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. 

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.

Spring 2016 Live-In Program Internship – Applications Due November 20

About Headlands’ Internship Program

Headlands Center for the Arts seeks self-motivated individuals for on-site internships. 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 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
  • Exhibition installation

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.

A note about the application materials:

Please share why you are interested in the program internship at Headlands, and how a position here aligns with your future goals in your cover letter. As this is primarily an arts administration internship, it is not necessary to include your artist resume, though applicants’ interest and experience as a practicing artist is valued!


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 in an attached PDF document, with the subject line “Spring Live-in Program Internship/Your Name” to Madeleine Wilhite, info@headlands.org. Applications for the Spring 2016 session are due November 20. Applications for all seasons are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Interns must provide their own transportation to Headlands’ Marin location. No calls, please.

 Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

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