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

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

Since 1939, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) has offered welcome and hope to refugees. 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.

We help people seeking safety from persecution in their home countries and reunite families torn apart by conflict. We resettle refugees. We protect vulnerable children who arrive alone in the United States. We advocate for compassion and justice for all migrants.

Widely recognized for our expertise in implementing federal programs on behalf of refugees and migrants in the United States, 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 including medical, dental, vision available the first day of employment professional development, tuition reimbursement, paid parental leave, company 403(b) contributions, and match, all in an inclusive and progressive environment!

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is a champion for all uprooted people. Please join us as we make a difference in the lives of newcomers.


  • Promote the public mission and advocacy efforts of the largest faith-based organization dedicated exclusively to serving refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants in the U.S.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the strategic media plan to achieve LIRS' media relations goals
  • Act as key strategic advisor to the Press Secretary and President's Office on all media opportunities, including positioning and preparing LIRS experts for interviews and other public engagements
  • Proactively pitch news stories of LIRS' work, programs and events; produce press releases and other materials to engage media
  • Cultivate personal relationships with journalists through one-on-one meetings, briefings, and regular phone and email communications to help grow LIRS' media presence and brand awareness
  • Develop creative strategies for communicating with journalists in addition to and beyond traditional news releases
  • Coordinate interviews, draft press releases, produce rapid-response commentary, and provide journalists with timely and accurate information
  • Draft, pitch and place opinion editorials and letters to the editor in local, national and online publications on behalf of senior staff, faith leaders, and refugee leaders
  • Execute multi-channel promotion of LIRS media events
  • Leverage social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and relevant PR and media monitoring software.
  • Contribute to industry reputational efforts, including earned and paid media strategies
  • Develop and nurture relationships with LIRS partners to build communications capacity and increase external visibility
  • Coordinate with and ensure optimal performance of PR firm support
  • Report on progress of media relations efforts and identify opportunities for growth and improvement
  • Secondary Duties
  • Manage and implement other projects as identified by other members of the leadership team
  • Work on special projects and other duties as required helping to promote department's success.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • BA or BS with emphasis on language and journalism or relevant work experience
  • Demonstrated experience in communication and media outreach
  • Commitment to LIRS's core mission and values and an ability to model those values in relationship with colleagues and partners; commitment to empowering refugees and migrants.


  • Excellent writer and editor, adept at writing for a variety of audiences via numerous platforms
  • Existing media relationships in national and key markets highly desired
  • Ability to persuasively communicate complex concepts and programs at the highest levels of government and business
  • Broad fundamental communications and media relations knowledge
  • Agency, news media or political campaign experience
  • Ability to work both as part of a team and independently
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and time-management management skills
  • Demonstrative abilities in collaborative team building and consensus
  • Exceptional analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Team player, able to work cross-departmentally
  • Ability to cope with a fast-paced work environment and juggle multiple priorities, separating mission critical from the non-strategic with minimal supervision
  • At ease with a fluid environment; persistent and tenacious
  • Strong character and high integrity
  • Ability to learn additional software programs, and enter and maintain accurate data/information
  • Knowledge of immigration and refugee issues

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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