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 Pathway Builder will work to ensure that refugees can equitably access the resources from mainstream employment programs and build coalitions of support in the community. The Pathway Builder will work diligently to break down barriers and build relationships with local workforce development agency, employers, and community colleges to ensure refugees have equitable access to training and advancement opportunities. This position joins a Career Navigator to support the needs of immigrant clients in the Baltimore/DC area. This position will report to a Program Officer and will have direct communication and contact with clients on a regular basis.


  • Establish and maintain working relationships with employers and training institutions.
  • Identify opportunities for career advancement for refugees and ensure the training participants match the skills needed to fill workforce gaps.
  • Conduct weekly employer & training provider outreach based on enrolled client's experiences and interest
  • Provide individualized career case management and follow-up support to assist clients in maintaining employment.
  • Partner with Workforce Development Centers and train their staff on how to work with refugees and ensure refugees access vocational training opportunities (utilizing WIOA funds).
  • Identify potential champions within workplaces and neighborhoods (i.e., faith leaders, neighborhood associations and community leaders) to plan and implement connection events that promote inclusivity or join existing community coalitions promoting refugee integration.
  • Collaborate with the Career Navigator team member to provide career case management to ensure clients achieve job placement, facilitation of NAC mentorship program.
  • Maintain records documenting partnerships forged and trainings conducted.
  • Work with LIRS and academic partner to conduct a robust evaluation.


  • Ability to market refugees and immigrants as potential employees and agency services to businesses.
  • Past experience in job development and coalition building preferred, preferably in Baltimore (or Maryland/DC area).
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships and partnerships with diverse stakeholders.
  • Ability to make and maintain a connection with one stop career centers in Baltimore, the greater Maryland area, and Washington DC.
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business and technical documents or instructions related to employment programs and businesses.
  • Ability to contribute to reporting with accurate data about employer connections and workforce center partnerships.
  • Ability to facilitate trainings and workshops with workforce staff, employers, and champions.
  • Cross cultural sensitivity and knowledge with the ability and desire to work with people of other cultures.
  • Ability to place clients in jobs related to their skills and experience.
  • Ability to adjust clients' expectations to accept jobs that match their skills and experiences.
  • Ability to work well on a team.
  • Ability to track and report data regularly.
  • Functional fluency in one or more foreign languages preferred.

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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