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 Year's 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.

The Director - Federal Contracts will work under the direction of the Vice President for Programs to develop and implement the organizational infrastructure, including personnel, processes and procedures necessary to support the successful bidding, implementation and management of federal contract awards.


  • Contributes to the mission of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service by providing day-to-day oversight and direction to a program area.
  • In conjunction with the Vice President for Programs and other program directors establishes and carries out the strategic direction for the department.
  • Develops and implements strategy to build capacity and expertise to win and manage federal contracts across multiple federal agencies.
  • Acts as lead in securing funding from multiple sources and works in tandem with Business Development to identify potential funding sources and manage funder relationships.
  • Hires, trains, and develops staff to successfully manage and grow federal contract business.
  • Holds staff accountable for delivering quality work on time. Mentors and manages performance as necessary.
  • Works to instill a sense of entrepreneurship across teams.
  • Acts as role model and exhibits a high level of leadership, fosters transparency and is fair in all dealings with staff.


  • Undergraduate degree in Business Administration and a minimum of eight years of government (Federal, State, Local) buyer and seller experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 6+ years of progressively responsible experience managing staff.
  • Experience drafting and implementing Government (Federal/ State/ Local processes, policies, systems), and interfacing with a DCAA, DCMA, GSA regulator / auditor.
  • Experience in building a GSA schedule/ GWAC/ IDIQ/ MAC preferred.
  • Risk Mitigation Framework planning and implementation.
  • In-depth understanding of U.S. policies and programs related to refugee resettlement, unaccompanied children in migration, human trafficking assistance and/or asylum strongly preferred.
  • Experience in directing complex multi-state and/or national programs/lines of business, and able to motivate teams to achieve agreed upon goals.
  • Strong knowledge and experience with program management, compliance, developing performance metrics and reporting.
  • Must be able to travel within the United States up to 25% of the time.
  • Alignment with and support of LIRS's core values.

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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