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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.

We are a nonprofit organization and art school dedicated to making the fine and industrial arts accessible for all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. Our work is centered in Oakland and the East Bay, where we offer classes and team builds in glass, metal, clay, wood, and more to over 8,000 people each year.

Staff Openings

Crucible staff enjoy great benefits, including free tuition on seven Crucible classes a year, paid time off, and medical and dental coverage starting at 20 hours a week.

Job Title: Studio Operations Technician (Lead Metal Arts Specialist), Full-Time

Reports To: Senior Studio Supervisors

Status: Full Time, Non – Exempt

Date: Jul 15, 2021

Hours per week: 37.5 (full-time)

Salary Range: $20-25 per hour

The Crucible, Northern California’s most innovative and diverse industrial arts education center, seeks a multi-talented, customer-service oriented and enthusiastic individual to join our team as a Studio Operations Technician who specializes in metal arts and fabrication. 

The Crucible is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all persons, especially those who bring the benefits of diversity to the organization. 

Summary:
Under the direction of the Senior Studio Operations Supervisors, the Studio Operations Technician works as part of a team to build, organize, clean, maintain, and supervise the studios and facilities for classes, events, and special projects in our industrial arts facility in West Oakland. 

The Studio Operations Technician supports the studio safety rules, class agreements for all of the studio and program areas. They will perform routine maintenance and upkeep with an emphasis on our metal areas (MIG, TIG, torch and arc welding studios, Plasma cutters, along with a blacksmith, foundry). In addition assists when necessary in the hot shop & cold shop, glass fusing, woodworking, ceramics, neon, kinetics, textiles and bike shop. 

As the Lead Metal Arts Specialist, your priorities in addition to normal studio tech responsibilities would be to maintain the metal arts areas. 

The Studio Operations Technician responds to emergency situations as they arise in order to maintain the smooth operation of classes, programs and the facility. 

It is a highly collaborative position that will work with a varied group of artistic, motivated individuals in our studios. The Studio Operations Technician must be able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, be highly detailed and organized. 

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Set-up and manage facilities for programming 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 ensure timely communication to management.
  • Support faculty and staff needs as directed by the Senior Studio Operations Supervisors and Director of Studio Operations & Facilities.
  • Organize and supervise volunteers and interns according to organizational priorities. 
  • Maintain the tool room to ensure that all classes have materials, equipment, and special project support as needed.
  • Prioritizes excellent customer service to all students, faculty and staff.
  • Performs maintenance and repair of all metals related area shop tools, equipment and facilities as assigned.
  • Practice of excellent fabrication skills and utilizes safe work practices in the execution of all tasks.
  • Complete special projects as assigned.
  • Monitors studio and class material usage, restocking as necessary.
  • Participate in all staff and studio meetings and special committees, as assigned.
  • Carries out pick up and deliveries as assigned.
  • Oversee studio security during all hours of operation, including special events.
  • Carries out opening and nightly closing procedures of the studios and facilities as assigned.
  • Attend all training and orientations as needed, including First Aid/ CPR and forklift certification.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  •  Minimum one year of studio operations experience. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including strong organizational, detail orientated and have exceptional interpersonal skills with a focus on delivering excellent customer service.
  • 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.
  • Ability to work independently and on a team.
  • Ability to communicate with vendors, community contacts, students, faculty and staff in a professional manner and with a strong emphasis on customer service.
  • 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 preferred.
  • Must hold a valid CA driver’s license and clean driving record.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.

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.

How to Apply

Please email cover letter, resume, and three reference contacts (PDF format) to

human.resources@thecrucible.org

Subject line: Studio Operations Technician (Lead Metal Arts Specialist)

No faxes or calls, please!

Job Title: Program Manager for the Open For Business Entrepreneur Incubator Program

Reports To: Director of Programs

Status: Temporary, Part-Time, Non-Exempt

Hours per week: 20 hours a week, on-site required, with approximately 2 evenings and 1 weekend day (4-5 hours).

Salary: $28-30 per hour, schedule and hours TBD, but weekends are included; job will start in August 2021 and could run through May 2022

Date: July 23, 2021

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 a Program Manager for the Open For Business, a pilot incubator program that will serve Bay Area BIPOC entrepreneurs who are working to create physical products to sell. This is an exciting new partnership between The Crucible and SFMade. The goal is to support a cohort of BIPOC artisan entrepreneurs in the Open for Business program for their product development and prototyping, and then move them into the Manufacturing Equity Accelerator program run by SFMade that will assist them with business readiness and access to capital to scale their enterprises. This is a key role for this project.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Support and help develop the pilot program Open for Business, a manufacturing skill building and business readiness program for BIPOC entrepreneurs.
  • Foster a creative environment that welcomes and respects all members of our community, supports artists and learners, and reflects the mission and values of our Crucible community.
  • Assist with the program applicant selection process.
  • Assist in designing program evaluation tools.
  • Conduct Intake Assessment with each entrepreneur.
  • Assist with pairing entrepreneurs with skill building mentors from The Crucible who will advise them on product development, and manufacturing and business readiness mentors from SFMade.
  • Assistant Director of Programs in identifying mentors from The Crucible.
  • Provide support to entrepreneurs with developing milestones and Individualized Success Plans for product development and business success.
  • Collaborating with The Crucible’s Studio staff to ensure that entrepreneurs have the necessary studio space and supplies for their projects.
  • Collaborate with The Crucible’s Faculty, Director of Programs, and Programs Team to register entrepreneurs in classes and labs.
  • Scheduling and facilitating monthly mentorship meetings and regular cohort meetings
  • Track entrepreneurs’ progress through monthly surveys that will record metrics such as new achievements, challenges encountered, and anticipated milestones to be met. 
  • Assist with planning and scheduling Professional Speakers, Networking Opportunities, and additional programming.
  • Manage and track expenses, ordering and costs.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of three – five years relevant program management experience as a creative lead in an execution-based setting – preferably with an established arts education nonprofit organization, maker space, or close equivalent.
  • Arts-focused entrepreneurial or workforce development experience.
  • Management experience, ideally with creative personalities.
  • Self-motivation and adaptability.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal ability.
  • Strong organizational ability and attention to detail.
  • Ability to collaborate with multiple departments and partnering organizations.
  • Demonstrated project management skills, including managing and prioritizing projects with multiple and often competing deadlines, and ability to work under pressure.
  • Strong personal integrity, maturity, and credibility.
  • Ability to give and receive constructive feedback.
  • Appetite for innovation applied to real, measurable outcomes.
  • Experience with program evaluation and assessment.
  • Proven track record working with artists, entrepreneurs, and local community, ideally in diverse settings.
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Nonprofit, educational, and/or industrial arts experience a plus.
  • Willing and able to work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends when required.
  • 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.
  • BA/BS preferred.

Background: The Crucible inspires creative exploration and expression through welcoming, hands-on arts education and experiences for people of diverse ages and backgrounds. As an innovative hub built around the industrial arts, The Crucible is a catalyst for individual growth and vibrant community connections. A leader in the Bay Area arts community, The Crucible is widely recognized for its exceptional learning experiences, rich and varied arts programs, skilled and committed faculty, and unparalleled educational facilities.

This is a part-time, fixed-term, non-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.

To Apply

Email: Cover letter, resume, LinkedIn profile(if you have it), and three reference contacts to human.resources@thecrucible.org

Subject line: Program Manager, Open for Business

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The Crucible is always looking for talented faculty to support in teaching the fine and industrial arts to thousands of students each year. We are seeking skilled, part-time instructors in all our departments, including Welding, Blacksmithing, Foundry, Machine Shop, Ceramics, Glass Flameworking, and more. Crucible lead faculty are paid between $22-$26.50, depending on experience and seniority. We also have openings for teaching assistant positions, who support the work of the lead faculty member in the classroom.

If you have questions about joining The Crucible’s faculty, email teaching@thecrucible.org. You can review the Faculty Job Description here. And please indicate your interest by filling out the short application below!

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