When BorderLinks staff are at capacity, BorderLinks employs Delegation Leaders to lead delegations. BorderLinks currently has a half-dozen DLs but foresees a need for additional DLs this spring, probably to lead 1-3 delegations each. BorderLinks provides significant paid training for this position.
Reports to: Education Director
Status: Hourly, non-exempt, on an as-needed basis
Pay rate: $13/hr
Scope of Position: Under the supervision of the Education Director, the Delegation Leader plans and leads delegations when needed along the US/Mexico border, serving a wide range of constituents: members of congregations, seminarians, community activists, university and high school students, and others. Typically, delegations range in length from one day to two weeks. Delegation Leaders are expected to work collaboratively with the BorderLinks Team and community partners. Spring is our usual busy season; in March and May we need Delegation Leaders to take on full week-long delegations. In other months Delegation Leaders may be asked to lead full delegations, but most likely will be asked to do delegation support work. Work is based on our delegation calendar and can not be guaranteed. We do our best to assign delegations at least 2 months in advance, but delegation support work is assigned as the needs arise.
The Delegation Leader is responsible for carrying out all of the following delegation design and delivery responsibilities:
a. Do all necessary delegation preparation work, which can range between 5-20 hours in a month and a half period depending on the delegation’s need. Prep-work includes: sending emails, planning phone calls with your delegation to asses needs and establish expectations for the trip, create delegation itinerary, create a simple budget, input information about your delegation in the necessary documents for logistical planning purposes, and getting together any curriculum materials for your delegation.
b. Lead delegation, which can range from one day to two weeks. During delegation, days can range from 8 hours to 12 hours. You will be responsible for facilitating workshops, discussions/reflections, and group activities.
c. Do all necessary post-delegation work: Post-delegation work is estimated to take 2-3 hours, which includes: Balancing your budget; documenting your action planning notes, and filling out a delegation leader evaluation form.
d. Drive a 15 passenger van in the U.S. and Mexico.
e. Interpret presentations, conversations, and group discussions from Spanish to English and English to Spanish.
f. Function as an informal resource on border and immigration issues.
g. Remain attentive to and conscious of delegates’ needs (safety/health concerns and emotional responses to the experience).
- Delegation support work includes: taking over a day, morning/afternoon, or activity for another delegation leader who is on delegation.
- Attend staff trainings and retreats.
- Read monthly emails.
- Spanish language fluency required; ability or desire to learn to interpret during trip visits.
- Demonstrated ability to live and work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment.
- Positive attitude and good people skills.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Strong commitment to the mission and goals of BorderLinks.
- Strong community ties and involvement in Tucson.
- 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;
- Valid driver’s license.
Delegation Leaders work in the Tucson office as well as in the larger Tucson and border community. The work load changes regularly, based on the volume of delegations and will include occasional nights and weekends. The scope of this job can be unpredictable and requires a capacity to cope with change and stress.
Send cover letter and resume to email@example.com.
Photography provided by Nieves Montaño