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 7% 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 Deputy Director for Children and Family Services, the Program Officer for Operations will oversee operational activities related to sites and programs serving unaccompanied immigrant children released from federal custody.

This position can be remote with occasional trips to Baltimore as needed.


  • Provide support to the Deputy Director in the areas of proposal development, report editing, and contract management.
  • Provide support with budget development, management, and adjustment activities.
  • Gather, organize, and analyze data related to grants, budgets and contracts.
  • Ensure work plan development, adherence to internal operating policy and procedures, and compliance with federal obligations.
  • Assist with activities related to interdepartmental relations and operations to improve efficiency and efficacy of internal procedures.
  • Communicate with partners regarding contracts and budgets.
  • Participate in agency-wide activities and initiatives including all-staff meetings, working groups or task forces and implementation of strategic initiatives.
  • Assist with the writing of various governmental reports (quarterly, annual and monitoring visit reports).
  • Coordinate regular effective collaboration with LIRS partners, ORR, Voluntary Agencies, and other key stakeholders who are engaged in service provision to unaccompanied migrant and refugee children on various tasks.
  • Assist the Deputy Director for Foster Care by ensuring coordination, collaboration and information sharing on major developments, activities and initiatives.
  • Represent LIRS Children's Services at assigned external meetings, trainings or groups.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Master's Degree in Business administration or other related field.
  • Minimum of three years of experience in budget management.
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a team and independently to establish priorities and exercise sound judgment in response to systems that are highly complex, sensitive, and confidential.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and manage collaborative relationships as part of programmatic proposal development.
  • Demonstrated experience in providing technical assistance to internal staff and external stakeholders on budget related topics.
  • Experience and knowledge of legal and political issues related to immigration and child welfare preferred.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to interact well with all levels of various systems.
  • Experience with and commitment to working in a cross-cultural or diverse workforce.
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English preferred.
  • Valid driver's license and the ability to drive unrestricted are required.
  • Able and willing to travel 25% of annual time.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.

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 over 21 years of age.
  • 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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