SDEV in the Community:
SDEV Seeks CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer
Posting Date: 06/15/2019
Job Category: Executive Director
Organization: Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision
Position location: Detroit, MI
The Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer (“ED/CEO”) of Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision (“SDEV”) provides strategic leadership with the direction of the Board of Directors (“Board”). In that capacity, the ED/CEO is responsible for upholding the vision and values of SDEV.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Be the spokesperson for SDEV:
- Present our vision/core values to the community to increase local awareness and engagement
- Use multimedia platform (TV/News Outlets/Radio/Internet/Other) to advance our core values, challenge local environmental issues, and improve the lives of people in Southwest Detroit
- Attend city-wide meetings to engage key stakeholders and other charitable organizations
- Train community organizers to engage with locals to hear and address their concerns
- Supervision and/or oversight of all SDEV staff, contractors, and volunteers
- Lead strategic and operational long-range planning in partnership with the Board and staff. As part of this process, review and refresh agency mission, vision, and major policies
- Work with staff to identify and advance projects and grants consistent with our core values while following necessary compliance processes
- Serve as final editor with respect to grant applications
- Develop SDEV financial plan and budget in conjunction with key staff and the Executive Committee. Present the final plan for review and approval of the Board. Monitor the plan and budget on a monthly basis
- Serve as the primary staff contact to the Board. Ensure timely and accurate communication with the Board related to all agency work – staffing, programs, fiscal position, fundraising objectives
- Engage with existing donors while searching out new donors to support the fundraising activities
- Bring new & big picture ideas to SDEV, foster a great work environment, and be the leader that others want to follow
Work Schedule: The position is full time requiring varying shifts Monday through Friday, including possible evening, Saturday and Sunday commitments, to cover business operations. This is a salaried position and regardless of how many hours worked (whether it is 40 hours more or less).
- Experience in nonprofit management and operations including fund development, fiscal responsibility, and accountability
- Strong commitment to developing programs and services in response to changing community and client needs
- Fluent in Spanish and English
- Familiarity and influence in Southwest Detroit
- Knowledgeable in environmental issues
If you are a dynamic leader with strong community connections and meet the position requirements, please send your resume to email@example.com
Resumes must be received on or before Friday, June 28, 2019 for consideration.
SDEV’s 27th year brings renewed vision
2019 began with SDEV renewing our commitment to the mission we’ve worked for over 26 years – to improve the environment and strengthen the economy of Southwest Detroit. On behalf of the organization and staff, as the board president and vice president, we want to make clear that working this mission means being environmentally righteous – walking the walk with and for people and institutions that care about Southwest Detroit and want to contribute positively to a healthy community.
SDEV has, over our history and today, worked together with residents, community organizations, government agencies, schools, businesses and industry to combat environmental issues, including: air quality, blight (illegal dumping, graffiti, abandoned homes), compatible land use, and water quality. If in the past SDEV has missed the mark in working our mission, we are committing today to our concept of environmental righteousness – approaching this work earnestly to inform, educate, and promote solutions to environmental challenges.
In December, SDEV welcomed 6 new board members elected by our general membership and, in January, the board elected a new executive committee. The executive committee has taken on the task of supporting and encouraging a dynamic board focused on community engagement and growth. The board and staff have embarked on a visioning and process initiative to better align SDEV’s mission, vision, and programs in response to new pressures and legacy environmental concerns that residents of Southwest Detroit are facing. SDEV is a bridge between residents, small businesses, large corporations, and public agencies in southwest Detroit related to environmental health. It is our goal to ensure that residents and entities working toward a healthy community have the latest and most reliable information available and that the pathways for engaging policy makers are clear and accessible.
As SDEV has gained new faces in 2019, it also lost some long serving members of the organization’s leadership. We wish Reverend George Bozanich (formerly Trinity St. Mark’s United Church of Christ), Darrell Grassmeyer (DTE Energy), Greg Bennethaum (Marathon Petroleum Corporation), Nazaret Sandoval (MDEQ), and former Executive Director Kathy Stott health and happiness as they move into new endeavors. SDEV is grateful for their years of commitment, service, and friendship.
It is an exciting and tumultuous time of learning ripe with opportunity for all of us!
We look forward to working with you on and unveiling new goals led by our values as we work to serve this beloved community of Southwest Detroit.
As always, in service,
Raquel Garcia, President Christina Heximer, Vice-President
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In case you missed it…
A day without diesel pollution on W. Vernor – 2018 Open Streets SW Detroit
Open Streets Southwest Detroit was held on October 7, 2018 offering 3.5 miles of non-motorized getting around and getting info. Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision was there getting the word out to Open Streets attendees on what’s happening here at home to cut pollution in air, water, land, and our bodies.
Open Streets allows for safe use of the roadway by walkers, bikers, and other motorless modes of transportation. Folks enjoyed the exercise, lack of engine noise, and clearer air from an afternoon without motor vehicles on this stretch of W. Vernor (the event also extended along Michigan Avenue from Roosevelt Park to 3rd Street).
SDEV Healthy Air Program Manager, Maggie Striz Calnin and Special Projects Program Manager, Alondra Alvizo staffed the SDEV table at the corner of W. Vernor and Clark Ave. This corner is also the site of a 2017 collaborative project that installed a mural, decorative planters, a demonstration rain garden, and tables and benches for community members to enjoy.
Learn more about Open Streets Southwest Detroit at” openstreetsdet.org/
Junction at Federal Murals
In September, during GM Cares Week, SDEV engaged local artist Demacio Soto to create a mural on the west side of Junction Street between Merritt and Federal Streets (@Demaciiio on Instagram). Soto’s design was created to reflect the pride and resilience of Southwest Detroit. This work got the attention of the City of Detroit’s City Walls Program and triggered planning for a new mural across the street on the east side of Junction at Federal St. This viaduct now has murals on both sides with the addition of a City of Detroit City Walls mural.
City Walls engaged artist Jesse Kassel to create the mural on the east side of the viaduct on Junction at Federal St. Residents had been invited to a visioning session to view Kassel’s designs. This meeting was held on October 10, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at PizzaPlex (4458 W Vernor Highway, Detroit, MI 48209). Learn more about City Walls at: www.detroitmi.gov/GeneralServices/CityWalls
Kassel presented his ideas for the mural which included a four wheeler and representation of migration through birds to highlight the Southwest Detroit community. There was extensive feedback shared at this meeting regarding representation of history, the churches on Junction, the park and overall the people of the community.
SDEV has continued to engage local artists in mural work bordering the surface lot at the former Kidz Playland site on Federal at Junction. Visit this area now to see new work, including commentaries on environmental and public health issues.
SDEV welcomes Lupe Estrada to our team! Cristo Rey Student Employee
SDEV is pleased to welcome a new team member from the Cristo Rey High School student employment program. We invite the community to learn more about Lupe in her own words…
“My name is Guadalupe Estrada, I am one of the middle kids in the family. I have 2 older brothers name German and Brian and one younger sister name Andrea. I grew up in Southwest my whole life. I’m a junior at Detroit Cristo Rey High School. Cristo Rey has a work study program that allows us students to go out to a job once a week, they provide transportation and lunch for us. For the past 2 months I’ve been working at Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision. I’ve gotten the chance to learn many new things not only of the job but also about myself. Here, I learned how to send a check, how to use Microsoft Excel, how to take business calls and more. At SDEV i’ve participated in a fun event called GM Cares week, where other volunteers and I got together and helped out in the community, for example we painted and helped out in the gardens. I hope to help the community more and learn more about myself here at SDEV.”
The whole SDEV team is excited to continue to work with Lupe this year as she grows in this role. We welcome her friendly demeanor, strong work ethic, willingness to learn, and the skills she brings to our organization!