Counter Culture Coffee logo

Counter Culture Coffee

Sustainability Manager

· Durham, North Carolina
Employment Type Full-Time



                                                      CounterCultureLogoJobs_NEW (1).png

Counter Culture Coffee was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Durham, NC, with regional offices in 12 major cities across the country.  Counter Culture Coffee has been continuously innovating in the coffee industry and we’re looking for passionate, dynamic, diverse team members to help us expand our efforts.

Counter Culture Coffee is:


Quality Coffee | We continue to cultivate relationships with growers and organizations around the world in order to build trust, improve quality, and foster transparency.


Education | We believe the pursuit of coffee perfection includes educating ourselves, our partners, and our customers about the coffee supply chain and the best methods of preparation.


Sustainability | Our commitment to affecting positive change in every community to which we are connected is driven by our belief that we can–and should–always strive to improve upon the present.


Transparency | We are committed to sustainability and holding ourselves and our peers accountable for creating a more sustainable future of coffee.

Position: Sustainability Manager

FLSA Status: Exempt

Job Overview:

Counter Culture Coffee’s Sustainability Manager is a senior leadership position and works directly with key functions in the company, specifically with Marketing, Operations and Coffee Sourcing. This person is responsible for managing and measuring our sustainability and integrating it into our business and marketing plans. This position requires good communication, organizational, project management, and analytical skills and is suited for a person with a passion for coffee, people, the environment and business.

Job Duties:

Corporate Sustainability

  • Develop or execute strategies to address issues such as energy use, resource conservation, recycling, pollution reduction, waste elimination, transportation, education, and building design.

  • Implement organizational process or policy changes.

  • Develop sustainable organizational policies or practices.
  • Works with other senior leaders to integrate sustainable practices with all facets of the organization.
  • Develop methodologies to assess the viability or success of sustainability initiatives.
  • Develop procedures to evaluate organizational activities.

  • Evaluate and approve proposals for sustainability projects, considering factors such as cost effectiveness, technical feasibility, and integration with other initiatives.
  • Analyze data to determine project feasibility.

  • Evaluate environmental or sustainability projects.

  • Identify educational, training, or other development opportunities for sustainability employees or volunteers.
  • Conduct sustainability- or environment-related risk assessments.
  • Write and distribute financial or environmental impact reports.
  • Prepare financial documents, reports, or budgets.

  • Collaborates with peers in coffee and sustainability, NGOs, and other community organizations nationally and internationally to broaden Counter Culture’s knowledge and actions with sustainable practices.

Marketing and Communication

  • Project manager for sustainability reporting including our annual Transparency Report.

  • Contribution to marketing content including blog posts, educational content and social media posts.

  • Generates content through the lens of sustainability for products, services, and our business and often presents this to groups inside and outside of our organization.

Operations and Coffee Sourcing

  • Manage sustainable certifications including but not limited to USDA Organic and B Corp.

  • Participate in auditing materials, vendors, and resources used in manufacturing to ensure best sustainable practices are in place.



  • 5+ years of work experience in sustainability.

  • 3+ years of experience leading teams and projects.

  • Ability to work well in teams as well as autonomously.

  • Competence with coffee sourcing, manufacturing, and business.

  • A desire to help make our business a vehicle for positive change.



Counter Culture Coffee is an Equal Opportunity Employer in both policy and practice.

Counter Culture Coffee assesses candidates for employment based on their knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job for which they are applying and without regard to any non-job related category as protected by federal, state or local law.


Finalist candidates for employment will be required to pass a reference check process, successfully complete a post-offer/pre-employment criminal background check, and demonstrate USA employment eligibility (per federal and state law, Counter Culture Coffee participates in the federal E-Verify program).


Thank You

Your application was submitted successfully.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

  • Location
    Durham, North Carolina
  • Employment Type