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Development Director
The Crucible

Oakland, CA

The Crucible, Northern California’s most innovative and diverse industrial arts education center, seeks a creative, dynamic, Development Director with experience managing and coordinating all aspects of fundraising; energy to put new and proven ideas into play; and excitement about our unique programs and value to the community.  Approximately $1 million of our annual contributed income results from fundraising strategies that inspire support from individuals, corporations, foundations, and other sources.

In close collaboration with the Executive Director, Development Committee, Board of Directors and a collegial staff, the Development Director plays a key role in identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major donors to achieve the goals of the organization, including aligning fundraising efforts with a new strategic plan.

The Crucible is a non-profit educational collaboration of arts, industry, and community. We offer a thrilling range of industrial arts instruction and experience to more than 5,000 students of all ages every year. Our curriculum is designed to promote creative expression, reuse of materials, and innovative design, and our programs attract working artists, tradespeople, youth and adults from around the greater Bay Area and beyond.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Director is responsible for overseeing fundraising, cultivation and stewardship events; the membership program, and member benefits.  The Development Director supervises the Development Associate and part-time grant writer.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Plan, administer, implement and refine all fundraising activities of The Crucible
  • Develop annual and long-range fundraising plans in collaboration with the Executive Director
  • Research, cultivate, and directly solicit individual and corporate sponsorships and major gifts, working with the Executive Director and Board, as appropriate
  • Coordinate the donor experience at Crucible events and galas in collaboration with the event manager and production staff
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with the philanthropic community, individual and corporate donors, sponsors, board members and volunteers
  • Maintain a proactive, creative leadership role in the identification, cultivation, solicitation and tracking corporate, foundation and government grants
  • Provide regular, detailed, accurate and timely reports on fundraising activity to the Executive Director, Development Committee, Board of Directors and others
  • Manage the development department in a fiscally sound manner by ensuring that the appropriate systems, staffing, and procedures are in place to support fundraising goals
  • Manage and oversee the Development Associate’s performance in the areas of grant-writing and reporting, the annual membership program, database management, and donor stewardship

Required Qualifications:

  • A passion for the arts and education
  • A shared sense of mission to inspire creativity in everyone
  • At least five years of proven experience managing a complex fundraising program in a non-profit arts and education organization with a reputation for quality and excellence
  • A successful track record of personally identifying, cultivating and soliciting individuals, corporations and foundations
  • Experience crafting and implementing a comprehensive development plan
  • A record of measurable results in organizing and implementing such activities as: major gifts, annual gifts, grant-writing, corporate and foundation grants, direct mail and special events
  • Demonstrated experience in creating and managing budgets, forecasting and reporting
  • Computer and Internet literacy (Mac environment) with knowledge of standard office applications, FileMaker Pro and other database programs
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Excellent organizational, verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience in developing and implementing procedures

  • Ability to multi-task and manage competing priorities and a diverse workload, while achieving results
  • Detail-oriented and highly organized
  • Fluency with non-profit accounting rules and procedures
  • A high degree of initiative and independent judgment
  • Ability to tactfully and effectively deal with the public, staff at all levels, and board members in a personable and professional manner

Working Conditions:

The work is performed in an informal office environment in our 56,000 s/f, West Oakland industrial arts studio facility.  The position requires availability for extended hours, including occasional evenings and weekends.  The work requires the ability to operate standard business office equipment, communicate and exchange information, collect, compile and prepare work documents, and establish and maintain work files.

To Apply:

  • E-mail: cover letter, resume and three reference contacts to
  • Subject line: Development Director
  • Please supply your information in PDF format.
  • No faxes, calls or drop-ins please.

The Crucible is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, gender, national or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation or physical disability.


Deadline: 04-15-2015

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