Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
  • Development and Outreach
  • 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 Director for Major and Planned Giving, the Development Associate will support the major gifts team in achieving its goals of securing increased major gift commitments. The Development Associate will also conduct prospect research, providing accurate information with detailed segmentation and reports to the major gifts team upon request. Providing logistics and administrative support for events, travel and other related responsibilities, the Development Associate will serve as a key member of the Development and Mobilization team.


  • Provide administrative support to the major gifts team involving stages of the moves management process (discovery, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship.)
  • Engage with individual donors and congregations when appropriate in cultivating relationships towards sustainable funding.
  • Provide management of major gifts team meetings, schedules, projects and initiatives.
  • Develop strategies for identifying new prospective donors for leadership giving ($1,000-$4,999) major giving ($5,000+) and planned giving.
  • Support the major gifts team in ongoing acknowledgement and stewardship of major donors.
  • Track moves management notes and information in the donor database when needed.
  • Manage confidential donor data and information, ensuring best practices are used within the donor database.
  • Initiate reports from the donor database when requested by members of the major gifts team.
  • Participate in donor stewardship through phone calls, thank-you cards, etc. during periods of high-volume gift making.
  • Provide support to the donor services team by assisting with data entry and gift processing when requested.
  • Regularly record communications with donors and external partners in donor database.
  • Work closely with prospect research colleagues to complete research profiles and event profiles for the major gifts team and senior leadership.


  • Bachelor's Degree or combination of relevant education and experience.
  • Experience in nonprofit fundraising and prospect research preferred.
  • Demonstrated willingness to explore and learn new technology (hardware and software) to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of work.
  • Demonstrated experience and proficiency in using specialized data sources such as Salesforce, Target Analytics, LexisNexis, etc.
  • Proven ability to exercise utmost tact and diplomacy when dealing with confidential issues and ability to discern confidential issues.
  • Ability to interact with donors in a professional manner orally and through written communication.
  • Proficient in web communications technology, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Office Suite, etc. Experience with Salesforce desirable.
  • Ability to use good judgement, take initiative, anticipate and respond to needs, prioritize and solve problems.
  • Experience working in a non-profit organization preferred.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects in a fast-paced dynamic working environment.
  • Commitment to LIRS's core mission and values and an ability to model those values in relationship with colleagues and partners.
  • Proven ability to work well as a team.

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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