Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
  • Development and Outreach
  • 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 Vice President for Development and Mobilization, the Director for Mobilization and Faith Relations will serve in a leadership role within the organization and provide strategic support within the Development and Mobilization department. The Director for Mobilization and Faith Relations is tasked with leading and creating LIRS's national outreach and engagement strategy. By enhancing the domestic network and implementing dynamic programming for engaging faith communities, volunteers, community groups and others in the work of LIRS, the Director for Mobilization and Faith Relations will build a broad-based movement for change that will positively affect the lives of migrants and refugees and the communities in which they live. The Director will represent LIRS externally and work with key faith leaders and national partner organizations to build awareness, engagement, and support for the work of LIRS.


  • Promote opportunities to bolster impact, advocacy, and revenue goals through a national grassroots mobilization strategy for individuals, groups, institutions, volunteers, and communities.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact to national leaders regarding interfaith and ecumenical collaboration. Foster relationships with key faith leaders and organizations to build awareness, engagement, collaboration, and support for the work of LIRS.
  • Create and oversee partnerships and networking for LIRS and the general external community, including but not limited to national non-profit organizations, corporate volunteer groups and other key relationships.
  • Build a network of LIRS supporters throughout the US (individuals, congregations, schools, seminaries, universities, etc.) through a national grassroots mobilization strategy. Develop, grow, and retain exemplary national leaders that will form the constituent network of supporters of LIRS' mission.
  • Educate external constituents in the mission and work of LIRS through the development and implementation of educational programs and an annual campaign calendar. In addition to core annual programming, the Mobilization team will provide national trainings, emergency resources, issue-focused resources, as well as both interfaith and Christian faith-based opportunities.
  • Integrate LIRS' volunteer initiatives, pipelines, and opportunities to further LIRS's overall mission. Support the goal of providing individual volunteers and communities clear opportunities to engage in concrete ways with the organizations' mission of providing refugee and immigrant services regardless of creed, race, socioeconomic status, gender, or geographically location.
  • Design and manage a monitoring and evaluation plan for LIRS mobilization including: 1) the LIRS constituent and institutional network, 2) annual national programs, and 3) national volunteer engagement. Continually identify innovative practices and solutions as it relates to network growth and constituent participation. Lead evaluation of team methodology and impact on LIRS goals and strategic plan.
  • Oversee national and regional gathering events including planning interactive engagement opportunities, coordinating representation, implementation, data collection and attendance that increase support of LIRS.
  • Work in close cross-departmental collaboration with Development, Communications, and Advocacy units as well as the entire Programs department, ensuring that strategies, messaging, and priorities are aligned, relationships collectively managed, and resources used as efficiently and effectively as possible.
  • Speak at conferences, events, and other places LIRS is invited to participate. Represent LIRS publicly at national and local faith events, to community events, and other public-facing arenas.
  • Internally, the Director will lead the mobilization and faith relations team.
  • Develop and implement plans and objectives for the team, oversee daily operations, assess, and report progress in meeting team objectives, see to team staffing needs (e.g., interviewing, hiring, new hire and ongoing training, annual evaluations, etc.) participate in budget development and monitoring of expenses.
  • Other Duties as Assigned.


  • Undergraduate degree required.
  • At least 7 years of professional experience with a preference in outreach, mobilization or organizing.
  • Proven track record of successful management and supervision of staff.
  • In-depth knowledge of the structure, policies, theology, and teachings of the main Lutheran denominations strongly desired.
  • Deep commitment to LIRS's core values and ability to model those values in relationships with colleagues and partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships and coalitions with strategically identified community leaders.
  • Highly efficient in time management with an ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced and deadline-driven environment.
  • Strong and evident ability to assess strategy and tactics to reach efficiently and effectively the most constituents to promote engagement in advocacy, development, and volunteering.
  • Track record of synthesizing -- in writing and verbally -- and communicating complex issues and policies in a clear and appealing message to mobilize diverse groups, particularly migrant and church-going groups.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills; strong presentation skills -- both in developing and giving professional presentations. Experience and exceptional ability to mobilize people through powerful storytelling and sharing.
  • Experience with and commitment to working in a very diverse workforce.
  • Professional understanding of the policy issues that affect or can potentially affect migrant and refugee communities in the United States.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and to make good decisions in a timely fashion under pressure.
  • Active listener with an inquisitive mind and relevant problem-solving skills.
  • Computer proficient and experience with Microsoft Office suite and Salesforce preferred.
  • Travel up to 30% of the time.

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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