Employment Opportunities

The Coterie is committed to being a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace. One where all employees and volunteers, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability, feels valued and respected. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and provide equal opportunity for employment and advancement in all of our departments, programs, and worksites. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are valued and heard. Studies have shown that marginalized communities – such as women, LGBTQ+ and people of color – are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification.

If your past experience does not align perfectly but you are excited about an opportunity, we encourage you to apply.

Teaching Artist

POSITION: Teaching Artist

REPORTS TO: Theatre School Director and Education Director

JOB TYPE: Independent Contractor

SALARY RANGE: $15.00-$23.00 per contact hour

JOB OVERVIEW

The Coterie seeks experienced artists with a love of passing their knowledge onto young actors. Our Teaching Artists are responsible for writing and facilitating lesson plans that focus on the process of acting and storytelling. We look for Teaching Artists and Teaching Artist Assistants that will give young actors around the city the highest quality theatre education.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Applicants must be committed to working with young people and able to collaborate with other educators. Our team builds actor skills, teaches fundamentals, brings out creativity, serves as mentors and role models, and develops collaboration skills. Each Teaching Artist will work closely with small classroom sizes to cultivate creativity and self-confidence. Teaching Artists will develop lesson plans for their class that engage students and expand their acting and theatrical knowledge. Teaching Artists will keep education staff up to date on class activities through class reports.

  • Plan and prepare lesson plans based on the assigned theme of the class
  • Submit education classroom forms in a timely manner
  • Attend training sessions as scheduled, within availability
  • Utilize resources help to problem solve and grow teaching skills
  • On-going commitment to strengthening teaching practice through feedback from Theatre School Director and/or Education Director
  • Create a positive culture and climate within their classroom
  • Establish class rules that are positively enforced to ensure quality classroom management


QUALIFICATIONS

We look for Teaching Artists that will give young actors around the city the highest quality theatre education. 

  • Skills, training, or professional experience in theatre
  • Experience working with K-12 students
  • Strong classroom management skills
  • Active problem-solving skills, flexibility, and creativity
  • Open to feedback, learning opportunities, and self-growth
  • Empathetic and able to create a safe and supportive classroom
  • Preferred (Not Required): Experience creating lesson plans


SCHEDULE

We offer contracts on a class-by-class basis for all our sessions:

  • Fall (October – November)
  • Winter (Late January – Early March)
  • Spring (Late March – Early May)
  • Summer (June – July)

The Coterie Theatre is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants shall be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, sex/gender (including pregnancy and gender identity), disability, military status, veteran status, marital status, familial status, ancestry, genetics, or any other class or characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Studies have shown that marginalized communities – such as women, LGBTQ+ and people of color – are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification.

The Coterie Theatre is dedicated to fostering an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible workplace. If your past experience does not align perfectly but you are excited about this opportunity, we encourage you to apply. Candidates from populations underrepresented in the theatre field are strongly encouraged to apply.


APPLICATION PROCESS

Applications for Teaching Artists are accepted on an ongoing basis. We are fully staffed for Teaching Artists for summer 2024. Please submit resumes and inquiries to Allison Nissley at anissley@coterietheatre.org and fill out the application form here. New applicants will be contacted in August about school year programming. 

Director of Education

POSITION: Director of Education

REPORTS TO: Managing Director

JOB TYPE: Exempt position, minimum 40 hours/week (salaried)

SALARY RANGE: $48,000 – $55,000/year

JOB OVERVIEW

For more than 40 years, The Coterie has provided professional classic and contemporary theatre which challenges audience and artist, as well as educational, dramatic outreach programs in the community. We are in search of a Director of Education to join our team of dedicated and talented artists and non-profit professionals. We seek to open lines of communication between races, genders, and generations by redefining children’s theatre to include families and diverse audiences. This individual, working closely with the Managing Director, will manage a team of two and will help to lead all aspects of Coterie education and outreach programming. The ideal candidate is exceptionally organized, highly collaborative, has strong and persuasive written and oral communication skills, and has an experienced theatre education background. In addition, the person in this position will support and uplift The Coterie’s mission and values and will demonstrate a commitment to the principles of our Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Justice work.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The primary responsibility is to ensure high-quality education experiences for school field trips, in-school experiences, and education programming. This includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Create and sustain partnerships with class locations
  • Create resources for schools and families that extend the experience of attending mainstage performances to learning opportunities after the show
  • Create and update information for school field trips on Edublog website
  • Work with Director of Marketing to create and implement marketing plan for education programming
  • Act as producer of youth productions such as Young Playwrights Festival, Project Pride, and summer production camps
  • Create and staff in-school experiences, such as Classroom Immersions and pre-show workshops
  • Create and sustain additional outreach partnerships with youth service organizations and schools
  • Supervise Director of the Theatre School and Theatre School teaching artists
  • Supervise Booking Coordinator
  • Track and maintain the education department budget
  • Hire, train, and supervise teaching artists to lead in-school workshops and residencies
  • Hire, train, and supervise teaching artists to act as directors of youth productions
  • Coordinate with Technical Director on youth productions’ technical needs
  • Coordinate and direct Project Daylight, in partnership with University of Missouri Kansas City
  • Other Education duties as assigned

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience interacting with parents and patrons through an education lens
  • Strong communication, organization, and problem-solving skills
  • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office applications preferred
  • Strong experience and knowledge of theatre production and theatre education
  • Ability to be highly collaborative with staff, colleagues, and stakeholders
  • Valid driver’s license, clean driving record and reliable vehicle

FEATURED BENEFITS:

  • Full health, vision, and dental coverage
  • Retirement benefit and match
  • Hybrid work model
  • Self-managed time off policy

The Coterie Theatre is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants shall be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, sex/gender (including pregnancy and gender identity), disability, military status, veteran status, marital status, familial status, ancestry, genetics, or any other class or characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Studies have shown that marginalized communities – such as women, LGBTQ+ and people of color – are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification.

The Coterie Theatre is dedicated to fostering an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible workplace. If your past experience does not align perfectly but you are excited about this opportunity, we encourage you to apply. Candidates from populations underrepresented in the theatre field are strongly encouraged to apply.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Please submit resumes and inquiries by December 31, 2023, to Jonathan Thomas at resumes@coterietheatre.org.

Development Manager

POSITION: Development Manager

REPORTS TO: Managing Director

JOB TYPE: Exempt position, minimum 40 hours/week (salaried)

SALARY RANGE: $48,000 – $55,000/year

JOB OVERVIEW

For more than 40 years, The Coterie has provided professional classic and contemporary theatre which challenges audience and artist, as well as educational, dramatic outreach programs in the community. We are in search of a Development Manager to join our team of dedicated and talented artists and non-profit professionals. We seek to open lines of communication between races, genders, and generations by redefining children’s theatre to include families and diverse audiences. This individual, working closely with the Managing Director and the Development Committee, will help to lead all aspects of Coterie fundraising and development efforts. The ideal candidate is exceptionally organized, highly collaborative, has strong and persuasive written and oral communication skills, and is comfortable managing multiple projects across departments. In addition, the person in this position will support and uplift The Coterie’s mission and values and will demonstrate a commitment to the principles of our Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Justice work.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Maintain and refine annual fundraising strategies, goals and benchmarks
  • Solicit new and lapsed donors, and implement plans to secure increased gifts from current donors
  • Manage annual fundraising activities, including donor appeals, events, stewardship, and other donor cultivation/recognition projects
  • Supervise administrative staff for fundraising-related projects, including appeals, social media, and donor correspondence
  • Maintain and execute a well-organized plan for donor recognition and stewardship
  • Work with Box Office Manager to learn database and ticketing software and maintain accurate donor records and gift tracking data
  • Work closely with Managing Director to write and submit institutional funding requests and reports, as well as research new institutional funding opportunities
  • Provide staff support to the Development Committee, including preparation of development and fundraising reports at committee and board meetings
  • Attend networking and community events in order to build and steward corporate relationships  
  • Support the Managing Director in fundraising tasks while representing The Coterie in a professional and positive manner
  • Other related tasks, duties, and projects as assigned by the Managing Director

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES

  • 3+ years of fundraising and/or development experience or transferable experience
  • Ability to be highly collaborative with staff, colleagues, and stakeholders
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint)
  • Experience managing donor databases and information

FEATURED BENEFITS

  • Full health, vision, and dental coverage
  • Retirement benefit and match
  • Hybrid work model
  • Self-managed time off policy

The Coterie Theatre is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants shall be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, sex/gender (including pregnancy and gender identity), disability, military status, veteran status, marital status, familial status, ancestry, genetics, or any other class or characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Studies have shown that marginalized communities – such as women, LGBTQ+ and people of color – are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification.

The Coterie Theatre is dedicated to fostering an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible workplace. If your past experience does not align perfectly but you are excited about this opportunity, we encourage you to apply. Candidates from populations underrepresented in the theatre field are strongly encouraged to apply.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Please submit resumes and inquiries by October 1, 2023, to Jonathan Thomas at resumes@coterietheatre.org.