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Program Specialist for Matching Grant

June 04, 2019 - June 18, 2019
Location:Baltimore, MD
Benefits:An excellent benefits package is offered.
Employment Type:Full Time


Are you looking for an opportunity to help stabilize newly-resettled migrant and refugees by supporting a national network of affiliates? If you are passionate about transforming communities with a mission-driven organization, then we have the opportunity for you!

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), is seeking a Program Specialist for Matching Grant (MG) program, an early employment and self-sufficiency program funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). The position will provide daily programmatic support and technical assistance, prepare LIRS network partners for federal monitoring visits, support the establishment of new programs, with possibility for travel and/or remote monitoring of LIRS's Matching Grant programs, and provide other aspects of programmatic support. This position will report to the Program Manager overseeing Matching Grant.


Duties:• Provide programmatic and technical support to the Matching Grant (MG) program to ensure timely, accurate, and compliant reporting to meet federal guidelines.
• Maintain regular contact with affiliate staff who implement the Matching Grant program.
• Assist LIRS and affiliate staff with the utilization of the Immigration and Refugee Information System (IRIS), the LIRS client/program management database, including: slot management, case enrollment, and reporting.
• Prepare sites to be monitored by the by work closely with affiliate staff to produce quality responses to ORR's pre- and post-monitoring requests.
• Support the coordination of affiliate site monitoring visits that involve: meeting with various stakeholders; reviewing program files; interviewing affiliate staff, refugee families, and community leaders; and reviewing programmatic reports, proposals, financial reports, and statistical information.
• Provide support to affiliates establishing new Matching Grant programs, with possibility to monitor and evaluate the program, analyze progress and capacity, and provide on-site or remote training support.
• Respond to service inquiries that come directly from affiliates' clients and those that are channeled through ORR.
• Address resettlement trends as determined through day-to-day technical assistance on compliance issues as presented by affiliate staff, monitoring findings, national resettlement agencies, and other relevant stakeholders as appropriate.
• Work collaboratively with Refugee Services' units and other departments at LIRS.
• Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications:• Undergraduate degree in social work, social sciences, non-profit management or related field.
• A minimum of two (2) years of experience in non-profit immigration, employment, or social services programs. Experience working with Matching Grant or another refugee employment program strongly preferred.
• Experience providing direct services to refugees, immigrants or limited English speakers.
• Ability to interpret contract compliance, develop and deliver training, and provide technical assistance to service providers and staff.
• Strong writing skills, with ability to write and edit reports and clearly interpret technical requirements.
• Ability to establish effective relationships with colleagues and partners via phone, email, and in-person meetings.
• Outstanding organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously with attention to details.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, knowledge in database management and other computer applications.
• Deep commitment to LIRS' core values and ability to model those values in relationships with colleagues and partners.
• Experience with and commitment to working in a diverse workforce.

Organization Summary:

Headquartered in Baltimore's beautiful Inner Harbor, with offices in Washington, DC, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is a national faith-based organization with a 80-year history, a budget of $58 million per year, and approximately 80 headquarters staff.

LIRS is widely-recognized for its expertise in implementing federal programs on behalf of refugees and migrants living within the borders of the United States. Working with and through partners across the country, LIRS resettles refugees, reunites children with their families or provides loving homes for them, conducts policy advocacy, and pursues humanitarian alternatives to the immigration detention system.

Application Instructions:

To be considered, please submit resume and cover letter by COB on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. For more information about LIRS, please visit

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service provides equal employment opportunities to all without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

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