Headlands Center for the Arts

Director of Operations

About Headlands Center for the Arts

Headlands Center for the Arts is a 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, 15 minutes north of San Francisco. Established in 1982, Headlands promotes artistic exploration and development of new creative work. 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.

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


- 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

This 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. More information about Headlands’ work culture here:

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.

Interested candidates should email a single PDF attachment that includes both a cover letter and resume to 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.

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.