The Director of Programs is responsible for overseeing all Artists Programs and Public Programs for the organization. This includes strategizing and ensuring successful implementation of the Artists in Residence (AIR), Affiliate (AFF), Graduate Fellowship, and Alumni New Works (ANW) programs as well as conceiving and implementing a dynamic and innovative season of public programs that engender a deep and meaningful relationship to audiences. All programs should advance Headlands’ mission, encourage critical thinking, inspire creativity and foster the exchange of ideas across cultures and professional disciplines. In addition, the Director of Programs will have the opportunity to commission site specific and off-site artists projects, cultivate programmatic and audience-driven partnerships, envision new program models, and work with current and alumni Artists to support the development of new work and ideas.

The Director of Programs is a key member of the senior leadership team and helps drive the strategy and long-term sustainability of the organization. The Director of Programs serves as a supervisor to program department staff members and interns, a liaison to key Board members and volunteers, and serves as a public facing representative of the organization. This position reports directly to the Executive Director.


  • To oversee all of Headlands Artists Programs
  • To think creatively and entrepreneurially about public programming and audience engagement
  • To oversee the Program departments staff, budgets and operations
  • To serve as a key member of the leadership team
  • To work collaboratively with staff across all departments
  • To represent the organization publically amongst artists, partner organizations, peers in the field and funders
  • To serve as a key liaison to the program committee, nominators, panelists and other individuals who are part of Headlands creative community


  • 5+ years working in the non-profit sector
  • Supervisory experience
  • Curatorial and public programming experience, in particular with an artist-centered and/or contemporary art context

Desired knowledge, skills, experience

  • Experience with contemporary arts sector and/or public/private partnerships
  • Experience working in a national park or public land environment
  • Familiarity with the local, national, and international arts and culture landscape

Physical requirements

  • Employee needs to be able to sit for extended periods of time.
  • Employee must be able to manage events, which includes occasional lifting and moving of AV equipment and furniture.
  • Due to the location of our campus, employee must drive and have a vehicle

Reporting relationships:

This position reports to the Executive Director. The position works closely with every department of the organization and oversees the residency and program managers, as well as interns and occasional hourly support.

Financial responsibility:

The Director of Programs is responsible for successfully meeting program income goals, managing the department’s expenses, and overseeing long-term program planning.


  • Salary is commensurate with organization’s senior team compensation levels; 100% health, dental, and vision benefits; flex spending and 401K plan
  • Fast-paced convivial work environment in beautiful natural setting
  • Dynamic creative community and direct access to working artists; access to local and organic food program


For further information, please visit: http://www.headlands.org/headlands-information/employment/



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