Local recruitment: Partnerships Manager

Surfrider Foundation

Orange County, CA, USA 🇺🇸




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 has a large and valuable corporate partner portfolio consisting of over 50 corporate partnerships. The Partnerships Manager supports the Sr. Partnerships Manager through administrative and operational responsibilities and is a key liaison between partners and the organization. The position requires excellent organization, project management, and communication skills. The primary responsibility of this position is to track, manage and ensure fulfillment of contractual obligations with Surfrider corporate partners. The successful candidate will assist in maintaining strong relationships with partners and hands-on execution of activation deliverables.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Coordination of Corporate Partnership Deliverables
  • Corporate partnership account management
  • Support ​long-term relationships with current and prospective ​partners
  • Coordinate all contracted obligations for corporate partners and maintain tracking system
  • Assist in ensuring that all partnership contract deliverables are met or exceeded
  • Invoicing and donation acknowledgment
  • Maintain customer relationship management database
  • Communicate partnership deliverables to Surfrider staff and delegate as needed
  • Attend events and lead beach cleanups to fulfill partnership deliverables as required
  • Assist with copywriting for social media
  • Lead copywriting for blogs, articles, email features and website listings
  • S​upport partnerships team in preparation of and on-site for special events
  • Collect and maintain all corporate partner digital assets
  • Review and revise partner needs and feedback

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Adhoc administrative duties
  • Assist with partnership mailings and shipments as needed
  • Coordinate and attend department and client meetings
  • Support the review a​nd renewal of current partnerships
  • Support the review and onboarding of new partnerships
  • Assist with client facing correspondence, reports, pitch materials
  • Assist with incoming inquiries from general public and Surfrider chapter network

Reports to: Senior Partnerships Manager


  • Prior experience with project management, special events management or relationship and/or sales account management.
  • 5+ years of experience working within a professional team environment
  • Possess superior organizational skills and the ability to prioritize, problem-solve, and multitask
  • Exhibit a keen attention to detail, including strong follow-through and follow-up
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Must be flexible and adaptable
  • Ability to work both collaboratively within a team environment and independently
  • Ability to work some weekends and evenings outside of Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:30pm general office hours
  • Ability to travel as needed (with advanced notice)
  • Must have transportation and access to a vehicle to transport materials when needed (all work-related mileage will be reimbursed).
  • Working knowledge of MAC systems, Microsoft Office Suite: Word and Excel, and Google Suite.
  • Must be reside within Orange County (or commutable distance to San Clemente office) and must be flexible to work within a 50/50 hybrid remote home office/Surfrider Foundation headquarters office work arrangement. 

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to sit for long periods of time
  • Ability to enter data for long periods of time
  • Ability to sit in front of computer for long periods of time
  • Ability to speak and hear
  • May be required to lift 5-30 pounds occasionally


Salary Range Transparency:

Category Level: Manager (Partnerships Team)

Salary Range: $60,000 Minimum – $83,000 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: 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: https://www.surfrider.org/pages/diversity-equity-inclusion




IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development