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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

The Crucible, Northern California’s most innovative and diverse industrial arts education center, seeks a dynamic and experienced Director of Development to join our team. Your focus will be to develop and implement fundraising strategies and tactics to support our arts education programs.

We are an 18 year-old nonprofit 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 Development will be a key partner to the Executive Director, the senior management team, and the board of directors to develop and implement strategies to achieve ambitious annual fund goals, and to plan for long-term capital requirements. Our fundraising work will take advantage of The Crucible’s remarkable reputation as a renowned arts education center to cultivate, engage, and retain an increasing roster of individual and institutional donors.

You will report to the Executive Director and be supported by a full-time development associate. You will help develop plans to grow capacity in the department as required. As part of the senior management team, you will also help guide organizational development and allocation of resources.

PRIORITIES INCLUDE

  1. Develop and implement a vision for our annual fundraising plans in support of our educational programs, and in alignment with strategic objectives.
  2. Major gifts: identify, cultivate, and solicit gifts from major donors, working with the Executive Director and board of directors as appropriate. Manage all individual giving programs, including memberships.
  3. Institutional Giving: manage a portfolio of 30-40 annual grants from corporate, government, and foundation sources. Apply and report in a timely manner, and research new funding opportunities.
  4. Serve as collaborative thought partner with Executive Director and senior team on program development and communication, analyzing critical metrics and providing information that can be used to direct program growth.
  5. Hire, train, and supervise a small staff or consultants as required to meet our growing fundraising objectives.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE

  • Strategic Planning. Create effective and comprehensive short-term (one year) and long-term (three years) plans for annual fund and capital requirements.
  • Individual giving program: manage annual fund campaign including stewardship and cultivation events, outreach, direct mail, email, and other communication and solicitation channels.
  • Manage annual fundraising gala and art auction for 280+ guests.
  • Institutional support: prepare LOIs, proposals, and reports for 30-40 institutional donors annually, and identify new relevant sources of funding.
  • Collateral materials. Coordinate with marketing department to help produce fundraising materials, including printed material, website content, and more.
  • Responsible for developing and monitoring annual departmental budget.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least seven years of proven experience managing a complex fundraising program in a non-profit arts or education organization.
  • A successful track record of personally identifying, cultivating and soliciting individuals, with an emphasis on major gift solicitation.
  • Experience crafting and implementing a comprehensive development plan.
  • A record of measurable results in managing and implementing institutional fundraising programs.
  • Demonstrated experience in creating and managing budgets, forecasting and reporting.
  • Excellent organizational, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and manage competing priorities and a diverse workload, while achieving results.
  • Detail-oriented and highly organized.
  • Fluency with non-profit accounting rules and procedures.
  • Experience with fundraising for capital needs a plus.
  • A high degree of initiative and independent judgment.
  • Ability to tactfully and effectively deal with the public, staff at all levels, and board members in a personable and professional manner.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Experience with Salesforce a strong plus.
  • 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!

TO APPLY
Email: cover letter, resume, and three reference contacts to human.resources@thecrucible.org
Subject line: Development
Please supply your information in PDF format.
No faxes or calls please!

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.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

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.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE

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.

Other Duties

  • 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.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 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!

TO APPLY
Email: cover letter, resume, and three reference contacts to human.resources@thecrucible.org
Subject line: Education
Please supply your information in PDF format.
No faxes or calls please!

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. The role will focus on efficiently delivering marketing projects on-time and on-budget, while ensuring best practices in systems, processes, and data.

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

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work with fellow marketers, graphic designer, service providers, and internal stakeholders to assist in projects designed to grow revenue and community engagement
  • Manage advertising deliverables, deadlines, measurement, and optimization across digital and print campaigns
  • Coordinate logistics details of print production, direct mail, and collateral distribution
  • Assist with the creation, monitoring, measurement, and optimization of marketing campaigns
  • Support development of marketing automation and triggered email campaigns
  • Make updates to the website (WordPress and WooCommerce)
  • Build and maintain lists for print mail and email campaigns
  • Identify and execute on ways to connect with local media, community leaders, partners, and key influencers to raise awareness and interest in Crucible programs
  • Own the successful implementation, integration, management, and day‐to‐day operation of marketing technology and infrastructure
  • Create, organize, update, and share marketing assets and tools, including photography, documents, and templates
  • Monitor and maintain data quality within the marketing databases and systems
  • Build and share reporting on marketing and revenue activities, effectiveness, and business impact

REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • At least three years of marketing experience, preferably in an arts or other nonprofit setting
  • Highly organized with ability to work independently, meet deadlines, efficiently manage time, and prioritize multiple projects
  • Technical skills including HTML and comfort with variety of marketing software and systems such as Salesforce, MailChimp, WordPress, and Google Analytics
  • Print and digital advertising experience
  • Strong data analysis skills with proven ability to translate metrics into insight then take action
  • Exceptional written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • 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
  • Passionate about The Crucible’s mission

PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • College degree in relevant field
  • Project management or marketing operations management experience
  • Experience with mail houses, direct mail data centers, and list building and segmentation
  • PR and media relations experience

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: Send PDF versions of cover letter and resume, plus three reference contacts to jobs@thecrucible.org
Subject line: Marketing Coordinator

The Manager of Youth Programs reports to the Director of Administration and Strategic Initiatives and provides oversight to a team of four people year-round, which increases to eight during the summer camp season. The Manager works closely with the studio and educational management teams to manage execution of all Crucible youth programs and youth community projects.

This position provides leadership, strategic direction, management, and coordination for all programs, serving youth, schools, and families. The Manager of Youth Programs is responsible for ensuring program delivery, program evaluation and developing best practices for continued program excellence. The Manager of Youth Programs also establishes and builds partnerships in the community and supports the financial performance and goals of youth programs. The candidate must have excellent management skills and be able to recruit and supervise a diverse and effective team to deliver youth programs.

The Youth Program Manager supervises the Youth Program Associate, Youth Program Assistants, Crucible Summer Camp Coordinator, and the Fuego Youth Leadership Program and Pre-Apprentice Program Coordinators. This is a highly collaborative position that will work with a varied group of artistic, motivated individuals.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Leadership and Management

  • Identify opportunities for The Crucible youth program to grow as a leader in the field of youth arts education and build programmatic strategies to take advantage of these opportunities.
  • Support best practices regarding meaningful engagement for young people through training and providing resources for staff and youth in the organizational development of inspiring a new generation of fine and industrial artists.
  • Manage and supervise youth staff to ensure excellence in the presentation of The Crucible’s programs. Work with team members to ensure effective communication of and coordination of the many facets of program and studio resources.
  • Maintain and establish educational collaborations with other organizations and educational partners to fulfill youth program goals.
  • As principal spokesperson for the department, articulate The Crucible’s educational philosophy. Participate in institutional strategic planning, goal setting, and on-going evaluation of the youth programs.
  • Stay knowledgeable of trends and opportunities in youth education programs, particularly as related to STEAM initiatives, and develops proposals for opportunities.
  • Work with the Director of Administration and Strategic Initiatives to explore opportunities to expand neighborhood and school engagement programs such as class offerings through STEAM programs, open houses, field trip days, and demonstrations consistent with resources.
  • Steers the direction of the Fuego Youth Leadership Program and the Pre-Apprentice Program, including development of programming, scheduling, and leading direction over the developing programming. Ensures programming is on schedule and in accordance with timelines, creative vision, and educational philosophies.

Program Delivery

  • Lead the on-going development, articulation, and implementation of a strategic plan for all youth programs.
  • Assess and grow existing programs to build capacity and financial revenue. Develop programs, which provide financial resources for growth and development.
  • Determine program priorities based on outreach and promotion requests. Develop youth program calendar, budget, and resources framework to determine ability to offer meaningful and excellent programming.
  • Manage and direct activities of the youth program department and provide leadership and direction to the staff.
  • Oversee training and evaluation of faculty in the youth program. Ensure all staff are trained to support youth development, group agreements, and behavior policies.

Administration

  • Work with educational staff to evaluate all youth programs for quality, attendance, educational content, and cost effectiveness. Develop proposals and budgets in accordance with new programming.
  • Ensure compliance with the requirements of the youth program, including grant reporting, maintaining files, developing data trends and reports, and illustrating the impact of industrial arts education. Assist in proposal development, meet with potential funders and sponsors, and prepare final reports in collaboration with the development department.
  • Identify audiences and resources for existing and pilot education programs, implement assessment measures, and develop proposals for new programming to align with The Crucible’s mission and strategy.
  • Work with Director of Administration and Strategic Initiatives to manage the youth program budget and manage programs to meet ongoing budgets.
  • Collaborate with marketing department to promote The Crucible’s youth programs, including identifying target audiences, prioritizing promotions, developing mailings, and seeking potential collaborative partners and cross-promotional opportunities. Provide updated information for The Crucible’s website.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum of five years relevant education administration experience, with a strong youth focus, preferably with an established arts education-based nonprofit organization.
  • Significant management experience, particularly in an educational arts context.
  • Expert computer skills (Macintosh), including proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.
  • Experience managing multiple, culturally diverse stakeholders, as well as budget development and management.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, take initiative, and be proactive.
  • Experience with public art fabrication and studio operations.
  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of community relations.
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to work with populations that are both economically and ethnically diverse.
  • Familiarity and comfort working with underserved populations.

TO APPLY
Email: Send PDF versions of cover letter and resume, plus three reference contacts to jobs@thecrucible.org
Subject line: Youth Program 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.

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 and 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, exceptional interpersonal skills, strong organizational skills, detail orientated
  • 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
  • Preferred candidate would possess basic knowledge of the equipment and electrical and plumbing systems – furnace/kiln building experience, good metal fabrication skills, and/or 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
  • Nonprofit, educational, and or industrial arts experience
  • BA/BS preferred

TO APPLY
Email: Send PDF versions of cover letter and resume, plus three reference contacts to jobs@thecrucible.org
Subject line: Studio Manager

FACULTY OPENINGS

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

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

We are looking for Teaching Assistants in the areas:

  • Blacksmithing
  • Glass Blowing
  • Kinetics
  • TIG Welding

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