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Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Senior Program Officer for Program Operations in Baltimore, Maryland

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, theSenior Program Officer for Program Operationswill 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.


  • Provides support to the Deputy Director in the areas of proposal development, report editing, and contract management.
  • Provides support with budget development, management, and adjustment activities.
  • Gathers, organizes, and analyzes data related to grants, budgets and contracts.
  • Ensures work plan development, adherence to internal operating policy and procedures, and compliance with federal obligations.
  • Assists with activities related to interdepartmental relations and operations to improve efficiency and efficacy of internal procedures.
  • Communicates with partners regarding contracts and budgets.
  • Participates in agency-wide activities and initiatives including all-staff meetings, working groups or task forces and implementation of strategic initiatives.
  • Assists with the writing of various governmental reports (quarterly, annual and monitoring visit reports).
  • Coordinates 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 through rapport-building and the development of long-term working relationships.
  • Ensures solutions are consistent with organizational objectives.
  • Assists the Deputy Director for Children and Family Services by ensuring coordination, collaboration and information sharing on major developments, activities and initiatives.
  • Manages staff as needed and assigned.
  • Represents LIRS Children's Services at assigned external meetings, trainings or groups.
  • Other duties as assigne


  • Master's degree in business administration or other related field
  • Minimum of four years of experience in budget management
  • Minimum of three years of managerial experience with increasing roles and responsibilities in supervision, program management, implementation, and evaluation.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize tact and discretion when resolving issues and/or non-routine matters within the organization. Uses diplomatic skills to obtain trust and cooperation to resolve problems, manage projects or achieve appropriate solutions.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Commitment to LIRS' core mission and values and an ability to model those values in relationship with colleagues and partners; commitment to empowering refugees and migrants.


  • Must be willing and able to clear a criminal background check for the past 7 years.
  • Must be willing and able to request and clear Child Abuse and Neglect background check in all states lived within previous 5 years, updated yearly.
  • Must obtain a negative TB Test yearly.
  • Must be willing and able to obtain FBI fingerprint check every 5 years.
  • Must have valid driver's license and MVA check free of major infractions for the last 7 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.We participate in E-Verify in the states that permit its use.

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.

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.