Position Available: LOGISTICS COORDINATOR – 20 Hours (per week)

Job Description:
This position works alongside the full-time Logistics Coordinator to support all logistical aspects of the No More Deaths Desert Aid volunteer program. The Logistics Coordinator is part mechanic, part administrator, and part troubleshooter. The logistics coordinator must be highly organized and able to manage many details and moving pieces, while also keeping a big-picture view of Desert Aid. The logistics coordinator works closely with the volunteer coordinator as well as with several of the NMD working groups. As the point person for logistics, they are expected to respond in a timely manner to requests and needs, including in emergencies, and to delegate responsibilities effectively, making use of NMD community resources and volunteers. 

Application Deadline: April 9, 2023
Tentative Start Date: May 1, 2023
Term of Service: 3 months, 6 months, or 12 months (based on your personal preference)

APPLY HERE: https://form.jotform.com/230666803051148 

Regular duties of the job include: 
In collaboration with the Full-Time Logistics Coordinator, No More Deaths volunteer facilitators, and participants in the Desert Aid Working Group, the Logistics Coordinator is responsible for:

Admin stuff:

  • Answer texts and phone calls on the logistics phone in a timely manner
  • Build open lines of communication with all field-site volunteers and facilitators
  • Participate in all facilitator meetings, Desert Aid Working Group meetings, finance meetings
  • Share attendance of Spokes Council meeting with the volunteer coordinator to act as Desert Aids representative
  • Visit field sites as needed
  • Possess an organizational credit card to be used for NMD expenses; collect receipts and give to the bookkeeper monthly
  • Monitor Desert Aid’s budget and proactively bring concerns to the working group. In addition track all logistics expenditures
  • With the Desert Aid Working Group, create and regularly update a work plan, clearly communicating time on/time off, coverage, and pro-actively solicit and incorporate feedback
  • Maintain, improve, and create systems across all No More Deaths logistics
  • Document and update processes including guidance, manuals, and resources
  • Respond to, troubleshoot, and pro-actively seek support to resolve emergencies and problems as they arise

Support for volunteer program:

  • Work with the Volunteer Coordinator and facilitators to schedule and coordinate vehicles, weekly groceries, supplies, and transportation of facilitators and volunteers, for each new transition to the field
  • Coordinate and/or ensure that critical tasks are completed including grocery shopping, laundry, food bank, med packs, water orders, and supply inventory
  • Assist with the setup of NMD cell phones and managing their use
  • Collect, sort, and distribute incoming material-aid donations and oversee NMD storage facilities
  • Center safety of participants and visitors to NMD project sites, transportation, and activities

Vehicle Maintenance, Repair, and Coordination

  • Coordinate all vehicles coming in and out of the field and know the location and condition of all vehicles
  • Work with the vehicle committee to ensure that vehicle maintenance and repairs occur promptly, as needed. 
  • Make sure all volunteer drivers of NMD vehicles adhere to internal policy, procedure, and practices and proactively address problems as they arise. 
  • Respond to all parking/traffic tickets, impounds, seizures, or vehicle citations
  • Support vehicle committee on vehicle purchases and retirement.

Infrastructure Maintenance, Repair, and Coordination:

  • Monitor maintenance and repair and condition of humanitarian aid facilities infrastructure including solar, water, internet, sanitation, etc. 
  • Maintain grounds and interior of the volunteer apartment, including communication with the landlord
  • Oversee NMD office/storeroom at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, and ensure the office at Global Justice Center is kept clean and tidy
  • Maintain a working relationship with other facilities administrators 

Desired Skills:

  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Self-motivated, independently able to identify issues and come up with innovative solutions
  • Ability to manage multiple competing priorities and keep track of many moving pieces 
  • Proficiency with basic office computing software (e.g. Google docs, Microsoft Office, NextCloud, etc)
  • For the purpose of vehicle insurance, the applicant must be at least 21 years old and hold a valid driver’s license.
  • Physical demands of the job include regularly lifting approximately 50 pounds (e.g., crates of water, tires), significant time outdoors in extreme heat and cold, and manual labor (vehicle and facility repair, etc)
  • English fluency required; Spanish proficiency preferred
  • Strong knowledge of consensus decision decision-making and facilitation preferred
  • Basic mechanical knowledge of 4WD trucks preferred
  • Past or current Desert Aid volunteer experience is strongly preferred

Contract Conditions:

  • Wage: $16 an hour (post taxes), Contractors are paid $18 with the expectation that they will pay taxes by the end of the year. 
  • Cell phone provided by NMD, to be used for logistics purposes only
  • Responsible access to NMD vehicle (if NMD vehicle not available, transportation expenses related to NMD work will be reimbursed)

No More Deaths is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants. Individuals with personal ties to the border or who identify as coming from an affected community are especially encouraged to apply. Thanks for your interest in this position!

KTT Public Statement

To the No More Deaths community of supporters, clients of Keep Tucson Together, and the community of Tucson:

Effective July 1st, 2022, Keep Tucson Together (KTT), the free legal clinic headed by attorney Margo Cowan that offers advice and assistance for immigration cases, will no longer be part of No More Deaths (NMD). The separation is supported by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson (UUCT) which provides NMD with fiscal sponsorship. In this statement, the name NMD and the term “we” refers to the majority of NMD that will continue to fulfill our mission, and does not include KTT or those NMD volunteers who opposed the separation. We are sharing details of the separation out of a commitment to transparency and accountability to all affected and the community.

Last summer, multiple families assisted by KTT came to NMD and showed evidence that their cases had been mismanaged. We assessed the information that was shared with us and found there to be a troubling pattern of misleading information, lack of communication and disrespectful behavior. The stories shared by the families are devastating and we honor their bravery in coming forward. After several requests for information and exhaustive efforts to hold KTT accountable internally, we have decided to no longer be associated with services provided by KTT.

When the families came forward, members of KTT and several long-term NMD volunteers refused to believe any wrongdoing had occurred. The repeated gaslighting and condescension were offensive and traumatizing for the affected families. The decision to dis-associate from KTT was further validated by persistent disrespectful treatments of NMD staff and volunteers during this process by Margo Cowan, other members of KTT and some individuals in NMD. These interactions brought to the forefront deep-rooted white supremacy in NMD that has been present since its founding and which we must continue to confront.

We acknowledge the essential services that KTT has offered the undocumented people in Tucson. We hope that as an organization independent from NMD, KTT will change their practices to prioritize client communication, informed consent, and a responsible caseload. 

We are unable to speak on the subject of the future operations of KTT. To inquire about their continued services please contact KTT by phone at (520) 623-4084 or in person at the KTT office at 730 S Osborne Ave in Tucson. 

If you are assisted by KTT and you have had problems with the way KTT has managed your case, please contact us by phone or email: 

help.nomoredeaths@gmail.com    (480) 442-6772

Left To Die: Call To Action

A new report from No More Deaths and La Coalición de Derechos Humanos, Left to Die: Border Patrol, Search and Rescue and the Crisis of Disappearance, finds that Border Patrol systematically ignores and mishandles the search and rescue emergencies of migrants, who are funneled into dangerous and remote terrain by the agency’s policy and practices. The report also finds that Border Patrol obstructs family and community search efforts, leaving thousands to die.

Every year, Congress gives more than $25 billion dollars to ICE and CBP to profile, jail, deport and terrorize immigrants. Their records of abuse and consistent rejection of oversight and accountability demonstrate that these enforcement agencies are beyond reform.

To end the crisis of death and disappearance in the borderlands we must decriminalize migration, demilitarize the border and defund Customs and Border Protection, the agency that causes people to become missing and leaves them to die.

Take Action today by supporting community-based search and rescue efforts & joining the #DefundHate Campaign to demand Congress defund Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

What you can do:

  1. Donate to community-based search and rescue groups in the borderlands
  2. Demand that Congress defund Customs and Border Protection with the #DefundHate Campaign! 
    1. Sign the petition bit.ly/DefundHatePetition
    2. Contact your elected officials with the tools below:
      1. Find your representative
      2. Find your senator

Sample Script:

“Hello, my name is [_______] and I’m a constituent of [congressional member’s name]. I thought you would be interested in a new report that analyzes Border Patrol’s search and rescue response system. The report is called Left to Die: Border Patrol, Search and Rescue, and the Crisis of Disappearance.

The report provides overwhelming evidence that Border Patrol’s emergency response system is plagued with systemic and deadly discrimination, routinely ignoring and mishandling life-threatening emergencies and fueling a crisis of death and disappearance. It’s clear that the agency is unfit to be involved in search and rescue efforts.

I’m calling on [Member of Congress] to oppose funding increases for border and immigration enforcement. Instead of using public funds to criminalize migration and militarize the border, we demand that you exhibit leadership and call for drastic cuts in funding for ICE and CBP. This includes cutting funds for “smart border” technologies that only serve to further militarize an already hyper-militarized border, endangering the lives of migrants.”