The Director of the Go Green Initiative (GGI) in Cumberland County Schools will lead resource efficiency initiatives and sustainability education programs for administrators, teachers and students in Cumberland County, North Carolina. 

The hire will be an employee of Sustainable Sandhills, a local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The position is embedded within the Operations Department of the County school system. 


  • Certify and re-certify schools in the County as “Green Schools” by incorporating sustainable practices into facility operations. 
  • Perform energy, water and waste audits of schools and identify, recommend, and implement initiatives designed to create cost avoidance, conserve energy and water, improve air quality, prevent pollution, and properly manage waste and recycling in collaboration with Fayetteville Public Works Commission, Green for Life, Cumberland County, City of Fayetteville and other partners and stakeholders.
  • Maintain data on energy and water consumption and waste diversion at schools throughout the system and report data to Operations, the Board of Education, and Sustainable Sandhills as needed.
  • Serve as an advisor on sustainability education and assist with the integration of sustainability concepts and projects into Cumberland County Schools curriculum and activities.
  • Serve as the leader of the Green Team Advisory Council and organize at least quarterly meetings to convene the Council.
  • Serve as an advisor to Green Team Leaders and other stakeholders in participating schools; assist administrators, Green Team Leaders, teachers, and students with the implementation of sustainable practices in schools.
  • Serve on the Advisory Board for the Academy of Green Technology at Douglas Byrd High School.
  • Manage the Carbon Banks at three Cumberland County Schools locations (plant trees, host volunteer events, compile and manage data on carbon sequestration and other duties).
  • Manage any resource efficiency or environmental education interns working with the GGI.Plan and produce the annual Earth Day celebration for students in April.
  • Compose and submit award nominations on behalf of high performing Green Schools or the County school system.
  • Complete and submit an annual report on the GGI to the Cumberland County Board of Education and Sustainable Sandhills each year.
  • Participate in other Cumberland County and Sustainable Sandhills events and programs as directed by supervisors at the school system and Sustainable Sandhills.


    The ideal candidate for this position will: 

    • Have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in environmental science, earth science, education, environmental educator, conservation, sustainability, or have a comparable combination of education and experience.

    • Be organized, able to work independently with little direct supervision, efficient, adaptable, objective, and innovative.
    • Have leadership skills, enthusiasm, forward thinking, progressive, being a positive change for the organization.
    • Be able to work with individuals at various levels of authority, including School Board members, high-ranking government officials, school administrators and the general public.
    • Be able to work with and communicate effectively with a diverse population.
    • Have a thorough understanding of environmental education and sustainability concepts as they apply to energy resilience, water and air quality, waste management and recycling, and be able to incorporate those concepts into an educational setting.
    • Have excellent computer skills (word processing, email, data collection and processing programs such as Excel or Google Sheets, Google Drive, website builder software and similar programs)
    • Teacher certification desired but not required.


    Job Type: Full-time exempt with a very generous paid holiday, time off and sick leave benefits.

    Pay: $34,000.00 per year with travel stipend.


    Sustainable Sandhills strives to strengthen communities by creating resilient environmental, economic, and social resources for current and future generations. The Go Green Initiative in Cumberland County Schools was established in 2009. Programs within the GGI have save fiscal and natural resources for the school system and have established valuable sustainability and environmental education initiatives for our students. The federal Department of Education has recognized several schools in the County with the Green Ribbon Award for excellence in sustainability. 

    If you are seeking a challenging career working with educators in a dynamic environment, then you may be our ideal candidate! 

    Sustainable Sandhills is an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants equally without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability status. 

    Sustainable Sandhills is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission of strengthening communities by creating resilient environmental, economic and social resources for current and future generations. Chartered in 2005, the organization serves nearly one million residents in 11 counties in eight impact areas.

    Sustainable Sandhills is based in Fayetteville, NC and serves the region surrounding Fayetteville and Fort Bragg. Fayetteville is located in central NC along the I-95 corridor, and it is the largest municipality in the region. Fayetteville has a rich history and ethnically diverse population with residents from around the world, and it is home to many economic opportunities and diverse attractions. Fayetteville neighbors Fort Bragg, the world’s largest military installation, and is close to the state capital of Raleigh and other major cities including Charlotte, Durham and Greensboro. Fayetteville is also within driving distance of North Carolina’s beautiful beaches and mountains.

    Interested candidates may submit a resume to wayne@sustainablesandhills.org

    Please use Go Green Initiative Position as the subject line.