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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: Director of Programs 

Reports To: Executive Director 

Status: Exempt 

Date:  April 2, 2021

Closes: Open until filled

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

One of the Director-level jobs at The Crucible, the Director of Programs role has three distinct management areas, with staff that supports each area: Class programs, volunteer programs, and community programs. Each of these areas plays a critical role in achieving our mission of making the industrial arts accessible to all, regardless of income. The ideal candidate for this role has direct experience both with the industrial arts, and program administration. We are also looking for understanding and experience supporting equity and inclusion in a changing institution with over 150 staff and faculty through their programmatic role and their leadership approach. 

As the lead for our class programs, the Director works with the class programs team, and department heads/faculty to develop and offer classes and workshops for youth, adults, and families, including our Fuego youth leadership program, and private workshops, school programs, and community. This role involves supporting a team focused on class development, scheduling, recruitment, staffing and professional development, class management, sales, customer experience, and faculty support. This role also has revenue responsibility both for meeting our budgets and targets and supporting scholarship recruitment and fund distribution. All of our classes, programs, and workshops offered at The Crucible are supervised by this role. 

This role also supports our volunteer and events programs team, making sure we are successful in recruiting, scheduling, crediting, and orienting Crucible volunteers at all skill levels, and overseeing their professional development, and organizing thank you opportunities for our volunteers. This role also works with the team to co-curate planning and artist selection for key events and programs such as GIFTY, Open Houses, and artists talks, and our CREATE program (in partnership with Studio).

Finally, the Director of Programs works with our community programs team, supporting programs that depend on grant and individual donor funding to make Crucible experiences accessible to all. This team works on a variety of outreach and engagement events, including our participation in the Life is Living, and East Bay Mini Maker Faire programs and our onsite and offsite programs for local schools, our open houses, craft entrepreneurship programs, and studio apprentice and arts residencies programs. All public art partnerships and projects live in this team as well. 

Responsibilities

Class, workshop, program, and faculty support and development

  • Work with team and department heads to plan, manage, schedule, and staff our educational programs, especially classes, workshops, and off-site activities. Support your team to make sure our classes and programs offer exceptional user experience, quality instruction, measurable learning, and skills building, and make everyone feel seen, welcome, and comfortable.
  • Lead and manage department budgets, revenue goals, and revenue projections 
  • Work with marketing/ecommerce to drive sales and outreach for our classes and programs.
  • Recruit and retain department heads and faculty aligned with the core mission of The Crucible as an industrial arts school and resource for artists accessible to all.
  • Support professional development and a welcoming environment that makes The Crucible more welcome and inclusive of local Oakland residents, local communities of color, women, and LGBTQIA folks.
  • Maintain and improve access for our arts community to our studios, including faculty, CREATE members, Crucible members, Level 3 volunteers, and others.

Volunteer and CREATE programs and outreach events

  • Oversee and support our active volunteer program and our CREATE studio access program(in partnership with Studio).
  • Partner with program manager on recruiting, scheduling, crediting, and orienting Crucible volunteers at all skill levels.
  • Co-curate planning, logistics, day-of coordination, and artist selection for key events and programs such as GIFTY, Open Houses, artists talks.
  • Manage box office operations for any ticketed events. 

Community programs

  • 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 Civic Design Lab and E14 Gallery, among others. 
  • Support this team’s outreach to local schools and community groups, and maintain partnerships around existing and future programs, such as programs with McClymonds High School.
  • Maintain strong relationships with the Oakland Unified School District, WOCC, Lincoln Family Services, Centro partners, Mandela Partners, and other community partners
  • Oversee and develop relationships with Bay area artists, makers, and educators to support arts inclusion and entrepreneurship
  • Support the planning of new programs, including a studio apprentice pathway, bike entrepreneurship, and more BIPOC local representation at GIFTY.

Financial and Operations 

  • Manage budgets, work with Executive Director and CFO to manage revenue goals, and develop data-driven recommendations, including income projections, optimum studio usage, course activity, and enrollment projections 
  • Analyze and contrast earned income potential between studio uses for Crucible programs, which include: youth summer camps, adult classes, team building activities, facility rentals, workforce development, and events 
  • Use our Salesforce CRM and other data-driven tools to analyze class interest and performance. 
  • Work in conjunction with Finance and programs team on the development and oversight of program budgets, guiding resource allocation and resource deployment

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

This position requires some on-site evening, night, and weekend work, including some program supervision during Spring and Summer holidays.

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 nonprofit organization or equivalent setting
  • Personal maker, creative or artistic practice a huge plus
  • Experience managing budgets and hitting revenue goals
  • Management or coaching experience, ideally with teams of creative personalities with a wide range of experiences
  • Ability to prioritize, and manage multiple projects 
  • Works effectively under pressure, react quickly, and meet 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, Excel
  • Experience with Salesforce highly recommended
  • 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

human.resources@thecrucible.org

Subject line: Director of Programs

No faxes or calls, please!

Job Title: Bike Shop Faculty, and Co-Department Head, Programming

Reports To: Director of Programs

Status: Part-time, Non-exempt, 12-15 hours week, 

Salary range: $26.50 hour 

Date posted: 3/15/2021

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. 

Job summary: 

A member of our faculty, our Bike Shop Co-Department Head, Programming is responsible for maintaining and developing our Bike Shop programming and curriculum and building a strong teaching program in bike maintenance, repair,  and reuse. 

In this role, you will provide hands-on support for our monthly Fix-A-Thons, our weekly Earn-A-Bike program, our Bike Fuego pilot,  bike-related community outreach events, and other programs. This is a good position for someone who enjoys teaching and interaction as an educator tied to bike riding, repair, and transportation equity. 

Our program is committed to providing meaningful bike shop services to the West Oakland Community. We promote healthy youth development practices and strengthening youth competencies as well as teaching bike repair, bike building, and bike maintenance skills to adults. The Bike Shop Co-Department Head, Programming works directly with the Programs team in support of community-oriented offerings, and in partnership with the studio crew around the space. This is a collaborative position that will work with a varied group of artistic, motivated individuals. 

Classification: 

This is a part-time, non-exempt position for approximately  12-15 hours a week, scheduled as needed. Evening and weekend availability are required for some classes, events, and programs, but there is flexibility. 

Responsibilities: 

  • Hold the vision of engagement and value for our youth and adult bike program and our mission to reuse and recycle bikes while supporting both youth entrepreneurship and our local community.
  • Oversee fulfillment of bike maintenance and repair community programs done with partners, as well as those we manage on our own. 
  • Teach bike maintenance, repair, and frame building;
  • Serve as the lead instructor for Earn-A-Bike and support for the Bike Fix-A-Thon programs.
  • Work with Director of Programs to develop and revise curriculum relevant to the program
  • Orient new volunteer mechanics to the Bike Shop organization and procedures. 
  • Ensure bike shop participation in other youth programs such as field trip and workshop programs
  • Work with Programs team to provide youth development utilizing The Crucible Youth Programming Behavior Policies, which include: group agreements and the behavior policy. Also, promote adherence to The Crucible Studio Safety Rules. 
  • Attend Department Head and Faculty meetings, organize and spearhead Bike Shop during open house events, and featured events alongside the Bike Shop Co-Department Head, Shop Technician;
  • Seek and receive bike donations, repair bicycles to be sold for program support or to donate to members of the community, facilitate individual sales and organization bike sales at open houses 
  • Work in conjunction with the Bike Shop Co-Department Head, Shop Technician, and Youth Program Associate to facilitate community engagement events: Pedalfest, Bike to Work Day, The Life is Living Festival, etc.
  • Support opportunities to present high-quality, culturally competent bike repair education throughout the Bay area through some onsite programs and school visits.

Position Requirements: 

  • Connection to The Crucible’s vision and mission and Oakland community. 
  • Full-service Bike Shop Mechanic experience a must;
  • Experience as a Bike educator or experience with teaching or customer service ;
  • Commitment and ability in working with populations that are both economically and ethnically diverse ;
  • Experience teaching or developing curriculum;
  • Familiarity with basic computer software systems, including G-Suite;
  • Be a team player, willing partner with development, communications, and studio leadership;
  • Flexibility to work nights and weekends; this position may require approximately 2 to 4 nights per month and one-to-three weekend days monthly.
  • Be able to lift 35 lbs.

Compensation 

Pay is $26.50 per hour., We offer competitive pay and benefits, including health insurance, paid time off, and more. Our work environment is casual, upbeat, professional, and fun. Come join us! 

How to Apply 

Please email cover letter, resume, and three reference contacts (PDF format) to human.resources@thecrucible.org 

Subject line: Bike Shop Co-Department Head, Programming

No faxes or calls, please.

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. 

Reports To: Senior Programs Manager

Status: Part-Time (20-30 hours per week), Non-Exempt

Salary range: $19-$20 per hour

Date: March 2021

Closes: Open until filled

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.

Job Summary

The Programs Assistant reports to the Senior Programs Manager and works closely with Crucible staff to support student data, coordinate scheduling for classes, workshops, and events for a wide variety of programs, as well as assists in the preparation of class materials, evaluations, and assessment processes for student feedback for completed classes. 

Responsibilities

  • Work with Senior Programs Manager to prepare class rosters and folders, check in information, and student-facing materials for weekly classes.
  • Prepare for and facilitate onsite check in for adult and youth classes.
  • Set up and monitor classrooms for student needs, PPE needs, and safety and sanitation needs. Guide volunteers in assisting with classroom set up.
  • Monitor informational email accounts and phone lines and respond to student inquiries with enrollment questions, and proactively communicate information to students needing enrollment adjustments.
  • Assist with class registrations, transfers, and refunds as well as CREATE program support with guidance from Senior Programs Manager.
  • Oversee student information in the database to ensure proper prerequisites, ages, names, and dates for enrollment.
  • Work with Director of Programs, Senior Programs Manager, and Department Heads on class scheduling 2-3 times throughout the year for member and public registration.
  • Accurately confirm class sizes and spots for potential scholarship students.
  • Oversee faculty and class feedback data collection, processing, and record keeping.
  • Responsible for maintaining a high level of professionalism with customers/students and working to establish a positive rapport with every patron. Greet customers warmly and ascertain reason for calling, needing assistance, or visiting The Crucible.
  • Work with the management team to stay updated on product knowledge and be informed of any changes in company policies.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

  • Minimum of two years of experience in arts and/or office administration including student and/or community support.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal ability.
  • Strong organizational ability and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and to work in a team.
  • Demonstrated project management skills, including managing and prioritizing projects with multiple and often competing deadlines, and ability to work under pressure.
  • Strong computer skills, including Office and G-Suite.
  • SalesForce experience is desirable but not required.
  • 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.
  • High school degree required; BA/BS preferred, but not required.

Compensation

We offer competitive pay and benefits, including health benefits starting at 20 hours per week, paid time off, and more. Our work environment is casual, upbeat, professional, and fun.

How to Apply

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

human.resources@thecrucible.org

Subject line: Programs Assistant

No faxes or calls please!

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.

Job Title: Mid-Day Care Lead

Reports To: Youth Programs Associate 

Hours: M-F, 11:30am – 2:30pm

Status: Part-Time (15 hours per week), Non-Exempt 

Salary: $17 per hour 

Date: March 2021 

Closes: Open until filled 

Dates of Program (must be available for all)

Spring Staff Training: Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Spring Break Session: April 5-9, 2021

Summer Staff Training: Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Week 1: June 14–18, 2021

Week 2: June 21–25, 2021

Week 3: June 28–July 2, 2021

Week 4: July 12–16, 2021

Week 5: July 19–23, 2021

Week 6: July 26–30, 2021

These dates are mandatory (if you cannot make all of these dates, you may not be hired)

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. 

Job Summary 

At The Crucible, the safety of our youth is a top priority. We follow all CDC and Alameda County Department of Health guidelines, and require temperature checks, hand-washing and masks. Mid-Day Care Leads are positive role models and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment and interacting with children of various ages. Each day, the Mid-Day Care Lead will supervise the lunch break of the campers who are either enrolled in both AM and PM camp sessions, or are getting picked up or dropped off later than the regular start and end times.  

Mid-Day Care Leads are the primary caregivers for campers during the 12:00 – 2:00 PM camp breaktime. The Mid-Day Care Lead is responsible for partnering with other staff members to communicate any needs, disciplinary issues, or injuries. Please also be aware of any positive observations, cool projects, and take photos or alert our Comms department to capture the magic. Typical tasks for a Mid-Day Care Lead could include:

  • Escorting a child to the restroom, or to and from our main parking lot 
  • Reminding campers to wear the proper protective clothing and equipment
  • Cooling off students in departments where heat is a factor, with ice packs and water
  • Engaging in meaningful conversation with youth (relationship building)
  • Administering basic first aid for minor cuts and burns
  • Supervising meal time

Responsibilities:

As Mid-Day Care Lead, you’ll play an important role in supporting a busy transition time during our summer camp by allowing our faculty and staff members to take their own breaks, while offering camp families an opportunity to engage with us all day long, and host more flexible pick up and drop off times. 

Though Mid-Day Care Lead is only onsite a short portion of the day, this crucial time allows faculty to reset and clean their classroom spaces and prepare for the next round of students. The Mid-Day Care Lead will provide a consistent face for the campers, too. This position will report to the Youth Programs Associate. We have 2 age groups: (Ages 8-11), (Ages 12-18).

Essential Job Functions include but are not limited to:

  1. Assist in the direction, supervision, and organization of campers to and from their classrooms for Mid-Day break. 
    1. Assures campers are properly supervised at all times.
    2. Be aware of and implement safety guidelines, including ensuring physical distancing, mask-wearing, and other covid-19 protocols.
  2. Maintain high standards of health and safety in all activities for campers and staff.
    1. Provide the daily care of each camper within your supervision including recognition of personal health needs.
    2. Be alert to campers’ needs and assist them with basic needs when appropriate, such as providing PPE (provided by The Crucible), water, escorting, etc. 
    3. Be alert to equipment and facilities to ensure utilization, proper care, and maintenance is adhered to; report accidents, injuries, spills, or repairs needed promptly to our studio or appropriate staff
  3. Be a role model to campers and staff in your attitude and behavior.
    1. Follow and uphold all safety and security rules and procedures.
    2. Set a good example to campers and others in regard to general camp procedures and practices 
  4. Represent The Crucible when interacting with parents or community members during pick up and drop off 

Position Requirements 

  • High School Diploma or GED; or must be actively working towards a High School diploma
  • 1+ years working in youth development i.e. at a camp environment or coaching/teaching children preferred
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities and responsibility skills.
  • Patient, enthusiastic, and dependable.
  • Work well with others and follow directions.
  • Familiar with current youth development and management best practices.
  • Ability to walk and stand for long periods of time.
  • Work independently on projects, anticipate what needs to be done, and take action without being asked.
  • Take initiative, follow and give instructions, and learn quickly with a positive attitude and sense of humor.
  • Have an exceptional and cooperative work ethic, excellent communication skills, and the ability to rise to the occasion with a positive attitude when unexpected tasks need to be completed.
  • Interact with all age levels.
  • Communicate and work with groups participating (age and skill levels) and provide necessary instruction to campers and staff.
  • Observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior-management techniques.
  • Physical ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring first aid. Must be able to assist campers in an emergency (fire, evacuation, illness, or injury) and possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers.

How to Apply 

Please email cover letter, resume, and three reference contacts (PDF format) to human.resources@thecrucible.org 

Subject line: Mid-Day Care Lead

No faxes or calls please! 

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. 

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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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