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

Public Art Project Manager

The Crucible, Northern California’s most innovative and diverse industrial arts education center, seeks a multi-talented, customer-service oriented and enthusiastic administrator to join our team as a 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.

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.

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
Subject line: Public Art Project Manager
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

Additionally, 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.