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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Program Manager

TITLE:  Program Manager
REPORTS TO:  Director of Programs
STATUS:  Full time/Exempt
SCHEDULE:  Monday-Friday; Some evening and weekend hours required.
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: Program Manager/your name. Applications due Thursday, June 30.

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 Program Manager works directly with program staff to streamline, organize and implement activities across Headlands’ Artists Programs and Public Events. The right candidate will serve as a key point of communications for the programming department across Headlands departments and with key constituents including Artists in Residence, Affiliate Artists, Graduate Fellows, Headlands’ alumni and public events participants and audiences. This position provides an opportunity to work in a dynamic creative community and to engage directly with working artists and creative professionals.


  • The ideal candidate is a self-motivated, dynamic individual who excels in a fast-paced creative environment, thinks logistically, and is impeccably organized.
  • Prior work with artists, public events, and/or organizing professional gatherings preferred.
  • Knowledge of current administrative practices such as Microsoft Office or the equivalent required; familiarity with FileMaker Pro or other database software as well as website maintenance and design software strongly preferred.
  • Due to our Marin Headlands location, reliable vehicle access is required.

RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to:

General Artist Programs Support

  • Assist in organizing and communicating with key artist program constituents such as nominators, panelists, and artists.
  • Maintain a schedule and track key moments of communication with such constituents.
  • Foster a convivial, and productive environment through clear and timely communication with such constituents.
  • Manage and utilize support from interns and other volunteers.
  • Serve as direct point of contact for Affiliate Artists.
  • Track and maintain communication with alumni artists pre-, post-, and during visit.

Affiliate Artists Program Management

  • Work with the Director of Programs and Communications & Outreach Manager to produce and distribute guidelines for application and to maintain an active recruitment program.
  • Oversee application, review and selection process.
  • Oversee contract/assignment/maintenance and use of allocated studios as well as monthly payments from participants.
  • Orient incoming artists; act as ongoing support/organizational liaison for Affiliate Artists.
  • Solicit, gather, and prepare information for ongoing program evaluation.

Public Events Support

  • Track and maintain logistical communication such as travel, tech and payment schedules.
  • Support for public events including set-up, check-in and documentation.
  • Track internal communications materials and deadlines.

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, employees must drive and have a vehicle.

Compensation and Office Culture

  • Fast-paced convivial work environment; shared office setting 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
  • 11 paid holidays annually.
  • Three weeks paid vacation per year, increases to four weeks at year 2.
  • Medical/dental benefits paid 100% by employer. Kaiser HMO and Delta dental both effective after one full month of employment.
  • Flex spending (Health savings account) and 401K plan available, employee contribution only.

Headlands is an equal opportunity employer.

 Note to Candidate
Due to the sensitivity and requirements of our positions, Headlands reserves the right to require candidates to undergo and be cleared of an employment background/criminal check, if extended an offer for employment. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses or credentials pertinent to the position.

[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.

2016 Internship Information

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

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

Summer Open House | Sunday, July 17 | 12PM – 5PM

Experience new work, readings, and music by Headlands’ artists in residence at our upcoming Summer Open House. Volunteer your time to help us with the production and you’ll even receive a housemade (and free) lunch from our kitchen team. Choose a time and a task to join the fun. Email bficken@headlands.org with questions, and to sign up by July 11.

Choose a Time
Morning shift: 11:30AM – 2:30PM
Afternoon shift: 2:15 – 5:15PM

Choose a 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:    3 volunteers per shift (volunteer with friends!)

You will:    Take money / make change in the Mess Hall café
We need:   1 volunteer per shift

Volunteer Photographer
You will:    Roam the campus and capture art in action – we’ll  credit you for the pics we use!
We need:   1 volunteer per shift (great for an outgoing personality!)

Headlands will provide lunch for all volunteers!

Email bficken@headlands.org to learn more about volunteer opportunities at Headlands Center for the Arts.