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: Marketing Associate
Reports To: Acting Marketing Director
Status: Full-time, Non-Exempt
Salary: $23 per hour
Date: April 5, 2022

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!

Marketing Associate Job Summary 

The Marketing Associate reports to the Acting Marketing Director and works closely with Crucible staff to assist in projects designed to grow revenue and community engagement. The Marketing Associate will be responsible for creating and distributing messaging, collateral, and content through marketing channels, including social media, advertising, website, email marketing, and other digital, print, and in-person avenues. The Marketing Associate is responsible for sharing our social media content, making updates to the website, creating email content, managing our performance marketing channels, and identifying and executing on ways to connect with local media, community leaders, and key influencers to raise awareness and interest in Crucible programs.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Manage performance marketing and advertising on Facebook Business Manager, Pinterest, Nextdoor, TikTok, LinkedIn, and more
  • Manage email automations through Mailchimp and AutomateWoo, etc.
  • Create content for Art Guides; execute new Guides by gathering information from Crucible faculty and through independent research and flowing content to the site following Acting Marketing Director’s review
  • Post to Pinterest to increase traffic to Crucible site
  • Collect documentation for use in blogs, emails, social media, and print material, including photos, video, interviews, stories, and posts shared by community members
  • Create and send segmented emails
  • Work with the Acting Marketing Director to create and manage content calendars for email newsletters and social media
  • Create and schedule various social media posts on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and TikTok directly through platforms or through Sprout Social
  • Provide timely feedback for ongoing projects, i.e. video, print collateral, appeals, etc.
  • Add media to Dropbox following established naming conventions
  • Support the buildout of new web pages, blog posts, and event pages as needed
  • Support marketing automation and efficiency efforts
  • Work with Development department to support fundraising initiatives throughout the year
  • Collect and maintain data to inform revenue-earning opportunities
  • Help manage additions to the online store and check payments and sales through our online systems.
  • Check store entries in Salesforce.

Qualifications :

  • At least two years of marketing experience, preferably in an arts or other nonprofit setting
  • Highly organized with ability to work independently, meet deadlines, efficiently manage time, and prioritize multiple projects
  • Very comfortable learning new software and familiarity with systems such as Salesforce, MailChimp, WordPress, and Google Analytics
  • Exceptional written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills – you must be an excellent writer
  • High-level knowledge of marketing tactics, tools, and best practices with deeper knowledge of 1-2 areas
  • High-level skill in copywriting, photography, and videography with deeper knowledge of 1-2 areas
  • Experience with digital advertising and understanding of SEO
  • Experience managing multiple digital accounts
  • Ability to thrive in a high-pressure, fast-paced environment with positivity and flexibility
  • Professional and customer-focused with strong relationship-building skills
  • An “always learning” mindset
  • Passionate about The Crucible’s mission
  • College degree in relevant field is preferred
  • Experience with marketing automation software is preferred
  • Data analysis skills are preferred

This is a full-time, non-exempt position based in Oakland, California. Non-cash benefits include access to classes and flexible work schedule. 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 one), and three reference contacts to [email protected]

Subject line: Marketing Associate

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] 

Header: Development Consultant

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!

Role: Glass Blowing/Glass Coldworking/Glass Casting Instructors

Status: Non-Exempt, hourly, part-time

Reports to: Director of Programs

Pay: $20.00-$26.50 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 Crucible is looking to expand its glass faculty pool/family! As we begin to open our Hot Shop, we are excited to focus on making glass blowing more accessible to everyone in our community and we are looking for folks who are excited about our mission. The Crucible is prioritizing instructors who have experience, professional or lived, working with BIPOC youth and community members, LGBTQIA youth and adults, and beginning students.

We are looking for instructors to teach beginning, intermediate and advanced glassblowing and all types of coldworking and glass casting at our 56,000-square-foot non-profit and industrial arts school in West Oakland. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are able to work as a part of a team to provide glass education and add to our high-spirited and inclusive studio environment. 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 artistic practice. 

Glass artists who can support this approach are welcome, as are those who appreciate both the creative and the healing experience of working in glass. 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 throughout 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 glass artists to TA a class so they can learn our curriculum, but then move them into lead and/or co-teaching. 

Pay: We pay $18.00  an hour for a Teaching Assistant role, and $25-$30 per hour for an instructor, based on experience and seniority. Occasionally, we are able to 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 each 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
  • Desire to cultivate a positive studio space that is inclusive and supportive of all people
  • Respect for everyone’s differences, approach, and creativity
  • A strong commitment to teaching, curriculum design and development, and collaboration 
  • Eager to learn/grow within the glass field
  • Good at exercising patience and has direct communication skills 
  • Ability to work long hours if necessary 
  • Ability to lift 30 lbs 

Responsibilities: 

  • Teach in an artistically diverse environment
  • Participate in departmental and faculty meetings
  • Develop and maintain area procedures and standards
  • Support The Crucible’s 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 curriculum

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, résumé, link to portfolio, or PDF file of images of your completed work to [email protected] Subject line: Glass 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 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’s 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’s 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, résumé, 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’s 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’s 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, “Off-Label” 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, résumé, 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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Faculty Openings

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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  • Why are you interested in working as a faculty member of The Crucible? What experience do you bring to the work?
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