Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
  • Programs
  • Alexandria, VA, USA
  • Temporary

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 Director for Programs, the Program Coordinator for Family Strengthening will implement a pilot program that supports family strengthening through the provision of relationship education, parenting skills, and light case management to Office of Refugee Resettlement eligible Afghan populations to support integration. The Program Coordinator will coordinate and implement program activities including refugee-focused Relationship Enhancement® curriculum training, connect participants to direct services support to remove barriers to program participation, and collaborate with headquarters staff in uplifting best practices and success stories.

This is a temporary position through December 2023.


  • Co-coordinate the implementation of the Family Strengthening program in Northern Virginia.
  • Lead outreach efforts to enroll clients, such as conducting presentations, distributing flyers, and encouraging participation via word-of-mouth.
  • Follow-up on recruitment efforts by providing program overview and setting up intake and enrollment.
  • Facilitate an evidence-based skills workshop to promote positive social and emotional development amongst participants.
  • Support clients in strengthening family dynamics through relationship skills training and parenting skills training.
  • Provide client-centered, trauma-informed culturally and linguistically appropriate services.
  • Cultivate new relationships with service providers and referral partners.
  • Assess emergency needs and refer to appropriate support to address needs that impact program participation.
  • Maintain case notes and case files, program reports, and confidentiality.
  • Maintain relevant reports and statistics related to client activities and program services.
  • Participate in performance-related goal setting and achievement to meet personal and organizational objectives and goals.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.


  • Undergraduate degree in social work, social sciences, or related field; preferred.
  • A minimum of two (2) years of experience in non-profit immigration or social services programs.
  • Experience working with refugees, immigrants, or limited English speakers, required.
  • Experience providing education, financial literacy, and/or parenting education to diverse populations is highly desired, as well as demonstrated experience providing case management.
  • Experience in developing and delivering training to program participants and service providers.
  • Cross cultural sensitivity and knowledge with a desire to work with people of other cultures.
  • Multilingual, Dari and Pashto proficiency highly preferred.
  • Strong writing skills, with the ability to write and edit reports and clearly interpret technical requirements.
  • Ability to collect, analyze and interpret program information needed to ensure compliance with program requirements.
  • Ability to establish effective relationships with colleagues, partners and service providers.
  • Experience with program management, including recruitment and outreach.
  • Outstanding organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously with attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal and listening skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, knowledge in database management and training tools, and other computer applications.
  • Deep commitment to LIRS' core values and ability to model those values in relationships with colleagues and partners.

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.

We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package in an innovative and rewarding work environment. Benefits include medical, dental, and vision coverage effective on your first day of employment, 403(b) with company contribution and match, 20 days of vacation per year, tuition reimbursement, professional development and much more. Salaries are based on the latest market data and reflect the education, skills and requirements for the role. Differentials may exist based on the region and language abilities.

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