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Position Available: FULL TIME Volunteer Coordinator

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 14, 2021
TERM OF SERVICE:
Training period (part time) = April 19, 2021 to May 9, 2021
Contract dates (full time) = May 10, 2021 to April 19, 2022

FULL TIME HOURS: 35 hours a week @ $15 an hour + health insurance
TRAINING PERIOD HOURS:
Week of April 19th = 20 hours a week (week one of training)
Week of April 26th = 30 hours a week (week two of training)
Week of May 3 = 35 hours a week (week three of training)

JOB DEFINITION: This position serves the needs of No More Deaths by facilitating a multiplicity of inroads for incoming volunteers to support our humanitarian-aid work in the borderlands. The primary duties will involve preparing for and implementing NMD’s Desert Aid volunteer program. The full time Volunteer Coordinator (who works 35 hours a week) will work in conjunction with the part time Volunteer Coordinator (who works 20 hours a week) as a team. The two positions will collectively be responsible for the following duties.

DUTIES:

Administer Desert Aid volunteer programs (Month long & Local) (60 percent):

  • Represent NMD as a spokesperson for interested volunteers
  • Ensure that program dates, applications, and reference forms are posted on the NMD website at least three months ahead of the start of any given program
  • Ensure that all volunteer program information on website is up to date
  • Create & post content to social media platforms to publicize the Desert Aid Volunteer Programs
  • Track volunteer applications and bottom-line review process
  • Communicate with interested, accepted, and rejected volunteers
  • Provide comprehensive and up to date pre-arrival information & training packets to incoming volunteers
  • Provide Desert Aid facilitators with demographic info about incoming volunteers for the incoming month and the following month
  • Track all volunteer housing requests, bring them to the working group, and keep track of approvals
  • Coordinate, Organize & upkeep gear lending library in St Marks Office
  • With logistics coordinator, check in on and maintain upkeep of interior and exterior of all volunteer housing spaces (Tucson volunteer house, Tucson returner house, Ajo house)
  • Schedule new & returning volunteers on the Desert Aid calendars, and ensure that the calendars are organized and current. Do outreach for calendar coverage as needed
  • Ensure that local volunteers and returners get their Nextcloud accounts set up
  • When solicited, serve as point person for volunteer concerns or questions and assume responsibility for bringing these to the core group and/or conflict resolution group as appropriate
  • Coordinate debriefs for outgoing volunteers and share pertinent feedback at with Desert Aid Working Group
  • Work closely as a team with the 2 Desert Aid logistics coordinators & Part Time Volunteer Coordinator

General NMD volunteer coordination (25 percent):

  • Spend at least 1 day in the field (Byrd camp, Ajo, etc) every 2 months to stay up to date on current context of the desert
  • Respond promptly to volunteer information requests by email and phone
  • Bottom-line and facilitate monthly Volunteer Trainings that inform potential volunteers of the scope of NMD work, including history of the border crisis, NMD stucture, history, and legal issues, desert aid protocols, know your rights, and how to get involved with the work we do; assemble team of volunteers to help host orientations
  • Communicate with and support returning desert aid volunteers tapping back in to field work
  • Play an active support role for any volunteers involved in surveillance and / or law enforcement raids in the field
  • Ensure content of monthly trainings is current

Administration and Transitions: (15 percent):

  • Collect agenda items, prepare agenda for weekly Desert Aid Working Group meetings, and attend these meetings. Facilitate these meetings as needed
  • Bottom line scheduling / attend monthly facilitator meetings. Facilitate these meetings as needed
  • Split responsibility of attending spokes-council meetings over the duration of the position with the Part Time Volunteer Coordinator and 2 Logistics Coordinators
  • Participate in the yearly budgeting process for the Desert Aid Working Group
  • Attend monthly Personnel meetings
  • Ensure that all materials are up to date before transferring job duties to next volunteer coordinator
  • With the help of long-term volunteers, train incoming volunteer coordinator at the end of the position with an overlap period
  • Identify and improve systems that need updating, complete other job duties as they arise

    When it is Covid safe to do so, the Volunteer Coordinators will also:
  • Collaborate with End Streamline Coalition to organize volunteer group attending an Operation Streamline court hearing during the program

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be based out of Tucson (this is not a remote position)
  • Bi-lingual in Spanish and English
  • Excellent interpersonal, conflict resolution, and organizational skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Self-motivated, independently able to identify issues and come up with innovative solutions
  • Proficiency with or ability to learn office suits used by No More Deaths, including e-mail, file sharing, spreadsheets, slideshow, listservs, and shared calendar
  • Strong sense of humor and flexibility
  • Knowledge of global migration issues and their impacts on the US/Mexico/Central American crossing corridor
  • Experience with program development, mutual aid, and/or community organizing in migrant/refugee, BIPOC, and working class communities

CONTRACT CONDITIONS:

  • Monthly salary of $2,100
  • Health care benefits with dental
  • Cell phone and computer provided by NMD, to be used for job purposes only
  • Responsible access to NMD vehicle (if NMD vehicle not available, transportation expenses related to NMD work will be reimbursed)
  • Personnel support group will meet with the volunteer coordinator on a monthly basis (or as needed) to provide ongoing support and feedback during the time of service

No More Deaths strongly encourages applications from Black, Indigenous, and 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. No More Deaths is an equal-opportunity employer.

Thanks for your interest in this position!

Apply here

Position Available: PART TIME Volunteer Coordinator

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 14, 2021
TERM OF SERVICE: 20 hours a week @ $15 an hour

CONTRACT DATES: April 19, 2021 to April 21, 2022

JOB DEFINITION: This position serves the needs of No More Deaths by facilitating a multiplicity of inroads for incoming volunteers to support our humanitarian-aid work in the borderlands. The primary duties will involve preparing for and implementing NMD’s Desert Aid volunteer program. The full time Volunteer Coordinator (who works 35 hours a week) will work in conjunction with the part time Volunteer Coordinator (who works 20 hours a week) as a team. The two positions will collectively be responsible for the following duties.

DUTIES:

Administer Desert Aid volunteer programs (Month long & Local) (60 percent):

  •  Represent NMD as a spokesperson for interested volunteers
  • Ensure that program dates, applications, and reference forms are posted on the NMD website at least three months ahead of the start of any given program
  • Ensure that all volunteer program information on website is up to date
  • Create & post content to social media platforms to publicize the Desert Aid Volunteer Programs
  • Track volunteer applications and bottom-line review process
  • Communicate with interested, accepted, and rejected volunteers
  • Provide comprehensive and up to date pre-arrival information & training packets to incoming volunteers
  • Provide Desert Aid facilitators with demographic info about incoming volunteers for the incoming month and the following month
  • Track all volunteer housing requests, bring them to the working group, and keep track of approvals
  • Coordinate, Organize & upkeep gear lending library in St Marks Office
  • With logistics coordinator, check in on and maintain upkeep of interior and exterior of all volunteer housing spaces (Tucson volunteer house, Tucson returner house, Ajo house)
  • Schedule new & returning volunteers on the Desert Aid calendars, and ensure that the calendars are organized and current. Do outreach for calendar coverage as needed.
  • Ensure that local volunteers and returners get their Nextcloud accounts set up
  • When solicited, serve as point person for volunteer concerns or questions and assume responsibility for bringing these to the core group and/or conflict resolution group as appropriate
  • Coordinate debriefs for outgoing volunteers and share pertinent feedback at with Desert Aid Working Group
  • Work closely as a team with the 2 Desert Aid logistics coordinators & Part Time Volunteer Coordinator

General NMD volunteer coordination (25 percent):

  • Spend at least 1 day in the field (Byrd camp, Ajo, etc) every 2 months to stay up to date on current context of the desert
  • Respond promptly to volunteer information requests by email and phone
  • Bottom-line and facilitate monthly Volunteer Trainings that inform potential volunteers of the scope of NMD work, including history of the border crisis, NMD stucture, history, and legal issues, desert aid protocols, know your rights, and how to get involved with the work we do; assemble team of volunteers to help host orientations
  • Communicate with and support returning desert aid volunteers tapping back in to field work
  • Play an active support role for any volunteers involved in surveillance and / or law enforcement raids in the field
  • Ensure content of monthly trainings is current

Administration and Transitions: (15 percent):

  • Collect agenda items, prepare agenda for weekly Desert Aid Working Group meetings, and attend these meetings. Facilitate these meetings as needed
  • Bottom line scheduling / attend monthly facilitator meetings. Facilitate these meetings as needed
  • Split responsibility of attending spokes-council meetings over the duration of the position with the Part Time Volunteer Coordinator and 2 Logistics Coordinators
  • Participate in the yearly budgeting process for the Desert Aid Working Group
  • Attend monthly Personnel meetings
  • Ensure that all materials are up to date before transferring job duties to next volunteer coordinator
  • With the help of long-term volunteers, train incoming volunteer coordinator at the end of the position with an overlap period
  • Identify and improve systems that need updating, complete other job duties as they arise

    When it is Covid safe to do so, the Volunteer Coordinators will also:
  • Collaborate with End Streamline Coalition to organize volunteer group attending an Operation Streamline court hearing during the program

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be based out of Tucson (this is not a remote position)
  • Bi-lingual in Spanish and English
  • Excellent interpersonal, conflict resolution, and organizational skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Self-motivated, independently able to identify issues and come up with innovative solutions
  • Proficiency with or ability to learn office suits used by No More Deaths, including e-mail, file sharing, spreadsheets, slideshow, listservs, and shared calendar
  • Strong sense of humor and flexibility
  • Knowledge of global migration issues and their impacts on the US/Mexico/Central American crossing corridor
  • Experience with program development, mutual aid, and/or community organizing in migrant/refugee, BIPOC, and working class communities

CONTRACT CONDITIONS:

  • Monthly salary of $1,200
  • Cell phone and computer provided by NMD, to be shared with full time Volunteer Coordinator & used for job purposes only
  • Responsible access to NMD vehicle (if NMD vehicle not available, transportation expenses related to NMD work will be reimbursed)
  • Personnel support group will meet with the volunteer coordinator on a monthly basis (or as needed) to provide ongoing support and feedback during the time of service

No More Deaths strongly encourages applications from Black, Indigenous, and 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. No More Deaths is an equal-opportunity employer.

Thanks for your interest in this position!

Apply here

Hotline/SAR Volunteer Coordinator

Hours: 30 hrs (Includes 3-5 hours of weekly meetings)

JOB DEFINITION

This position serves to increase the outreach programs and volunteering opportunities of the Tucson Community Search Team (SAR) and Disappeared Persons Hotline teams. Primarily, this position will serve to prepare and implement the SAR/Hotline volunteer program, including overseeing the summer Monthlong program. Secondarily, the position will support in-town events aimed at building local volunteer capacity and community engagement.

DUTIES

Outreach

  • Expand exposure of both SAR/Hotline
  • Post needs publicly and channel responses
  • Following up with vols who request information
  • Respond promptly to inquiries
  • Track volunteer applications and bottom-line application-review process
  • When solicited, serve as point person for volunteer concerns or questions and assume responsibility for bringing these to the core group and/or conflict resolution group as appropriate
  • Receive and follow up on local volunteer applications, using agreed upon screening process
  • Work closely with SAR coordinator and Hotline Staff

Training

  • Optimize training process for on-boarding new volunteers
  • Schedule and find trainers for volunteer trainings

Media

  • Act as admin for outreach (social medía, webpage content and applications)
  • Respond to emails and phone calls about volunteer opportunities
  • Maintain and refine social media presence

Optimization and Refining of Existing Systems

  • Improving organization of communication structures
  • Improving documentation and communication with active volunteers
  • System for vetting new volunteers

Meetings

  • Attend SAR, Hotline meetings
  • Be available to attend relevant organizational meetings on a rotation (Spokes council, Personnel)

REQUIREMENTS

  • Bilingual in Spanish and English
  • Self-organized
  • Excellent interpersonal, conflict resolution, and organizational skills
  • Self-motivated, independently able to identify issues and come up with innovative solutions
  • Experience with program development, crisis response and/or community organizing with affected communities is a plus

CONTRACT CONDITIONS

  • 30hrs per week, at $15/hr
  • 6 month contract with option to renew
  • Contract dates: March 15, 2021 to September 15, 2021
  • Cell phone and computer provided by NMD, to be used for job purposes only
  • Employees of NMD have access to health and dental insurance
  • Personnel support group will meet with the volunteer coordinator on a monthly basis (or as needed) to provide ongoing support and feedback during the time of service.

No More Deaths 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. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement. No More Deaths is an equal-opportunity employer.Thanks for your interest in this position!

Apply here: https://jotform.com/203005129075041

Now Hiring: Fundraising Coordinator

Term of service: 30 hours/week; 6 months with review and option to renew
Start Date:  April 12, 2021
Location:  Tucson, AZ (Please note that this is not a remote position.)
Application deadline: Sunday, March 7, 2021

Job Description:
No More Deaths/No Mas Muertes is seeking a coordinator to support our fundraising efforts.  The Fundraising Coordinator will build capacity and explore new strategies to raise funds in support of NMD’s mission, as well as maintain systems of organization, manage communications and complete administrative tasks as directed by and with the support of the Fundraising Action Working Group.

Duties:
The fundraising coordinator will work with the other fundraising coordinator and the Fundraising Action Working Group (FRAWG), media/publishing teams, and NMD working groups to:

  • Write fundraising appeals for email, print mailings, newsletters and social media.
  • Cultivate relationships with major supporters through one on one meetings, phone calls, Zoom, written notes, etc.
  • Set timelines, solicit content from working groups, and coordinate the publication of print newsletters (2-3 per year), and bi-monthly eblasts.  Produce mail lists for print newsletter and other mailings and coordinate publication with printer.
  • Prepare and update fundraising materials (phone banking resources, donor thank you letters, brochures, and presentation kits for individuals fundraising for NMD).
  • Prepare webinars to present to donors and supporters.
  • With the fundraising team and working group coordinators, write grants and grant reports and track grant deadlines.
  • Support event organizing, tabling, and outreach efforts by volunteers.
  • Explore and complete fundraising-related outreach to new groups and communities of supporters, including providing support for external fundraising events (other cities).
  • Administrative tasks, including setting twice/month FRAWG agendas and notifications to members, facilitating FRAWG meetings, recording meeting notes and distributing to FRAWG and other administrative tasks as assigned by FRAWG.
  • Manage calendar for eblasts, newsletters, tabling, events.
  • Process all mailed and online donations and coordinate and do data entry and thank you letters. Recruit additional volunteers as needed for data entry.  Enter weekly deposits in check log and database.  Enter donations from various outside employee giving campaigns.  Assist as directed with picking up mail, dropping off checks to bookkeeper, and making deposits.
  • Attend FRAWG, Personnel, Finance, and Spokescouncil meetings of NMD.
  • Participate in the budgeting process for FRAWG and as well as the organization.
  • Develop fundraising goals and projections for each fiscal year, working with FRAWG and the Finance working group.
  • Track income and donor trends through reports from database.
  • Willing to work irregular hours including evening meetings, and willingness to travel (when the world is not in a pandemic).

Desired Skills:

  • Strong writing and communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and understanding of power/oppression dynamics within organizations.
  • Strong time management skills.
  • Familiarity with and support for NMD’s work and mission.
  • Strong organizational skills, experience facilitating meetings.
  • Experience with Network For Good database, (entry and reporting) or other databases.
  • Social media skills.
  • Fundraising experience.
  • Grant writing experience and/or experience writing direct fundraising appeal letters and emails.
  • Volunteer experience with No More Deaths or other social movement organizations.
  • Bilingual candidates encouraged to apply.

Contract conditions:

  • Salary $15/ hour @ 30 hours/ week (approx $1,800-1,900/ month) + benefits (health and dental).
  • Ongoing support from working group.
  • Reimbursement of expenses for supplies, postage, etc.
  • Work computer and phone supplied.
  • Review of position at six-months for renewal.

Apply Here: https://form.jotform.com/201476167716156

Second Military Style Raid in Two Months: Border Patrol detains 12 people receiving humanitarian aid

Arivaca, AZ: After sunset on October 5th, US Border Patrol entered No More Deaths’ humanitarian aid station, Byrd Camp with a federal warrant, for a second nighttime raid in two months. Volunteers were held for 3 hours while 12 people who were receiving medical care, food, water, and shelter from the 100+ degree heat were detained.

In a massive show of armed force, Border Patrol, along with the Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC), descended on the camp with an armored tank, ATVS, a helicopter, and many marked and unmarked vehicles. Agents armed with assault rifles chased and terrorized those that were receiving care, all while the helicopter hovered low above them kicking up dust and debris, making it nearly impossible to see. Border patrol smashed windows, broke doors, and destroyed essential camp infrastructure as well as supplies.This was after heavily surveilling the camp and patrolling its perimeter, creating an antagonistic and distressing environment for those receiving care, since late Saturday night on the 3rd.

Since the previous raid on July 31st, Border Patrol has refused on multiple occasions to meet with volunteers to discuss previous shared agreements that upheld the right to provide humanitarian aid. The sector chief sent No More Deaths representatives a formal letter asserting this refusal. 
 

Border Patrol’s continual surveillance and harassment of Byrd Camp keeps patients from receiving essential care. This criminalization of the humanitarian aid and medical care we provide is only a furtherance of the agency’s deadly policies. Border Patrol detains people in unsafe and deadly facilities where medical neglect is rampant and human rights abuses are well documented.

Paige Corich Kleim, a volunteer present for the raid yesterday said this about the previous raid in late July  “Once again, Border Patrol is concentrating their resources on interfering with humanitarian aid during the most deadly time of year for people crossing the border, People are dying in the desert because of border enforcement policy, and now Border Patrol wants to prevent people from accessing life-saving assistance. We view this as a clear violation of international humanitarian law.”
 

Since 2004, Byrd Camp has been a location where people crossing through the harsh Sonoran Desert can find food, water, medical care, and respite. Byrd Camp has always operated openly and transparently and offered humanitarian aid according to Red Cross protocols. No More Deaths affirms the right of all people, regardless of nationality, to give and receive humanitarian aid. Our volunteers are specifically trained to respect autonomy when providing care as is standard practice in the medical field and only call 911 and Border Patrol with patient consent. We will continue to be a presence in the desert as long as Border Patrol policies create a crisis of death and disappearance

Military style raid: border patrol detains 30+ people receiving care at humanitarian aid station

Arivaca, AZ: Around sunset on July 31st, US Border Patrol raided No More Deaths’ humanitarian aid station, Byrd Camp, detaining over thirty people who were receiving medical care, food, water, and shelter from the 100+ degree heat. In a massive show of force, Border Patrol, along with BORTAC, descended on the camp with an armored vehicle, three ATVS, two helicopters, and an estimated 24 marked and unmarked vehicles.

Agents refused to show a warrant upon entry, and were not wearing masks. For two hours, in darkness, they detained and chased people receiving care while a Border Patrol cameraman filmed the scene. The day before, agents had entered the property without a warrant and detained one person receiving care. Border Patrol then set up 24-hour surveillance around the perimeter, deterring anyone else from entering the camp to seek help.

Last night’s military style raid on the aid station is a clear example of Border Patrol’s deadly pattern of interfering with humanitarian aid. Many No More Deaths volunteers work as EMTs, paramedics, nurses, and doctors. Volunteers are trained to respect the autonomy of individuals receiving care — as is standard practice in the medical field, they only call 911 and Border Patrol with patient consent. All persons at camp had been medically evaluated, were stable, and were receiving continuous care.

The initial detention and surveillance of Byrd Camp was set up just 24 hours after No More Deaths released emails from a FOIA request revealing the role of BORTAC — the tactical unit recently mobilized against protestors throughout the United States — and the Border Patrol Union’s role in a 2017 raid of the same aid station.

Border Patrol previously raided Byrd camp in 2017, which predates Dr. Scott Warren’s arrest for providing humanitarian aid to two individuals. Warren was arrested just hours after No More Deaths released a report detailing Border Patrol’s interference with humanitarian aid, along with a video that went viral showing agents destroying water gallons. The message is clear: expose Border Patrol abuses, face retaliation

“Yesterday, Border Patrol harmed thirty people in irreparable ways. On a daily basis those who migrate through the Arizona desert are targeted, terrorized, detained, and deported.” Said Dr. Scott Warren, “Last night we witnessed these tactics deployed against people who sought medical care and relief at our Byrd Camp aid station. As always when humanitarian aid in the borderlands is targeted, those who seek care are the ones that face the brunt of these violent escalations.”now