Deputy Director, Programs and Engagement


TITLE: Deputy Director, Programs and Engagement 

DEPARTMENT Programs and Engagement

REPORTS TO: Executive Director

STATUS: Salaried, exempt

SALARY RANGE: $90,000–$110,000

SCHEDULE: Full time; occasional evenings/weekends required



Headlands Center for the Arts is a multidisciplinary, international arts center dedicated to supporting artists; the creative process; and the development of new, innovative ideas and artwork. Where we are is as important as what we do. Our campus comprises a cluster of artist-rehabilitated military buildings, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge at historic Fort Barry in the Marin Headlands, a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.



Headlands Center for the Arts provides an unparalleled environment for the creative process and the development of new work and ideas. Through a range of programs for artists and the public, we offer opportunities for reflection, dialogue, and exchange that build understanding and appreciation for the role of art in society.



The Deputy Director for Programs and Engagement reports to the Executive Director and is a vital member of the senior leadership team. The position is responsible for the vision, planning, conceptualization, and implementation of programs and initiatives that serve to connect Bay Area, national and international artists and audiences to Headlands Center for the Arts (Headlands). In consultation with the Executive Director, the Deputy Director for Programs and Engagement will be responsible for onsite and offsite programs and shape digital initiatives, branding and voice for the organization. This person is responsible for creating a coordinated approach for the program, developing strategic collaborations within Headlands as well as outside partnerships that advance the reach, impact, relevancy, and variety of programs. The Deputy Director for Programs and Engagement will effectively lead the Programs and Communications and Digital teams to ensure that organizational goals are being met with the values of equity and excellence in mind. 

The Deputy Director for Programs and Engagement works with stakeholders at every level of the organization, including the Board of Directors, Executive Director, Deputy Director for Operations, Director of Communications and Digital, and Senior Managers across every team to present and advocate for the highest level quality and care in Headlands’ creative pursuits.  



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.

Artists Programs 

  • Responsible for the overall vision, selection process and implementation of all Artists Programs including the Artists in Residence, Bay Area Fellowships, Threshold Fellowships, and Graduate Fellowships
  • Manage panel review system and serve as primary liaison in recruiting panelists and jurors for artist selection 
  • Oversee all aspects of the Commissions Program including artists selection, project management, production and presentation, and audience engagement 

Public Programs and Audience Engagement 

  • Responsible for the overall vision and implementation of all public programs including exhibitions, workshops, works in progress showings, and onsite and off-site projects.
  • Responsible for envisioning and implementing a clear, robust, and engaging season of programs that attract and engage public audiences and are in line with creating more opportunities for the new and broad audiences engaged with Headlands.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director and Director of Communications and Digital to implement audience engagement strategies as well as communications and marketing plans that are appropriate for the programming
  • Deliver on program earned income goals and manage expense budgets as they relate to all program-related activities
  • Liaise with artists, as appropriate, to ensure maximum visibility and public facing opportunities for artist and organizational exposure and impact
  • Serve as a liaison to the Audience Engagement Committee, select members of the Board of Directors and Advisory Council 

Administration and Leadership 

  • Oversee Programs and Communications and Digital teams and foster a culture of collaboration and experimentation
  • Alongside Executive Director and Communications and Digital Director, develop and advocate for a welcoming and clear institutional voice
  • Oversee the development and ongoing assessment of digital platforms that connect new and existing audiences, as well as Headlands’ current and alumni artists, to Headlands resources
  • Ensure that all department members adhere to organizational policies and procedures 
  • Oversee careful adherence to income and expense budgets
  • Oversee long-term program planning, evaluating program needs to determine the most effective use of organizational resources 
  • Serve as a key connector between the artistic vision of the organization and their successful coordination with fundraising, operations, and facilities staff
  • Serve as a key 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 including amongst our donor and artist communities, peer organizations, and professional associations
  • Cultivate relationships with funders and prospects
  • Work collaboratively with staff across all departments
  • Serve as a key liaison to the program committee, nominators, panelists, and other individuals who are part of Headlands’ creative community
  • Think creatively and entrepreneurially about public programming and audience engagement and create an actionable work plan for these functional areas
  • Incorporate diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility principles into day-to-day program and engagement work



  • Experience with and deep understanding of the role of the arts and the potential of artists to create societal change.
    Demonstrated awareness, experience, and competence in working with a diverse, multi-racial, multicultural, and socio-economic environment.
  • Experience with or willingness to learn about diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility initiatives.
  • A demonstrated commitment to advancing cultural equity.
  • 5+ years of experience as a manager.
  • Experience working with public sector agencies is preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communications, and collaborations skills.
  • Demonstrated skills in the broad range of social and traditional communication methods. 
  • Excellent written and oral communications
  • Demonstrated ability to design and implement strategic communication programs 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Suite applications
  • Proficiency in managing a department budget. 
  • Due to our Marin Headlands location, reliable vehicle access is required.



  • 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 lifting up to 25 lbs.



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 Deputy Director, Programs and Engagement / [Your Name]. Please submit applications by or before Sunday, October 17, 2021.

Review of applications will begin on Monday, October 18, 2021 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.



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 opportunities 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.

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Expires: 2021-10-17


Headlands Center for the Arts


SF Bay Area


944 Fort Barry, Sausalito, CA 94965





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