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.

Reporting to the Assistant Director for Family Reunification, the Placement Specialist for Family Reunification will engage collaboratively with the Children and Family Services Unit and family reunification team in order to provide essential support services to LIRS local partner agencies, including the provision of technical assistance to foster care staff and federal foster care stakeholders. They will coordinate referral assurance and placement of unaccompanied children in federal custody to affiliate, as well as, provide ongoing support of migrant and refugee care through technical assistance, integration of child welfare best practices and standards, and ongoing communication.



  • Coordinates placements of children into Home Study and Post Release Services network
  • Accepts and processes home study and post release service cases for refugee and migrant youth to partner providers and LIRS case management team.
  • Tracks capacity of the HSPRS network and works with CFS team members to ensure programs operate at 90% capacity or above.
  • Responsible for knowing current capacity of national network for placement availability. Requires capturing, organizing, and analyzing significant data around openings, budgeted capacity, placement types and trends, capacity challenges, language and cultural appropriateness, and special services.
  • Assists with required reports to funders.
  • Accompany fellow Children and Family Services staff on annual site visits to provide technical assistance during training of partner network.
  • Assists with the creation of reports and documents, such as those that reflect trends in practice.


  • High school diploma or in combination with 2 years' work experience; undergraduate degree in social work or a related field strongly preferred
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills as well as strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate with stakeholders and partners.
  • Detail-oriented, with the ability to multi-task, and work well under pressure.
  • Strong organizational, analytical and critical thinking/problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work well as part of a team and independently.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Experience with data entry, data management, and/or use of data management tools or software.
  • Cross-cultural experience and cultural competency related to issues of diversity.
  • Fluency in Spanish preferred
  • 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.

Special Position Requirements

  • Must be able to pass an FBI background check as well as a CA/N check for every state in which they have resided in the last five years. Must be able to pass an FBI background check as well as a Child Abuse and Neglect background check for every state in which they have resided in the last five years, updated yearly.
  • Must be willing and able to clear a criminal background check for the past 7 years.
  • Must obtain a negative TB Test yearly.
  • Must be willing and able to obtain FBI fingerprint check every 5 years.
  • Spanish language fluency a plus
  • Must have valid driver's license and MVA check free of major infractions for the last 7 years.
  • Occasional Travel Required, less than 10%

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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