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: Director of Programs
Reports To: Executive Director
Status: Exempt
Salary range: $75,000-$90,000, depending on experience
Applications Open: 11/23/2021
Close: 1/31/2022 

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 non-profit 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 recognized for exceptional learning experiences, rich and varied arts programs, skilled and committed faculty, and amazing educational facilities. Want to work in a quirky, joyful place focused on the arts? Reach out to us to learn more! 

Job summary 

The Director of Programs oversees staff that support distinct programs, including classes, volunteers, events, Team Builds and private workshops, youth programs, and community programs. As part of the Leadership Team, this position is responsible for the overall vision of each program, including developing and meeting strategic goals, identifying areas of growth, overseeing budgets, and supporting staff. Together, we work as a team to advance our mission of making the industrial arts accessible to all, regardless of income. Our ideal candidate for this role has direct experience with both program administration and budgeting and with the industrial arts. 

Responsibilities 

Scheduled Programming and Faculty Support

  • Be the lead point of contact with department heads and faculty, along with support from the faculty coordinator.
  • Work with department heads to plan, manage, schedule, and staff our educational programs, including classes, workshops, and off-site activities. 
  • Recruit and retain department heads and faculty aligned with the core mission of The Crucible as an industrial arts school and arts community.
  • Support Senior Programs Manager and team with student and registration needs.
  • Ensure classes and programs offer exceptional user experience, quality instruction, measurable learning, and skills building, so that all students feel seen, welcome, and comfortable. 
  • Support the reimplementation of our CREATE studio access program (in partnership with Studio).
  • Support professional development and a welcoming environment that makes The Crucible more inclusive of local Oakland residents, local communities of color, women, and LGBTQIA+ folks. 

Team Build and Private Workshops

  • Partner with program manager and other teams to scale up our Team Build and private workshops after the hiatus due to COVID-19, including improving existing systems and creating new ones. 

Volunteer Programs and Outreach Events

  • Oversee and support our active volunteer program, working with staff to develop and implement strategies to improve recruitment, retention, volunteer data tracking, and communication between departments.
  • Co-curate planning, logistics, day-of coordination, and artist selection for key events and programs such as GIFTY, Open Houses, and artists talks. 
  • Oversee budgets related to volunteer programs and non-fundraising events. 

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Youth, Community and Workforce/Entrepreneurship programs

  • Work with youth programs manager to design, implement and execute classes, camps, workshops and funded programs for young people ages 8-18 that support both hands-on social/emotional learning and career pathways.

Partner with community programs team to develop, execute, assess and improve community programs that provide valuable arts and career pathway experiences, especially for our Oakland neighbors and for BIPOC families and individuals. 

  • Help evaluate, secure, plan, budget, and execute community-based and public art programs, including Life is Living, East Bay Mini Maker Faire programs, and public art projects with strategic partners, such as Civic Design Lab and E14 Gallery.
  • Support outreach to local schools and community groups, and maintain partnerships around existing and future programs, such as programs with McClymonds High School.
  • Oversee and develop relationships with Bay area artists, makers, and educators to support arts inclusion and entrepreneurship, including public art projects and workforce development programs.

Finances and fundraising

  • Manage budgets, work with the Executive Director and CFO to manage revenue goals, and develop data-driven recommendations.
  • Analyze and contrast earned income potential for Crucible programs, which include: youth summer and spring camps, adult classes, team building/workshop activities, facility rentals, workforce development, and events.
  • Lead and manage department budgets, revenue goals, and revenue projections
  • Work with marketing/ecommerce to drive sales and outreach for classes and programs. 
  • Work with the Development Team to identify and reach fundraising goals to support low- and no-cost community programming.
  • Work with our Salesforce Admin and lead team to analyze class interest, sales,  and performance.

The ideal candidate is a fast-paced, well-organized, problem-solver with a resilient temperament who has the desire to build a collaborative and inclusive culture among arts workers and learners. A passion for community empowerment, community economic development, and personal expression through the arts, a commitment to developing staff skills and talents, and the ability to manage change, will make this role successful. 

This position requires some on-site evening, night, and weekend work, including program supervision during Spring and Summer holidays. Background as an industrial artist greatly wished for!

Position Requirements 

  • Minimum of five years of relevant program management experience as a creative lead in an execution-based setting — preferably with an established arts education non-profit organization or equivalent setting
  • Personal maker, creative or artistic practice a huge plus
  • Experience developing and managing budgets, as well as hitting revenue goals
  • Management or coaching experience, ideally with teams of creative personalities with a wide range of experience
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects
  • Works effectively under pressure, reacts quickly, and meets tight deadlines
  • Ability to give and receive constructive feedback
  • Strong personal values around deep listening, authenticity, and integrity
  • Familiar with Oakland and engaged in the Oakland community in some way
  • Approaches work with an equity and inclusion lens
  • Proficient with email, Google Drive/G Suite tools, and Excel
  • Experience with Salesforce or other CRM a strong plus
  • Comfortable with a metrics-driven approach to evaluation
  • Ability to lift 35 pounds, current valid CA driver’s license, and ability to drive a car, if needed

Compensation 

This is a full-time, exempt position based in Oakland, California. We offer competitive pay and benefits, paid time off, and more. Our work environment is casual, upbeat, professional, and fun. 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 [email protected]
Subject line: Director of Programs
No faxes or calls, please! 

Job Title: Development Associate 2022

Reports To: Development Manager

Status: Full-time, 40 hours a week

Salary:  $45,760, eligible for benefits

Date: December 20, 2021

Closes: Open until filled 

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 is dedicated to supporting career pathways into the arts and the industrial trades and access to our programs for BIPOC youth and families, especially those from West Oakland. Want to work in a supportive work environment committed to the arts? Reach out to us to learn more! 

Position Overview: The Development Associate is responsible for coordination and expansion of The Crucible’s membership program, maintenance of the donor database (Salesforce), coordination of donor events, some grant and donor research and writing, and some project management and reporting. The Development Associate is also responsible for timely gift processing, acknowledgment, and benefits fulfillment. This is a great role for someone who wants to build their nonprofit fundraising skill and be positioned to grow in their role. You will work closely with the Development Manager, the ED, and the rest of the team to support funding for scholarships and community programs, a core part of our mission.

Classification: This is a full-time, non-exempt position. Evening and weekend availability are required occasionally for events and meetings.

Responsibilities

Membership Program Coordination (15%)

  • Coordinate and manage the Crucible’s membership program including but not limited to:
    • Create schedules and content for regular communication with members.
    • Add new members to the database and handle welcome messages and questions.
    • Remove expired memberships from the WooCommerce Store back end.
    • Ensure members receive information on benefits (such as Cru Tote voucher).
    • Respond to member emails and answer their questions.
    • Handle previous and current member data in The Crucible’s database.
    • Provide monthly reconciliation with Finance on membership registrations and renewals. 
    • Execute strategies for and carrying out member acquisition, renewal, and level increase campaigns and appeals.
    • Support member events and member benefits.
  • Research and report back on members who join at higher levels for possible individual and major donor cultivation.

Database Management / Stewardship (30%)

  • Accurately enter information into the donor database (Salesforce) and maintain contributed income data entry for contacts, gifts, pledges, etc., to ensure consistency and the highest level of accuracy, and to reconcile with the Finance Office.
  • Generate regular and accurate reports on income and fundraising progress, list maintenance, and lists for solicitation appeals.
  • Prepare gift acknowledgments, pledge letters, and updates.
  • Generate, reconcile, and send Development Batch Report and Contributed Income Report to Finance on a monthly basis.
  • Send acknowledgment letters and emails for checks/in-kind donations.
  • Update Salesforce with data entry for checks and online donations.
  • Write and send acknowledgment letters for fundraisers (such as SPARK, Soiree).

Major donors and institutional grants support research (30%)

  • Research individuals with the capacity for giving who are connected to The Crucible  using donor tools.
  • Document wealth scoring and prospect research results for the Development Team.
  • Research grant prospects to support community programs, scholarships, and general operating support. 
  • Support Development Manager, Institutional Giving & Corporate Sponsorships, with grant writing and proposal development.
  • Support planning and coordination of events organized by the Development Team throughout the year, including managing vendors and site logistics, organizing volunteers, and managing invitations/RSVPs.
  • Work closely with the Board and the ED to assist with special community events, including annual fundraising events, artists’ talks and demos, and community outreach programs.
  • Attend Development and other Crucible events and be a visible and engaged community member.

Other general activities (25%)

  • Compile organizational and programmatic data for reporting purposes as needed.
  • Email and team engagement.

Position requirements:

  • Experience with donor research tools or strong interest in learning.
  • Familiarity with grant writing or proposal development or strong interest in learning.
  • Experience with Salesforce or a comparable CRM or database, plus willingness and interest to build skills and capacity in this area.
  • Experience with data management and organization, including data entry, report generation, list management, and segmentation.
  • Enthusiasm for education and The Crucible’s mission to make the industrial arts accessible to everyone.
  • Commitment to quality work, productivity, and attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize workload in a timely manner and handle multiple deadlines.
  • Strong problem-solving and collaboration skills; enjoys people and communication.
  • A high degree of professionalism and commitment to cultural competency.
  • Self-starter and good communicator.
  • Availability to work some nights/weekends.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion.

We offer competitive pay. This is a full-time, hourly position with job flexibility and benefits. Our work environment is fast-paced, creative, authentic, and inspiring. 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.  There’s a lot to do, but it’s all good. Sound interesting? Get in touch.

How to apply: Please email cover letter, resume, and three reference contacts (PDF format) to [email protected]. Subject line: Development Associate .

No faxes or calls, please.

Seeking Development Consultant/Mentor: Membership Program Management, Development Reporting, Analysis, and Donor List Management, list management

Are you a seasoned and skilled development consultant looking to mentor and support a talented team at a unique Bay Area nonprofit arts organization? The Crucible is seeking a short-term, part-time consultant to help our team improve their skills with managing our annual membership programs, and become proficient with the fundamentals and best practices of nonprofit fundraising. 

 

This is a flexible, part-time role for 3 to 6 months, perfect for someone based in the Bay Area, experienced and enthusiastic about this work, and able to interact with our team both in-person and remotely on a consistent and scheduled basis. Pay is competitive.

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 supporting career pathways into the arts and the industrial trades, and supporting 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! 

Skills required:

  • Experience managing and administering nonprofit membership programs.
  • Experience with donor cultivation and stewardship best practices at all levels including major and monthly donors.
  • A firm understanding of fundraising and financial recording requirements of donations related to special events including annual galas.
  • Highly knowledgeable of fundraising and development best practices and able to implement them into day-to-day operations such as gift acknowledgment, financial reporting, and list pulling, and analysis.
  • Proven track record as a successful trainer, coach, and mentor capable of cultivating talented development teams.

Qualifications 

  • 1+ years working with Salesforce NPSP as a Power User including understanding development record structure (opportunities, contacts, accounts, campaigns), fields, and reporting for both fundraising analysis and financial reconciliation. Experience with Apsona is a plus. 
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience—preferably with an established cultural or education-based nonprofit organization; 2+ years in a consulting role required as well.
  • Ability to learn technology systems and structures quickly and efficiently.
  • Established consultancy practice supporting diverse organizations as a trainer, coach, or mentor.
  • Strong computer and workflow tools with the capacity to support remote collaborative work and shared collaborative access.

This is a part-time contract role 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, resume, LinkedIn profile, and three reference contacts to [email protected] 

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Job Title: Studio Operations Technician

Reports To: Senior Studio Supervisors

Status: Full Time, 40 hours per week, Non – Exempt

Salary Range: $20-25 per hour

 

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

 

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. 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, and have a high attention to detail.

All techs are specialized depending on skills and interest. Collectively techs oversee 19 different departments and associated equipment as well as the facilities. Our departments include: Woodshop, Hot Shop, Cold Shop, Flameworking, Neon, Glass Fusing and Slumping, Leather/Textiles, Mig, Tig, Oxy/Acetylene and Arc Welding, Blacksmithing, Machine Shop, Foundry, Moldmaking, Bike Shop, Fire and Performance, Kinetics and Electronics, Jewelry and Enameling. 

Key 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 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.
  • Carry out and pick up deliveries as assigned.
  • Oversee studio security during all hours of operation, including special events.
  • Carry 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
  • Must be able to lift 50 Lbs.
  • Studio operations experience preferred. 
  • Non-profit, educational and or industrial arts experience preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including strong organizational, detail oriented 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 Google Suite.
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to work with populations that are both economically and ethnically diverse.
  • Must hold a valid CA driver’s license and clean driving record.

 

Electrical, woodshop and fabrication skills, in particular, are preferred. 

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

[email protected]

Subject line: Studio Operations Technician

No faxes or calls, please!

 

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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.

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