Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
  • Programs
  • 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!

The Program Officer for Foster Care will provide oversight and coordination of a continuum of Foster Care programs to ensure holistic, culturally competent services for unaccompanied migrant children and their families. This position acts as a liaison between LIRS partner organizations, LIRS, and federal foster care stakeholders. This position ensures the effectiveness and quality of services through supportive program management, monitoring, data management, trend analysis and evaluation, training, and technical assistance. This position involves close collaboration with the Senior Program Officer for Foster Care to identify trends, opportunities to enhance program services, training needs and implement recommendations for effective quality service delivery. This position will provide backup and assistance to the Senior Program Officer for Foster Care, fellow Program Officers, and other support staff.

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!


  • Provide oversight and administration of Foster Care grants to network partner agencies including child welfare best practice, program management, and compliance with the LIRS cooperative agreement and ORR policies and procedures.
  • Lead collaboration efforts with Foster Care partners engaged in service provision to unaccompanied migrant and refugee children. Responsible for network coordination, communication, and peer learning throughout the network.
  • Provide support and technical assistance to partners related to issues of service delivery, documentation, reporting, LIRS, and Child Welfare best practices, as well as Federal obligations.
  • Provide ongoing desk and onsite monitoring to Foster Care Partners to assess program functioning and compliance with State/ORR/LIRS standards, as well as to identify trends, service gaps, and evaluate service models.
  • Identify training needs and program challenges, for the development of materials, resources, and tools to enhance the delivery of program services in accordance with recognized child welfare standards, LIRS Best Practices, and LIRS/ORR Policies and Procedures implementation.
  • Assist with the writing of various governmental reports (quarterly, annual, and monitoring visit reports).
  • In collaboration with the Senior Program Officer for Foster Care, oversee network capacity and development, including recruitment, retention, and termination of partners throughout our network. Provide support for regular referral coordination throughout our network.
  • Coordinate regular effective collaboration with LIRS partners, ORR, Voluntary Agencies, and other key stakeholders who are engaged in service provision to unaccompanied migrant and refugee children on various tasks.
  • Assist the Senior Program Officer for Foster Care by ensuring coordination, collaboration, and information sharing on major developments, trends, activities, and initiatives are communicated effectively and efficiently.
  • Represent LIRS Children's Services at assigned external meetings, training, or groups.
  • Engagement in agency-wide activities and initiatives including all-staff meetings, working groups or task forces, and implementation of strategic initiatives.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor


  • Master's degree in Social Work or other behavioral science.
  • Minimum of three years of experience and knowledge of child welfare systems, principles, practices, and emerging trends.
  • Minimum of three years of managerial experience with increasing roles and responsibilities in supervision, program management, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a team and independently to establish priorities and exercise sound judgment in response to systems that are highly complex, sensitive, and confidential.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and manage collaborative partnerships across various systems.
  • Demonstrated experience in providing training and technical assistance to internal staff and external partners.
  • Experience and knowledge of legal and political issues related to immigration and child welfare.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to interact well with all levels of various systems.
  • Experience with and commitment to working in a cross-cultural or diverse workforce.
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English strongly preferred
  • Valid driver's license and the ability to drive unrestricted are required
  • Able and willing to travel 25% of annual time.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.
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