force behind initiatives to grow brand awareness in our core markets and increase new customer participation beyond current trends as well as advance COCA’s reputation as a forward-thinking innovative leader in arts education. Collaborating closely with senior leadership and reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Marketing and Sales will lead an energetic and efficient team, overseeing web strategies, editorial, public affairs, print and online communications, media relations, interactive marketing and social media, emergency communications, community relations and registration. Understanding these multiple functions and messaging platforms, providing team management and prioritizing organizational-wide marketing efforts to meet institutional goals will be critical. Of paramount importance will be identifying marketing and promotional opportunities to position COCA for greater community visibility.
Key duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Leadership and Strategy
Serve as a senior leader and employ a deep commitment to and understanding of COCA in order to guide strategy and effectively direct targeted marketing and outreach efforts to a wide range of COCA patrons and stakeholders (including students, faculty and staff, local and regional community members, donors, corporate partners, and national entities) to increase the visibility and stature of COCA.
Work collaboratively with programming, administrative, operations, and development staff teams to devise appropriate communications and strategies to support new business development, patron participation, internal communications, institutional messaging, and revenue generation.
Create marketing/public relations strategy that will allow COCA leadership to cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, external audiences, including the media and key influencers.
Marketing and Sales
Design and implement comprehensive marketing and sales strategy and initiatives to promote performances, exhibitions, classes/camps, and engagement events to retain and grow audiences and meet set revenue goals. Build loyalty segments, taking into consideration COCA’s image, branding, message, mission, goals and priorities.
Plan, manage, and oversee competitive analysis and pricing strategies for diverse programs and audiences.
Work with program and finance teams to shape earned revenue goals as part of the organizational budgeting process.
Understand challenges, opportunities, and emerging issues faced by the organization. Work with leadership team and staff to design and execute internal and external communications approaches to support them.
Liaise with colleagues to coordinate strategies and implement initiatives related to branding, messaging, and fundraising.
Develop ties and seek partnerships that will increase participation in programs and marketing efforts, and serve as a representative of COCA as requested and required.
Actively engage, cultivate and manage press/public relations to ensure coverage surrounding COCA programs, social events, public announcements, and other projects.
Exercise judgment to prioritize media opportunities, and prepare talking points, speeches, presentations and other support materials for the leadership team, as needed.
Directly supervise Assistant Director of Marketing, and indirectly supervise those reporting to the Assistant Director: Communication Manager, Digital Marketing Coordinator, Marketing Coordinator, and Registration Department
Establish and monitor staff performance and development goals, assign accountabilities, set objectives, establish priorities, and conduct performance appraisals.
Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality.
Manage day to day activity, relationships and contracts with PR, marketing/branding firms, consultants, and freelance designers/vendors in collaboration with the Assistant Director of Marketing
Develop strategic plans and guide marketing efforts to meet earned revenue goals; regularly review and analyze: departmental expenditures, progress toward revenue goals, audience segmentation and development tactics, and overall market reach and program participation.
Establish metrics and employ data-driven decision making related to advertising methods, communication strategies, outreach event participation, and other promotional efforts to increase ticket sales and participation in COCA programming.
Job Qualifications & Requirements
- Bachelor’s or master’s degree in marketing or related field;
- 10+ years of professional work experience in marketing, communication, and sales;
- Demonstrated knowledge of brand development and current marketing and communication trends, including new media channels;
- Track record of developing and leading successful marketing and communication campaigns that achieve specific measurable results;
- Demonstrated ability to effectively manage, mentor, and motivate a team;
- Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills;
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion;
- Ability to work constructively with a variety of constituents, and a personable, diplomatic work style;
- Strong work ethic, critical and creative thinking ability, and problem solving skills;
- Ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment;
- Passion for arts, arts education, and community-based work.
How to Apply
To apply online: Please visit COCA’s website @ www.cocastl.org | About COCA | Careers and Internships.