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Explore career opportunities in Lutheran social ministry by applying for a position with LSA or one of our member organizations. You can access our list of nationwide opportunities by viewing the postings below and signing up to receive the bi-weekly LSA Personnel Bulletin here. Positions are posted on a daily basis and the newsletter is launched on the 1st and 16th of every month. 

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NOTE: "Date" refers to posting date. All positions remain posted in the Personnel Bulletin for a period of three months (unless we are notified that a vacancy has been filled).

Updated December 31, 2014

Opportunities with LSA

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Opportunities with Lutheran Social Ministry Organizations

12/31/2014 – Director of Pediatric Integrated Health Homes (PIHH), Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI), Waterloo, IA – LSI seeks a FT Director of PIHH. Will develop & implement a comprehensive marketing plan to increase program volume and grow community-based partnerships. Will develop & maintain key long-term relationships with community partners and provide supervision, fiscal & administrative oversight of program to ensure complete care of those we serve. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, health or human service related field with a minimum of ten years of related experience, plus five years of supervisory experience is required. For more information or to apply, visit our Employment page at

12/30/14 – Development Associate, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Baltimore, MD - LIRS seeks a Development Associate to present LIRS' work to institutional donors - foundations and corporations. S/he will support the Manager of Institutional Development and others on the fundraising team with proposals, letters of inquiry, reports to donors, and other written materials. An important aspect of the job is cultivating relationships with institutional donors. S/he will also be responsible for administrative tasks related to institutional fundraising. To apply, click here.

12/30/14 – Technical Business Analyst, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Baltimore, MD - LIRS seeks a Technical Business Analyst guide the development and implementation of software for LIRS, including web-based applications to be used both internally and externally. The position is accountable for driving the software development lifecycle, from identifying the need or opportunity to implementation, evaluation and ongoing support. This position must work closely with LIRS program managers, effectively manage vendors, and utilize technical skills to effectively evaluate software design approaches and provide realistic cost/benefit analyses. To apply, click here.

12/30/14 – Manager for Family Placement Alternatives, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Baltimore, MD - LIRS seeks a Manager for Family Placement Alternatives to manage the development and implementation of a small pilot case management program for five to ten families released from immigration detention.  Working with a wide group of LIRS partners and stakeholders, including counterparts at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Family Case Management Manager will build partner capacity and provide project management oversight to the ongoing implementation.  S/he will be responsible for guiding and supporting the partners who carry out the work in the field; design and document screening and referral procedures; and with the Director for Program Evaluation will document client and program outcomes to yield evidence to support LIRS’ ongoing advocacy.  The position will work as a member of the Access to Justice team, with a strong emphasis on fostering information-sharing and collaboration across units and departments. This is a six-month temporary position, with the possibility of an extension. To apply, click here.

12/22/14  Therapist Supervisor, Wernle Youth and Family Treatment Center, Richmond, IN  Wernle is seeking two (2) committed Mental Health Therapist Supervisors with a passion for youth to provide assistance to the Clinical Director in developing, maintaining, and evaluating the clinical treatment programs to ensure appropriate admissions and service delivery. Wernle will provide administrative supervision/clinical consultation of therapists. Supervision is needed for both the residential setting and outplacement services programs. Education and Experience: HSPP, LCSW, LMFT, or LMHC with at least five years of experience in service provision and supervision. Please visit their website at  for full job description and application, or submit resume to Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.

12/22/14  Major Gifts Officer, Wernle Youth and Family Treatment Center, Richmond, IN  Wernle is seeking a Major Gifts Officer to develop and implement a strategy for individual major gift donor relationship management (manage, nurture, upgrade). They will be responsible for managing relationships with approximately 300 existing and major donor prospects determined to have the ability to make gifts at or above $20,000. The Gift Officer will be expected to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward these relationships from regional and national donors, while maintaining compliance with COA standards; state, federal and other applicable regulations, and Wernle policies and procedures.Education and Experience: Bachelor's degree required; master level degree preferred. Must have development leadership experience; CFRM, CFRE preferred. 4+ years of nonprofit fundraising experience, major gift experience preferred. Please visit their website at  for full job description and application, or submit resume to

12/22/14 – Temporary Family Reunification Specialist, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Baltimore, MD  LIRS seeks a Temporary Family Reunification Specialist to provide three months of temporary support for the completion and filing of family reunification petitions for the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) network. Responsibilities include managing implementation of the new Central American Minor (CAM) family reunification program and handling queries related to startup of a new program so that affiliates can learn how to respond appropriately to clients. Additional support to the network includes, but is not limited to, P3 Affidavit of Relationship forms (AOR), and Lautenberg AORs. The Temporary Family Reunification Specialist provides guidance and training to affiliate staff on program eligibility and the completion of family reunification forms. This position works closely with international partners, government offices and network partners to ensure proper procedures are implemented for CAM family reunifications and current procedures are followed for all family reunification applications.
To apply, click here.

12/15/14  Human Resources Analyst, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Baltimore, MD – LIRS seeks a Human Resources Analyst to perform data collection; research and analysis; system implementation and maintenance; process mapping and project management activities in support of human resources functions. In addition, the incumbent will be responsible for providing administrative support to the HR unit.To apply, click here.

12/11/14 – Nursing Home Administrator, Bethel Lutheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Williston, ND – Bethel Letheran Nursing & Rehabilitation Center is currently seeking an experienced Nursing Home Administrator who is licensed in the State of North Dakota or license eligible. Bethel Lutheran offers a Christian based continuum of care which includes 168 skilled care beds, 19 basic care beds, and 33 assisted living units. Bethel Lutheran is located in one of the fastest growing communities in the country. This established ELCA affiliated facility offers quality, compassionate care in a neighborhood setting. This position will be available due to present administrator assuming the role of Bethel Foundation Executive Director with a start date from February 1, 2015 to May 31, 2015. Resumes accepted through December 15, 2014. Please send resume to: Lowell Sandvik, Chairperson, 1515 - 2nd Avenue West, Williston, ND 58801, visit the website at or emailing your resume to:

12/11/14 – Congregation-based Community Organizer, The Metropolitan New York Synod of the ELCA, New York, NY – The Metropolitan New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is 192 Lutheran congregations from Duchess County to New York City to Suffolk County. We're trying to love God and love our neighbor, and we're looking for an experienced community organizer who can help our congregations learn community organizing as we try new ways of advocating for the betterment of our towns, villages, and urban neighborhoods. The fundamental responsibility of the community organizer will be to train others in the principles, tactics, and methods of congregation-based community organizing, turning apathy into action. The community organizer will identify leaders, both clergy and lay, and teach them how to organize their congregations to better engage the pressing issues their communities confront. Our synod wishes to focus on five areas: employment, health, education, immigration, and family (housing), depending on the needs of the communities that our congregations call home. All applicants must apply online. To view the full position announcement and apply click here.

11/25/14 –Executive Director, The Arlington of Naples, a Lutheran Life Community, Naples, FL – The excitement is mounting as construction of the Arlington of Naples continues. Not only are we excited for our new residents who will soon enjoy vibrant, grace-filled living at our premier resort-style community, but we're also excited as we build a committed, compassionate team.  The Executive Director will be responsible for the overall administration, management, and operation of the Arlington of Naples, including skilled nursing, assisted living, memory support, independent living and Home Care. A bachelor's degree, 7-10 years' related experience and a Florida Nursing Home Administrator license are required.  Interested candidates may apply via the career page of our website ( or by email at

11/25/14 Vice President of Religious Life and Church Relations, Bethesda Lutheran Communities, Watertown, WI Bethesda Lutheran Communities in Watertown, Wis., is seeking candidates for the Vice President of Religious Life and Church Relations position. The Vice President of Religious Life and Church Relations articulates and upholds the Lutheran character of Bethesda Lutheran Communities throughout the organization, oversees Religious Life programs and employees, and supports the Religious Life staff in carrying out its mission of equipping Bethesda operations staff and congregations as they minister with and to people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. For more information about this position, including a complete job description, please visit  Interested candidates may forward their CV to

10/30/2014 – Vice President for Development, Marketing and Communications, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Baltimore, MD – LIRS seeks a Vice President for Development, Marketing and Communications to lead and motivate a department of 11 regular staff members and 5 temporary staff, to strengthen the agency's development efforts. This team includes Resource Development (Individual and Institutional Giving); and Marketing and Communications. The Vice President will have primary responsibility for establishing and implementing the infrastructure needed to grow a $58M budget through the solicitation of individual and major gifts, federal grants, special events, and corporate & foundation support. To apply, click here.

10/24/2014 – Regional Director, Bethesda Lutheran Communities, Bethesda, MD – Bethesda Lutheran Communities, a leading provider of supports and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is seeking a Regional Director to oversee the Southwest Region. Based in either Fresno or Lake Forest, Calif., and directly responsible to the Vice President of Operations, the Regional Director is responsible for all elements of the operations of Bethesda's programs in California. Qualified candidates will have a philosophy that is consistent with the Mission, Vision and Values of Bethesda; a Bachelor's degree (Master's preferred); and at least 4 years experience in providing service to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities at a management level. A complete job description can be found at  Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to

10/24/2014 – Assistant Director for Access to Justice, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Baltimore, MD –  LIRS seeks an Assistant Director for Access to Justice to manage staff and multiple projects within the Access to Justice unit, with a particular focus on the Community Support initiative. Community Support is a unique initiative to provide legal and social services to migrants released from immigration detention as an alternative to detention. S/he will support the Director for Access to Justice by managing the program evaluation components, along with reporting and use of the database system. To apply, click here.

10/14/2014  Director for Institutional Development, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), Baltimore, MD  Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) seeks a Director for Institutional Development to lead and execute LIRS fundraising in the institutional sectors – corporate, foundation, church body and government. S/he will be a thought-leader on the direction of institutional philanthropy and will have an essential role in developing a robust core of foundation and corporate supporters who fuel LIRS's work on behalf of refugees and migrants. As LIRS seeks to diversify its funding base and substantially grow its private support, the Director for Institutional Development must build a portfolio of enthusiastic institutional supporters. In addition, by bringing the work of LIRS to foundation and corporate leaders, s/he will create a stronger base of support for the organization across the United States and will ensure the organization has the resources it needs to innovate and be agile and responsive in its mission. This is a full-time exempt position. The full description may be found at: All of the current openings with LIRS may be viewed at:

Volunteer Opportunities

Community Development

With over 300 member organizations across a national network of care, there are almost endless opportunities for volunteers. LSA seeks people who want to be partners in supporting social ministry and social change. We look for volunteers to help us leverage the Lutheran social ministry network to create better communities and more opportunities for all people. If you are interested in how your experience and interests can intersect with those of Lutheran social ministry at the national level, please e-mail us.

You might also want to consider volunteering with one of our member organizations in your area. Volunteers have many opportunities to work with member organizations, from working with clients to offering management expertise or support behind the scenes. Similarly, our denominational members, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, have multiple volunteer options.

**Next issue update: January 16, 2015

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