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

Facilities Assistant

TITLE: Facilities Assistant
DEPARTMENT: Facilities
REPORTS TO: Director of Facilities
STATUS: Part-time, Hourly, Non-Exempt
SALARY RANGE: $48,000 – $52,000
SCHEDULE: Part-time, 32 hours/week; Sunday–Wednesday schedule required. The total compensation includes a pro-rated benefits package with medical, dental, 401(k), and paid time off (PTO).

The Facilities Assistant plays a key role in making the Headlands campus function, from daily facilities upkeep and planning to event and programs support. Working under the supervision of the Facilities Director, the Facilities Assistant provides care and maintenance for Headlands’ seven historic buildings and grounds as well as support for public programs and special events through a robust and coordinated effort as a core member of the Facilities team. The job includes a range of dynamic responsibilities, from janitorial work to basic plumbing and carpentry, waste management, and other activities. The Facilities Assistant also works with the Facilities Coordinator on a wide range of facilities and special projects.

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 (70%)

  • Follow 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.
  • Maintain cleanliness of all campus facilities and grounds on a regular basis in addition to regular cleaning crew scope.
  • Maintain facilities supply stock and inventory.
  • Ensure weekly waste management logistics.
  • Perform daily, weekly, and monthly rounds.
  • Support and execute on medium and long term special projects. Including painting of interiors, space organization projects, inventory, etc.
  • Report project progress on a regular basis.

Technical and Programs Support (20%)

  • Support programs, events, and rentals including event set-up and breakdown.
  • Work with various staff members to set-up furniture and A/V equipment as needed.
  • Facilitate artists’ use of woodshop.

Administrative Responsibilities and Other Projects (10%)

  • 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.

Review of applications will begin Monday, August 2, 2021 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.


We are currently not accepting applications for Internships. Please check back or email info@headlands.org for updates.

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.