About the Museum

The Museum of Craft and Design (MCD) makes creativity accessible to everyone.

The Museum of Craft and Design is the only museum in San Francisco devoted to craft and design. Founded in 2004, MCD showcases designers, makers and artists through an exciting and distinctive series of craft and design-focused exhibitions and public programs. As a non-collecting institution, the museum actively collaborates with artists, designers, museums and universities, as well as design venues and practitioners to create inspirational experiences in the world of craft and design for visitors of all ages.


Manifesto

You’re bold. You question the conventional notion of art. You are inspired by creativity that stirs the soul. And you value designers, makers and artists who are risk takers and seek to inspire the world. Visual culture thrives at the Museum of Craft and Design. We bring you the work of the hand, mind and heart. We are building a path to the future of creative expression.

Photo: Matthew Millman

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Mission

Through inspired exhibitions and experiential programs, MCD explores the creative process and current perspectives in craft and design.

History

2019

Celebrating 15 years, the Museum of Craft and Design has welcomed over a half a million visitors from across the globe. Known for its bold and innovative exhibitions and inspiring MakeArt programs for all ages, MCD marks this important milestone with DESIGN15, a year-long celebration connecting craft, design and community!

2018

MCD announces the launch of MAKE, an after-hours event on the third Thursday of most months, offering a range of dynamic programming, including artist happy hours, hands-on activities and local vendor pop-ups. We also, kicked off MakeArt Family Days, an evolution of MCD’s signature MakeArt programs designed for visitors of all ages. These first Saturday events feature tactile materials introductions for toddlers, guided activities for kids, gallery tours and in-gallery drop-in projects for families.

2015

MCD Parklet opens, considered “the benchmark of Parklets” by SF Planning Department. MCD’s website, sfmcd.org, gets a new look and feel!

2013

Our new home is at 2569 Third Street in the American Industrial Center and opened to the public in April 2013. Our new location allows us to expand our exhibition space and to build our first-ever dedicated space for public programming, including our popular MakeArt workshops.

2012

In February 2012, MCD announces a move to the historic Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco.

2010

In the fall of 2010, MCD launches the first of a series of pop-up museums—exhibitions, educational programs, and retail store—in temporary locations throughout San Francisco while searching for a building to purchase as a permanent home.

2004

The Museum of Craft and Design opened on Sutter Street, in San Francisco’s Union Square District, as the San Francisco Museum of Craft+Design.

Staff

  • Likes good cigars and bringing people together

    JoAnn Edwards Executive Director

  • Likes art, family, and ocean air

    Tracy Bays-Boothe Associate Director

  • Likes environmental science and making art

    Carrie Conover Educator

  • Likes dachshunds and design

    Caroline Holley Development Manager

  • Likes basketball and space

    Harry Galiano Education Coordinator

  • Likes picnics and meticulous playlists

    Nina Gomez Marketing and Communication Assistant

  • Likes thrift stores and karaoke

    Christina Humphreys Development Assistant

  • Likes snowboarding and tarot

    Charlotte Jones Education Director

  • Likes anything that sparkles.

    Clarissa Kalman Business Director

  • Likes reading biographies on women in history

    Natasha Kleit Assistant Registrar

  • Likes hangin' in the hills and reading to kiddos.

    Debra Lande Store Manager / Buyer

  • Likes SCUBA Diving and Skateboarding

    Tito Rodriguez Assistant Store Manager

  • Likes wine and playing soccer

    Sarah Beth Rosales Marketing and Communications Director

  • Likes Doggies + Cats, Crystallized Cheeses and Indoor Gardening

    Jen Moser-Villaseñor Operations and Administrative Manager

  • Likes hiking, cheese, and 70s color palettes.

    Ariel Zaccheo Assistant Curator

Board of Directors

Neil O’Donnell, Chair

Babette Pinsky, Vice Chair

Andy Astor, Treasurer

Peggy Dalal, Secretary

Fred Bould

Kelly Koski

Marcia Lavine

Joy Ou

Dorrian Porter

Christopher Rolletta

Suzanne Scott

Leah Segawa

Diane Tucker

Gretchen Wustrack

 

Board Members Emeritus
David Gauger, Steven B. Kaplan, Ken Riding, Phil Schlein, Paul Smith (deceased), Barbara Waldman, and Jenn Carroll Wilson (deceased)

National Advisory Board

Ronald Abramson

Glenn Adamson

Lisa Bayne Astor

Robin Azevedo

Sylvia Bennett

Linda Brownrigg

Ted Cohen

Donald Fortescue

Lloyd Herman

Gary Hutton

Janet Koplos

Wendy Maruyama

Josh Oliver

Steven H. Oliver

Michael Osborne

Joanne Rapp

Dorothy Saxe

Nancy Selvin

Elizabeth Shypertt

Jamienne Studley

Bernice Wollman

Ronald C. Wornick

Opportunities


Become a Volunteer

Volunteering at MCD is a wonderful way participate by nourishing the community with creativity!
Sign up to be part of our volunteer community and help us to serve the diverse population of the San Francisco Bay Area. As a volunteer, you will assist with hands-on craft and design activities for kids and adults, speaker series program and special events.

Many of these programs are on the weekends and evenings so they can fit into your schedule.

For more information please Email volunteer@sfmcd.org

 

 


 Job Opportunities

The Museum of Craft and Design seeks out qualified candidates who are passionate about contemporary craft and design. We are an equal opportunity employer.


Title: Education Coordinator

Full-time, non-exempt; Monday–Friday schedule, some nights and weekends required. Currently in-person/remote work hybrid. Weekly days subject to shift post-COVID restrictions.

Under the supervision of the Education Director, the Education Coordinator assists with the administrative coordination and creative production of MCD’s educational efforts. In addition, the Education Coordinator will serve as the primary point person for the recruitment and scheduling of the Museum’s docent and volunteer program.

  •  Assists the Education Director with the production, implementation, promotion, and evaluation of MCD’s public programs, Corp Craft private events, and educational offerings
  • Under the direction of the Education Director, ensures the successful implementation of virtual and on and off-site programming; serves as day-of coordinator for in-house signature programs
  • Creates creative hands-on project prototypes and authors instructional materials for all ages, including written, visual, and video formats
  • Serves as the primary contact for inquiries regarding program registration, tours, and event information via phone and email
  • Promptly collects and accurately enters program attendance and registration data in MCD’s Altru database system, updating inconsistencies, missing, or incorrect data
  • Assists in tracking of expenses, expenditures, and revenue for the education department
  • Liaises with Education Director and Business Director to submit honoraria and programs stipends requests, ensuring that payments are delivered in a timely manner
  • Creates and regularly monitors the education department’s supply inventory, including management of supply storage and organization
  • Packs and unpacks education kits/program supplies provided to MCD Educators, docents, and volunteers
  • Coordinates Mobile MakeArt Kit assembly, documentation, and distribution
  • Assists in Mobile MakeArt research, outreach, and implementation with local schools, libraries, and community centers
  • Assists in the preparation of education department reports for Board and Committee meetings as requested
  • Collaborates with Education Director and Marketing and PR team to develop content for web, print, email, and social media marketing of programs and events, populating Altru event calendar, Facebook events, and website
  • Coordinates communication of pre-event details and follow-up correspondence between MCD and program collaborators, as needed
  • Partners with colleagues to provide data and content for sponsorship and grant efforts
  • Assists in the development and adherence to best educational practices and departmental policies
  • Assists with on-going program and visitor evaluation projects

With the understanding that COVID-19 restrictions will alter the in-person events, tours, and programs landscape:

  • Under the supervision of the Education Director, assists in the successful development, recruitment, training, and evaluation of MCD’s docent program, both in-gallery and within the virtual space, to ensure positive, interactive student and visitor experiences
  • Recruits and coordinates docents and volunteers for the museum in support of programs and initiatives at the museum, online, and in collaboration with relevant departments
  • Actively posts and promotes volunteer opportunities with relevant websites, services, and educational institutions
  • Ensures programs requiring volunteers are adequately staffed, provides relevant and detailed information to staff and volunteers in advance of events
  • Serves as primary contact for student and student group visits to the museum, responding promptly to inquiries and scheduling oneself or docents to lead tours (virtual or otherwise) of the museum
  • Organizes and facilitates quarterly volunteer onboarding/appreciation events (as is possible)
  • Additional duties as required

  • Bachelor’s degree in Art, Art History, Art Education, Museum Studies or related field and 1-3 years experience with non-profit arts education programs, or an equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Creative eye and artistic confidence
  • Knowledge of design thinking, object-based learning, inquiry-based learning, and K-12 curriculum standards a plus
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to balance priorities and meet deadlines in a fast-paced office
  • Possesses excellent written, organizational, speaking, and interpersonal skills
  • Highly proficient in the use of computers and software applications, including database management; the ability to learn new applications and platforms for the socially distanced, digital age
  • Demonstrated outgoing personality with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Possesses a positive attitude, initiative, sound judgment, and ability to work independently as well as in team environment
  • Valid California driver’s license

The physical requirements described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand and walk; sit for long periods of time; bending, reaching, pushing, pulling, climbing a step ladder, and maintain a professional and business-like demeanor and appearance as well as reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 lbs.

The Museum of Craft and Design is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse work environment. Under the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider employment for qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

To apply, please visit indeedjobs.com/museum-of-craft-and-design/jobs. Interested candidates should include a resume and cover letter with your application. No phone calls please. Due to the anticipated number of applicant’s, only those candidates selected for further review will be contacted. The position will be open until filled.


Title: Gallery Ambassador / Museum Guard

Gallery Ambassadors fulfill two important public-facing roles at the Museum of Craft and Design by creating an environment that is safe, welcoming, and accessible to all guests and by safeguarding art in our galleries from damage and theft.

  • Monitors museum entrances and public spaces, ensuring visitors are abiding by museum guidelines for entry and safety guidelines
  • Proactively monitors and circulates throughout the galleries for the safety and security of artwork and visitors
  • Actively safeguards art against damage, theft, and vandalism by maintaining a mindful and attentive presence in the galleries
  • Provides visitors with a positive museum experience; answering questions about exhibitions, the museum, events, and membership opportunities while diplomatically upholding museum policies
  • Ensures patron safety by administering emergency procedures when necessary; assists with emergency response situations according to museum policies
  • Promptly reports all suspicious conditions or persons; provides descriptions of potential violators of museum policies, accident reports, and hazardous conditions
  • Ensures Opening and Closing procedures checklists are completed daily including inspection of art and facilities and the monitoring of gallery electronics/ interactive materials; promptly reports concerns to supervisor

  • Assists with crowd management as needed; available for special off-site events as needed
  • Assists with gallery and visitor evaluations as requested
  • Attends security and emergency procedure trainings as necessary
  • Act as back-up store staff while store staff is on break
  • Assists with the set-up and breakdown of equipment for events
  • Other duties as assigned

  • Possesses excellent interpersonal skills, initiative, sound judgment, positive attitude, and the ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
  • Willingness to learn museum policies and calmly respond to emergency procedures
  • Maintains professional and business-like demeanor and appearance
  • Remains alert, vigilant, and engaged at all times regardless of work volume fluctuations
  • Ability to work within defined post and stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds
  • Prior experience in a museum environment or security role preferred

MCD is now seeking candidates for the following shifts:

Weekday Shift
Wednesday – Friday, 10 am – 6 pm

Weekend Shift
Saturdays, 10 am – 6 pm
Sundays, Noon- 5 pm

Additional hours may be required as needed.

The physical requirements described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand and walk; sit for long periods of time; bending, reaching, pushing, pulling, climbing a step ladder, and maintain a professional and business-like demeanor and appearance as well as reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 lbs.

The Museum of Craft and Design is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse work environment. Under the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider employment for qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

To apply, please visit indeedjobs.com/museum-of-craft-and-design/jobs. Interested candidates should include a resume and cover letter with your application. No phone calls please. Due to the anticipated number of applicant’s, only those candidates selected for further review will be contacted. The position will be open until filled.


Title: Museum Store Associate
Part time

Assist visitors with purchasing admission and merchandise in the Museum Store. Restock, tag, and display products in the store/storeroom as instructed by store manager. Must be reliable, friendly, trustworthy, interested in contemporary craft and design, and participate in Museum events as needed. Prior retail experience preferred. Mac savvy, quick learner. We use the Altru POS system.

  • Associates Degree in a related field and/or equivalent work experience
  • Three to five years of relevant experience involving project management and operation and maintenance of non-profit or commercial facilities
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to balance priorities and meet deadlines in a fast-paced setting
  • Possesses excellent written, organizational, speaking and interpersonal skills
  • Highly proficient in the use of computers and software applications, including database management; ability to learn new applications quickly upon hire
  • Demonstrated outgoing personality with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Possesses a positive attitude, initiative, sound judgment, and ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule as needed including some nights and weekends
  • Ability to respond quickly to urgent security, building service and utility needs

The physical requirements described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand and walk; sit for long periods of time; bending, reaching, pushing, pulling, climbing a step ladder, and maintain professional and business-like demeanor and appearance as well as reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 lbs.

The Museum of Craft and Design is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse work environment. To apply, please visit indeedjobs.com/museum-of-craft-and-design/jobs. Interested candidates should include a resume and cover letter with your application. No phone calls please. Due to the anticipated number of applicant’s, only those candidates selected for further review will be contacted. The position will be open until filled.

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