We Are Hiring

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: Senior Studio Supervisor
Reports To: Director of Studio Operations & Facilities
Status: Full Time, Exempt, 40 hours week
Salary: $62,400.00, with benefits
Date posted: September 7, 2022

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 Senior Studio Supervisor. 

Summary:

 The Senior Studio Supervisor oversees, supports & coordinates a team of studio managers, shop technicians, studio interns, and volunteers. The Senior Studio Supervisor is a working studio position and ensures that the studio crew works as a team to develop, organize, maintain, stock, and supervise the studio and facilities for all regular operations, events, and special projects. The Senior Studio Supervisor is also responsible for the health and safety operating conditions of the studios and facilities. The Studio Operations Supervisor is a full-time exempt position that reports directly to the Director of Studio Operations & Facilities.

 Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for supervising the studio crew and associated administrative tasks.¬†
  • Schedules studio crew work shifts and are responsible for tracking hours and timesheet approval and seeks direction from the Director of Studio Operations & facilities on overtime requests.
  • Updates the Shop Task To-Do List. Coordinates prioritization of tasks with the Director of Studio Operations & Facilities.
  • Meets weekly with the Director of Studio Operations & Facilities to update on issues, and progress and set priorities for the studios and facilities.
  • Assigns duties to shop crew and sees that they are carried out.
  • Is responsible for the training of the studio crew and safe working procedures.
  • Maintains and updates written shop procedures and ticketing system..
  • Has limited purchase authority within normal budgeted shop operations.
  • Ensures that all classes have materials, equipment, and special project support.¬†
  • Monitors studio and class material usage, restocking as necessary.¬†
  • Coordinates studio purchasing with the Director of Studio Operations & Facilities, Program Manager, and¬† Finance as needed. Ensures that all necessary tracking and coding of purchase invoices is carried out.¬†
  • Participates in staff/studio meetings and special committees as assigned.¬†
  • Ensures that Crucible safety standards are maintained for all studio activities.¬†
  • Works with the Safety Committee to develop and update The Crucible Safety Program.¬†
  • Is responsible for updating and maintaining all required safety documentation.
  • Is responsible for managing the training of Crucible staff on forklifts, scissor lifts, etc. Keeps and maintains the certification documentation of the staff on all such equipment.
  • Is responsible for stocking and maintaining all safety equipment, materials storage, handling, and disposal.¬†
  • Ensures that the Crucible facility is prepared and ready for all regular inspections.¬†
  • Coordinates with the Marketing Department for all studio signage needs.¬†
  • Facilitates the approved development of studio areas and special projects as required.¬†
  • Coordinates pick-up of equipment and supplies as required.¬†
  • Oversees/coordinates the maintenance and repair of all studio and facilities equipment.¬†
  • Maintains routine shop maintenance log.¬†
  • Maintains studio access authorization log and supports studio use approval documentation.
  • Maintains Crucible inventory reports.¬†
  • Organizes and maintains all studio files.¬†
  • Coordinates with the Director of Studio Operations & Facilities, Crucible faculty, and the Program Manager for studio and program support needs.¬†
  • Assigns tasks and supervises Studio Interns and Volunteers assigned to the studio areas.
  • Communicates with the volunteer coordinator to ensure that all volunteer needs are met. Tracks and verified studio volunteer hours and reports them to the Volunteer Coordinator.
  • Interfaces with studio and office staff to ensure all operational needs are met.¬†
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.

 Qualifications: 

  • Candidates must have both administrative and supervisory experience as well as a solid understanding of studio operations and/or a background in sculpture, construction, manufacturing, metal fabrication, foundry, and glass working, or other industrial arts, etc.¬†
  • A complete understanding of industrial/sculpture studio operations is preferred.
  • Minimum 2 years of industrial/ sculptural experience, 2 years of supervisory experience, and 2 years of administrative experience.¬†
  • The successful candidate must demonstrate excellent communication and organizational skills. Must be able to write logical, clear, and coherent documents, reports, and training manuals.¬†
  • Must be able to work with a high degree of accuracy to prioritize and work on several projects concurrently.¬†
  • Must be computer literate, and proficient with Word, Excel, and Google. Salesforce experience preferred.¬†
  • Willing to work irregular hours, evenings, and weekends as required.
  • Special consideration will be given to candidates with experience in metal fabrication, construction, foundry, and glass working, industrial businesses, etc.¬†
  • Forklift Certification, Aerial Lift Certification, Crane Certification, and OSHA 10 or 30 preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to work with populations that are both economically and ethnically diverse.
  • Ability to work independently and to work in a team.¬†
  • BA/BS or relevant experience.
  • The candidate must hold a valid CA driver’s license.¬†

The Crucible is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all persons, especially those who bring the benefits of diversity to the organization. People of color, women, people who identify as LGBTQIA, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:

Please email a cover letter, resume, and three reference contacts (PDF format) to [email protected]
Subject line: Senior Studio Supervisor
No faxes or calls, please!

Job Title: Team Builds & Volunteer Programs Assistant
Reports To: Volunteer, Events, and Team Build Manager
Status: Part-time, non-exempt, on-site in Oakland required; 16 hours/week
Salary: $19 hour

Background 

Our mission: 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. In addition to supporting working and emerging artists and art students, The Crucible has become increasingly focused in recent years on building career pathways into the arts and industrial trades, and increasing access to our programs for BIPOC youth and families, especially those from West Oakland. Want to work in a quirky, joyful place focused on the arts? Reach out to us to learn more! 

Summary: The Programs Assistant: Team Builds & Volunteers reports to the Volunteer, Events, and Team Build Manager and provides support for The Crucible’s Volunteer and Team Build programs, including data entry, volunteer communications and scheduling, and on-site team build check-ins and facilitation, among other responsibilities. This position is part of The Crucible’s Programs Team and has the opportunity for growth within the organization. Availability during weekday business hours is required.

Programs Assistant: Team Builds & Volunteers – Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provide day-of customer service and administrative support for Team Builds and workshops, including check-in/check-out, facilitation of tours, responding to inquiries as needed and sending follow-up communication.
  • Support Volunteer Programs by facilitating volunteer orientations, ensuring regular communication with volunteers, and assisting with scheduling as needed.¬†
  • Track and enter data for both programs in a timely manner; ensure proper record keeping and data management that contributes to program organization.¬†
  • Support continuous improvement of programs through research, documentation, and implementation of procedures and policies.¬†
  • Provide administrative support as needed including, but not limited to, filing, faxing, data entry, mailing, email, document preparation, research, etc.¬†
  • Responsible for event set-up, group hospitality, and food and beverage service details.
  • Organize catering including ordering, picking up, and setting up for catered events.¬†¬†

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Two years of experience with Google Suite and Microsoft Office, including the ability to create and manage spreadsheets.¬†
  • Ability to effectively communicate with community contacts, students, faculty, and staff in a professional manner and with a strong emphasis on customer service.
  • Ability to speak in front of crowds and relay information in a clear and accessible manner.¬†
  • Ability to work independently and with a team.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills.
  • Awareness of industrial arts classes and what they entail in terms of safety.
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to work with populations that are both economically and ethnically diverse.
  • Interest in supporting a diverse arts community that strives to be welcoming to all.
  • Must be able to lift 35 lbs.

 PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Experience working with Salesforce or other CRM
  • Experience working with volunteers¬†
  • Experience creating marketing and communications materials¬†
  • Research experience, and the ability to document and communicate your findings

This is a part-time, 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 [email protected]
Subject line: Volunteer Programs and Team Build Assistant

Role: Woodworking Instructor

Status: Non-Exempt, hourly, part-time

Reports to: Director of Programs

Pay: $25.00-$30.00 per hour

Our mission: 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.  In addition to supporting working and emerging artists and art students, The Crucible has become increasingly focused in recent years on supporting career pathways into the arts and the industrial trades, and support access to our programs for BIPOC youth and families, especially those from West Oakland.

The Opportunity:

The Woodworking department at The Crucible is looking for instructors to teach woodworking and wood-turning classes at our 56,000-square-foot non-profit and industrial arts school in West Oakland. Instructors must know the fundamentals of working with hand and power tools and/or working on a wood lathe. We are looking for at least 1-2 years of teaching experience in an informal or formal education setting.

The ideal candidate is interested in making teaching an ongoing part of their working with the wood practice. We do offer instructors storage space, access to studio and tools, but our studio is too small to support a production woodworker who seeks to run their business out of our space. We have worked hard to increase diversity among our teacher and student population, welcoming young creatives seeking to explore their culture through creativity.

Woodworkers who can support this approach are welcome, as are those who appreciate both the creative and the healing experience of working with wood. If you’re passionate about sharing your skills with a wide range of students and want to be in a collaborative environment with other teaching artists, this is a great place for you!

Classes are held at night, on the weekends, and during the day during the week. Instructors have the opportunity to both learn the curriculum for a specific class and to schedule their participation in a way that works for them. Many instructors come to The Crucible for studio access before and after their classes. We ask experienced woodworkers and woodturners to TA a class so they can learn our curriculum, but then move them into a lead and/or co-teaching.

Pay:We pay $16.50 an hour for a Teaching Assistant role, and $20-$26.50 per hour for an instructor, based on experience and seniority. Occasionally, we can offer faculty teaching at higher rates, usually to participate in a time-limited grant-funded project where we have raised more money for higher faculty salaries.

Non-cash benefits: Faculty members receive access to Crucible departments and studios equal to one hour of access for every 3 hours taught in a class or monitoring a lab, once they have checked out on the equipment. Faculty also have access to free classes (with some restrictions) and financial support for materials for classes. Some limitations apply.

Preferred qualifications: 

  • Two years of teaching experience, with a track record of success, informal arts education a plus
  • Five years of experience producing work in your core teaching areas
  • Ability to meet students where they are and help them grow as creators
  • Respect for everyone‚Äôs differences, approach, and creativity
  • A strong commitment to teaching, curriculum design and development, and collaboration¬†

Responsibilities: 

  • Teach in an artistically diverse environment
  • Participate in departmental and faculty meetings
  • Develop and maintain area procedures and standards
  • Support The Crucible‚Äôs policies and adherence to The Crucible studio safety rules
  • Organize materials and supplies before and after classes and workshops
  • Collaborate with the Department Head and studio to order materials as needed

Curriculum: 

  • The curriculum includes teaching courses in areas that focus on foundational skills
  • Work with the Program Director and team on advancing/developing and updating the curriculum. Examples of classes: Wood 1, Fundamentals of Woodworking, Frames & Panels, Wood Turning, The Wooden Box.

Faculty Meetings, Open Houses, & Events 

  • Attend two open houses or events a year to represent your area¬†
  • Attend at least three paid faculty meetings a year
  • Participate in demonstrations and shows when able

This is an hourly, part-time 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 a cover letter, r√©sum√©, link to portfolio, or PDF file of images of your completed work to [email protected]. Subject line: Woodworking or Wood Turning Instructor.¬†

Role: Woodworking Instructor

Status: Non-Exempt, hourly, part-time

Reports to: Director of Programs

Pay: $25.00-$30.00 per hour

Our mission: 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.  In addition to supporting working and emerging artists and art students, The Crucible has become increasingly focused in recent years on supporting career pathways into the arts and the industrial trades, and support access to our programs for BIPOC youth and families, especially those from West Oakland.

The Opportunity:

The Foundry department at The Crucible is looking for instructors to teach Foundry classes at our 56,000-square-foot non-profit and industrial arts school in West Oakland. Instructors must know the fundamentals of mold making and foundry furnace operation. We are looking for at least 1-2 years of teaching experience in an informal or formal education setting.

The ideal candidate is interested in making teaching an ongoing part of their working metal casting practice. We do offer instructors storage space, access to studios and tools, but our facility is too small to support a production artist who seeks to run their business out of our space. We have worked hard to increase diversity among our teacher and student population, welcoming young creatives seeking to explore their culture through creativity.

Metal casters who can support this approach are welcome, as are those who appreciate both the experimental nature and community building experiences of the creative foundry. If you’re passionate about sharing your skills with a wide range of students and want to be in a collaborative environment with other teaching artists, this is a great place for you!

Classes are held at night, on the weekends, and during the day during the week. Instructors have the opportunity to both learn the curriculum for a specific class and to schedule their participation in a way that works for them. Many instructors come to The Crucible for studio access before and after their classes. We ask even our most experienced founders to TA a class so they can learn our curriculum as part of the on-boarding process, but then move them into a lead and/or co-teaching.

Pay: We pay $16.50 an hour for a Teaching Assistant role, and $20-$26.50 per hour for an instructor, based on experience and seniority. Occasionally, we can offer faculty teaching at higher rates, usually to participate in a time-limited grant-funded project where we have raised more money for higher faculty salaries.

Non-cash benefits: Faculty members receive access to Crucible departments and studios equal to one hour of access for every 3 hours taught in a class or monitoring a lab, once they have checked out on the equipment. Faculty also have access to free classes (with some restrictions) and financial support for materials for classes. Some limitations apply.

Preferred qualifications: 

  • Two years of teaching experience, with a track record of success, informal arts education a plus
  • Five years of experience producing work in your core teaching areas
  • Ability to meet students where they are and help them grow as creators
  • Respect for everyone‚Äôs differences, approach, and creativity
  • A strong commitment to teaching, curriculum design and development, and collaboration¬†

Responsibilities: 

  • Teach in an artistically diverse environment
  • Participate in departmental and faculty meetings
  • Develop and maintain area procedures and standards
  • Support The Crucible‚Äôs policies and adherence to The Crucible studio safety rules
  • Organize materials and supplies before and after classes and workshops
  • Collaborate with the Department Head and studio to order materials as needed

Curriculum: 

  • The curriculum includes teaching courses in areas that focus on foundational skills
  • Work with the Program Director and team on advancing/developing and updating the curriculum. Examples of classes: Fundamentals of Foundry, Youth Sand Casting, World of Patiniazation, ‚ÄúOff-Label‚ÄĚ Iron Casting.

Faculty Meetings, Open Houses, & Events 

  • Attend two open houses or events a year to represent your area¬†
  • Attend at least three paid faculty meetings a year
  • Participate in demonstrations and shows when able

This is an hourly, part-time 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 a cover letter, r√©sum√©, link to portfolio, or PDF file of images of your completed work to [email protected]. Subject line: Woodworking or Wood Turning Instructor.¬†

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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 [email protected]. You can review the Faculty Job Description here. And please indicate your interest by filling out the short application below!

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