Headlands Center for the Arts

Managing Director

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 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.