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Community Engagement & Advocacy

The partnership called "Communiversity" promotes bilateral understanding and mutual respect between community residents and academicians. 

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Health & Safety Training

In response to community interest in creating employment opportunities for residents in cleaning up environmental hazards, the DSCEJ developed and has conducted worker health and safety training since 1995.

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Gulf Equity Consortium

We expect that the work of this project will be transformative and will be guided by the nexus of three basic principles forming the foundation for our work...

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Research and Policy

We develop and manage innovative research and policy studies that build knowledge and inform policies for achieving environmental, climate and economic justice...

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HBCU Climate Change Consortium

The Consortium was conceived to help raise awareness about the disproportionate impact of climate change on marginalized communities to develop HBCU students leaders...

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International Connection

A vital component and ever expanding network of Environmental Justice professionals.

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The Latest

The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice and Texas Southern University have launched a unique collaboration - the HBCU-CBO Gulf Coast Equity Consortium.

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Navigate NOLA

Navigate NOLA is the social and emotional community wellness division of DSCEJ Inc.

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HBCU-CBO Gulf Equity Consortium Updates

Addressing environmental and health inequities using a racial equity lens.

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Aug 3, 2020

Finance and Operations Manager

Finance and Operations Manager The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice is seeking an experienced Finance and Operations Manager. We are interested in hiring a highly motivated person who can perform day-to-day accounting including grants management, prepare financial reports, and administer office operations.   About the Organization The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and families harmed by pollution and vulnerable to climate change in the Gulf Coast Region through research, education, community and student engagement for policy change, as well as health and safety training for environmental careers. Currently, the DSCEJ employs 13 people. The DSCEJ directs projects involving universities and community-based organizations in seven states. The DSCEJ was founded by Dr. Beverly Wright in 1992 in collaboration with community environmental groups and universities in the Southern region to advance environmental justice. Since this time, the DSCEJ has become a powerful resource for environmental justice research, education, advocacy, as well as health and safety training for environmental careers. The DSCEJ provides opportunities for communities, scientific researchers, and decision makers to collaborate on projects that promote the rights of all people to be free from environmental harm as it impacts health, jobs, housing, education, and quality of life. A major goal of the Center continues to be the development of environmental justice leaders in African American and other communities of color along the Mississippi River Chemical Corridor and the broader Gulf Coast Region.   Position Overview The Finance and Operations Manager oversees the day-to-day financial and administrative operations of the DSCEJ. This position is responsible for grants management, performing all accounting and banking functions of the organization, logging and maintaining financial data using QuickBooks, and generating financial reports. In addition, the Finance and Operations Manager performs office administrative tasks, human resources duties, and other assignments related to the financial health and operation of the organization. This is a full-time position in New Orleans, LA. The Finance and Operations Manager reports directly to the Executive Director. At times, this position requires travel and extended hours.    Position Responsibilities  Finances  Perform accounting and financial analysis for grants management.  Manage the overall accounting and bookkeeping, including accounts payable and receivable, inventory and capital assets, banking, and payroll functions.  Process reimbursements, purchase and check requests for DSCEJ staff.  Oversee payroll.  Work closely with the Executive Director to account for revenue for all development initiatives, including but not limited to creating and monitoring all grant budgets and grant related financial information; processing and tracking all forms of donations; and generating revenue reports.  Accurate data entry and maintenance of all financial data using QuickBooks.  Interface with accounting personnel to coordinate annual financial audits and oversee all 990 reports.  Facilitate the annual budget process.  Generate financial reports and analysis of financial statements, including statement of activities, fund balance, and sources/uses of funds on a monthly basis and as needed.  Provided administrative assistance, including oversight of facility contracts, and establishing and managing vendor accounts and relationships.  Operations  Responsible for office management including, but not limited to, telephone and internet services, connecting with building management, postage and UPS services, copier and all office equipment.  Analyze and organize office operations and procedures to increase efficiency and productivity.  Oversee benefit programs for all staff.  Coordinate travel arrangements to ensure proper expense accounting for all staff.  Assist the Executive Director with managing the interests of the organization.  Assist the Executive Director on additional assignments, as needed. A flexible, creative, entrepreneurial spirit and a shared for the mission, vision and values of the DSCEJ.  An approachable nature and ability to handle questions and requests timely.  Exceptional written and oral communication skills.  Ability to work independently and complete tasks.  Ability to contribute and collaborate with the team and across the organization.  Strong analytical and organizational skills.  Experience working with diverse constituents, teams and colleagues.  Ability to employ flexibility and creativity in the face of ambiguity and challenge.  Organizational and project management experience. Required Skills and Qualifications  Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business or related field.  Minimum of five years of experience in nonprofit management, grant account management and financial reporting.  Excellent time management skills and ability to meet deadlines.  High work ethic and integrity.  Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel programs, QuickBooks program, and Google environments.  Salary & Benefits  Competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with qualifications and experience. Salary range: $55-65K.  It is the policy of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.  HOW TO APPLY: Please email a detailed cover letter highlighting your interest, your resume and three professional references in Microsoft Word documents to maryw@dscej.org. Please include the Finance & Operations Manager Position in the subject line. ...

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May 1, 2020

Congratulations! 2020 Environmental Career Worker Training Program Graduates!

Congratulations! 2020 Environmental Career Worker Training Program Graduates! May 2020 - The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ) Spring 2020 Environmental Career Worker Training Program (ECWTP) was held January 21 – March 26, 2020. The training consisted of basic skills training that utilizes a work-based learning curriculum and technical skills training that utilizes hands-on learning. On March 26, twenty-five (25) aspiring young men  and women completed the training receiving certificates in forty (40) hours hazardous waste operator, thirty-two (32) hours Asbestos Abatement Worker, sixteen (16) hours Mold Remediation, sixteen (16) hours Lead Abatement Worker, ten (10) hours OSHA General Industry, forty (40) hours Construction, and forty (40) hours Weatherization Installer. A virtual graduation ceremony was held  where graduates were recognized for significant achievement by their instructors, counselors, and program staff. Kendra A. Graves was named “Best All Around Student" for his excellent performance in all aspects of the training. James Kelly, III accepted a permanent position with Battelle CCDS in Columbus, Ohio as a COVID19 Response Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Decontaminator. Battelle uses a Critical Care Decontamination System™ to addresses the current shortage of critical (PPE) across the United States. Job placement efforts continue as we place graduates into viable and sustainable employment. The DSCEJ has trained young men and women in environmental health and safety for over twenty-five years. The next New Orleans ECWTP training will be held in the Spring of 2021. The Environmental Career Worker Training Program is funded by the National Institutes for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). For more information about our training, please visit our website at http://www.dscej.org/our-work/worker-health-and-safety-training and click on Environmental Career Worker Training Program....

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Jun 1, 2020

National Black Environmental Justice Network Relaunch

June 2020 - The National Black Environmental Justice Network (NBEJN) was conceived and founded in December of 1999 precipitated by a call to Black leaders from diverse sectors in the United States to stop “Toxic Terror in Black Communities.”  NBEJN delegates came together in New Orleans to organize and mobilize black people to fight environmental racism , map out a research agenda, and develop real strategies and plans to eliminate discriminatory policies and practices and toxic threats that sicken and kill black people. Polluting industries such as toxic waste facilities , high-risk chemical plants , oil refineries , and coal fired power plants have turned many African American and poor communities into “Cancer Alleys” and environmental “sacrifice zones.” Before environmental justice burst on to the national scene, pollution in black communities and poor neighborhoods was largely ignored by the media, industry, government, and green groups. The environmental justice framework grew out of grassroots community struggles committed to a simple principle. That principle that ‘all people and communities are entitled to equal protection of environmental, energy, health, employment, education, housing, transportation, and civil rights laws and regulations.  The Network experienced a major setback in 2006 with the unexpected death of our visionary founding Executive Director Damu Smith.   This “assault on Black America” has created a crisis that is fueled by racism, economic greed and reckless disregard for basic civil and human rights. In keeping with Principle 5 of the 17 Principles of Environmental Justice adopted in 1991 at the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit, “Environmental Justice affirms the fundamental right to political, economic, cultural and environmental self-determination of all peoples.” As Black people under siege we cannot and must not leave our future in the hands of others to protect. We must lead and we must act now.  The NBEJN is needed to lead during this crisis that threatens our humanity and right to enjoy “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” rights guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution enjoyed by White America—rights never realized for the first Africans who landed in 1619 more than 400 years ago to the present day....

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