Development Operations Coordinator

Surfrider Foundation

Surfrider Foundation

California, USA · San Clemente, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, October 7, 2023


Hybrid Remote (San Clemente, California)


The Surfrider Foundation is the world’s largest grassroots coastal conservation organization. We are 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 critical victories by persuading state, federal, and local decision makers 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 is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Development Operations Coordinator. This new position reports to the Associate Director of Development, East Coast and provides support for Major Gifts, Grants, and two national events as well as donor salon events throughout the year. The Development Operations Coordinator is responsible for helping to maintain and optimize the fundraising database and other systems, assisting with prospect and grants research, and providing general administrative assistance to the Development department. 

The ideal candidate is a confident professional with an abundance mindset and a desire to grow a rewarding career in the field of fundraising. This role will be a part of an exciting, fast-growing non-profit organization and will work as part of a dynamic fundraising team to manage and optimize the operations that are crucial to a thriving development effort.


The Development Operations Coordinator is responsible for supporting Development department processes to increase funding revenue. The desired professional interfaces with key stakeholders on the development team, such as major gift fundraisers, grant managers, and event producers. Candidates should possess exemplary project management and communication skills, outstanding attention to detail, eagerness to excel in all responsibilities listed below, and capability to grow within their role at Surfrider Foundation.

  • Oversee incoming gifts processing, timely acknowledgments, and stewardship systems within Salesforce, and maintain the database as an efficient and effective tool for fundraising.
  • Oversee systems for prospecting, research, and pipeline development.
  • Lead the department’s CRM system improvements as well as identify and champion various tech solutions that support fundraising goals.
  • Track foundation proposals and reports and supplementary materials to ensure that internal and external deadlines are met for institutional funding.
  • Provide necessary logistic and administrative support, including responding to general requests, organizing and preparing materials and mailings, and maintaining records of Major Gifts.
  • Conduct prospective donor and foundation research.
  • Assist in completion of grant proposals and donor reports.
  • Assist with day-to-day department operations.
  • Assist with development and donor events and duties as requested. Some pre-scheduled events and travel may be required.


  • Must reside within a reasonably commutable distance to Surfrider Foundation Headquarters in San Clemente, California. 
  • 1-2 days/week to be worked from in-office, 3-4 days/week to be worked from home office. Schedule modifications are per the discretion of the supervisor. 


  • Bachelor’s Degree or Associate’s Degree plus 2+ years of experience in development field or event planning and execution; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum of 2 years experience in nonprofit fundraising.
  • High level of organization.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and deadlines.
  • Attention to detail and data integrity.
  • Strong experience with database operations. Demonstrated critical thinking skills to analyze data and understand its relationship to the overall fundraising objectives.
  • Demonstrated experience in creating a donor pipeline.
  • Comfortable working on a MAC platform.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Familiarity with Adobe CS / CC is a plus.
  •  Familiar with Salesforce or other CRM such as Raisers Edge.
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and ability to present ideas and plans clearly and effectively.
  • Eagerness to work collaboratively in a fast-paced, team-oriented, and goal-driven environment.


Salary Range Transparency:
Category Level: Coordinator
Salary Range:  Minimum $48,000 - Maximum $71,760 

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 offering a match of .50¢ of every dollar contributed by the employee up to a maximum of 4% of earnings (in other terms, a 2% employer match). Surfrider Foundation provides full-time employees with a generous number of paid holidays (18 days/year), vacation time (10 days/year +) and sick time (12 days/year). We also provide 6 weeks of paid parental leave following the birth of an employee’s child or the placement of a child with an employee in connection with adoption or foster care.


Please send cover letter (including your salary requirements) and resume to: 
Deadline for receiving resumes: Monday, 10/23/23
Phone inquiries and walk-ins will not be accepted - thank you for understanding. 


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 opportunity 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.

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