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Our Mission

We ensure Bay Area youth have equitable access to the ocean through surf instruction.

We use surfing as a vehicle to improve the health and well being and engage youth with our three core beliefs.

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Our Core Beliefs

All of our programs are founded on our four core pillars.

We inspire youth to take pride in themselves and adopt a healthy lifestyle

Healthy Living

We inspire youth to take pride in themselves and adopt a healthy lifestyle
We challenge youth to step outside their comfort zone and expand their boundaries

Personal Growth

We challenge youth to step outside their comfort zone and expand their boundaries
We promote environmental education and  challenge youth to be active global citizens

Appreciation for Nature

We promote environmental education and challenge youth to be active global citizens
We ensure Bay Area Youth have equitable access to the ocean and to surfing


We ensure Bay Area Youth have equitable access to the ocean and to surfing

Job Opportunities


City Surf Project is 501c3 Non-Profit that ensures equitable access to the coastline and improves the health and wellbeing of Bay Area youth, through surf instruction. We use surfing as a vehicle to teach our four pillars: respect for nature, healthy living, personal growth, and diversity and inclusion.


At City Surf Project we believe the power of surfing — and our four pillars — will positively transform the lives of youth.  Although you do not need to be a “surfer” or have surfing experience to qualify for this role, we are looking for someone who believes in our mission as a way of furthering social and environmental justice for underrepresented youth. 


Are you interested in joining a thriving organization in need of developmental support to sustain growth? If hired, you will become an important part of our team, joining a development team of three, including our Development Manager, Executive Director, and Development Associate.  We ask that you be a team-player, a proactive communicator, and be organized and detail-oriented in order to help us manage our grants and meet rigorous deadlines. 


As the Grants Manager you will work closely with the Executive Director and Development Manager to help us secure our annual budget of $800K through: grant writing, grants management, and cultivating foundations to apply to. You will also be asked to take on various administrative duties related to grants management in order to support the development team. 


We are looking for someone with nonprofit development experience who is interested in working with a young and growing organization. If you meet the qualifications below, we encourage you to apply.


Job Duties Include: 

  1. Prospect and research potential grants:

  • Determine funding needs by closely working with the ED and Development Manager.

  • Conduct targeted research to identify new institutional funders and help grow the existing portfolio of grant funders

  • Research, contact, and cultivate prospective foundations

  • Build relationships with foundation representatives in order to submit proposals


  1. Grant Writing

  • Collaborate with program and development staff to create compelling grant proposals and funding requests, and taking lead on the grant application development process

  • Coordinate with relevant staff in order to solicit timely and appropriate input/review of grant proposals prior to submission deadlines

  • Review guidelines for all foundation proposals and reports to make sure all submissions are accurately formatted and include all required information, including budgets and materials


  1. Grant Management

  • Develop and manage submissions of grant reports according to the grant agreements’ requirements

  • Work with the Development Manager to track grants that are in progress by maintaining and updating CSP’s Grants Matrix.

  • Maintain grant opportunities through Salesforce


  • Proficient computer skills: Proficiency using Google Docs, MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Salesforce and Wordpress. 

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work remotely on a small team with limited clerical support. 

  • Flexible, organized, and a self-starter; able to multitask while also being highly detail and result-oriented 

  • Ability to think strategically and effectively

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Excellent communication skills including strong writing and listening; ability to communicate clearly.

  • Experience and understanding of doing research and qualifying for grants

  • Professional knowledge and experience in successful proposal development for different types of organizations

  • Excellent writing and speaking skills

  • Proficient in using Salesforce – light admin role, data entry and running reports 

  • Commitment and passion for CSP’s mission.

  • Must be willing to come observe program in-person, at least one day, to get a feel for the organization’s mission in action.

  • Flexible work hours, but must be available for a weekly call with the Development team, time/day negotiable per availability with the Development team

  • Must pass a background check.


  • A bachelor’s degree is preferred

  • At least two years experience grant writing

  • Demonstrated success in grant writing, researching and applying to foundations, and donor management.

  • Experience working with foundations.

Commitment:10 to 20 hours per week (with likely increase in hours in 2023)


Pay: Compensation based on experience and competitive salaries. 


DEI Statement:

At City Surf Project, we believe that we have a responsibility to create an environment in which everyone feels welcome, valued, and respected in our programs, in our offices, and in our community. We are committed to countering racism and discrimination in our organization in the following ways: 

Ensuring a Culturally-Responsive Program: We commit to regularly working with staff, experts on trauma-informed practices, and students to ensure that our curriculum and program is anti-racist and relevant to all of our students. 

Increasing Organizational Diversity: We commit to analyzing and updating our hiring, board recruitment, and volunteer recruitment strategies to ensure that all levels of our organization are more reflective of the students we serve. 

Building an Inclusive Environment: We commit to investing in the knowledge and systems that support our students, staff, and volunteers so that all feel they have a voice and a place within our organization.


Discrimination Policy:

City Surf Project is an equal opportunity employer, and we’re dedicated to building a company that reflects and honors the diverse community where we live, work and surf. This means that we celebrate diversity, practice inclusion, and foster equality. We decide the terms and conditions of employment without regard to race, religion, color, ancestry, genetic information, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, national origin, medical condition, marital status, citizenship status, military service status or other basis protected by law. Your potential for advancement and any changes to your terms and conditions of employment will be based solely on business needs, your job performance and your contribution to the success of City Surf Project. City Surf Project will make reasonable accommodations for employees when needed in accordance with applicable law.


TO APPLY: Please send resume and cover letter to by April 15, 2022. Please include GRANTS MANAGER APPLICATION in the subject line.



1st round interviews – April 20 – April 30

Start date – May 1 – May 15, 2022

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