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Assistant Director for Migrant Services

June 18, 2019 - July 02, 2019
Location:Baltimore, MD
Benefits:Excellent Benefit Package Offered
Employment Type:Full Time
Description:Reporting to the Senior Director for Refugee and Migrant Services, the Assistant Director for Migrant Services leads all aspects of LIRS' Migrant Services work. This is a position which requires a high degree of flexibility, excellent problem solving skills and an in-depth knowledge of the United States immigration system. The Assistant Director will establish a vision for, and provide oversight of, staff and programs.
  • Lead, manage and support the various programs according to funding agreements, terms and conditions and in accordance with LIRS standards and expectations.
  • Ensure that programs are developing and implementing ongoing quality improvement measures, including monitoring activities where applicable in order to deliver program outcomes that meet and exceed both the requirement of grants/regulating bodies and identified internal benchmarks.
  • Contribute to and manage reports to funders and grant proposal submissions; review and edit monitoring reports and quarterly/ semi-annual program reports.
  • Provide oversight of technical assistance, training and overall support provided to the partner network, and ensure that these are relevant and meet the audience(s) needs.
  • Monitor and manage relevant budgetary functions in collaboration with Senior Director; consult with related program staff to ensure adequate resources for development, implementation and evaluation of programs. Assist in preparing annual budgets.
  • Continually engage partners, through conference calls and site visits, to maintain strong working relationships and evaluate partner and community needs.
  • Maintain close working relationships across LIRS to ensure effective communication of major unit-wide developments, trends, activities and challenges/opportunities.
  • Actively work to develop a cohesive team and establish a supportive and productive work environment.
  • Meet with program partners, funders and other related stakeholders in person or via conference calls to discuss issues, share best practices and collaborate on identifying solutions to challenges related to long-term integration of newcomers.
  • Support LIRS leadership in growing capacity to respond programmatically at the United States/Mexico border.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Bachelor's degree in related field. Graduate degree preferred.
  • Five (5) years of experience in non-profit management, immigration and social service programs.
  • Progressively responsible managerial experience include experience managing staff, volunteers and/or interns.
  • In-depts knowledge of the United States immigration system including relationships with the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review.
  • Experience in administering and overseeing grants, including proposal development, contract and cooperative agreement compliance, reporting and budget oversight.
  • Experience in developing and providing support, technical assistance and content-related training to local sub-grantees, service providers and/or internal staff.
  • Ability to evaluate data to identify trends and foresee programmatic implications.
  • Must be able to cope within a fast-paces work environment; perseveres with tenacity.
  • Must be able to manage multiple projects; separating mission critical from the non-strategic with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to accept change and be flexible; focusing on action and outcomes.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to interact will with all levels of various systems, stakeholders and staff.
  • 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.
  • Ability and willingness to travel 20% of time.
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. 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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