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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*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.

*Director of Facilities – posted 8/12/2019

Job Description

Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Director of Facilities provides direct oversight and administration of the day-to-day facility operations of the Headlands Campus. This person is responsible for planning, organizing, developing and directing the overall operation of the physical campus in accordance with Headlands policies and procedures as well as current federal, state and local standards, guidelines and regulations governing our facility to assure that our facility is maintained in a safe and comfortable manner. The Director of Facilities is responsible for the management and direction of the following functions: maintenance, custodial services, event set-up and operations, risk management, and enforcement of departmental operating guidelines and procedures.

The Director of Facilities manages and plans for the care of the artist studios, artist and staff residences, the wood shop and library, as well as a dynamic group of artist-rehabilitated public spaces including spaces for exhibitions, lectures, performances, gatherings, and communal dining. The Director of Facilities directly supervises the facilities staff members and collaborates with the Director of Operations to liaise with our partners in the National Park Service (NPS).

Responsibilities include:

  • Manage the preventative, routine and deferred maintenance on the facility, and play a leadership role in the development of short-term and long-range plans for capital improvements.
  • Assure the maintenance of the physical condition and cleanliness of facilities under Headlands’ jurisdiction to support the day-to-day management of Headlands’ programs and activities.
  • Coordinate and communicate effectively as appropriate with the National Park Service, other park partners, vendors, independent contractors, staff, volunteers, etc to ensure good working relationships and project completion as necessary.
  • Provide fiscal management for facility operations to ensure the proper utilization of financial resources.
  • Implement facility security programs by developing procedures/practices, distributing keys, monitoring access points, assessing security infrastructure needs (security cameras, interlocks, and alarms), and assessing/changing door access schedules.
  • Work in consultation with Program staff to ensure smooth scheduling and handling of artists’ studios and accommodations and support for public programs.
  • In collaboration with the Operations Manager, coordinate the facility for event setup/takedown and provide support during programmatic and outside events.
  • Supervise a staff which involves direct and indirect responsibilities for interviewing, selection, training, motivating, performance evaluations, developing goals, and developing procedures to ensure achievement of goals.
  • 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 of related experience in facilities management.
  • Knowledge of and comfort with codes, regulations, and standards that inform facilities work and risk management practice is a plus.
  • Able to work independently and effectively collaborate as a key member of the leadership team.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal skills, mature judgment when interacting with a broad range of people, including faculty/vendors/stakeholders/program areas, both individually and in groups.
  • Demonstrated awareness, experience, and competence in working with a diverse, multi-racial, multicultural, and socio-economic staff and client population.
  • Knowledge of current risk management practices and emergency preparedness plans and their implementation in recreational facilities.
  • 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 Facilities/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.

General Internship Information

Please check back soon for application information. Currently, there are no open internship positions.

Headlands’ internship programs offer students, graduates, and working adults 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.

Live-in Program internship: Email info@headlands.org for more information.

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 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 info@headlands.org for an overview of internship descriptions and more information on how to apply.

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.