Headlands Center for the Arts

Employment, Internship, & Volunteer Opportunities

Headlands Center for the Arts is dedicated to providing a supportive, creative and stimulating work environment where staff and interns are encouraged to reach their full potential and are recognized for their contributions to the organization.

Headlands Center for the Arts (Headlands) is non-profit organization located in a historic former military fort in the coastal wilderness of the Marin Headlands in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, a 15-minute drive north of San Francisco and a 15-minute walk from the picturesque Rodeo Beach.

Headlands’ has a fast-paced convivial work environment, with shared offices and collaborative workspaces in a beautiful natural setting. We offer regular staff hikes, creative excursions, and opportunities to connect with the dynamic community of artists we serve. Headlands’ staff members are also invited to participate in our organic dinner program, which runs five nights a week during our artist seasons.

Headlands’ is committed to a diverse and pluralistic workplace. People of Color and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply for open jobs and internships.

Our Creative Community

Established in 1982, Headlands promotes artistic exploration and development of new creative work. We offer artists encouragement and opportunities for reflective thought, dialogue and collaboration with others; and offer visitors access to the unique campus and to engaging public programming.

Through residencies and public programs, including open houses, lectures, performances and community meals, we seek to explore and interpret the relationship between place and the creative process and to extend appreciation for the role of artists in society. Residencies bring artists from many different disciplines, cultural backgrounds, and nationalities to live and work on site each year, while public programs engage artists, scholars, activists, and other professionals.

Organizational profile:

Average Artists served each year: 75+
Average Annual public programs: 20+
Average Annual internal programs: 20+
Annual Audiences: approximately 10,000+
Annual Operating Budget: $2M
Staff: 16
Board of Directors: 22
Year incorporated: 1982

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Headlands Center for the Arts is committed to a diverse workplace and strongly encourages applications from all qualified individuals, as such Headlands is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity for all applicants, employees, volunteers, and interns. Headlands makes decisions based on the merits of each candidate.

Headlands Center for the Arts prohibits discrimination based on an individual’s race, color, religion (including all aspects of religious beliefs, observance or practice, including religious dress or grooming practices), sex (including gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender, pregnancy and breastfeeding), sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality) national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, marital status or registered domestic partner status, uniformed service member or veteran status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristics or information, or any other basis protected by law. Headlands will afford equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants, employees, volunteers, and interns as to all terms and conditions

Current Openings & Opportunities

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*Operations & Events Manager – posted 5/7/2019

Job Description

The Operations & Events Manager works under the supervision of the Director of Operations and is responsible for ensuring smooth management of Headlands Center for the Arts’ administration and daily operations, including the facility rental program, and IT and internal communication systems. The position also provides logistical support for various public-facing events. This role is essential to keeping the cross-departmental use of space and shared resources well-coordinated. As such, the Operations & Events Manager must be administratively savvy, calm under pressure, and comfortable balancing a mix of priorities. The ideal candidate is a self-motivated, dynamic, detail-oriented and deadline-driven individual who excels in a fast-paced creative environment and thinks both strategically and logistically.

Responsibilities include:

  • Manage the operations of the organization’s administrative systems, equipment, and building resources with an eye toward keeping the organization running as steady and efficiently as possible. This includes a significant role in coordinating and monitoring the organization’s master calendar of activities.
  • Serve as front line ambassador for the organization during public hours, fielding public inquiries in person, by phone, and over email.
  • Manage a robust program of weekday and weekend rental activities, with the goal of attracting new prospects and increasing rental revenue and efficiency.
  • Act as a point for coordinating the orientation and training of new staff and interns, and the exit process for departing staff and interns.
  • Along with the Director of Operations, interface with the National Park Service (NPS) on issues connected to Headlands’ operations in the park, and share news of NPS activities with staff and other key organizational partners.
  • Assist with the organizational archives and maintenance strategy for Headlands’ commissioned artist spaces.

Qualifications

  • At least two years of administrative or operations experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated awareness, experience, and competence in working with a diverse socioeconomic, multi-racial, and multicultural communities.
  • Able to work independently and effectively collaborate with the full team.
  • Able to prioritize shifting demands and responsibilities.
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office is required; familiarity with FileMaker Pro or other database software, and basic design and web skills are strongly preferred.
  • Interest in and familiarity with contemporary art is a plus.
  • Employee must be able to assist with events, which includes occasional lifting and moving of AV equipment and furniture (approximately 25 lbs).
  • Due to our Marin Headlands location, reliable vehicle access is required.

Compensation Details

This is a full-time, exempt position and requires some evening and weekend hours. The salary range for this position is $50,000–$55,000. The total compensation includes a generous benefits package with medical, dental, vision, 401(k), and paid time off (PTO).

Anticipated start date is mid-July.

To Apply

Headlands Center for the Arts is committed to a diverse and pluralistic workplace. People of Color and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should email a single PDF attachment that includes a cover letter and resume to info@headlands.org. The subject line of your email should be Operations & Events Manager/your name.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Please note: Due to the volume of applicants, only candidates who will be invited to interview will be contacted.

*Communications & Outreach Coordinator – posted 5/7/2019

Job Description

The Communications & Outreach Coordinator works under the supervision of the Director of Communications & Outreach and in collaboration with Headlands staff to support marketing, communications, and audience engagement efforts across all departments of Headlands Center for the Arts. The candidate will have the technological savvy to leverage databases, programs, and software to keep Headlands’ communications and outreach strategies current. The right candidate will have a significant impact on the external relations of a leading, mid-sized multidisciplinary organization in the contemporary arts field.

Responsibilities include:

  • Working within Headlands’ brand guidelines, produce email marketing pieces for Headlands audiences and assist with the execution of a full range of communications materials, including printed materials, e-communications, website, and social media.
  • Coordinate Headlands’ social media content and channels, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Develop original social media content including day-in-the-life, event promotions, calls for applications, and alumni news.
  • Maintain communications contacts, mailing lists, and event attendance in Headlands’ database and MailChimp.
  • Design and produce basic campus signage and informational materials, and update as needed.
  • Assist with photographic and audio documentation needed for press, program archives, and publications.
  • Collect and maintain marketing, communications, and audience engagement data in support of department goals and organizational impact tracking.
  • Respond to requests for information and images, public listings, and printed directories, and coordinate interviews for working members of the press and Headlands’ staff and artists, as appropriate.

Qualifications

  • The ideal candidate is a both detail-oriented and a creative thinker. They have an ear for language and an eye for visual design. They are highly organized, results-driven, and enjoy a fast-paced environment—and they never miss a deadline.
  • 1–2 years of experience in marketing/communications, social media, and website maintenance preferred.
  • Experience with basic design and layout in Adobe Creative Suite or similar program, and mastery of Microsoft Office is required.
  • Proficiency in FileMaker Pro (or similar database system), WordPress, MailChimp, Survey Monkey, and Asana (or other task-management systems) is strongly preferred.
  • Interest in and familiarity with contemporary art is a plus.
  • Excellent interpersonal communications skills and a team-player attitude.
  • Due to our Marin Headlands location, reliable vehicle access is required.

Compensation Details

This is a full-time position, exempt position and requires some evening and weekend hours. The salary range for this position is $45,000–$50,000. The total compensation includes a generous benefits package with medical, dental, vision, 401(k), and paid time off (PTO).

Anticipated start date is mid-July 2019.

To Apply

Headlands Center for the Arts is committed to a diverse and pluralistic workplace. People of Color and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should email a single PDF attachment that includes a cover letter and resume to info@headlands.org. The subject line of your email should be Communications & Outreach Coordinator/your name.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Please note: Due to the volume of applicants, only candidates who will be invited to interview will be contacted.

General Internship Information

Please check back soon for application information. Currently, there are no open internship positions.

Headlands’ internship programs offer students, graduates, and working adults across all disciplines and interests the opportunity to engage in the behind the scenes of a non-profit art center. Interns provide support for a wide range of Headlands’ activities including public events, artist programs, and the management of day-to-day operations. We welcome applications from driven, curious, and thoughtful individuals with an interest in supporting Headlands’ unique mission.

Live-in Program internship: Email info@headlands.org for more information.

Headlands’ size, unique mission and collaborative approach enables interns to gain knowledge of multiple aspects of a nonprofit arts organization and engage in a hands-on manner in the day-to-day operation of one of the nation’s premier artist residency programs.

Headlands’ offers internships of up to 3 months during the spring, summer, and fall seasons to correspond with our residency program. Interns are considered integral members of the staff and represent the organization in various ways. Interns have direct access to Headlands’ arts community, and are able to engage with Headlands’ history, participating artists, and public events programs.

Live-in internships are 30 hours/week.

Live-out internship periods: Ongoing, 6-month commitment ideal, but not required.

Live-out internships in Development, Communications, and Operations are 8-16 hours a week.

Contact Madeleine Wilhite for an overview of internship descriptions and more information on how to apply.

Volunteer Opportunities

Email bficken@headlands.org to sign up for Headlands’ volunteer email list or to learn more about volunteer opportunities at Headlands Center for the Arts.