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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 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 to add additional capacity to elevate the Human Resources Department to best support and sustain the organization’s growth and retention. This position will partner with the Sr. Human Resources Manager to compose and implement processes and policies to increase efficiencies.           


Recruitment, Retention and Succession Planning:

  • Partners with the Sr. Human Resources Manager and leadership team to understand and execute the organization's overall human resources and talent strategy to address current and future staffing needs.
  • Manages the talent acquisition process: Assists supervisors with finalizing job descriptions, provides hiring committee with best practices guidance, manages recruitment; reviews and categorizes applicant submissions, schedules interviews, provides offer letters, negotiates final terms of employment, provides HR onboarding of new hires.
  • Manages the employee lifecycle process: Provide best practices for growth, retention, and succession planning. Collaborate with departmental directors and supervisors to understand skills and competencies required for vacancies.
  • Works in collaboration with the Chief Operating Officer and Sr. Human Resources Manager on projects related to compensation planning. Analyzes trends in compensation and benefits; researches and proposes competitive base pay programs to ensure the organization attracts and retains top talent.
  • Proactively identify opportunities to enhance the employee experience; help develop and implement innovative solutions and policies.

Training and Development:

  • Advise, mentor and guide supervisors to develop positive employee engagement leadership skills. Support supervisors through coaching performance management and improvement to assist in the creation/follow up of action plans around improving employee engagement.
  • Helps to create learning and development programs and initiatives that provide internal development opportunities.

JEDI Initiative Administration (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion):

  • Reviews, updates, develops, and implements diversity and inclusion initiatives and strategy to attract, hire and maintain a diverse workplace.
  • Collects and analyzes statistical data, tracks metrics to evaluate the company’s hiring and retention in accordance with JEDI standards and goals.
  • Works with hiring managers and hiring committee members to improve JEDI supportive methodology throughout the recruiting and hiring process.
  • Maintains and continues to seek knowledge of diversity-related topics, legislation, best practices and trends.

Administration of Benefits:

  • Day-to-day administration of Human Resources tasks and duties.
  • Employee benefits administration; including enrollment at time of hire and annual open enrollment periods. Health, dental, vision, long-term disability, employee assistance program (EAP) and more. 
  • Assists with leave administration and time management system/PTO accruals.

General Human Resources Support:

  • Maintains compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, and recommended best practices; reviews policies and practices to maintain compliance.
  • Provides support and guidance to management, and other staff when complex, specialized, and sensitive questions and issues arise; may be required to administer and execute routine tasks in delicate circumstances such as providing reasonable accommodations, investigation of allegations of wrongdoing, attending disciplinary meetings, and handling terminations.
  • Maintains knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management, and employment law.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Reports to: Sr. Human Resources Manager              


Surfrider Foundation currently employs 82 staff, including 8 chapter staff and 3 chapter interns. We are a multi-state employer, with team members located in: California, Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Virginia, and Washington.

The HR team consists of 1.5 members supporting the HR function, the Sr. Human Resources Manager (full-time) and the Chapter Operations and Compliance Manager (part-time). The Chapter Operations and Compliance Manager provides HR support for chapter employees only, with their duties primarily supporting chapter compliance and event approvals. The vacant Human Resources Manager role will work in partnership with the Sr. Human Resources Manager to divide responsibilities and elevate the HR function.


  • Ability to develop strategic, innovative, and mutually beneficial recommendations and solutions that align strategic business objectives with employment strategies. Analytical skills to gather & evaluate data, identify alternatives, and make recommendations.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including proven dispute resolution skills. Demonstrated ability to handle difficult situations, demonstrated active listening and critical thinking skills.
  • Acts with a high level of integrity, professionalism, and confidentiality.
  • Thorough understanding of federal, state (California), and local equal employment opportunity laws and regulations.
  • Working knowledge of a human resources management system, and/or other related human resources software programs and systems.
  • Advanced working knowledge of Mac OS and Microsoft Suite: Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Direct experience developing and implementing training programs preferred.
  • Experience speaking comfortably on camera (i.e. Zoom) and publicly in front of a large number of people in diverse situations.
  • Must reside in Southern California with the ability to work effectively from a home office.
  • May be required to work from in-office on pre-scheduled occasions for meetings, collaborations and special annual events (less than 10% of total annual work time).  


  • Bachelor’s Degree required. Degree in Human Resources is preferred, but not required.
  • Minimum 3+ years of progressive experience working within human resources management.
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) SHRM-CP, or related certification is a plus, but not required. 
  • Broad knowledge/experience in recruitment, compensation, organizational planning, organizational development, employee relations, and training/development.
  • Experience in administration of benefits and compensation programs.
  • Proven ability to effectively manage multiple, complex tasks and to establish and regularly evaluate priorities.


  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift 10 pounds at times (personnel files)


Salary Range Transparency:
Category Level:
Salary Range:
$62,150 Minimum - $94,274 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 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:
Accepting submissions until the position has been filled.
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.

To learn more about our Justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion commitments, please visit: