The Crucible, Northern California’s most innovative and diverse industrial arts education center, seeks a dynamic and experienced Director of Education to join our team. Your focus will be actively develop educational programs that are creatively and pedagogically sound, and which deliver high quality satisfying content to students at all levels, and which are responsive to age-appropriate evolving trends in arts education.
We are an 18 year-old 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. We are located in a 56,000 square feet studio facility in Oakland, close to the West Oakland Bart station.
The new Director of Education will be a key partner to the Executive Director, and the senior management team to maintain and grow The Crucible’s extensive calendar of educational and outreach programs for adults, youth, and the community in general, which currently serve as many as 10,000 people annually.
You will report to the Executive Director and be supported by both full-time and part-time education program staff. You will also help recruit and develop faculty resources for all Crucible programs: our faculty includes more than 125 educators, artists, and fabricators.
Program Development and Administration
- Overall responsibility for the development of all content and programming for all Crucible educational programs.
- In accordance with strategic objectives, develop long term priorities, strategies and viable operating plans for educational programming.
- Guides the implementation of program development, including new classes, workshops, and public programs.
- Ensures effectiveness and consistency of program assessment, and collection and use of assessment data.
- Manages competing priorities for studio usage between different program areas.
- Develops curricula and plans for new program expansion, consistent with priorities outlined in The Crucible’s strategic plan as well as funding and budgetary limitations and opportunities.
- Keep abreast of trends and opportunities in youth education programs, particularly as related to STEAM initiatives and explore opportunities to expand neighborhood school engagement programs such as class offerings through STEAM programs, open houses, field trip days, and demonstrations consistent with resources.
- Represent The Crucible in appropriate community and education groups.
- Plan and coordinate all public communication and marketing efforts with Crucible Marketing Department.
Staff and Faculty Management and Development
- Supervise and direct the work off all staff focused on program development and delivery.
- Develop consensus based on a balance of budget and mission priorities between competing uses for studio space.
- Participate in long range planning for studio growth and expansion, based on strategic objectives and financial priorities.
- Develop faculty standards and criteria for experience, teaching methods, and knowledge of curriculum.
Leadership & Management
- Participate in senior staff leadership meetings to help guide organizational growth and development.
- Coordinate educational programs and initiatives with development to provide financial resources for program growth and development.
- Develop plans for Education Committee of the board to support staff efforts in program development and community program alignment.
- Develop educational program budget, manage programs to meet ongoing budget goals.
- Actively ensure that educational programs are incorporated appropriately in all Crucible events.
- Cultivate relationships on behalf of The Crucible with certain funders, educational stakeholders, and other possible collaborators for educational programs.
- Participate in Crucible Public Art projects committee to ensure integration where appropriate with educational programs and resources.
- Minimum of seven years relevant education program experience – preferably with an established arts education-based nonprofit organization.
- Experience as a practicing artist or fabricator strongly desired.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Expert computer skills (Macintosh), including proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.
- Significant program development and management experience, particularly in an educational context.
- Experience managing multiple, culturally diverse stakeholders, as well as budget development and management.
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, take initiative, and be proactive with attention to detail.
- College degree required, advanced degree (MFA, MEd) strongly preferred.
- Ability to lift 35 pounds; current valid CA driver’s license and ability to drive a car if needed.
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!
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