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

+ Development and Campaign Manager

TITLE: Development and Campaign Manager
DEPARTMENT: Development
REPORTS TO: Senior Manager, Major Gifts
STATUS: Full time, Salaried, Exempt
SALARY RANGE: $60,000–$70,000 annually
SCHEDULE: 40 hrs/week; some evening and weekend hours required.

Headlands’ Development Department strategizes the organization’s fundraising efforts alongside the Executive Director (ED), the Board of Directors, and the full staff with the goal of raising contributions to support Headlands’ programs. Headlands is at a pivotal moment in its trajectory; the organization will celebrate its 40th anniversary as an organization in 2022 and is in the silent phase of a significant capital campaign supporting its programs and campus. The organization’s fundraising goals and focus continue 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 Development and Campaign Manager (DCM) plays a primary support role for a high-functioning Development Department. The DCM has excellent organization, communication, and data management skills and strong attention to detail. The DCM can successfully prioritize multiple projects and initiate process improvements. An early point of contact for current and prospective donors, the DCM will play a crucial role in the campaign’s donor cultivation and stewardship cycles; they should be a warm, clear, and efficient communicator and a proactive connector and relationship-builder. The DCM will report to the Senior Manager, Major Gifts, and will support the Development and Executive teams.


Campaign Administration

  • Schedule and coordinate all meetings and tasks related to Headlands’ capital campaign, including cultivation events and meetings.
  • Coordinate monthly cultivation meals and create a run of show to ensure all events run smoothly and departments across Headlands are informed and prepared.
  • Support the design and production of campaign packets and materials.
  • Prepare all pledge materials in a timely manner and process each gift, entering gift information in the database, informing relevant contacts, and catalyzing appropriate thank you processes.
  • Prepare and send out acknowledgment letters relating to campaign giving.
  • Track pledges; initiate annual reminders and invoices as needed.

Department Support

  • Schedule and manage Campaign and Advancement Committee meetings, notifying staff and attendees of next steps. Engage Advancement members throughout the year via contact strategy sessions.
  • Creatively and proactively drive solutions to improve development systems and processes.
    Support Development events as needed: list/RSVP management, front-of-house, post-event attendance entry in database.

In-Kind & Corporate Donations

  • Manage in-kind sponsorship: gathering needs from staff, managing solicitations, maintaining relationships with donors, tracking gifts and processing acknowledgments, collaborating with the finance department to ensure gifts are accurate and documented correctly.
  • Complete administrative tasks (research, acknowledgment letters, and pledge reminders) related to corporate giving as needed.

Special Projects

  • Research and coordinate logistics related to Headlands’ travel program.
  • Work with ED and Governance Committee to prepare Advisory Council correspondence, including Council invitations, regular updates, and acknowledgments.


  • Able to organize, plan for, and complete multiple tasks with close attention to detail and prioritization to meet shifting deadlines.
  • Comfort with approaching and interacting with donors, institutional funders, and Board members.
  • High level of integrity, discretion, and judgment combined with an ethical approach to fundraising.
  • Comfort working independently and with a team; a self-starter
  • Proficiency in database management, Google and Microsoft Office Suite, and other computer software skills as required.
  • Interest in and familiarity with contemporary art is a plus.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications and presentation skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal communications and collaboration skills.
  • Desire to work in a highly dynamic, entrepreneurial environment with a shared commitment to the ongoing practice of diversity, equity and inclusion.


  • Frequently required to talk and hear; stand; walk; use hands to handle or feel; reach with hands and arms.
  • Occasionally required to climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • Must be able to do extended periods of work at a computer.
  • Must be able to assist with events, which includes occasional lifting and moving of event materials, up to 25 lbs.
  • As of September 1, 2021, Headlands Center for the Arts requires all staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As of February 1, 2022, all staff will also be required to show proof of a COVID-19 booster vaccination.


Headlands Center for the Arts is committed to a diverse and pluralistic workplace and strongly encourages applications from all qualified individuals. People of Color and members of the LGBTQIA 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 Development & Campaign Manager / [Your Name]. Please submit applications by or before Sunday, February 6, 2022.

Review of applications will begin on Monday, February 7, 2022 and 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.

+ Facilities Coordinator

TITLE: Facilities Coordinator
DEPARTMENT: Facilities
REPORTS TO: Director of Facilities
STATUS: Regular, Non-Exempt
SALARY RANGE: $55,000–$60,000. Total compensation includes a generous benefits package with medical, dental, 401(k), and paid time off (PTO).
SCHEDULE: Full-time, 40 hours/week; Schedule to be determined, but will include at least one weekend day.

The Facilities Coordinator works closely with and reports to the Director of Facilities to ensure the execution of Headlands’ safety guidelines and operational procedures. Upkeep and maintenance of the Headlands campus and facilities requires hands-on indoor and outdoor work in addition to project coordination responsibilities. Headlands’ campus comprises seven buildings and various public spaces, including artists studios, artist and staff residences, and a wood shop. The Facilities Coordinator will prioritize life safety issues as well as the successful daily oversight of the wood shop.

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.

Buildings and Grounds Maintenance (60%)

  • Coordinate and execute work orders. Some of these include general repairs, artist studio upkeep, general cleaning, general operations assistance, etc.
  • Address ongoing landscaping, janitorial needs, and repairs as needed and assigned.
  • Facilitate and maintain cleanliness of all campus facilities and grounds on a regular basis in addition to regular cleaning crew scope.
  • Coordinate the maintenance of facilities supplies stock and inventory.
  • Ensure weekly waste management logistics.
  • Coordinate or perform daily, weekly, and monthly rounds.
  • Organize, support, and execute on medium and long-term special projects, including painting of interiors, space organization projects, inventory, etc.
  • Collaborate on the inspection of campus structures to address ongoing maintenance and facilities issues.
  • Ensure life-safety systems are followed and maintained, and identify any life safety or liability concerns.
  • Report project progress on a regular basis.

Technical and Programs Support (20%)

  • Support programs, events, and rentals including event set-up, breakdown.
  • Work with various staff members to set-up furniture and A/V equipment as needed.
  • Coordinate and facilitate artists’ use of wood shop. Ensure artists are trained and have signed liability waiver.

Administrative Responsibilities and Other Projects (20%)

  • Coordinate schedules and work plans for temporary and project-specific facilities staff.
  • Support, coordinate, schedule, and supervise maintenance repair work.
  • Support IT needs.
  • Attend staff meetings.
  • Support scheduling of vendors and contractors, as needed and assigned.
  • Operations and other special projects support.


  • 1+ years experience working in a multi-building facilities role.
  • Demonstrated awareness, experience, and competence in working with a diverse, multi-racial, multicultural, and socio-economic environment.
  • Experience utilizing power and hand tools.
  • Experience with or willingness to learn about diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility initiatives.
  • Familiarity with Google Suite and Microsoft Office applications.
  • Able to lift 50 pounds and engage in strenuous physical activity.
  • Due to our Marin Headlands location, reliable vehicle access is required. Must have a valid California Drivers’ License and a sound driving record in order to use company vehicles to travel between buildings.

Successful candidate will have the following attributes:

  • Proactive, responsive, and resourceful problem solver.
  • Able to set priorities, and develop and execute plans to achieve desired results.
  • Able to multitask a wide variety of activities, prioritizing conflicting needs.
  • Self-motivated.
  • Excellent communication skills.

Additionally, strong candidates will bring:

  • Advanced carpentry skills.
  • Certifications including: CPR, Lift Operations, OSHA occupational training or similar, Risk Management, and/or other Facilities Safety Certifications a plus.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles, moving mechanical parts, and vibration. The employee is occasionally exposed to a variety of extreme conditions. The noise level in the work environment and job sites can be loud.


  • Frequently is required to talk and hear; stand; walk; use hands to handle or feel; reach with hands and arms.
  • Frequently required to climb (ladders, scaffolds, etc), balance, bend, twist, work above shoulders, stoop, kneel, crouch/crawl, and perform other similar actions.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. Occasionally lifts/carries/pushes/pulls objects >50 lbs in collaboration with others.


Headlands Center for the Arts is committed to a diverse and pluralistic workplace. People of Color and members of the LGBTQIA 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 Facilities Assistant/your name. Please submit applications by or before Sunday, January 2, 2022.

Review of applications is ongoing and 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.

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.



Due to Covid-19 organizational protocols, Headlands will only consider applicants currently residing in California. Candidates will be required to follow Headlands’ protocols including proof of Covid vaccination, contact tracing, and social distancing mandates.

Apply now. Applications open until filled.

Internship Period: February 1 – June 30, 2022
Stipend: $1200 monthly stipend
Hours: Part-time; weekly commitment of 20 hours. Work days are typically Monday–Friday; support may be requested some weekends and evenings for special events. Schedule to be determined in conversation with the Development team.

The live-out development internship at Headlands includes opportunities for on-going administrative and daily operations support, event-based tasks, and special projects that introduce interns to the non-profit work environment. Interns develop arts administration skills across departments through hands-on experience. Working with a wide range of artists and audiences, interns are important members of our dynamic team, and are asked to participate in daily operations and tasks across a range of projects.

The goal of the internship is to aid the Development Department in all fundraising efforts, ranging from foundation research to assisting with special events, such as the annual Benefit Art Auction. Project-specific assignments may also arise based on the intern’s interest and experience. The Development Intern will report to the Senior Manager, Membership & Special Events

RESPONSIBILITIES may include but are not limited to:

General Development Administration

  • Help identify foundation prospects, grant opportunities, and major gift donors
  • Assist with fundraising proposals and research
  • Draft sponsorship proposals and packets, when applicable
  • General projects in support of Headlands Development Department

Special Events

  • Assist with preparations for Headlands’ annual Benefit Art Auction
  • Assist the Development team with event planning efforts
  • Help coordinate event logistics for Auction Preview and Art Auction events
  • In collaboration with the Communications team, provide support for event outreach including materials for print and web.


Required Qualifications

  • Interns must be reliable, energetic, creative, self-motivated, show attention to detail, and possess good communication skills
  • Interns may be required to work independently, as part of a group, and engage directly with the public
  • Due to our remote location, a valid driver’s license and comfort driving a car is essential. Interns must provide their own transportation to Headlands’ Marin location, but having a car on-site is not required. To note, public transportation is limited.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with database systems, such as Salesforce
  • Familiarity with Mac OS X
  • Experience using Adobe Creative Suite, Google Suite, and Microsoft Office
  • Background or strong interest in nonprofit administration and/or mission-oriented work is helpful


While performing the duties of this internship, the intern is regularly required to talk and hear; stand; walk; use hands to handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and do extended periods of work at a computer and occasionally lift items weighing 25 pounds.

Compensation Details

  • $1,200/month stipend
  • A commitment of the entire internship period, February 1, 2022 – June 30, 2022 is required
  • Dynamic creative community and direct access to working artists

To Apply:
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.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and list of three references via email, with the subject line “Development Internship/Your Name” to jobs@headlands.org. Your cover letter and resume should be sent in a single PDF titled “Your Last Name_DevInternship.”

In your cover letter, please answer the following questions:

  1. What is your connection to Headlands mission? Why are you interested in the internship?
  2. How does an internship position here align with your future goals?

College and graduate students of all disciplines, as well as working adults, are welcome to apply. Headlands will work to tailor aspects of the internships to applicants’ interests whenever possible, and will work to ensure students receive academic credit for their internships when applicable.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering at Headlands offers a unique opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at our events. 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.