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

Click on the job titles below to learn more.

*Executive Director

Headlands’ next Executive Director will provide rigorous, thoughtful, and strategic leadership while successfully ensuring the organization’s continued relevance and impact. They will work with the Board and staff to articulate what comes next for Headlands and provide visionary leadership for the field. As its most public ambassador, they will represent Headlands in the broader arts and philanthropic communities locally and nationally and serve as the organization’s main point of contact with the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Working with and overseeing a full-time staff of 18, the Executive Director will have operational responsibility for Headlands’ programs, fundraising, events, finances, and staff, and advancing a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion across all organizational efforts. They are supported by a senior team with management duties in the functional areas of operations, development, programs, facilities, and communications.

Headlands is working with Koya Leadership Partners to secure its next Executive Director. The full opportunity description and candidate profile, as well as information on how to express interest in this position, can be found here.

*Managing Director – posted 03/20/2020

Title: Managing Director
Reports to: Executive Director
Status: Salaried, Exempt
Salary Range: $80,000 – $90,000
SCHEDULE: Full time; Occasional evenings/weekends required.


The Managing Director reports directly to the Executive Director and is a vital member of the senior leadership team. The Managing Director 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. A key responsibility of the Managing Director is to proactively shape the organizational culture and ensure it aligns with the organization’s values.

The person in the role will collaborate with members of the leadership team to establish a long range planning culture, set and implement organizational strategy, and translate the strategy into operational objectives across departments. The Managing Director also determines what resources, including people and money, are needed to achieve these objectives. Ultimately, the Managing Director is responsible for successfully meeting earned income goals, managing the organization’s expenses, and overseeing long-term organizational planning, especially as it relates to finances.

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



  • Oversee financial management functions including accounting, budgeting, and reporting systems, and serve as primary staff liaison to the finance and audit committees of the Board, the Board Treasurer, and auditor.
  • Supervise business manager in all AP, AR, and other accounting functions.
  • Strategize the organization’s approach to fiscal and cash management, financial investments, financial policies

Human Resources

  • Provide overall leadership for the HR function through hands-on management of Headlands’ recruiting and hiring, career development, diversity, succession planning, retention, training, performance evaluation, and leadership development initiatives.
  • Steward the continued development and implementation of a diversity, equity, and inclusion framework that spans across all departments and constituencies.
  • Ensure a healthy, collaborative work environment and advocate for a dynamic, forward-thinking office culture.

Operations and Administration

  • 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 as efficient as possible and aligned with organizational goals and strategies.
  • Work closely with the Director of Facilities to liaise with the National Park Service.

Leadership Team

  • Serve as both a department head and a member of the leadership team that sets the tone and culture of the organization.
  • Represent and advocate for the overall wellness of the institution; model behavior and organizational core competencies to all staff.
  • Represent the organization internally and externally.


  • 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, and administrative and operations management.
  • Demonstrated awareness, experience, and competence in working with a diverse, multi-racial, multicultural, and socio-economic client population.
  • 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.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office, project management, database, and bookkeeping software.
  • Experience with the contemporary art sector and public/private partnerships is a plus.
  • Due to our Marin Headlands location, reliable vehicle access is required.


Headlands Center for the Arts is committed to a diverse and pluralistic workplace. People of Color and members of the LGBTQ 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 Managing Director/your name.

Review of applications will 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.

*Major Gifts Officer – posted 2/06/2020

Title: Major Gifts Officer
Department: Fund Development
Reports to: Executive Director
Status: Salaried, Exempt
Schedule: Full time; Occasional evenings/weekends required.


Headlands Center for the Arts’ (Headlands) Development Department strategizes the organization’s fundraising efforts alongside the Executive Director, the Board of Directors, and the full staff with the goal of raising contributions to support Headlands’ programs. The organization’s fundraising goal and focus continues to expand as Headlands looks to deepen its impact. This expansion requires that we approach our work with strategy, flexibility, and the understanding that our duties and responsibilities are unique to the Development Department.

The Major Gifts Officer reports to the Executive Director, directly supervises one Development staff member, and works closely with the Board of Directors and related Committees. The Major Gifts Officer has primary responsibility for developing the strategy behind, and implementing  fundraising activities for, the comprehensive campaign supporting Headland’s 2018–2023 Master Plan, and, relatedly, the organization’s major donor fundraising efforts. The role of the Major Gifts Officer is to manage and diversify the portfolio of HNW individuals and raise six-figure or above multi-year contributions to support Headlands. The Major Gifts Officer is a member of Headlands’ leadership team and works with this team to support Headlands’ mission, goals, and initiatives.


All of the duties and responsibilities outlined below are essential job functions subject to reasonable accommodation. This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements. Individuals may be required to perform any other non-related instructions as requested by their supervisor, subject to reasonable accommodation. This position description is not all-inclusive and will regularly be reviewed.

  • Strategize, implement, and drive effective fundraising strategies in support of the comprehensive campaign behind Headlands’ 2018–2023 [or six-year] Master Plan.
  • Manage a portfolio of approximately 125 qualified major gift donors and prospects through a robust calendar of cultivation, solicitation, closure, and stewardship activities.
  • Endeavor to develop a major gift donor portfolio that reflects the diversity and inclusivity across the entire organization.
  • Schedule and attend face-to-face visits, performances, and events on Headlands’ campus and around the Bay Area to ensure active philanthropic engagement and a positive cultural experience.
  • Engage with Board of Directors and Advancement Committee members, both on their individual giving and their respective fundraising portfolios.
  • Drive Advancement Committee engagement and work closely with the Board Chair and ED to shape the composition of the Board.
  • Manage the Development Manager of Donor Relations; ensure they are effectively deployed and supported in their role.
  • Represent Headlands at major external platforms (conferences, donor gatherings, art events).


The Major Gifts Officer will be a strategic-thinker and doer who inspires others with passion for Headlands’ mission, confidently manages a growing portfolio of major donors and prospects, exudes enthusiasm for taking external meetings and building sustainable donor relations, and sets a standard for persistence, diversity, integrity, and creativity in meeting Headlands’ ambitious fundraising goals.

Successful candidates will have the following attributes:

  • Enterprising: You see and seize opportunities in places no one thought to look; you’re often first to try something new, and you have an uncanny knack for connecting dots, following through, and getting things done.
  • Inspiring: Wherever you go, people are energized in your presence and love to follow your lead—whether you’re rallying a team or enchanting a donor prospect.
  • Culturally Competent: You have awareness of and experience in working with a diverse, multi-racial, multicultural, and socio-economic staff, donor, and client population.
  • Results oriented: You are a doer who understands the importance of a solid strategy, but also knows that strategy without action doesn’t produce results.
  • Mission-driven: Something in your own life experience drives your passion for Headlands’ mission and vision.

Additionally, strong candidates will bring:

  • At least 3 years of experience in driving major donor fundraising and philanthropy
  • Track record of securing 6- and 7-figure major gifts and/or corporate commitments
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills—compelling conversationalist, intelligent listener, and naturally intuitive
  • Ability to hold a big vision while executing tactically in a lean organization
  • Excellent organizational skills, detail orientation, and capacity to manage a high volume of work
  • College degree or higher
  • Due to our Marin Headlands location, reliable vehicle access is required.


Headlands Center for the Arts is committed to a diverse and pluralistic workplace. People of Color and members of the LGBTQ 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 Major Gifts Officer/your name.

Review of applications will begin Monday, February 10 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.

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.


Summer Program Internships will run July 1-November 20, 2020. Full position description will be posted in April, at which time we will begin accepting applications.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering at Headlands offers a unique opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at our events. We’d love to have your help during a full season of Spring happenings. Current volunteer opportunities:

Saturday & Sunday, 3/7 & 3/8 | These Lines Are Living
shifts available: 

Sunday 3/29 | Sunday Supper
shifts available:

Sunday 4/19 | Spring Open House
shifts available:

Sunday, 5/10 | Graduate Fellow Opening Reception
shifts available:

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.