The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves, and beaches for all people through a powerful activist network. The Surfrider Foundation has 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.

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, that have their feet in the sand and toes in the water. You help bring together divergent 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 recruiting for two positions: An East Coast Regional Director and a West Coast Regional Director to manage and guide Surfrider’s regional field teams. They will lead a team of highly experienced and competent field policy and organizing staff to advance the mission of the Surfrider Foundation and meet the organization’s strategic goals.The territory for the West Coast Regional Director position includes: Hawaii, California, Oregon and Washington. The ideal candidate will reside in the territory they are managing.

We are looking for ambitious individuals to be responsible for the oversight of regional staff, maintaining regional budgets, helping to coordinate regional campaigns that unify policy and organizing work with national staff, and implementing innovative strategies to reach organizational strategic goals. The successful regional director will assist the organization to reach its regional fundraising goals, assist in ensuring strategic objectives are met and will help build and maintain sound working relationships with all departments.


  • Ability to help identify mission-aligned environmental campaign opportunities that employ on the ground grassroots-based chapter and student club network model and policy work.
  • Work with the Senior Director of Network Strategy to help select and evaluate opportunities for growth in the network, including the Chapter & Club Leadership Training Conferences.
  • Work with the Senior Environmental Director to select and evaluate environmental initiative opportunities. 
  • Work with the Senior Director of Development to identify regional funding opportunities and support those efforts. 
  • Work with the Senior Legal Director to ensure regional staff are in compliance with state and federal lobbying registering requirements, and timely reporting of any lobbying activities and/or following established procedures for any campaign litigation
  • Work with Senior Marketing/Communications Director to ensure that regional staff are sharing stories and utilizing digital platforms to capture impact of successful regional campaigns and programs. 
  • Facilitate monthly meetings with the Senior Director of Environment and Senior Director of Network Strategy to help maintain organizational alignment. 
  • Track environmental impact from campaigns, programs, and chapter activities within the respective regions.

Management Responsibilities Include: 

  • Management of the Regional Manager and Regional Policy Manager positions. 
  • Creating and maintaining strong field network relationships. 
  • Reporting on the weekly, monthly, and quarterly performance of the region to their supervisor and appropriate department leads.
  • Mentoring and training regional teams to achieve strategic goals as identified in the Surfrider Strategic Plan.
  • Responsible for hiring and onboarding of new Regional Managers and Policy Managers.
  • Facilitate monthly meetings with Senior Director of Environment and Senior Director of Network Strategy. 

Reports to: Chief Operating Officer


  • Bachelor’s degree (Masters Degree preferred) or equivalent experience
  • Proven fundraising/ donor relationship experience
  • 7+ years of experience managing teams and working on environmental issues, preferably in a non-profit or government setting
  • Proven experience in a senior management position
  • Ability to work remotely and independently
  • The ability to make critical decisions under pressure
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Efficient communication skills
  • Supervise and direct policy managers and regional managers
  • Ensure policy and regional managers are working in a cohesive manner to meet strategic objectives
  • Identify and support funding opportunities in the region


This is a full-time position. The West Coast Regional Director position will be compensated with a salary commensurate with candidate’s experience level, starting at $90,000. The Surfrider Foundation offers a salary that is competitive with other national, not-for-profit conservation organizations.

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


Deadline for receiving resumes: 6/30/22


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 depends 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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