Job Opportunities

The Crucible is an educational facility that fosters a collaboration of Arts, Industry and Community. Through training in the fine and industrial arts, The Crucible promotes creative expression, reuse of materials and innovative design while serving as an accessible arts venue for the general public.

Staff Openings

Director of Marketing and Communications

We are seeking a dynamic and experienced Director of Marketing and Communications to join our team. Your focus will be to develop and implement marketing strategies and tactics to support our arts education programs.

We are a non-profit educational facility that offers classes and workshops in the fine and industrial arts. We offer a wide range of classes and programs that impact as many as 10,000 people annually. Our programs attract working artists, trades people, and youth and adults from throughout the greater Bay Area and beyond

You will have four main priorities:

  1. Develop and implement marketing plans for adult educational programs, as well as youth programs, adult teambuilding activities, and special events. Our four-color quarterly course catalog runs 30-35 pages and is mailed to 12,000 patrons four times a year.
  2. Online Management: Direct and implement strategies regarding our online presence, through our web site, online ads, social media, and email newsletters.
  3. Development Support: develop materials and strategic support for fundraising programs.
  4. Serve as collaborative thought partner with Executive Director and senior team on program development and communication, analyzing critical marketing metrics and providing information that can be used to direct program growth.

To be successful, you must demonstrate:

  1. Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to effectively tell our story to a wide variety of individuals, including students, sponsors, donors, artists, parents, media, and all program participants (ages 8-80). The ability to tell a compelling story is essential.
  2. Significant print production, direct mail, and advertising experience.
  3. Experience managing offsite consultants, as well as budget development and management.
  4. Minimum of five years relevant marketing experience – preferably with an established cultural or education-based nonprofit organization.

You will report to the Executive Director and be supported by a full-time in-house graphic designer, part-time Webmaster, and other outside consultants. As part of the senior management team, you will help guide organizational development.

Examples of your responsibilities include:

  • Strategic Planning. Create effective and comprehensive short-term (one year) and long-term (three years) plans for marketing and sales.
  • Audience Development and Research. Build current audience and devise strategies to develop new audiences, including targeted markets.
  • Collateral materials. Responsible for the design, content, production and distribution of marketing materials and the production and design of organization materials
  • Web site. Oversee design and management of site for organizational Web site, including regular updates to the site content, and semi-weekly e-mail newsletters.
  • Advertising/Media Planning. Create advertising plan and place media buys in print, internet outlets, and other channels.
  • Responsible for developing and monitoring annual departmental budget.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Minimum of five years relevant marketing experience – preferably with an established cultural or education-based nonprofit organization.

Must have proven management, leadership, creative thinking, communication, and negotiation skills. Knowledge of industrial or fine arts desirable.

Experience with Salesforce, Mailchimp, WordPress, and Woocommerce would be fantastic.

 

We offer competitive pay and benefits, including health insurance, ample paid time off, and more. Our work environment is casual, upbeat, professional, and fun. Come join us!

 

How to apply:

Please e-mail cover letter, resume, any supporting material, and three reference contacts to human.resources@thecrucible.org

Subject line: Marketing

Please supply your information in PDF format.

No faxes or calls please!

Public Art Program Manager

The Public Art Program Manager reports directly to our Education Director, and is responsible for the facilitation and support of public art projects.

We are a non-profit educational facility that offers interesting classes and workshops in the fine and industrial arts and promotes creative expression, reuse of materials and innovative design while serving as an accessible arts venue for the general public. We offer a wide range of classes and programs that impact as many as 10,000 people annually. Our programs attract working artists, trades people, and youth and adults from throughout the greater Bay Area and beyond.

Summary
The Public Art Program Manager serves as a liaison between developers, businesses, municipal entities and individuals and the community of Crucible artists and fabricators. The PAPM is responsible for soliciting, responding to, and coordinating proposals for public and other commissioned art projects. Once commissions are awarded, the PAPM is responsible for managing each project through design, and fabrication.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The PAPM will be the primary point of contact for all inquiries regarding artwork created at The Crucible or by our faculty and students. In addition, the PAPM will seek out projects where The Crucible might present a proposal for an art installation.

For each project, the PAPM will first determine a general outline of the scope, rough budget parameters, possible media and material composition, and timeframe. Any special considerations, for example, if student-created artwork is being solicited, or if there are themes that would affect the design will be taken into account.

Once an outline has been prepared, the PAPM will work with the public art committee or commissioning organization or client to identify an artistic director/lead designer for each project. Working with the artistic director, the PAPM will prepare a proposal including concept development, design, budget, fabrication and installation plan, and overall project management requirements. This plan, once approved by the Executive Director, will be presented on behalf of The Crucible.

When a project has been awarded, the PAPM will manage the project and contract administration through completion. Responsibilities will include confirming details of the project contract (note: the PAPM will coordinate, but not sign on behalf of The Crucible). The PAPM will be responsible for hiring and coordinating designers, fabricators, and others as needed and according to budget. The PAPM will work with the finance office regarding payments from the client, and payments to artists and contractors. The PAPM will work with the studio staff regarding cost effective sourcing of supplies and materials.

Minimum Qualifications
Personal experience with large, multi-media and multi-faceted art projects. Relevant fabrication experience. Experience with budget preparation and management. Administrative experience including contract administration. Productive relationships in the Oakland/Northern California artist/creative community. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Computer fluency, particularly in Office applications including Word and Excel. Digital design experience a plus.

Compensation
The PAPM is exclusively commission-based. Commissions are based on a percentage of the value of each project awarded to The Crucible, and shall be estimated on the basis of a rate of pay of no less than $25 per hour for each project, however actual hours on any project and actual compensation received may vary. There will be no pay for work performed on proposals that aren’t accepted, or for time and effort spent looking for proposal opportunities. There will be no advances on commission. Once a project commences, pay will be on a semi-monthly basis, in accordance with the project agreement. Up to 10% of the total commission paid may be held until the final payment from the client has been received.

To Apply:
E-mail: cover letter, resume, 3 reference contacts and sample work proposal to human.resources@thecrucible.org
Subject line: Public Art Project Manager
Please supply your information in PDF format.
No faxes or calls please!

Studio Manager

Our West Oakland facility has MIG, TIG, torch and arc welding studios, along with a blacksmith studio, foundry, a glass-blowing hot shop, glass fusing, woodworking, ceramics, neon, kinetics, textiles, a bike shop, and much more.

Under the direction of the Operations Manager, the Studio Manager works as part of a team to build, organize, maintain, and supervise these studios for classes, events, and special projects. The Studio Manager supports studio safety rules and class agreements for all users of The Crucible. It is a highly collaborative position that will work with a varied group of artistic, motivated individuals in our studios. The Studio Manager must be able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and be highly detailed and organized.

Both part-time and full-time positions are available.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Set-up and manage facility for programing and events
  • Support, engage and manage studio safety rules and class agreements for all users of The Crucible studios
  • Treat and document first aid incidents, operational and programming issues and ensure timely communication to management
  • Support faculty and staff needs as directed by the Operations Manager
  • Organize and supervise volunteers and interns according to studio priorities
  • Maintain seamless tool room and studio operations, ensuring all classes have materials, equipment, and special project support
  • Oversee maintenance and repair of all shop equipment
  • Build out studio areas and complete special projects as assigned
  • Monitor studio and class material usage, restocking as necessary
  • Ensure appropriate safety standards are met for all studio activities
  • Participate in all staff and studio meetings and special committees, as assigned.
  • Pick up and receive donated equipment and supplies
  • Oversee studio security during all hours of operation, including special events.
  • Complete nightly closing procedures to lock down studio
  • Attend all trainings and orientations as needed, including First Aid/ CPR and forklift certification

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum one year of studio management experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including strong organizational, detail orientated and have exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated project management skills, including managing and prioritizing projects with multiple and often competing deadlines, and ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to work with a high degree of accuracy, to prioritize and work on several projects concurrently
  • Must hold a valid CA drivers license
  • Special consideration will be given to candidates with experience in machine repair and maintenance, metal fabrication, glass working, electrical work and kiln repair.
  • The preferred candidate would possess basic knowledge of the equipment, electrical and plumbing systems. Furnace/kiln building experience and good metal fabrication skills are a plus, as well as the ability to maintain and repair tools are a plus.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Ability to communicate with vendors and community contacts in a professional manner
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to work with populations that are both economically and ethnically diverse
  • Non-profit, educational and or industrial arts experience
  • BA/BS preferred

TO APPLY:

E-mail: cover letter, resume and three reference contacts to

jobs@thecrucible.org

Subject line: Studio Manager

Development Associate

Development Associate

The Crucible inspires creative exploration and expression through welcoming, hands-on arts education and experiences for people of diverse ages and backgrounds. As an innovative hub built around the industrial arts, The Crucible is a catalyst for individual growth and vibrant community connections.

A leader in the Bay Area arts community, The Crucible is widely recognized for its exceptional learning experiences, rich and varied arts programs, skilled and committed faculty, and unparalleled educational facilities.

The Development Associate plays an integral role in all aspects of prospect and donor engagement, and donor information management. Working closely with the Development Director, the Development Associate will focus on the operational and stewardship aspects of The Crucible’s fundraising and membership functions.

This is a full time exempt position, occasionally requiring evening and weekend availability.

Responsibilities:

Membership Program management (30%)

  • Serve as point of contact for and maintenance of all communication with Crucible members.
  • Create appeals and campaigns to increase numbers of new and renewed memberships.
  • Oversee all correspondence with members including benefit fulfillment.

Individual Donors, Annual Fund and Campaigns (30%)

  • Work in collaboration with Development Director to develop strategies and techniques to expand and deepen this critical base of support and to advance annual fundraising goals.
  • Implement annual fund campaigns, including electronic and print appeals throughout the year.

Information Management and Gift Processing (20%)

  • Manage and maintain the donor database (in Salesforce), establish and ensure implementation of protocols, handle system refinements and data integration, and any interface with other online development tools, such as website/donation page and online marketing tools use for appeals and events.
  • Manage all contributed income data entry for contacts, gifts, pledges, etc., to ensure consistency and highest level of accuracy, and to reconcile with the finance office.
  • Generate regular and accurate reports on income and fundraising progress, list maintenance, and lists for solicitation appeals
  • Create and manage performance analytics data.
  • Generate gift acknowledgements, pledge letters and updates.

Other Development Activities (20%)

  • Events, including the annual Fire & Light Soirée and Art Auction, as well as donor cultivation and stewardship events throughout the year.
  • Institutional fundraising, maintaining grant details, prospecting, and reporting schedules.
  • Support the Development Committee of the board of directors

Position Requirements

  • Connection to The Crucible’s vision and mission.
  • Minimum of two years of experience in fundraising operations, preferably in an arts or education context.
  • Experience with database management and organization, including concrete experience in report generation, fundraising analytics, list management and segmentation for donor cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, and events. Salesforce CRM experience highly desirable.
  • Experience with email communication tools, such as Mailchimp or Constant Contact.
  • Excellent writing and clear communications skills, with experience developing compelling materials and a successful track record of messaging to different audiences.
  • Self-starter with solid work ethic, deadline driven, with a positive attitude.

We offer competitive pay and benefits, including health insurance, ample paid time off, and more. Our work environment is casual, upbeat, professional, and fun. Come join us!

How to apply:

Please e-mail cover letter, resume, any supporting material, and three reference contacts to human.resources@thecrucible.org

Subject line: Development

Please supply your information in PDF format.

No faxes or calls please!

Faculty Openings

We are seeking skilled, part-time instructors in the following areas:

  • Blacksmithing
  • Cartoneria
  • Stone
  • Glass Blowing
  • Kinetics
  • Textiles
  • Welding (ARC, OXY & TIG)
  • Wood

Teaching Assistants

We are looking for Teaching Assistants in the areas of Blacksmithing, Glass Blowing, Kinetics and TIG Welding. Please see the Crucible Faculty Job Description if you would like to teach in an area other than those listed above.

Volunteer Opportunities

If no positions are available, and you still want to get involved, check out our volunteer opportunities!

Non-discrimination Policy

The Crucible is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, gender, national or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation or physical disability.

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