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Program Officer for Therapeutic Services

Location:Remote, MD
Benefits:Excellent Benefit Package Offered
Employment Type:Full Time

If you are passionate about transforming communities with a mission-driven organization, then we have the opportunity for you!

A $2000 sign-on bonus will be included in the compensation for this role. 

Reporting to the Senior Program Officer for Clinical Oversight, the Program Officer for Therapeutic Services is responsible for the programmatic and operational management of therapeutic services for LIRS and provides vision and leadership to ensure quality service provision and coordination of services to UAC. This role closely collaborates with the Senior Program Officer for Clinical Oversight to ensure the successful implementation of high-quality therapeutic services at LIRS and partner agencies. 

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. We offer flexible work hours, excellent benefits to include medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, professional development funds, parental leave and a 403(b) with organizational match.

  • Provide oversight and administration of Foster Care grants to network partner agencies including; child welfare best practice, program management, and compliance with the LIRS cooperative agreement and ORR policies and procedures.
  • Remains knowledgeable of complex mental health/trauma, medical, safety, and juvenile justice issues that impact children who are referred for foster care.
  • Provides on-going case and programmatic consultation to LIRS's residential therapeutic programs, federal staff, and other stakeholders (i.e. child advocates, attorneys, etc.)
  • Lead collaboration efforts with Foster Care partners engaged in service provision to unaccompanied migrant and refugee children. Responsible for network coordination, communication and peer learning throughout the network.
  • Provide support and technical assistance to partners related to issues of service delivery, documentation, reporting, LIRS and Child Welfare best practices, as well as Federal obligations.
  • Provide ongoing desk and onsite monitoring to Foster Care Partners to assess program functioning and compliance with State/ORR/LIRS standards, as well as to identify trends, service gaps, and evaluate service models.
  • Identify training needs and program challenges, for the development of materials, resources and tools to enhance the delivery of program services in accordance with recognized child welfare standards, LIRS Best Practices, and LIRS/ORR Policies and Procedures implementation.
  • Assist with the writing of various governmental reports (quarterly, annual and monitoring visit reports).
  • In collaboration with Senior Program Officer for Clinical Oversight, oversee network capacity and development, including recruitment, retention and termination of partners throughout our network. Provide support for regular referral coordination throughout our network.
  • Coordinate 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.
  • Assist the Senior Program Officer for Clinical Oversight by ensuring coordination, collaboration and information sharing on major developments, trends, activities and initiatives are communicated effectively and efficiently.
  • Represent LIRS Children's Services at assigned external meetings, trainings or groups.
  • Engagement in agency-wide activities and initiatives including all-staff meetings, working groups or task forces and implementation of strategic initiatives.
  • Graduate degree in Social Work or other Behavioral Science in combination with a minimum five years of clinical experience and knowledge of child welfare systems, principles, practices and emerging trends.
  • LMSW or LCSW-C required
  • Minimum of three years of experience and knowledge of child welfare systems, principles, practices and emerging trends.
  • 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 partnerships across various systems.
  • Demonstrated experience in providing training and technical assistance to internal staff and external partners.
  • Experience and knowledge of legal and political issues related to immigration and child welfare.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to interact well with all levels of various systems.
  • Experience working with diverse client populations, particularly immigrants and refugees
  • Experience using ETO preferred
  • Experience in program development, administration and budget oversight.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Deep commitment to LIRS' core values and ability to model those values in relationships with colleagues and partners

Special Position Requirements

  • Bilingual in Spanish and English strongly preferred.
  • 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. 


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