Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
  • President's Office
  • 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.

Reporting to the President and CEO and serving as an integral partner ensuring that the CEO's external engagement strategy is executed, the Deputy Chief of Staff (DCOS) uses strong leadership and problem-solving skills to support the CEO, advance the focus of the Office of the President, and advance LIRS' mission. The nature of the DCOS role is such that priorities may shift as organizational needs change, and the areas below are a current set of expected priorities.


  • Serve as a creative thought partner in the development of the President & CEO's strategic vision, external engagement & messaging, partnerships, and fundraising strategies.
  • Alongside the Chief of Staff and administrative staff, ensure adequate preparation for meetings involving the President & CEO and attend appropriate internal and external meetings to provide support.
  • Manage efforts to develop and implement overall strategy on CEO's external engagement.
  • Lead efforts to manage speaking engagements and coordinate meetings with external stakeholders, donors, and partners for the President & CEO.
  • Lead management of the LIRS President's Council (identify new participants, conduct outreach and help manage members' engagement and the realization of Council goals).
  • Contribute to research, benchmarking, and data analysis for policy, advocacy, fundraising, and other projects relevant to President's Office, and make recommendations for how to respond to findings.
  • In collaboration with colleagues from Programs, Advocacy, Communications, and Development, participate in stakeholder mapping to determine new approaches for targeted outreach to key audiences including funders, affiliates, NGO's, communities, advocacy groups, and government agencies of interest.
  • Alongside the Chief of Staff and other staff, help plan and manage events involving the Office of the President.
  • Develop pitch decks and concept strategy documents for potential partners.
  • Proactively conduct ongoing analyses of compelling policy and advocacy initiatives pursued by peer nonprofits across all issue areas.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Policy, Management, Business Administration or related field, Graduate degree preferred and at least five to seven years of experience leading high-level initiatives for senior or C-level executives, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in an extremely fast-paced environment, juggling multiple priorities and projects simultaneously.
  • In-depth knowledge of policy or advocacy related to immigration issues highly desirable
  • Proven ability to work strategically and collaboratively across departments.
  • Versatile, effective and action-oriented .
  • Demonstrated excellent communication skills (written and oral).
  • Strong program management and interpersonal skills.
  • Proven track record of effectively interacting in a polished, professional manner with senior level internal and external stakeholders.
  • Deep commitment to LIRS's core values and the ability to model those values in relationships with colleagues and partners.

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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