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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Director of Development – posted 9/23/2015

TITLE:  Director of Development
DEPARTMENT:  Development
REPORTS TO:  Executive Director
STATUS:  Salaried, Exempt
COMPENSATION: Salary is commensurate with organization’s senior team compensation levels.
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 professional writing sample to info@headlands.org. The subject line of your email should be: Development 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 hiring process may be extended; the posting will be removed from our website once the position is filled.

Position Summary:

The Director of Development has primary responsibility for strategy and implementation of Headlands’ fundraising efforts. The Director of Development reports to the Executive Director, directly supervises two Development staff, and works closely with the Board of Directors and related Committees. The right candidate will be at a point in their career where they are looking to make a real commitment – and see the direct impact of their efforts – to an organization experiencing significant growth.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Management, Administration and Leadership

  • Set, implement, monitor and meet annual contributed income goals
  • Design strategies for annual fundraising activities across all areas
  • Strategize and contribute as a member of the organization’s senior leadership team comprised of the Executive Director, Director of Programs, and Director of Operations. Participate in organizational long-term planning

Major Gifts

  • Direct and implement a robust Major Gifts program
  • Develop and manage systems and activities for full donor cycle: identifying new prospects, building donor and prospect relationships, gift solicitations, and donor stewardship and acknowledgment

Special Events

  • Oversee and advise on strategy to support an active special events program, including donor receptions, member events, and other special events, including Headlands Benefit Art Auction, raising over $500K gross annually

Institutional Giving

  • Oversee and advise on strategy to support a robust institutional giving program, including foundation, government, and partner support


  • Highly creative individual with ability to think strategically as well as logistically
  • Familiar with the local, national, and international arts and culture landscape
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Committed to working as part of a small team and collaboratively across departments
  • Mission and values aligned with Headlands’ mission and programs

Desired knowledge, skills, experience

  • 3-5 years working in non-profit sector fundraising, particularly in the area of major gifts
  • Supervisory experience
  • Strategic/long-range planning experience
  • Experience with contemporary arts sector
  • Experience with public/private partnerships and/or experience working in a national park or public land environment a plus

Compensation and Office Culture

  • 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 is 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. Please note, positions have been filled for fall of 2015.

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.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

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