Position Available: Volunteer Coordinator


TERM OF SERVICE: January 2020 – January 2021, full time

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. Secondarily the position will support in-town events aimed at building local volunteer capacity and community engagement.


Administer Desert Aid volunteer program (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
  • Track volunteer applications and bottom-line application-review process
  • Communicate with interested, accepted, and rejected volunteers
  • Provide comprehensive and up to date pre-arrival information to incoming volunteers
  • Provide Desert Aid facilitators with demographic info about incoming volunteers for the incoming month and the following month
  • With logistics coordinator, check in on and maintain upkeep of interior of volunteer apartment
  • Add new volunteers to the Desert Aid calendars, and together with the logistics coordinator and volunteers ensure that the calendars are organized and current
  • 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
  • Collaborate with End Streamline Coalition to organize volunteer group attending an Operation Streamline court hearing during the program
  • Coordinate debriefs for outgoing volunteers and share pertinent feedback at with Desert Aid Working Group
  • Work closely as a team with the Desert Aid logistics coordinator

General NMD volunteer coordination (25 percent):

  • Respond promptly to volunteer information requests by email and phone
  • Receive and follow up on local volunteer applications, using agreed upon screening process
  • Bottom-line and facilitate monthly orientations 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
  • Ensure content of monthly orientations is current
  • With logistics coordinator, administer NMD Odds and Ends volunteer group via Signal
  • Administer Tucson based desert aid daytrips email list

Administration and Continuing education  (15 percent):

  • Collect agenda items and prepare agenda for weekly Desert Aid Working Group meetings, and attend these meetings
  • Bottom line scheduling / attend monthly facilitator meetings
  • Split responsibility of attending spokes-council meetings over the duration of the position with the Logistics Coordinator
  • Attend at least one meeting of each NMD working group and support group over the duration of the position
  • 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 in one-week overlap period
  • Identify and improve systems that need updating, complete other job duties as they arise


  • 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 migration issues along the US–Mexico border and among communities within the US
  • Experience with program development and/or community organizing with affected communities is a plus
  • Spanish speakers (fluent or native speaker) are strongly preferred


  • Monthly salary of $2,181.90 full time
  • 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!