About the Museum

The Museum of Craft and Design (MCD) 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

The Museum of Craft and Design (MCD) develops and presents engaging exhibitions and educational programs that explore and define the role of craft and design in our dynamically changing global culture, encouraging our audience to see the world differently.

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

  • Raluca Anchidin Gallery Ambassador

  • Likes chocolate and Scotch.

    Ted Cohen Exhibition Designer

  • Likes environmental science and making art

    Carrie Conover Educator

  • Likes dachshunds and design

    Caroline Holley Development Manager

  • Likes watching documentaries and making greeting cards

    Emma Doctors Administrative Coordinator

  • Museum of Craft and Design Store Associate

    Likes ballet and lemon baked goods

    Rain Cruz Store Associate

  • Likes architecture and the culinary arts

    Francisco Garcia Store Associate

  • Likes snowboarding and crafts.

    Charlotte Jones Education and Programs Manager

  • Likes anything that sparkles.

    Clarissa Kalman Business Director

  • Likes reading biographies on women in history

    Natasha Kleit Assistant Registrar

  • Likes thrift stores and making art

    Christina Humphreys Development Assistant

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

    Debra Lande Store Manager / Buyer

  • Likes wine and playing soccer

    Sarah Beth Rosales Marketing and Communications Director

  • Likes making cards, hikes and studying museum access

    Rachel Shipps Education Assistant

  • Claire Sorosky Gallery Ambassador

  • Likes Math rock, Chindogu and Danish design

    James Swenson Operations Manager

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

    Ariel Zaccheo Assistant Curator

Board of Directors

Dorrian Porter, Chair

Andy Astor, Treasurer

Peggy Dalal, Secretary

Fred Bould

Marcia Lavine

Joy Ou

Babette Pinsky

Kendall Riding

Christopher Rolletta

Suzanne Scott

Leah Segawa

Gretchen Wustrack

 

Board Members Emeritus
David Gauger, Steven B. Kaplan, Ken Riding, Phil Schlein and Barbara Waldman

National Advisory Board

Ronald Abramson

Glenn Adamson

Lisa Bayne Astor

Sylvia Bennett

Linda Brownrigg

Ted Cohen

Donald Fortescue

Andrew Glasgow

Marc Grainer

Lloyd Herman

Robyn Horn

Gary Hutton

Janet Koplos

Wendy Maruyama

Josh Oliver

Steven H. Oliver

Michael Osborne

Joanne Rapp

Dorothy Saxe

Nancy Selvin

Elizabeth Shypertt

Paul J. Smith

Jamienne Studley

Isabel Wade

Jenn Carroll Wilson

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

Internships

The Museum of Craft and Design is currently accepting applications for Spring 2019 Internships, with a proposed start date of March 26.  

Interested applicants should be university students or recent graduates and must be willing to contribute a minimum of 8 to 10 hours of service per week. MCD internships are unpaid and require a three to six-month commitment.

 

(Three-month paid internship beginning June 2019)

Under the direction of the Assistant Curator, curatorial interns will work closely with MCD staff in curatorial research, production of interpretive gallery materials and exhibition evaluation at the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco. Additionally, curatorial interns will assist with the development, implementation, and promotion of research and training materials for the museum’s staff and docent teams. Specific project-based work will include:

In-Gallery Interpretive Materials
The intern will gather research for upcoming exhibitions for the purpose of in-gallery and online interpretive materials for the exhibitions Survival Architecture and Linda Gass: and then this happened…. Projects may involve original research, interviews with artists, curators, as well as traditional research methods and work with the museum’s design team.

Docent Training Guide
In partnership with the museum’s curatorial and education departments, the intern will gather research and assist in the creation of docent guides and training materials for MCD staff and volunteers in support of upcoming exhibitions. The intern will assist in staff and docent trainings as well as have opportunities to lead gallery talks and tours of current exhibitions for the public.

Curatorial internships will begin June 3, 2019 and end August 30, 2019. Applicants must be willing to contribute 20-22 hours per week at the Museum of Craft and Design and will receive a stipend of $5000 (approximately $15 per hour).


Qualified Candidates:
Applicants who are enrolled in an accredited program at the graduate level or who have graduated in the past six months with a focus in studio craft, art/craft history, museum studies, or art education are eligible to apply. All applicants must be U.S. citizens.

How to Apply:
Applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, and the names of three professional or academic references to careers@sfmcd.org by April 8, 2019. Individuals who have received a Windgate Museum Internship in the past are not eligible for the 2019 internship program.

(Three-month unpaid internship beginning March 2019)

Under the guidance of MCD’s education staff, the Education and Public Programs Intern will assist in the preparation and implementation of MCD’s dynamic MAKE and MakeArt education programs both at the museum and at outreach venues across the Bay area. Interns will help plan, organize and lead educational tours and hands-on activities for visitors of all ages as well as assist in documentation and evaluation of programs. 

Qualified candidates will possess:

– Interest in art education, craft, and design
– Comfort with working with diverse audiences and ages
– Excellent verbal and written communication skills
– Ability to multi-task and handle routine office tasks
– Some weekend and evening shifts required

(Three to six-month unpaid internship beginning March 2019)

Under the guidance of the Marketing and Communications Director, the Marketing and Communications Intern will assist with the growth of MCD’s online and social media presence. Interns will assist with management of MCD’s content calendars and publishing to social media accounts, management of MCD’s Google Adwords, which includes creating and scheduling ad campaigns and tracking analytics, posting of MCD programs, events and exhibitions to affiliate sites and platforms, and assisting with updating and minor editing of sfmcd.org

Qualified candidates will possess:
– Interest in contemporary art, especially craft and design
– Experience with social media/ e-marketing platforms including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (preferably beyond personal use), as well as creating ads on social media platforms
– Experience with WordPress and html
-Proficient in Microsoft Office, Google Apps, Photoshop and/or Facebook Ads (advanced skills are a plus)
-Ability to multi-task and handle routine office tasks

(three-month unpaid internship beginning March 2019)
Under the guidance of the museum’s education staff and working closely with the Associate Director, the Visitor Experience and Evaluation Intern will assist in the collection of visitor data through observation, creation of questionnaires and interviews of museum visitors and the community, preparing summaries of evaluation findings, and assisting with both in-house and offsite programs and events.

Qualified candidates will possess:
– Interest in museum studies, arts education, marketing or behavioral sciences
– Comfort in working and communicating with diverse audiences and ages
– Excellent verbal and written communication skills
– Ability to multi-task and handle routine office tasks
– Some weekends and evenings required

(The MCD design internship is currently filled- check back for summer application dates.)

The Spring design intern will report to the Marketing and Communications Director and help with the research and development of a new museum store website and the future museum website. It will require research around successful themes and platforms, the ability to discuss the research and why certain designs are more successful as well as implementation through design and production as time permits.

Qualified candidates will possess:
–Interest in working in the arts-related field
–Experience with WordPress and Squarespace.
–Excellent knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite
–Photography skills are a plus

HOW TO APPLY
Applicants should send a letter of interest and resume to admin@sfmcd.org. Interns must be willing to contribute a minimum of 8 to 10 hours of service per week.


 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: Administrative Coordinator
Full-time

The Administrative Coordinator oversees all aspects of administrative coordination and logistics for the Museum of Craft and Design. The Administrative Coordinator’s primary role is to support the Executive Director, Associate Director and Business Director, performing a variety of routine to complex administrative, clerical and office duties. In addition, this position provides support and appropriate staffing for the successful production of an active public and private events calendar.

  • Oversees day-to-day administrative needs of the museum’s office; serves as point person for the development and effective implementation of general office procedures and interoffice communications
  • Opens the museum office daily, ensuring the upkeep of office and meeting spaces
  • Answers phones and manages incoming communications (email, phone, post) and directs to appropriate staff as needed; manages the email account for info@sfmcd
  • Assists with organizing meetings, notifies attendees and sends reminders on behalf of the Executive Director and Associate Director
  • Prepares agendas, correspondence, reports, and other requested documents as required by the Executive Director, Associate Director and Business Director, maintaining a high level of confidentiality
  • Assists in preparation for Board and Committee meetings; gathers staff reports for the Associate and Executive Director
  • Gathers minutes from Board of Directors meetings for signatures and maintains electronic and hard-copy archives
  • Prepares room and refreshments and provides administrative support for Board, Committee and community meetings as needed
  • Coordinates department expense reporting procedures; ensures invoices are reviewed and approved in a timely manner
  •  Implements and maintains effective management systems for the museum’s paper and electronic records, including accounting, insurance, contracts, etc.
  • Manages administrative office budget; ensures accurate and timely reporting
  • Deposits all checks and cash, records deposits, manages petty cash
  • In the absence of the Business Director, makes necessary payments as approved by senior staff
  • Organizes and prepares meeting spaces for conference calls and telecommunications, including logistical arrangements for domestic, international, and Skype calls
  • Organizes travel arrangements including airline, car, and hotel reservations as assigned
  • Manages incoming and outgoing mail and ensures mailing supplies are stocked
  • Liaises with Business Director and Associate Director to ensure smooth processing of accounts payable/receivable, tax documents, payroll and staff leave
  • Assists in data-entry and record keeping for various museum departments utilizing the museum’s database software (Altru)
  • Oversees and maintains inventory of office supplies including printer supplies, ink, etc.
  • Oversees daily upkeep of staff kitchen, refrigerators, and maintains inventory of snacks, beverages, utensils and serving goods
  • Answers doorbell for packages and welcome visitors for appointments

  • REQUIRED SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE
  • BA/BS degree and 2 years of high-level administrative experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience; executive assistant experience preferred
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to balance priorities and meet deadlines promptly in a fast-paced office
  • Ability to appropriately handle sensitive information and communications with staff, Board and stakeholders with integrity and confidentiality
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; possess strong writing, detail editing, and proofreading skills
  • Highly proficient in the use of computers and software applications, including database management; the ability to learn new applications upon hire
  • Possesses excellent interpersonal skills, initiative, sound judgment, positive attitude, and ability to work independently as well as in team environment
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule as needed including some nights and weekends

The Museum of Craft and Design is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse work environment. Applications must be submitted through Indeed.  No phone calls. Due to the anticipated number of applicants, 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.

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; use hands to handle or feel; reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 lbs.

  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Experience with POS system
  • Knowledge of retail procedures and operations

The Museum of Craft and Design is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse work environment. Please send resume and cover letter to careers@sfmcd.org, or mail to 2569 Third St, San Francisco, CA 94107. No phone calls please. Due to the anticipated number of applicants, only those candidates selected for further review will be contacted. The position will be open until filled.

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