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  • Full Time
  • St. Louis City
  • Salary: $42,000 - $47,000
  • Organization Type: Art/Culture

Craft Alliance

Craft Alliance is a nonprofit visual arts organization nurturing and inspiring creativity as we educate and enrich our community through contemporary craft. Nationally recognized as one of the premier craft organizations in the country, Craft Alliance is the only organization of its kind in the region solely dedicated to contemporary craft. Craft Alliance offers classes in craft techniques, artist residencies, community programs, exhibitions, and a gallery shop. Relocated in 2020 to 5080 Delmar Blvd. and now occupying 15,000 square feet of beautiful creative space, Craft Alliance is part of the emerging Delmar Maker District in St. Louis. Craft Alliance has studios for ceramics, metals, blacksmithing, fibers, glass, wood, print and paper arts, and an Artists-in-Residence program.

Craft Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Research shows that people from historically excluded communities apply to jobs only when they check every box in the posting. If you’re currently reading this and hesitating to apply for that reason, we encourage you to go for it! Let us know how your lived experience and passion set you apart.

The Community Programs Manager is responsible for designing, organizing, facilitating, and evaluating all community programs. Programs should provide exposure, enrichment, and education in craft techniques to students of all ages and skill levels through a broad range of experiences onsite and offsite. Community Programs Manager works with a core group of faculty members and collaborates broadly with members of the Education department.

Strong Candidates Will Have:
Master’s degree in art education, art therapy, visual arts with teaching experience or comparable overall experience. Minimum requirement is Bachelor of Arts with two years work experience.
2-3 years experience in community programming, education/arts education related fields, or program administration.
Two years minimum teaching experience with a variety of students in both traditional and
non-traditional settings.
Experience or background in craft or visual arts.
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Strong organizational skills.
Strong resource and time management skills.
Demonstrated ability to plan and implement programs or projects.
Office computer skills (Microsoft Suite, Google Workspace).
The ability to travel within the St. Louis region.
The ability to work evenings and weekends as needed.

Design, staff, and supervise ongoing core community programsFree Family Saturdays, a studio experience for youth and families
Crafting a Future, a studio and portfolio experience for high school students
ArtSmarts, a studio experience field trip for area schools
School Residencies, in-depth studio experiences with
Sumner High School and other select schools
Other community programs and projects on and off-site
Create and submit material needs, repair needs, and studio inventories with the Facilities Manager and Studio Technician in a timely manner.
Work with partners in developing and creating contracts for partnership programs.
Recruit and review applications for Crafting a Future.
Collaborate with the Education team on building outreach opportunities to new communities.
Prepare and share programming numbers, evaluations, and appropriate data with the Development department to meet grantors’ requirements.
Code and submit invoices, receipts and purchase orders in a timely fashion to the Finance Department.
Collaborate with the Director of Education in establishing a budget and expense tracking for the Community Programs unit.
Attends all Education meetings and staff meetings.
Researches local community events and organizes and facilitates a Craft Alliance presence at community events, festivals, or other partnerships. Trains volunteers to facilitate. Coordinates with appropriate departments for marketing collateral or supplies.
Communicates regularly with schools and educators on program expectations, travel, and logistics for Community Programs.
Recruits and staffs ongoing instructor needs both onsite and off.
Notifies and tracks students who are approved for financial assistance and or scholarships. Works with the Registrar on registering students.
Programmatic support as assigned, including but not limited to: Substituting for Teachers (Community Programs), on-site facilitation of programs and mural installations, and hosting Third Friday, assistance with Education-based programming activities.

Reports to the Education Director.
Community Programs is a unit within the Education department that includes studios, tuition-based programs, and the artist-in-residence program.
Supervises Community Programs teaching artists and faculty.
Regular communication with Studio Technician and Registrar on scheduling and studio needs.
Regular communications with the Marketing and Design Manager and Advancement Coordinator on advertising needs, programmatic grants, and reporting.

Benefits include:
Salary Range: $42,000 – $47,000
Paid Time Off days (includes sick leave and vacation time) and major holidays
Employer pays a percentage of individual insurance (health, dental, vision)
401K retirement plan with employee match
Discount on purchases in the gallery and shop
Tuition Waivers and discounts on adult classes, workshops, and camps


To apply, please email the following documents to with the subject line: Community Programs Manager Opportunity

Cover Letter
Three Professional references–Please include name, relationship, and phone number.

For more information about our organization, please explore our website at and job post at

Craft Alliance is located at 5080 Delmar Blvd in St. Louis, MO.