Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
  • Programs
  • 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. Attracting and retaining the best talent is vital to our continued growth and we are proud to offer an excellent benefits package including medical, dental, vision available the first day of employment, professional development, tuition reimbursement, generous paid time off including 20 days of vacation, 12 days of sick leave, 12 paid holidays PLUS the week between Christmas and New Years Day, 12 weeks of paid parental leave and up to 12 weeks of fully paid FMLA leave, company 403(b) contribution of 3%, an additional 4% match, Family Building benefits for reproductive procedures, adoption/foster care assistance, and an annual wellness benefit that can be customized to support your personal needs including funding enrichment classes, gym memberships, and healthy eating plans (to name a few) 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.

Position Summary: Reporting to the Deputy Director for Children and Family Services (Family Reunification), the Associate Director for Training and Compliance is responsible for collaborative strategic planning and ongoing implementation of the programmatic and operational management of the training and compliance team. The Associate Director for Training and Compliance will be responsible for the implementation of strategic improvements and general oversight of training systems to ensure compliance with funder and agency requirements for all staff training within family reunification programs.


  • Provide strategic leadership and implementation for the training and compliance team to support program staff conducting training and compliance activities to ensure alignment with federal and LIRS standards.
  • Oversee the training and compliance team activities for family reunification programs including analysis of outcomes and effectiveness of created trainings/frameworks.
  • Coordinates strategic planning and overall implementation of program wide training plans and training frameworks for family reunification programs in compliance with all LIRS and federal funder training requirements.
  • Support the training and compliance team to identify systemic training needs and program challenges and create long term solutions that will enhance the delivery of program services in accordance with recognized child welfare standards, LIRS best practices, and LIRS/ORR policies and procedures implementation.
  • Oversee the coordination and ongoing implementation of the pre-services training for all HS/PRS headquarters and case management staff.
  • Assist with writing proposals for existing and new programs focusing on strategic implementation of training and developing frameworks for training to maintain compliance with training requirements.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Master's degree in behavioral sciences, human services, or social service field with a minimum of five years of experience in and knowledge of child welfare systems, principles, practices and emerging trends.
  • Five (5) years progressively responsible managerial experience including experience managing staff, volunteers, and/or interns.
  • Experience working with diverse client populations, particularly immigrants and refugees.
  • Experience managing and implementing training and e-learning focused curriculums within social services.
  • 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:

  • Must be willing and able to clear a criminal background check.
  • Must be willing and able to request and clear Child Abuse and Neglect background check in all states lived within previous 5 years, updated as required.
  • Must obtain a negative TB Test yearly.
  • Must be willing and able to obtain FBI fingerprint check every 5 years.
  • Spanish language fluency preferred.
  • Must have valid driver's license and MVA check free of major infractions for the last 7 years.

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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