Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
  • Programs
  • 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 Assistant Director for Family Reunification, the Program Officer for Home Study & Post Release Services (HS/PRS) will conduct oversight and coordination of the Home Study and Post Release Services Program or Safe Release Support Services Program (as assigned) to ensure holistic, culturally competent services for unaccompanied children and their families. The Program Officer will ensure the effectiveness and quality of services through supportive program management, data management, trend analysis, training, and technical assistance.


  • Provide support and technical assistance to partners related to issues of service delivery, documentation, reporting, LIRS, and Child Welfare best practices, as well as Federal obligations.
  • Provide ongoing desk and site monitoring of service partners to assess program functioning and compliance with ORR/LIRS standards, identify trends and service gaps, and evaluate service models.
  • Identify training needs and program challenges for the development of materials, resources, and tools to enhance the delivery of program services in accordance with recognized child welfare standards, LIRS best practices, and LIRS/ORR policies and procedures implementation.
  • Create and facilitate online and in person trainings using interactive video conferencing and presentations to inform field and HQ staff of the most recent standards and policies and procedures regarding digital fingerprinting and packet assistance.
  • Contribute to writing substantial portions of various governmental reports (quarterly, annual and monitoring visit reports).


  • Undergraduate degree in Social Work or other behavioral science. Master's degree in Social Work strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of 3 years' progressive experience in program management serving children and families required; experience and knowledge of child welfare systems, principles, practices, and emerging trends.
  • Experience in nonprofit governance, administration, grants management and compliance.
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a team and independently, establish priorities and exercise sound judgment in response to systems that are highly complex, sensitive, and confidential.
  • Experience developing and managing collaborative partnerships across various systems.
  • Demonstrated experience in program development, administration, and management.
  • Demonstrated experience in providing training and technical assistance to internal staff and external partners.
  • Knowledge of legal and political issues related to immigration and child welfare.
  • Experience with and commitment to working in a very diverse workforce.
  • Excellent writing skills required.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.
  • 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

  • Licensed or license eligible strongly preferred
  • Spanish language ability strongly preferred
  • Up to 25% travel required
  • Valid driver's license required
  • 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.

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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