Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
  • Programs
  • San Antonio, TX, 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 Children and Family Services, the Clinician is responsible for direct therapeutic services to clients including individual, family and group therapy.


  • Provide direct therapeutic services to clients and program participants as needed, including group work and family therapy;
  • Administer required behavioral and mental health assessments for children and families;
  • Facilitate comprehensive clinical related training to interns;
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with funding sources, licensing sources, families, and collaterals;
  • Participate in data collection and review to evaluate individual and program success set goals for improvement based on overall strategies and objectives;
  • Coordinate services for each participant in conjunction with the Case Manager;
  • Participate in case staffing and offer clinical feedback regarding client treatment needs;
  • Attend, facilitate, and assist with providing on-going education and support services to adult caregivers;
  • Provide crisis intervention and guidance to children and families regarding clinical components of crisis intervention and long-term treatment strategies;
  • Apply a working knowledge of child welfare best practices to protect all clients in care and mitigate risk factors where possible.
  • Maintain documentation of all clinical activities in accordance with program and state policy.
  • Maintain an updated, working knowledge of DHS and UC/ORR policy and operating procedures.
  • Meet regularly with supervisor to consult on cases, review case plan decisions, and evaluate client progress.
  • Provide translation support as needed for clients, sponsors, and staff.
  • Comply with laws and regulations regarding client confidentiality.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Master's degree in Social Work with direct clinical experience.
  • Licensure (LMSW or LCSW) to provide clinical services in Texas or eligible to obtain professional licensure or registration; Independent Licensure is preferred
  • Experience providing clinical services to refugee and/or immigrant populations, preferred;
  • Bi-lingual English and Spanish, required;
  • Ability to work 3 evenings per week
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Spanish, including interpersonal communication, and clinical and persuasive writing skills;
  • Ability to work under stress or in a fast-paced environment, including crisis situations;
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to collaborate with others, including case management staff, educational team members, supervisors, and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to practice cultural sensitivity and work effectively with diverse populations.
  • Ability to be flexible with working hours and on-call responsibilities
  • Computer skills adequate to perform essential functions (Apricot, Microsoft Office, and any internal case management software)
  • Valid Driver's License, proof of automobile insurance, required for travel to schools or other community based programs as needed;
  • Pass a criminal history screen, including state and local child protection agency registries.

Special Position Requirements:

  • Valid driver's license required
  • Must be able to pass an FBI background check, state criminal records check, as well as a CA/N check for every state in which they have resided in the last five years.
  • If hired, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination for COVID-19. Exceptions will be made when required by law.

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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