620 S. 6th Avenue
Tucson, Arizona 85701
Description of the Organization: BorderLinks is a non-profit educational organization based in Tucson, Arizona. Our educational programs focus on issues of immigration, community formation, development, and social justice in the borderlands between the U.S. and Mexico. BorderLinks brings people together to build bridges of solidarity across North and Latin American borders and promote intercultural understanding and respect. Applicants are encouraged to visit our website at www.borderlinks.org for a broader explanation of BorderLinks’ programs.
Scope of Position: Under the supervision of the Education Director, Program Organizers plan, lead, and do follow-up for delegations along the US/Mexico border. They serve a wide range of constituents, including members of congregations, seminarians, community activists, university and high school students, and others. Typically, trips range in duration from one day to two weeks. Program Organizers are expected to work collaboratively as part of the BorderLinks Team.
Responsibilities are performed per trip or as needed. Other duties may be assigned.
The U.S. Program Organizer is responsible for carrying out all of the following trip design and delivery responsibilities:
- Create trip schedule and book visits.
- Collaborate with US and Mexico partner organizations and Program Organizers.
- Manage trip-related finances: create budget, deliver payments, reconcile expenses.
- Prepare reflection materials, facilitate discussions and guide group activities.
- Communicate with community contacts, participant group leaders, and trip co-leaders via e-mail, phone, and personal contact.
- Drive a 15 passenger van in the U.S. and Mexico.
- Interpret/translate presentations, conversations, and group discussions from Spanish to English and English to Spanish.
- Function as an informal resource on local border information as well as globalization issues.
- Remain attentive to and conscious of trip participants’ needs (safety/health concerns and emotional responses to the experience).
- Explore opportunities for future trip contacts.
- Build and maintain positive relationships with community partners (organizations and individuals who meet with delegations).
- Maintain and encourage ongoing post-trip contact, involvement, and support for participants.
- Assist with routine office duties and attend staff, committee, Board, and other meetings.
- Contribute to evaluation of programs and design of new curricula.
- On-call as needed.
- Assist with fundraising and outreach activities.
- Other duties as requested.
- BA in Latin American Studies, the social sciences, humanities, or related field, or equivalent education and experience.
- Spanish language fluency required; ability or desire to learn to interpret/translate during trip visits.
- Demonstrated ability to live and work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, ecumenical environment.
- Positive attitude and good people skills.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Strong commitment to the mission and goals of BorderLinks.
- Must be:
- Flexible, organized and able to multi-task;
- Able to analyze and present data clearly and accurately;
- Able to work collaboratively with colleagues;
- Available to travel within the U.S. and to Mexico and must possess a valid driver’s license and U.S. passport;
- Able to lift 20 pounds and walk approximately 5 miles a day.