Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
  • Programs
  • Baltimore, MD, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Excellent Benefit Package Offered

If you are passionate about transforming communities with a mission-driven organization, then we have the opportunity for you!

This position is eligible for a $3,000 signing bonus.

Reporting to the Director for Children and Family Services, the Associate Director for Therapeutic Services is responsible for the programmatic and operational management of therapeutic services for LIRS and provides vision and leadership to ensure quality service provision and coordination of services to UAC. S/he closely collaborates with the Assistant Director and Director for Children's Services to ensure the successful expansion of high-quality clinical services at LIRS and partner agencies.

For 80 years, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) has offered welcome and hope to more than half a million refugees. Since 1939, LIRS has transformed lives, with the support and hard work of people like you, to welcome the most vulnerable to the United States - from sea to shining sea.

LIRS is a national organization with a budget of over $88 million per year, and over 100 staff nationwide. Widely recognized for our expertise in implementing federal programs on behalf of refugees and migrants in the United States, LIRS resettles refugees, reunites children with their families or provides loving homes for them, conducts policy advocacy, and advances the protection and rights of vulnerable migrants.

Headquartered in the beautiful Inner Harbor of downtown Baltimore we provide services nationwide through a network of staff and affiliates. As we continue to grow, we search for the best candidates and offer excellent benefits to include flexible work hours, medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, professional development funds, parental leave, a 403(b) with organizational match, and more!


  • Provides ongoing case and programmatic consultation to LIRS's Therapeutic programs, federal staff, and other stakeholders (i.e. child advocates, attorneys, Federal Field Specialists)
  • Provides leadership and accountability on LIRS/CFS' capacity expansion efforts for UC and community-based programs. The Director for Children and Family Services sets targets for numbers of new placements based on projected referrals and is primarily responsible for meeting established targets.
  • Responsible for knowing case trends and the changing needs of children and families entering the programs, including new refugee populations being referred for U.S. resettlement, to inform program capacity development work with the national network.
  • Collaborates with federal, state, and local stakeholders to address barriers to placement and capacity development.
  • Provides clinical leadership to ensure all treatment and clinical activities are consistent across LIRS programs.
  • Oversight of program supervisors, clinicians, and clinical case managers to ensure that specific clinical and therapeutic programs, activities, and staff are consistent with their adherence to LIRS's and ORR's mission and vision, regulations, structure, policies, and procedures.
  • Staffs difficult cases with program staff and federal field specialists
  • Remains knowledgeable of complex mental health/trauma, medical, safety, and juvenile justice issues that impact children who are referred for foster care.
  • Ensures program compliance with contractual and reporting requirements
  • Identifies areas of need and creates and delivers training and technical assistance
  • Develops new program proposals in coordination with direct foster care providers and States.
  • Responsible for the launch of new therapeutic programs, ensuring quality staff and foster parent training and preparation of community partners that will work with the population (i.e. schools, medical/mental health care providers).
  • Reviews and monitors data quality and assurance for clinical services
  • Completes monthly, quarterly, and annual reports
  • Monitors case files for compliance with state and federal guidelines
  • Remains knowledgeable of all federal government and LIRS/CFS guidelines, policies, and procedures related to Foster Care.
  • Researches and writes papers or other educational documents regarding case, programmatic and systemic trends and issues.
  • Participates in presentation efforts designed to advocate responsive policies and programs on behalf of minors of concern.
  • Fosters peer-to-peer learning in the network through conference calls, newsletters, facilitation of conferences.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Graduate degree in Social Work or other Behavioral Science in combination with a minimum of five years of clinical experience and knowledge of child welfare systems, principles, practices, and emerging trends.
  • Minimum of 3 years' administrative supervisory experience
  • Experience working with diverse client populations, particularly immigrants and refugees
  • Experience with ORR programs preferred
  • Experience using ETO preferred
  • Experience in program development, administration, and budget oversight.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Deep commitment to LIRS' core values and ability to model those values in relationships with colleagues and partners

Special Position Requirements

  • LMSW or LCSW-C required
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English strongly preferred.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must be able to pass an FBI background check as well as a CA/N check for every state in which they have resided in the last five years.
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 25%.
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