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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 16, 2014

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Opportunities with Lutheran Social Ministry Organizations

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

11/5/2014 – Accounting Director, LSS of South Dakota, Sioux Falls, SD – LSS of South Dakota is seeking an Accounting Director to assist with the development of an annual agency budget, produce monthly financial statements, supervise the annual audit and ensure compliance with funding sources. Oversight of project billing, reconciliation of cash, and oversight of accounts payable operations. Bachelor's degree, plus four years experience in related field. CPA license and experience with A-133 audits and regulations preferred. Salary range $45k-$58k, DOE. Visit to see the full position description and application information. Applications can be submitted directly by clicking here.

11/3/2014 – Knowledge Management Project Coordinator, Baltimore, MDLIRS seeks a Knowledge Management Project Coordinator to support the LIRS's Knowledge Management Team within the Information Management and Technology Unit. S/he will be responsible for the facilitation and coordination of projects within the unit. This includes driving adoption of new platforms both internally and externally, which may include asset mapping, relationship management, document management, and an intranet/extranet system. To apply, click here.

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:

09/23/14 – Crisis Response Manager, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), Baltimore, MD Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) seeks a Crisis Response Manager to support the efforts of LIRS and partners in responding to the massive influx of unaccompanied children and families from Central America. S/he is to act as an operational focal point and Manager; the role is decidedly supportive - adding value to the collective effort by being knowledgeable about the situation and the organizational response in ways that help units achieve objectives, being strategic in helping the office discern opportunities and direction, and being supportive of the common efforts. This is a fixed-term assignment for six (6) months with the possibility of extension. The Crisis Response Manager reports to LIRS's Chief Operating Officer. Until this position is filled, the incumbent will report to the President and Chief Executive Officer. The full description may be found at: All of the current openings with LIRS may be viewed at:

09/23/14 – Nurse Educators, Padhar Hospital and College of Nursing, India Lutheran Global Health Volunteers (ELCA) is recruiting for specialized opportunities with Lutheran health care institutions associated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in India. Padhar College of Nursing is located midway between 2 large cities, Bhopal and Nagpur.  The College of Nursing is being upgraded to a collegiate program.  Volunteer instructors are needed for a term of 3 months to teach a variety of subjects to be determined in consultation with the school principal and the International Coordinator, Lutheran Global Health Volunteers.  Information is available here. To apply call 800.638.3522, ext. 2653.  

09/23/14 – Manager, Resource Development, Dayton, OH Graceworks Lutheran Services (Dayton, OH) seeks a dynamic fundraiser with proven results to serve as Resource Development Manager.  Our programs and services include Bethany Village (a Nationally Accredited Continuing Care Retirement Community), Homecare, Affordable Housing for Seniors, Senior Companion Program, Housing and Care for Adults with Development Disabilities, and Credit Counseling.  The successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating activities of the annual giving program, direct mail appeals, communications and special events, grant applications and reporting, donor relations, and coordination of major and planned giving activities.  Qualified candidates will have a Bachelor's degree and 5 years professional development experience including grant writing, staff supervision, program planning, special event coordination and personal solicitation of major gifts.  Must have strong interpersonal/human relations skills.  Certified Fundraising Executive and Raiser's Edge experience preferred.  For immediate consideration, apply online at

9/23/14 Chaplain, Luther Care Services at Luther Park Campus, Des Moines, IA Luther Care Services, a provider of quality senior housing and health care on its Luther Park Campus in Des Moines, Iowa, is seeking a Full-time Chaplain.  The Chaplain is responsible for providing professional pastoral care to residents of several facilities through individual counseling and visitation, conduct of worship services and other activities, and coordination of spiritual care with other services. Salary will depend on experience. We require a Master's level degree in pastoral studies, completion of at least 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education, certification or certifiable by the Association of Professional Chaplains, endorsement by the candidates' denomination, experience in an institutional setting, and a valid driver license. We prefer experience in a long-term care setting with an emphasis on memory care, and ordination in the ELCA or LCMS.  Send resume to Cathy Carr-Davis, Luther Care Services, 2824 East 16th Street, Des Moines, IA, 50316 or email to

09/10/2014 – Nursing Home Administrator, Tuff Memorial Home, Hills, MN The Tuff Memorial Home in Hills, MN is seeking a full-time dedicated Nursing Home Administrator that is licensed in the State of Minnesota.  The Tuff Memorial Home offers a Christian based continuum of care that includes 50 skilled care beds, 25 assisted living units and 9 independent apartments.  This position requires a strong commitment to serving older adults, excellent people and financial management skills.  This position will be available due to retirement of current administrator with a potential start date around April 1, 2015 to June 30, 2015.  Please send resume to Greg Spath, President Tuff Memorial Home at the following: 602 Britz Dr, Luverne, MN 56156 or email at or contact Dana Dahlquist at  For more information visit our web site at

09/03/2014 – President/CEO, Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest, Phoenix, AZ Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest (LSS-SW) is seeking an experienced, energetic professional to succeed the retired President/CEO. The new President/CEO will have the exciting opportunity to take this respected agency to the next level of organizational and financial performance in order to increase its impact in the communities it serves. With dynamic and visionary leadership, the ideal candidate will significantly broaden the reach of the Lutheran church in Arizona to vulnerable families and community. Qualifications include an advanced degree in a related field and significant experience (5+ years) in the leadership and management of organizations of comparable size and demonstrated leadership from a strong spiritual base and a strong work ethic, while retaining optimism and a sense of humor. Application deadline is Oct. 31, 2014. Complete information can be found at Letters of interest and resume should be directed to Robert Duea, Interim President/CEO 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.

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