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.

Current Openings & Opportunities

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Assistant Chef

TITLE:  ASSISTANT CHEF – posted 2/26/2015
DEPARTMENT:  Operations
STATUS:  Exempt
SCHEDULE:  40hrs/week (1FTE); salary. Evening and weekend hours required.
START DATE:  Approximate start date May 26, 2015
TO APPLY:  Interested candidates should submit a single PDF attachment that includes both a cover letter + resume to info@headlands.org. The subject line of your email should be: Assistant Chef/your name.

Thank you in advance for your interest in Headlands Center for the Arts. Due to the volume of applicants, only candidates who will be invited to interview will be contacted. Position is open until filled.

The Assistant Chef is an integral member of the Kitchen Program and plays a key role in the success of Headlands’ highly regarded food program. Specific responsibilities include preparing meals five nights a week, and ongoing maintenance of the kitchen. Meals vary from small private dinners, ranging from 15 – 30 guests, to large public events of 100+ diners, including family-style dinners, cafes, and thematic food-related programs with many cuisine and presentation styles. This position includes a private room in a shared house on Headlands campus and work-day meals.


  • The right candidate should have an interest in cooking with local/organic/seasonal ingredients, a willingness to learn, and a positive attitude.
  • Prior professional cooking and/or pastry experience is a plus, but any enthusiastic candidate is encouraged to apply regardless of experience level.
  • This is an open kitchen and people visit the building frequently, so the ability to deal with the public in a friendly, patient manner is important.
  • Due to the live-in nature of the position, the ideal candidate will have a fitting temperament for not only working in the kitchen, but also for shared living accommodations; flexible, considerate, responsible, and respectful of others’ needs.
  • Interest or involvement in the arts preferred.
  • Due to our Marin Headlands location, reliable vehicle access is beneficial.

RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to:

Meal preparation, in collaboration with the Chef

  • Weekly menu planning
  • Prepping for regular evening meals Sunday – Thursday, as well as additional café meals and large-scale public events
  • Maintain a clean, well-organized and safe working environment
  • Dishwashing throughout the preparation and clean up process
  • Oversight of clean up following evening meals

Kitchen maintenance and general support

  • Inventory of stock, which includes dry goods, kitchen equipment and dishes
  • Interface with vendors, Headlands’ Exclusive Caterer, Katie Powers Catering, and National Park Service representatives, in a friendly, professional manner
  • Oversee the daily laundry routine
  • Regular breakdown and deep clean of all equipment and kitchen surfaces
  • Intern and volunteer training, as needed

Compensation and Office Culture

  • Salary includes100% health and dental benefits, Flex spending and 401K plan
  • Fast-paced convivial work environment in beautiful natural setting
  • Dynamic creative community and direct access to working artists; access to local and organic food program
  • Like all of Headlands staff, this position serves as an ambassador for the organization and may be asked to engage directly with the visiting public

[Full position description available here]

Director of Programs

TITLE:  Director of Programs – posted 2/6/2015
REPORTS TO:  Executive Director
STATUS:  Salaried, Exempt
SCHEDULE:  Full time; Occasional evenings/weekends required.
TO APPLY: Interested candidates should submit a single PDF attachment that includes a cover letter, resume or CV with salary requirements, and a short (1-2 paragraph) statement about your curatorial interests and approach and how you envision applying them to Headlands programming to info@headlands.org. The subject line of your email should be: Program Director / your name.

Thank you in advance for your interest in Headlands Center for the Arts. Due to the volume of applicants, only candidates who will be invited to interview will be contacted. Position is open until filled.


The Director of Programs is responsible for overseeing all Artists Programs and Public Programs for the organization. This includes strategizing and ensuring successful implementation of the Artists in Residence (AIR), Affiliate (AFF), Graduate Fellowship, and Alumni New Works (ANW) programs as well as conceiving and implementing a dynamic and innovative season of public programs that engender a deep and meaningful relationship to audiences. All programs should advance Headlands’ mission, encourage critical thinking, inspire creativity and foster the exchange of ideas across cultures and professional disciplines. In addition, the Director of Programs will have the opportunity to commission site specific and off-site artists projects, cultivate programmatic and audience-driven partnerships, envision new program models, and work with current and alumni Artists to support the development of new work and ideas.

The Director of Programs is a key member of the senior leadership team and helps drive the strategy and long-term sustainability of the organization. The Director of Programs serves as a supervisor to program department staff members and interns, a liaison to key Board members and volunteers, and serves as a public facing representative of the organization. This position reports directly to the Executive Director.


  • To oversee all of Headlands Artists Programs
  • To think creatively and entrepreneurially about public programming and audience engagement
  • To oversee the Program departments staff, budgets and operations
  • To serve as a key member of the leadership team
  • To work collaboratively with staff across all departments
  • To represent the organization publically amongst artists, partner organizations, peers in the field and funders
  • To serve as a key liaison to the program committee, nominators, panelists and other individuals who are part of Headlands creative community


  • 5+ years working in the non-profit sector
  • Supervisory experience
  • Curatorial and public programming experience, in particular with an artist-centered and/or contemporary art context

Desired knowledge, skills, experience

  • Experience with contemporary arts sector and/or public/private partnerships
  • Experience working in a national park or public land environment
  • Familiarity with the local, national, and international arts and culture landscape

Physical requirements

  • Employee needs to be able to sit for extended periods of time.
  • Employee must be able to manage events, which includes occasional lifting and moving of AV equipment and furniture.
  • Due to the location of our campus, employee must drive and have a vehicle

Reporting relationships:

This position reports to the Executive Director. The position works closely with every department of the organization and oversees the residency and program managers, as well as interns and occasional hourly support.

Financial responsibility:

The Director of Programs is responsible for successfully meeting program income goals, managing the department’s expenses, and overseeing long-term program planning.


  • Salary is commensurate with organization’s senior team compensation levels; 100% health, dental, and vision benefits; flex spending and 401K plan
  • Fast-paced convivial work environment in beautiful natural setting
  • Dynamic creative community and direct access to working artists; access to local and organic food program

Headlands is an equal opportunity employer.

[Full position description available here]

Internship Program General Information

Headlands’ internship programs offer students and graduates 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.

2015 Internship Information

Live-in Program internship periods: Spring (March – June), Summer (June – August), Fall (September – November)

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.

Communications Internship

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Position open until filled (posted 3/19/2015)
DEPARTMENT: Communications
HOURS: Weekly commitment of 8-16 hours, some of which can be off-site. Support may be required on occasional weekends and evenings for public programs.
COMPENSATION: Monthly stipend provided to cover travel costs to and from Headlands.

[Full position description available here]

About the Position:

The Communications Intern is considered an integral member of the staff and represents the organization in many ways. The Communications Intern will work closely with and be supervised by the Communications & Outreach Manager. The goal of the internship is to aide the Communications Department in increasing awareness among the Bay Area community about Headlands, its artists, and public programs. Project-specific assignments may arise based on the interest and experience of the Communications Intern.


Headlands is seeking a qualified candidate who can commit at least one eight-hour day a week (preferably two) for a minimum six month period. Some evening hours will be required, including additional hours for public programs and/or special events. The Communications Intern works closely with the Communications Manager to update Headlands’ website; create content and maintain the editorial calendar for social media outlets; track results for all media placements; conduct audience engagement research, process data, and assist with analysis; submit event descriptions to calendar listings; assemble press packets; act as liaison to artists for promotional materials; assist with e-mail blasts and print material production; distribute Communications materials throughout the arts community; and represent the organization at occasional community outreach events.


The right candidate will be reliable, energetic, creative, self-motivated, show attention to detail, and possess strong writing skills. The Communications Intern may be required to work independently, as part of a group, or engage directly with the public. Background or strong interest in nonprofit administration and/or mission-oriented marketing required, and adept knowledge in creating content for and managing social media platforms desired. Proficiency in using Mac OS X operating systems, database systems such as FileMaker Pro, and Adobe Creative Suite programs preferred.

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter and resume via email, with the subject line “Communications Internship/Your Name” to info@headlands.org. College credit is available. No calls, please.

PLEASE NOTE: Interns must provide their own transportation to Headlands’ Marin location. Public transportation is limited.

Summer Live-In Program Internship

INTERNSHIP PERIOD: 8-week to 3 month commitment; start date in summer 2015
HOURS: Weekly commitment of 30 hours. Support may be required on occasional weekends and evenings for public events.

[Full position description available here]

Live-In Program Internship

The live-in program internship at Headlands includes opportunities for on-going administrative and daily operations support, event-based and programmatic tasks, and special projects that introduce interns to the non-profit work environment. Program interns develop arts administration skills through hands-on experience. Although most known for the Artist in Residence program, the program department at Headlands also encompasses several additional artist programs and public events, from exhibitions to artist-led hikes and hands-on projects. Working with a wide range of artists and public audiences, program interns are important members of our dynamic team, and are asked to participate in daily operations and program development tasks across a range of projects.

These projects may include:

On-going program office administration and daily operations:

  • Database filing, report generation, statistical analysis
  • Artist program outreach, research and support
  • Public event attendee support for registration, on-site welcome and orientation
  • General event production assistance, front and back of house
  • Artist program selection support; application processing, panel support
  • Activity materials sourcing, set-up, inventory management
  • Artist pick-up, drop-off and occasional project support
  • Kitchen support; dinner guest check-in, public greeting coffee + tea service set up
  • Studio and housing preparation

Potential program intern special projects:

  • Exhibition planning, design, install support; guest curator and artist liaison
  • Commission project support; artist liaison
  • Public events planning support and coordination
  • Support planning and execution of other emergent projects and programs

*Open to intern-generated special project proposals within intern scope of work and in alignment with organizational priorities


Interns must be reliable, energetic, creative, self-motivated and possess good communication skills. Interns are required to work independently and with attention to detail; have an interest in the creative process; and be willing to engage with visitors. Experience with relational databases (particularly FileMaker Pro), Mac OS X, and Microsoft Office preferred. Strong writing skills, attention to detail, and people skills are a plus.

Live-in Program Interns are required to work 30 hours a week and receive a room in one of our artist houses. An 8-week commitment is required. Start date is flexible, and based on candidates’ and Headlands’ needs.


College and graduate students of all disciplines are welcome to apply. Headlands will work to tailor aspects of the internships to students’ interests whenever possible, and will work to ensure students receive academic credit for their internships when applicable.

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter and resume via email, with the subject line “Summer Live-in Program Internship/Your Name” to info@headlands.org. Applications for the summer session are due March 23. Applications for all seasons are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Spring Open House Volunteer Opportunities

We’re in need of a few volunteers to help out with the upcoming Spring Open House, Sunday April 19 from 12PM – 5PM. Please choose a time and task from the list below. Contact info@headlands.org with questions, or to sign up by Friday, April 10!

Choose 1: time
Morning shift: 11:30AM – 2:30PM
Afternoon shift: 2:15PM – 5:15PM

Choose 1: task 

Outside Greeting and Info Table
you will:    greet visitors, hand out programs, provide orientation
we need:    2 volunteers per shift
Mess Hall Café Support
you will:    help our fabulous kitchen team serve lunch in the café
we need:    2 volunteers per shift (volunteer with friends!)
you will:    take money / make change in the Mess Hall café
we need:    1 volunteer per shift

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in volunteering? Email info@headlands.org for more information and to get our our volunteer email list!