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Deputy Chief of Staff

Location:Baltimore, MD
Benefits:Excellent Benefit Package Offered
Employment Type:Full Time
Description:If you are passionate about transforming communities with a mission-driven organization, then we have the opportunity for you!

Reporting to the President and CEO and serving as an integral partner of the CEO's external engagement and internal management, the Deputy Chief of Staff (DCOS) uses strong leadership and problem-solving skills to generate strategic partnerships, ensure coordination of communications and advocacy efforts, and overall advance LIRS' mission.


Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Serve as a creative thought partner in the development of the President & CEO's external engagement & messaging, partnerships, and fundraising strategies 
  • Alongside the Chief of Staff and other staff, plan and manage events involving the Office of the President
  • Alongside the Chief of Staff and administrative staff, ensure adequate preparation for meetings involving the President & CEO and attend appropriate internal and external meetings to provide support
  • Lead efforts to manage speaking engagements and coordinate meetings with external stakeholders, donors, and partners for the President & CEO
  • Support management in conjunction with the CEO for the Communications and Advocacy departments 
  • Contribute to research, benchmarking, and data analysis for policy, advocacy, fundraising, and other projects relevant to President's Office, and make recommendations for how to act on/translate findings within and beyond LIRS
  • Lead management of the LIRS President's Council (identify new participants, conduct outreach and help manage members engagement and the realization of Council goals)
  • Working alongside Programs, Advocacy, and Development, participate in stakeholder mapping to determine new approaches for targeted outreach to funders, affiliates, NGO's, communities, advocacy groups, and government agencies of interest 
  • Develop pitch decks and concept strategy documents for potential partners
  • Draft and edit publications that highlight LIRS' work, partners, people, and mission
  • Support research and writing for briefs, memorandums, and reports on impending legislation, effective policies and case studies, as well as emerging areas of political focus
  • Proactively conduct ongoing analyses of compelling policy and advocacy initiatives pursued by peer nonprofits across all issue areas 



Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Policy, Management, Business Administration or related field; and Graduate degree strongly preferred.
  • Two years of experience coordinating high-level initiatives and managing staff in fast-paced environment, or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • In-depth knowledge of immigration issues highly desirable
  • Proven ability to work strategically and collaboratively across departments
  • Versatile, effective and action-oriented
  • Demonstrated excellent communication skills (written and oral).
  • Strong managerial and interpersonal skills 
  • Proven track record of effectively interacting in a polished, professional manner with senior level internal and external stakeholders 
  • Deep commitment to LIRS's core values and the ability to model those values in relationships with colleagues and partners

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is a national faith-based organization with an 80-year history, a budget of over $55 million per year, and over 80 headquarters staff. Widely recognized for our expertise in implementing federal programs on behalf of refugees and migrants in the United States,LIRS resettles refugees, reunites children with their families or provides loving homes for them, 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 affiliates. 


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