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.

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.

STAFF OPENINGS

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
Email: cover letter, resume, and three reference contacts to jobs@thecrucible.org
Subject line: Studio Manager

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

We are a nonprofit educational facility that offers classes and workshops in the fine and industrial arts. We are widely recognized for our exceptional learning experiences, rich and varied arts programs, skilled and committed faculty, and unparalleled educational facilities. We offer classes and programs that impact 10,000 people annually, with programs that attract people of all ages from throughout the greater Bay Area and beyond.

The Crucible has an immediate opportunity for a hard-working, detail-oriented Marketing Coordinator. This is an Oakland-based, full-time position that will drive growth, awareness, and engagement for all Crucible programs, across all marketing channels.

Schedule is negotiable, but would require occasional Tuesday-Saturday schedules (off Sunday and Monday), in order to help with social media and marketing coverage of weekend events and classes. Occasional evening work would also be required.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work with Director of Marketing & Communications, graphic designer, service providers, and internal stakeholders to assist in projects designed to grow revenue and community engagement
  • Distribute all messaging, collateral, and content through marketing channels, including social media, advertising, email marketing, and other digital, print, and in-person avenues
  • Coordinate logistics details of print production, direct mail, and street team collateral distribution
  • Assist with the creation, monitoring, and optimization of marketing campaigns
  • Manage social media accounts: daily posting and moderation
  • Support development of marketing automation and triggered email campaigns
  • Build and maintain lists for print mail and email campaigns
  • Identify and execute on ways to connect with local media, community leaders, and key influencers to raise awareness and interest in Crucible programs
  • Support fundraising initiatives throughout the year

REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • At least three years of marketing experience, preferably in an arts or other nonprofit setting
  • Exceptional written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills – you must be an excellent writer
  • Highly organized with ability to work independently, meet deadlines, efficiently manage time, and prioritize multiple projects
  • Passionate about The Crucible’s mission
  • High-level knowledge of marketing tactics, tools, and best practices with deeper knowledge of 1-2 areas
  • Ability to thrive in a high pressure, fast-paced environment with positivity and flexibility
  • Professional and customer-focused with strong relationship-building skills
  • An “always learning” mindset

PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • College degree in relevant field
  • Experience with Salesforce
  • Experience with marketing automation software
  • Data analysis skills

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

TO APPLY
Email: cover letter, resume, and three reference contacts to communications@thecrucible.org
Subject line: Marketing Coordinator

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

The Operations Coordinator reports to the Director of Administration and Strategic Initiatives and works closely with Crucible staff to manage an active and important volunteer program, to coordinate all aspects of both internal and external events, and to manage rentals of our venue to outside groups or individuals.

You will be responsible for developing and executing volunteer recruitment initiatives to support the volunteer staffing needs of The Crucible, directing the day-to-day operations of the volunteer program, consulting with Crucible staff and assessing recruitment needs and the assignment of volunteers. You are responsible for successfully filling the volunteer needs for all events and programs, including our ticketed events.

You will also coordinate internal and external events. Open houses at The Crucible can attract over 1,000 guests, and you would be responsible for coordinating all aspects of event production, including permits and compliance, vendor details, faculty and volunteer schedules, on stage entertainment, and more. You will also respond to requests for venue rental from outside groups: The Crucible has been rented for business meetings, conferences, dinner celebrations… even weddings. You will coordinate all aspects of these rental events.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Events

  • Manage public programming both within The Crucible and outreach events
  • Responsible for coordinating event schedules, floor plans, safety plans, fire effects and permits
  • Help identify, contract, schedule and manage artists, performers and vendors
  • Manage event staff meals and/or catering needs
  • Coordinate event promotion plan with marketing staff
  • Lead event meetings to coordinate and ensure consistent and accurate information
  • Create proposals and budgets for event rentals
  • Ability to attend all scheduled events, lift up to 30 pounds, and be on your feet during events, and must be able to coordinate all event dates

Volunteer Administration and Management

  • Collaborate with Crucible staff to assess volunteer needs in the studio, office, youth program, and for special events
  • Responsible for recruitment, screening, placement, evaluation, and any disciplinary actions of volunteers
  • Assign volunteers to meet organizational needs appropriate to their interests and skills
  • Coordinate and lead all volunteer training and orientation sessions
  • Responsible for maintaining, revising, editing and distributing volunteer manuals, volunteer policies and information to volunteers
  • Responsible for documenting and tracking appropriate volunteer statistical information and other volunteer program records using Salesforce
  • Responsible for planning the annual volunteer appreciation party collaboratively with the Crucible staff and faculty

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum of two years experience in special events and staff/volunteer management
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal ability
  • Strong organizational ability and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and to work in a team
  • Ability to work evening and weekend hours as necessary
  • Demonstrated project management skills, including managing and prioritizing projects with multiple and often competing deadlines, and ability to work under pressure
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Salesforce experience preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to work with populations that are both economically and ethnically diverse
  • Nonprofit, educational, and or industrial arts experience a plus
  • Willing to work irregular hours including evenings, and weekends when required
  • BA/BS preferred
  • Must hold a valid CA drivers license

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

TO APPLY
Email: cover letter, resume, and three reference contacts to jobs@thecrucible.org
Subject line: Operations Coordinator

FACULTY OPENINGS

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

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

We are looking for Teaching Assistants in the areas:

  • Blacksmithing
  • Glass Blowing
  • Kinetics
  • TIG Welding

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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Each year, hundreds of passionate volunteers work to make sure The Crucible's studio, front office and events are properly staffed while accruing hours toward discounts of up to 50% on tuition and membership costs. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.
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