The Executive Director for Migration and Refugee Services is a practicing Catholic who serves the Bishops of the United States by providing leadership and direction to, and oversight of, MRS operations in support of the USCCB Committee on Migration mandate. The Executive Director represents the Committee in public forums, thereby bringing the bishops into dialogue with MRS stakeholders and communities of concern. These include populations served through MRS, government and international organizations, other Catholic agencies, and non-governmental organizations. The Executive Director promotes and implements the Bishops’ strategic plan and priorities for the Conference.
Educational Level: Bachelor’s degree required with at least 10 years of related executive-level experience; graduate degree preferred.
Major Field/Specialty: Social work administration, business administration, public administration, public policy, and/or organizational management
Foreign Language Requirement: None required; Spanish preferred
Number of Years Required: Minimum of 10 years related experience.
Grounded by our belief in Jesus Christ and Catholic teaching, Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) fulfills the commitment of the U.S. Catholic bishops to protect the life and dignity of the human person. We serve and advocate for refugees, asylees, migrants, unaccompanied children, and victims of human trafficking.
The Bishops’ Committee on Migration sets broad policies and direction for the Church’s work in the area of migration. The Committee oversees and provides guidance to Migration and Refugee Services, which is comprised of five offices, including the Office of the Executive Director, the Office of Management and Administration and several policy and program offices:
Office of Special Programs
The above MRS offices represent the bishops’ interests in policy formulation and communication, advocacy, education, refugee resettlement, and other specialized services to at risk and vulnerable populations, such as victims of trafficking and unaccompanied minors. The Committee actively promotes the U.S. bishops’ migration-related interests with public policy-makers at the national and international levels. Committee members and MRS staff periodically testify before Congress and meet with Administration officials to advocate the bishops’ positions. Among the high priority policy concerns of the Committee is refugee protection and finding durable solutions to their plight. In this context the Committee occasionally arranges site visits to refugee areas of the world to witness the conditions of the refugees and to call for adequate responses on the part of the international community.