Los Angeles Chapter Manager

Surfrider Foundation

Surfrider Foundation

California, USA · San Clemente, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, April 29, 2023


The Surfrider Foundation is the world’s largest grassroots coastal conservation organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves, and beaches for all people through a powerful activist network. We have achieved many important victories to protect vital coastal and ocean resources. These accomplishments demonstrate the important role of recreational users in advancing coastal and ocean stewardship. Since 1984, Surfrider's appeal is not only our strong reputation and track record of success, but also the lifestyle and values we embody.

By joining the Surfrider Foundation, you will be welcomed into an open and inclusive network of incredibly supportive and collaborative people who work hard and play hard. You will have the opportunity to work with dedicated people who are also passionate coastal users with their feet in the sand and toes in the water. You help bring together diverse voices and perspectives to provide our community with the leadership and tools necessary to make a difference at their beach and in coastal communities across the United States. At Surfrider, we build leaders and we are problem solvers; our culture sets us apart and influences everything we do. Coastal recreation is fun and working at Surfrider is too.


The Surfrider Foundation Los Angeles Chapter Manager is responsible for increasing the organizational capacity and membership for the chapter through amplifying volunteer efforts, programs and campaigns. They will facilitate chapter governance and oversight, and support the chapter Executive Committee (EC) and activists in fulfilling Surfrider Foundation’s mission. This is accomplished by expanding partnerships and membership while increasing environmental victories and the presence of Surfrider in the community. The Chapter Manager will also assist with administrative support, event planning and fundraising activities. The ideal candidate is a natural leader that is also comfortable supporting, empowering and delegating to volunteer activists.


  • Facilitates chapter governance and oversight through adherence to Surfrider Foundation’s Chapter Guidelines, Policies and Procedures and Bylaws; chapter annual planning and reporting; Executive Committee training and cultivation.
  • Serves as the primary staff point of contact for the Chapter Chair and Executive Committee and disseminates information and established organizational policies and procedures.
  • Provides the primary onboarding of new Executive Committee members, program and campaign initiative leads. This includes providing an overview of the role and responsibilities of the Chapter Manager and/or Beach Cleanup Coordinator to new EC members.
  • Works with the Executive Committee and Treasurer to create and manage an annual budget; tracks chapter expenses/revenue, provides monthly budget updates to the Executive Committee and monthly budget reports to Surfrider Foundation Headquarters.
  • Acts as the primary volunteer coordinator by recruiting, engaging, managing, onboarding and overseeing volunteers; hosts core volunteer orientations, provides outreach for program volunteer needs.
  • Assists with volunteer recruitment, engagement and management through use of the Golden Volunteer Management Platform.
  • Works with the Chapter’s Executive Committee to maintain regular communications with Surfrider Foundation members and volunteers via Golden, the website, email, social media, events calendar, and other channels.
  • Grows Surfrider Foundation Membership within the chapter territory. Works in conjunction with the Surfrider Foundation Membership Department to incorporate membership opportunities into local campaigns, programs, activities and events.
  • Assists the chapter and Surfrider Foundation Headquarters with fundraising events and outreach activities such as but not limited to International Surfing Day, International Coastal Cleanup Day, Hands Across the Sand; responding to calls, emails and inquiries from the general public and members.
  • Oversees the ordering, and management of merchandise and outreach materials.
  • Maintains that all active chapter programs are running efficiently and achieving their objectives.
  • Maintains that all active chapter campaigns are running efficiently.
  • General office administration including beach-use and/or event permit applications, and fulfilling insurance requirements via Surfrider Foundation’s established Event Approval process.
  • Assists in processing general donations and memberships, which may include visiting the Chapter’s PO box and distributing donations to the Chapter treasurer.
  • Participates in standing Regional Director Department Meetings and all Surfrider Foundation staff activities.
  • Supervises the staff Beach Cleanup Coordinator; facilitates onboarding, develops an annual work plan, establishes performance goals and objectives and introduces them to the Chapter Executive Committee.

Reports to: Southern California Regional Manager


  • Minimum 1-2 years of staff management experience
  • Advocacy experience
  • Knowledge and understanding of ocean and environmental justice issues, particularly those local to the Los Angeles Chapter area and Southern CA at large
  • Ability to work collaboratively with diverse partners to increase the outreach of the Surfrider Foundation
  • Self-motivated
  • Strong public speaker
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational and communication skills, including excellent writing skills
  • Budget management experience
  • Nonprofit coordination experience
  • Administrative experience
  • Event coordination and management experience
  • Ability to travel around LA County on a semi-regular basis
  • Social media experience a plus
  • Volunteer coordination experience
  • Four-year college degree a plus
  • Flexible schedule; available for some weeknight meetings and some weekend events
  • Must reside within the Los Angeles area


Salary Range Transparency:

Category Level: Manager (Chapter-Level Regional Support)

Salary Range: $54,000 Minimum - $70,000 Maximum

How Does the Surfrider Foundation Establish Salary Ranges? The Surfrider Foundation researches, evaluates, and compares like-sized non-profit organizations to establish ranges for each position level to ensure that employees are justly compensated. The intent is to compensate employees well within a median pay range philosophy.What does a “median pay range philosophy” mean? It means that if the range for a position is $50,000- $70,000 the median pay for that position would be $60,000. The established range takes multiple factors into account; experience, educational background, scope and complexity of work, special skills, added value to the organization, geographic cost-of-living, inflation/current market demand, equity, and more. The Surfrider Foundation prides itself on a high rate of retention, with 32% of staff having been employed with the organization for 10+ years. Please keep in mind that the maximum end of our ranges also account for longevity and tenure within the role.

Benefits include medical, dental and vision coverage monthly premiums compensated 100% by Surfrider Foundation, Long-Term Disability insurance, Employee Assistance program (EAP), Section 125 Flexible Spending Account (FSA), 401(k) plan with partial employer matching. Surfrider also provides paid holidays, vacation and sick time.


Please send cover letter (including your salary requirements) and resume to:

Email: careers@surfrider.org

Deadline for receiving resumes: May 19, 2023


The Surfrider Foundation is committed to fostering a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive organization for all people who protect and enjoy the world’s ocean, waves, and beaches. Our success and impact depend on learning from our community, standing in solidarity with our allies and working towards a more just future, both for our organization and the environmental movement as a whole.

The Surfrider Foundation is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace that is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce. Together we strive to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming. We are committed to equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, Veteran status, or any other protected class.

To learn more about our Justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion commitments, please visit: https://www.surfrider.org/pages/diversity-equity-inclusion