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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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Jul 6, 2020

COVID-19 Essential Worker Health Trainings

You Must Register to Attend. All Community Awareness and Disaster Preparedness Trainings are conducted by experts in community health, workplace safety, as well as disaster preparedness and response.  Important Registration Info: Once registered you will receive a confirmation email that includes information on how you can join the selected training.    COVID-19 Essential Worker and Returning Worker Health Saturday, July 11 @ 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm CT on Zoom To register, click here   Repeat - COVID-19 Essential Worker and Returning Worker Health Tuesday, July 21 @ 6:00 - 8:00 pm CT on Zoom To register, click here   Repeat - COVID-19 Essential Worker and Returning Worker Health Thursday, July 23 @ 6:00 - 8:00 pm CT on Zoom To register, click here Learn More Funded by: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences   ...

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Jun 18, 2020

Caring Is Training

DSCEJ Educates Communities on How to Stop the Spread of COVID-19 June 2020 - "We are living in a global pandemic of a new and highly infectious virus that is taking the lives of Black people at a rate that is three times higher than White people in this country," said Dr. Beverly Wright, Executive Director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice(DSCEJ). "We have developed specialized trainings based on science that provide people in vulnerable communities with clear and accurate information on how they can protect their health and stop the spread of COVID-19," she said. The DSCEJ has been conducting virtual COVID-19 community awareness trainings since April 24, 2020. People who attend a training will learn the practical steps to mitigate against the disease infection at home and in various settings, including places of worship, retail shops, construction sites, and package delivery services. Each training is conducted online and features interactive sessions for attendees. DSCEJ's team of experts in community health, workplace safety, and disaster response and preparedness conduct the trainings.  The DSCEJ is proud to have the following community-based organizations as co-sponsors for the series of COVID-19 training sessions: Achieving Community Tasks Successfully in Houston, TX; CHESS Community of Africatown in Mobile, AL; Coalition of Community Organizations in Houston, TX; EEECHO in Gulfport, MS; and Unity in the Family Ministry in Pensacola, FL.    The outreach for the COVID-19 trainings is primarily targeted in the counties and parish where the DSCEJ and co-sponsor organizations are located. After a training takes place, the DSCEJ continues the education by sending a weekly update to attendees of the COVID-19 health statistics and environmental data for Escambia County, Florida; Harris County, Texas; Harrison County, Mississippi; Mobile County, Alabama; and Orleans Parish, Louisiana.     Check the DSCEJ website for upcoming COVID-19 trainings. The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice COVID-19 Trainings are funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).  ...

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Jun 17, 2020

COVID-19 Community Awareness & Disaster Preparedness Trainings

You Must Register to Attend. All Community Awareness and Disaster Preparedness Trainings are conducted by experts in community health, workplace safety, as well as disaster preparedness and response. Funded by: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences   What faith-based organizations can do to stop the spread of COVID-19 Tue, June 23 @ 6-8 pm CT on Zoom To register, click here   Protecting yourself from COVID-19 Thu, June 25 @ 6-8 pm CT on Zoom To register, click here Repeated Sat. June 27 @ 12-2 pm CT on Zoom To register, click here   Hurricane and disaster was preparedness in the COVID-19 pandemic Tue, June 30 @ 5:30-7:30 pm CT on Zoom To register, click here Learn More  ...

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Jun 14, 2020

COVID-19 Virtual Training

COVID-19 Virtual Community Awareness Training   You must register to attend. Note: The same training is offered on different dates. Thu., June 25th @ 6:00 pm central To register, Click here. OR Sat., June 27th @ 12:00 noon central To register, Click here. Important Registration Info: Once registered you will receive a confirmation email that includes information on how you can join the selected training. Learn More  ...

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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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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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Apr 30, 2020

The Deadly Racial Disparities of COVID-19 in America

A Terrible Price   Members of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club before a funeral procession in New Orleans. Eight weeks after Mardi Gras, eight club members had died of Covid-19. Learn more.      

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Apr 8, 2020

Air pollution could make coronavirus more severe for some

A new national study shows that exposure to toxic air pollution increases the number of deaths and hospitalizations due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. "African Americans are more likely to be exposed to air pollution, and more likely to suffer from underlying health conditions that worsen the outcomes of the coronavirus," said Dr. Wright, Executive Director and Founder of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice. Read the article....

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Apr 1, 2020

COVID-19 Added to Occupational Health and Safety Trainings

COVID-19 Added to Occupational Health and Safety Trainings   Since April 2020, the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice has provided a COVID-19 component to the Hazardous Waste Worker Training and Hazmat Disaster Preparedness Training to government agencies and non-profit organizations along the Gulf Coast Region including New Orleans Mosquito Control in New Orleans, LA and Unity in The Family Ministries located in Pensacola, Florida. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, essential and returning workers need COVID-19 awareness training to safely return to work. The main goal of the trainings is to ensure workers are able to conduct their daily job duties safely while in the workplace. Noting that many work practices and administrative controls of the past could spread the disease, the training emphasized physical distancing, frequently washing hands, and wearing face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Participants were trained how to properly don (put on) and doff (take off) Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and proper decontamination of the equipment. Training conducted for Unity in The Family Ministries also included HAZWOPER and Disaster Training. The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice trainings are funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).    ...

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