Would Works,

Workshop Leader

1 month ago
Employment type
Part Time
Los Angeles

POSITION TITLE: Workshop Leader
REPORTS TO: Program Director
WORK AREA: Indoor/Outdoor Woodshop in Cypress Park
HOURS: Part-time/Non-Exempt, 8 hours per week (occasional opportunities to work extra days)
COMPENSATION: $25/hr non-exempt

ABOUT THE COMPANY: Would Works is a non-profit social enterprise that empowers unhoused people or people living in poverty to work towards a financial goal while learning hands-on skills in woodworking. Would Works produces a line of solid wood, customizable homewares, which it sells through its online store and to wholesale vendors. All proceeds from the sales support our programming and our artisans to help them achieve their financial goals.

PURPOSE AND SCOPE: The Workshop Leader will be in charge of facilitating the weekly workshops and creating a culture of collaboration and empowerment, while meeting specific production goals. The Workshop Leader trains the Artisans in sanding, finishing, branding, packaging, and some light machining of wood products. The workshop leader ensures that the Artisans are working in a clean, healthy and supportive environment, and communicates with the Director about questions with Artisans that may arise during the workshops. The Workshop Leader performs quality control of products and facilitates packaging, shipping, or local delivery of orders. The Workshop Leader reports to the Director.

WORK LOCATION AND CONDITIONS: Would Works woodshop at 2620 N Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90065 and some off-site installation of special projects may occur. Work is strenuous and requires an ability to work on one’s feet for multiple hours in a row.

CLASSIFICATION: The position is a part-time, non-exempt employee of Would Works, is employed at-will, and reports directly to the Program Director. As a non-exempt employee, the Workshop Leader must receive pre-approval in writing to work more than 40 hours in any given week and 8 hours in any given day. As an employee of Would Works, the Workshop Leader is subject to the policies and procedures outlined in the Employee Handbook.


In order to manage the organization’s functions, the Workshop Leader performs many different tasks. Your duties and responsibilities will include (but not limited to:): supervision and management, goal setting, tracking Artisan hours, some shipping and handling, occasional order deliveries or material transportation.

Workshop Supervision

  • Establish a clean and healthy work environment for artisans, including ergonomic workstations, good dust collection, and regular shop clean up
  • Teach artisans how to safely and effectively sand, apply finish, brand, and package products
  • Create clear and realistic production goals for each day and help the artisans meet those goals
  • Report production progress to the Director on a weekly basis
  • Communicate with hosts at office42 architecture to ensure respectful use of the space especially communal spaces such as bathroom, courtyard and backyard area

General Duties

  • Additional duties as assigned


  • Sound knowledge of wood working techniques, machines, and materials
  • Strong leadership skills, collaborative team player
  • Experience working with the unhoused population, people experiencing poverty, people with compromised mental or physical health
  • Positive attitude with a customer service mindset, excellent interpersonal skills and ability to relate and interact with diverse clientele
  • Self motivated self-starter who is able to identify initial and next steps needed and performs well without day-to-day oversight.
  • Flexible schedule and ability to scale hours up and down based on demand of specific projects
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Extremely organized and detail-oriented
  • Ability to balance multiple competing projects and priorities
  • Exceptional time management and prioritization skills
  • Comfortable navigating responsibilities with limited direction among multiple stakeholders
  • Proficient computer application skills including Word, Excel, Adobe
  • Illustrator, and Lightburn and basic 3D design software applications.
  • Experience with laser cutter and other digital fabrication technology


  • At least 2 years of experience in wood fabrication or design
  • At least 2 years of experience in leadership/supervisory role
  • Experience working with unhoused population

Would Works is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Qualified Applicants with Criminal Histories will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with the requirements of the California Consumer Reporting Agencies Act and Los Angeles’s Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.

Would Works encourages all applicants to apply and seeks to hire qualified staff who reflect the rich diversity of the communities we serve. We define diversity in broad terms to include race, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, geography, socio-economic status and other unique attributes that make us who we are.

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