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.

Current Openings & Opportunities

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*Assistant Chef – posted 12/30/2019

Job Description

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.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • In collaboration with the Chef, menu planning and prep for regular evening meals Sunday – Thursday, as well as additional public events.
  • Oversee the ordering of dairy, dry goods, meat and produce, and manage the inventory of stock.
  • Support the clean up and dishwashing for daily activities and help with regular breakdown and deep clean of the kitchen and equipment.
  • Manage end of night reset of the kitchen and dining room, and building closure (lock doors & turn off lights).
  • Maintain a clean, well-organized and safe working environment, which includes acquiring and maintaining an up-to-date ServSafe Food Handler Certification.
  • Interface with program participants and outside vendors in a friendly, professional manner.
  • Train additional kitchen help, as needed.

Qualifications:  

  • The right candidate should have an interest in cooking with local/organic/seasonal ingredients, a willingness to learn, and a positive attitude.
  • At least 1 year of prior professional cooking and/or pastry experience is preferred, 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 essential.
  • Interest in or familiarity with the arts a plus.
  • The ability to stand for extended periods of time and lift up to 50lbs.
  • Due to our Marin Headlands location, reliable vehicle access is required.

Compensation Details

This is a full-time position, non-exempt position and requires evening and weekend hours.  The salary range for this position is $47,000 – $52,000. The total compensation includes a generous benefits package with medical, dental, vision, 401(k), and paid time off (PTO).

Anticipated start date is February 2020

To Apply

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

Interested candidates should email a single PDF attachment that includes both a cover letter and resume to jobs@headlands.org. The subject line of your email should be Assistant Chef/your name.

Review of applications will begin January 20, 2020 and 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. 

*Director of Operations – posted 8/12/2019

Job Description

The Director of Operations reports directly to the Executive Director and is a vital member of the senior leadership team. The Director of Operations provides the leadership, management, and vision necessary to ensure that Headlands has the proper financial strength, administrative and operating efficiencies, and people systems in place to effectively grow the organization and ensure the long-term sustainability of Headlands. The heart of the responsibility of the Director of Operations is to drive the organizational culture.

The person in the role must collaborate with members of the leadership team to set and implement the organizational strategy for Headlands and then translate the strategy into specific operational objectives. As part of the planning process and in collaboration with the Executive Director, the Director of Operations also determines what resources, including people and money, are needed to achieve these objectives. Ultimately, the Director of Operations is responsible for successfully meeting earned income goals, managing the organization’s expenses, and overseeing long-term financial planning.

The Director of Operations is also responsible for managing the operations and human resources functions at Headlands. The Director of Operations directly supervises the operations department staff members and is a liaison to key Board members and volunteers.

Responsibilities include:

  • Oversee financial management functions, including accounting, budgeting, and reporting systems.
  • Provide oversight for revenues, expenses, assets, liabilities in accordance with non-profit 501(c)3 standards.
  • Provide overall leadership and guidance to the HR function by supervising Headlands’ recruiting and hiring, career development, diversity, succession planning, retention, training, and leadership development initiatives.
  • Develop and implement comprehensive compensation and benefits plans that are competitive and cost-effective for the organization.
  • Steward the development and implementation of a diversity, equity, and inclusion framework that spans across all departments and constituencies.
  • Supervise all operations department staff, including the design and implementation of long-range and day-to-day goals.
  • Interact regularly with the leadership team and individual department heads to ensure that Headlands’ operational priorities and processes are aligned with operational goals and strategies.
  • Serve as both a department head and a member of the leadership team that sets the tone and culture of the organization

Qualifications 

  • 5+ years working in the non-profit sector and project management experience.
  • 3+ years’ experience as a manager and supervisor.
  • Experience with non-profit 501(c)3, specifically in the areas of financial management and analysis, facilities and construction management, administrative and operations management.
  • Able to think entrepreneurially and maximize and expand earned income from existing and new programs.
  • Highly organized and resourceful, excellent attention to detail, ability to prioritize and manage time well to accomplish all essential tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Innovative thinking, flexibility, and the ability to handle shifting priorities are critically important.
  • Demonstrated awareness, experience, and competence in working with a diverse, multi-racial, multicultural, and socio-economic staff and client population.
  • Interest in and familiarity with contemporary art is a plus.
  • Due to our Marin Headlands location, reliable vehicle access is required.

Compensation Details

The is a full-time position, exempt position and requires some evening and weekend hours. The salary range for this position is $68,000 – $73,000. The total compensation includes a generous benefits package with medical, dental, vision, 401(k), and paid time off (PTO).

Anticipated start date is fall 2019.

To Apply

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

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

Review of applications will begin August 30, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Due to the volume of applicants, only candidates who will be invited to interview will be contacted.

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 of employment, including, without limitation, compensation, hiring, training, promotion, transfer, discipline, and termination.

Volunteer Opportunities

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