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The Crucible is hiring a Director of Programs! 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.

This is a great opportunity for someone looking to make a huge impact at the largest industrial arts nonprofit in the country.

See the complete job description for the Director of Programs and details on how to apply below.

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2022 Director of Programs Job Description

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


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.


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.


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


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
Subject line: Director of Programs
No faxes or calls, please!

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