We are pleased to announce that we have begun our search for a new Director of Development! This position requires the candidate to prepare and successfully implement fundraising strategies to support The Crucible programs, and ultimately to provide support for the creative and artistic expression of our community.

This is a great opportunity for someone looking to make a huge impact at the largest industrial arts nonprofit in the country.

See the complete job description for the Director of Development and details on how to apply below.

We want to thank Andrea Bell for her great work at The Crucible, helping throw the most successful Soirée in Crucible history, as well as getting new grants, and jumpstarting our individual giving program. We are sad to see her go, but know that she will continue doing great things for the East Bay community at her next juncture.

Job Title: Director of Development
Reports To: Executive Director
Status: Exempt
Date: September 25, 2018

Want to work hard in a creative and joyful place? Be around artists and makers every day? Come work with us!

The Crucible, Northern California’s most innovative and diverse industrial arts education center and creative arts community, seeks a visionary, execution-oriented, and energetic individual to join our team as Director of Development. Help us raise the money we need to be amazing!

The Director of Development is responsible for preparation and successful implementation of fundraising strategies to support The Crucible programs. Responsibilities include both individual and institutional fundraising, management and tracking of fundraising income and expenses, and supervision of the development department. Annual events, individual giving, major gifts, institutional and corporate giving, and grants are all aspects of the work, as is engaging with our amazing and caring donor pool, many of whom are artists, makers, and/or collectors. This is a key role, leading a team to support the vibrant and unique arts community we are growing in West Oakland, CA.

This is a senior staff role with huge impact! Critical responsibilities include the following:

  • Develop and implement all annual and periodic extraordinary fundraising strategies.
  • Research, cultivate, and directly solicit individual major gifts, working with the Executive Director and Board.
  • Regularly analyze constituent data to create a robust major donor pipeline.
  • Manage all institutional giving programs, which currently include 30-40 annual grants from foundation, corporate, and government sources.
  • Prepare grant applications and reports in support of our programs and aligned with donor’s strategies.
  • Manage all aspects of The Crucible’s annual fundraising gala and art auction.
  • Prepare and oversee annual calendar of cultivation and stewardship events for major donors and prospects.
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with the philanthropic community, individual and corporate donors, sponsors, board members, and volunteers.
  • Manage and oversee development staff in their areas of responsibility, including the annual membership program, database management, donor stewardship, and grant writing and management.
  • In coordination with marketing and communications department, create and manage all fundraising communication materials, including brochures, solicitation and acknowledgement materials (in print and online), event invitations, website copy, and other material.
  • Develop and ensure application of best practices in recording gifts, pledges, and all administrative aspects of the department.


  • Five years or more of proven experience managing a multi-aspect fundraising program in a nonprofit arts or education organization.
  • Experience crafting and implementing a comprehensive development plan.
  • Successful track record of personally identifying, cultivating and soliciting individuals, with an emphasis on major gift solicitation.
  • Record of measurable results in managing and implementing fundraising programs for arts, education, or related organizations.
  • Demonstrated experience in creating and managing budgets, forecasting, and reporting.
  • Experience managing a diverse team.
  • Proven track record working with artists and local community, ideally in diverse settings.
  • Appetite for innovation applied to real, measurable outcomes.
  • Ability to tactfully and effectively deal with the public, staff at all levels, and board members in a personable and professional manner.
  • Ability to lift 35 pounds, current valid CA driver’s license, and ability to drive a car, if needed.

This is a full-time, exempt position based in Oakland, California. The Crucible is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all persons, especially those who bring the benefits of diversity to the organization. Women, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQIA, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Salaries are competitive with other nonprofits of our size in the Bay Area. We also offer flexibility and good benefits.

To Apply:

Email a cover letter, résumé, LinkedIn profile, and three reference contacts to human.resources@thecrucible.org.
Subject line: Director of Development

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