Part-Time Sign & Craft Maker

About Us
Dandelion Chocolate is a bean-to-bar chocolate factory in San Francisco’s Mission District. We make chocolate from only two ingredients, cocoa beans and cane sugar, and travel to origins as often as we can to build good, trusting relationships with the producers who grow and ferment our beans. Now we’re seeking a part-time Print & Craft Maker to bring those chocolate experiences and relationships to life through beautifully crafted, handmade signage, menus, information sheets, and more. 

About the Role
While other businesses might send their signage to a print shop, we still make many of our materials by hand. We like to tell stories, teach classes, and provide curated experiences. Between our Events, Education, PR, Kitchen, Cafe, Sales, Facilities, and Retail teams we’re constantly making signs, menus, booklets, cards, and retail displays. You’ll be responsible for handling all of the printing and production requests within a kind, fast-paced team who loves (LOVES!) detail. And if you like crafts, you’re in luck! While much of this role includes printing and cutting, we also work with glue, exacto knives, spray paint, and lots of bow-tying. Guests might not be able to pinpoint exactly why the Dandelion Chocolate experience feels special though your handiwork and thoughtfulness is everywhere from the up-to-date chalkboard, to the custom menu for a special event, to the bean-to-bar information sheets available in four languages. This part-time role starts at $18/hour. 

About You
If you’re looking for a low-stress, part-time position with a kind, fun, zero-drama team, this might be the perfect role for you. Our ideal candidate is the consummate craftsman who can futz with cranky printers, set up photo equipment, calibrate a paper trimmer, and, in general, create beauty from paper, foam core, tape, wood, and paint. Your fastidious eye spots when a label is off-kilter, a retail stand wobbles, or when a printer is misaligned. We prioritize and batch our work so if you happen to have a favorite podcast or playlist, you can easily zen out while printing and folding a hundred menus or booklets. Thursdays and Fridays tend to be our busiest days though there’s flexibility to come in earlier in the week too. 

Responsibilities:
  • Physical Construction: Build prototypes, cut signs, photograph new products, build mock retail displays, and oversee printing so we can deliver high-quality artwork ahead of deadlines.
  • Print Shop: Take ownership of the upkeep and maintenance of our printers. If you hear a new whir or sputter, report it so we avoid future downtime. If the cutter seems dull, let someone know so we can order a new blade. In the future, you’ll also be working with our new paper cutting machine to trim booklets and menus.
  • Proofreading: All of our materials are proofread before they reach you. That said, we always appreciate another check for accuracy, grammatical errors, and awkwardly split lines to avoid waste.
  • Supply Management: Regularly audit supplies and report when we’re low on paper, toner, or other materials to minimize schedule delays. Keep workspace organized so it’s easy to find materials. Use paper and products to their potential to avoid unnecessary waste.
  • Adhere to Best Safety Practices: We take safety very seriously. This role has a physical component which requires proper lifting (up to 50 lbs), wearing respirators when working with paint, storing items so that heavier items are on bottom, using stepladders, and being aware of potential hazards when working with machines. Please be safe!
  • Time Management: Ask for team feedback far enough in advance so that if edits are required, there’s still time to make corrections. Though we try to batch requests, you’ll likely know how to best maximize task time -- for instance, prioritizing any tasks that need to happen before the mail pick-up.
  • Deliveries: Occasionally you might be asked to deliver items to our neighborhood vendors or pick up paper at a supply store when we’re in a pinch. 
  • Bonus: Extra bonus points if you sew, have beautiful penmanship, impeccable grammar, or are a math whiz!
  • Other tasks as necessary

Requirements
  • Thursday & Friday Availability:  Thursdays and Fridays tend to be our busiest days and we’re looking for schedules that accommodate 4-5 hours Thursdays and Fridays. We’re flexible about your availability the remainder of the week. Our ideal candidate could work 4-6 hours 3-5 days a week.
  • Detail-Oriented: If you don’t like detail and perfection, this isn’t the role for you. If you derive joy from seeing signs aligned and retail shelves in meticulous order, you’ll find yourself in good company here.
  • Proactive: Beyond your own tasklist, look out for the team and proactively ask how you can help. During the holidays, we tend to have even more last-minute requests and we always appreciate someone who offers to pitch in proactively.
  • Team Player: You look beyond individual tasks to what is best for the team and organization. You can take feedback, ask for help when necessary, and even under a deadline, remain positive and adaptable. 
  • Vendor & Collaborator Ambassador: We wouldn’t be where we are today without our network of vendors and collaborators; they are valuable virtual members of our team. We can depend upon your unflappable professionalism when working outside the organization. Even when they make a mistake or fall behind schedule, you offer feedback with tact and goodwill, never burning bridges. Because of you, our partner relationships grow stronger each year. 
  • Technical Adaptability: You don’t need to be a technical genius, though you should feel comfortable using new tools, trying new techniques, and not being afraid to ask questions. We use Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop. Opening those files and performing simple operations (Export, Save As, turning on and off layers, etc) is part of this role.

Benefits 
Dandelion Chocolate constantly invests in its people and culture. We offer excellent perks including subsidized medical, vision, and dental benefits as well as the option to enroll in our 401k program. Hourly employees receive paid vacation time and sick time. In addition, our team members enjoy commuter benefits, flexible spending accounts, and lots of chocolate tasting opportunities.

To Apply
Please email jobs@dandelionchocolate.com with a copy of your resume and a cover letter. You’ll stand out from the crowd if you include one or two sentences detailing a favorite crafting project. We do our best to respond to all serious candidates within 7-14 days. We look forward to hearing from you!

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