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Regional Director - Technical Assistance Program

Blacks in Green

Blacks in Green

Operations · Full-time
Chicago, IL, USA
125,000 – 150,000 USD per year
Posted on Monday, October 2, 2023

Who we are:

Blacks in Green™ (BIG™) has pioneered environmental economic development for the benefit of Black America since 2007 ~ a 501c3 non-profit tackling pollution and poverty with a goal of closing America’s racial health/wealth gap via the new green economy.

We are building economies in energy, horticulture, housing, tourism, and waste via our Sustainable Square Mile™ model. Our model reinvents the “walk-to-work, walk-to-shop, walk-to-learn, walk-to-play” village where African Americans own the businesses and the land and live the conservation lifestyle ~ as a buffer against the well-known disproportionate harms of climate change on communities of color. We are a community-based organization with national reach and are building our capacity in support of our selection as the Environmental Protection Agency’s Technical Assistance Program (TCTAC) in Region 5.

We are looking for a motivated, driven and committed individual who can assist in all the programs at Blacks in Green but particularly, our technical assistance program. The person in this role provides support to our Region 5 Director of the TCTAC.

Key Responsibilities:

Reporting to BIG’s Founder/CEO, the EJTCTAC Regional Director (RD) will manage the Region 5 Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center through comprehensive program engagement and strategic planning. The RD will be accountable for strategic planning and environmental results by ensuring the efficient and effective use of all resources to meet the objectives and goals of the EJTCTAC. This will include maintaining oversight of key resources, budgets, and schedules as well as reporting to the EPA on TCTAC progress. The RD will work with partners to develop and facilitate strategies to best serve the communities within Region 5. The RD will also facilitate coordination with University of Minnesota as the other Region 5 TCTAC as well as the National TCTACs to ensure those relationships are supporting the mission of the BIG TCTAC. Travel throughout the region as well as to DC will be required throughout the duration of the grant.


  • 15-plus distinguished years in an executive management position preferably in a nonprofit organization, foundation, or government agency
  • Proven track record delivering superior results, commanding respect, and assuming leadership roles.
  • Strong ability to evaluate an organization's operations (e.g., management methods, business practices, utilization of resources) to recommend strategies for operational efficiency.
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills are essential.
  • Demonstrates a passion for BIG’s mission, environmental impact, and commitment to being BEST in class.
  • Ability to set and communicate work goals clearly and to provide timely feedback to support staff.
  • Demonstrates an understanding and passion for how race, gender, class, and intersectionality impact social change.
  • Has a character of diplomacy and loves hands-on management and people development.
  • Exceptional relationship-builder who will lead by example and possesses spark, imagination, creativity, ingenuity, and drive.
  • Capable of remaining focused in the face of deadline pressures and is naturally proactive versus reactive as it relates to tasks/time limitations.
  • Proficient in Google, Word, and Microsoft.


  • Knowledge of environmental laws and regulations, principles, practices, and methods relating to environmental protection programs.
  • Knowledge of federal grants, cooperative agreements and interagency agreements regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to interpret federal grants and cooperative agreement regulations and guidelines sufficient to provide technical guidance to internal and program staff and external stakeholders.

Salary & Benefits:

  • Annual compensation is $125,000 - $150,000/year based on qualifications
  • Insurance coverage includes medical, dental and vision.
  • Paid major holidays and 10 sick paid days per year.
  • Tuition Assistance Program for professional development.

Application Process & Start Date:

Submit a complete application packet consisting of a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to candidates@blacksingreen.org. Only applications containing all requested documents will be considered. All hires will successfully complete a 3-month contractor period before transitioning to employee status. We are an in-person team primarily located in Chicago. The position is offered with a flexible work schedule of up to 50% remote work.

  • Subject line: BIG-TCTAC Regional Director
  • Application closing date: October 11, 2023
  • Anticipated Interview: Week of October 16, 2023
  • Anticipated start date: November 13, 2023

Blacks in Green™ is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages members of our community, indigenous allies, leaders of color, women, and persons identifying as LGBTQI to apply.

BIG! Blacks in Green™ is registered with the Internal Revenue Service as BIG, NFP. Our mailing address is 6011 S. St. Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, Il, 606037 and our website is https://www.blacksingreen.org

Blacks in Green is an equal opportunity employer.