Career Opportunities at Red Cloud Indian School

Open Positions:
Please click on the position for more details.

To Apply:

Please download the appropriate form as specified in the job description: 

Please send all materials (unless otherwise directed) to: 

Lisa Swallow, Director of Human Resources
Red Cloud Indian School
100 Mission Drive
Pine Ridge, South Dakota 57770

Mission Statement: The mission of Red Cloud Indian School (RCIS), a Catholic Institution administered by the Jesuits and the Lakota People, is to develop and grow as a vibrant Church, through an education of the mind and spirit that promotes the values of the Lakota Culture. We strive to educate both the minds and the hearts of the 600 Lakota students we serve, developing the Lakota leaders of tomorrow who will become agents of social change on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Additionally, we minister to the needs of the families through six churches across the Reservation, and we provide cultural education, heritage tourism, and economic development through a vast collection of Native art at The Heritage Center.

Red Cloud Indian School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Institutional Job Descriptions:


Accounting Assistant

Status: Full-Time
Classification: Non-Exempt
Reports to: Comptroller
Salary: $20,800 to $29,120

Job Summary:

Qualified candidate will be responsible for the duties associated with the Accounting Assistant in the Business Office and work under the direct supervision of the Comptroller.

    • Enter into accounting database all necessary information for all checking and savings accounts for the Organization
    • Reconcile all bank statements for these accounts
    • Enter approved data into accounting system
    • Assist Cashier with duties as needed. Will act as back-up Cashier when needed.
    • Assist Accounts Payable when needed. Will act as back-up Accounts Payable when needed.
    • Assist with closing fiscal year and annual audit.
    • Work closely with and assist Comptroller in various tasks and projects.
    • Disburse checks to vendors and employees.
    • Process electronic payments for vendors.
    • Other duties as assigned.
    • Minimum of high school diploma or GED will be accepted.  Associates Degree in Accounting/General Business preferred.
    • Knowledge of basic principles of accounting.
    • Ability to effectively work with deadlines and time constraints.
    • Ability to effectively coordinate and analyze large volumes of information.
    • Ability to demonstrate excellent work ethics.
    • Ability to demonstrate confidentiality.
    • Well organized and able to multi-task.
    • Possess effective oral and written communication skills.
    • Knowledge of Red Cloud Indian School’s policies and procedures.
    • All applicants are required to pass a successful background check.
    • Red Cloud Indian School is an EOE.
To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume and application (available above) to:

Angie Eagle Bull, Vice President for Finance
Angie Yellow Boy-Stinson, Comptroller
Red Cloud Indian School
100 Mission Drive
Pine Ridge, SD  57770 


Lakota Language Program Project Assistant

Job Status: Full-Time
Classification: Exempt
Reports to: LLP Project Coordinator


The Project Assistant will work under the Project Coordinator. The general duties of the Project Assistant will be to produce literary materials (books, readers, etc.). The Project Assistant will assist the Project Coordinator with planning and implementation of school-wide and community based Lakota language activities, the teacher-training workshop and the Lakota language summer camp.

Duties and Responsibilities:
    • Assist the Project Coordinator in all aspects of Phase II of the LLP.
    • Assist with producing readers, books, etc. using the LLP orthography, through translation, and transcribing existing literature.
    • Assist with the planning and implementation of school-wide and community based Lakota language activities.
    • Assist with planning, organizing, and facilitating teacher training workshop and summer camp.
    • Work with teachers as necessary with the implementation/revisions of the curricular materials.
    • Other duties as assigned.
Physical Requirements:

Ability to sit at a desk and use a personal computer, telephone or other desktop office equipment—80% of work time, walking—10% of work time, bending at the waist and lifting less than 5 lbs.—5% of work time, bending at the waist and lifting 5-15 lbs. 5% of work time.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume and application (available above) to:

Robert Brave Heart, Executive Vice-President
Red Cloud Indian School
100 Mission Drive
Pine Ridge, SD  57770


Major Gifts Officer

Job Status: Full-time
Classification: Exempt
Reports to: Director of Major Gifts

Position Summary:

Red Cloud Indian School is seeking to fill the position of Major Gifts Officer at a time of unprecedented growth in the organization’s advancement efforts. The Major Gifts Officer manages a portfolio of high net worth prospects and participates in all aspects of the gift cycle, including initiating contacts with potential major gift donors and developing cultivation strategies. The primary emphasis is on maintaining an active schedule of contacts per month, moving potential donors appropriately toward solicitation and closure, and maintaining stewardship contact with donors. In addition to closing major gifts, the Officer works collaboratively and strategically with advancement and external affairs staff, ensuring positive and purposeful prospect and donor relations while empowering local staff in the process. The ideal candidate for this position has a proven track record in strategic fundraising, understands the needs and interests of leadership and major donors, and is a sophisticated, passionate communicator, committed to going out and getting gifts.

This position will report to the Director of Major Gifts and work closely with the Vice President for External Affairs and a Development Associate.

The Officer will be on-site at Red Cloud Indian School a determined amount of time in the fall, spring, and summer, but may otherwise work off-site.

Position of External Affairs Effort:

The philosophy of the external affairs effort is one of education, empowerment and engagement. Currently, we are quietly moving through a 5-year strategic plan to provide programmatic and capital improvements and endowment security for Red Cloud Indian School so that the hope that is being provided today will be available for future generations. The Major Gift Officer will be responsible for continuing to solicit funding toward meeting the institution’s approximately $13 million in annual operating expenses, while simultaneously planning for and soliciting funding to meet the upcoming capital campaign. The major gift effort will be instrumental to move from this quiet initiative to what will be a substantially larger campaign in the next year, as well as establishing a solid framework for the future stability of the organization’s advancement effort. 

Primary Responsibilities:
    • Work closely with the Director of Major Gifts and Red Cloud’s leadership to maximize philanthropic support from high-capacity individuals around the country during a time of rapid growth and high stakes expectations.
    • Travel extensively, communicating to donors and prospects a strategic understanding of Red Cloud Indian School’s priorities and projects, maintaining familiarity with education, social justice, and arts issues.
    • Manage a portfolio of 150+ major givers and charitable gift annuitants and their proactive cultivation strategies, solicitation efforts and stewardship activities; reports and donor files; and other development activities needed throughout the fiscal year.
    • Implement current charitable gift annuity efforts in accordance with IRS rules and compliance regulations.
    • Research, write, edit, and oversee the preparation of persuasive and accurate solicitations, correspondence and other advancement-related communication materials, closely supporting the President in cultivation and stewardship correspondence.
    • Conduct and/or review research to identify major and planned gift prospects and create strategies to match prospects' interests to the identified priorities of Red Cloud.
    • Prepare Red Cloud senior staff for key meetings and donor cultivation.
    • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Required Knowledge and Experience:
    • At least 1-2 years of experience in cultivating and soliciting prospects capable of five-, six-, and seven-figure gifts, and donor stewardship and management.
    • Understanding of the needs and interests of major donors in order to develop the relationship with the institution.
    • Ability to serve as an effective ambassador for the organization with external constituencies: initiate and build relationships with prospective donors, interact via telephone and in person with institutional representatives, and speak publicly to group audiences.
    • Demonstrated leadership and the ability to successfully manage multi-functional or diverse areas.
    • Bachelor’s degree or higher.
Desired Qualifications:
    • Excellent communication and writing skills: ability to gather understand and synthesize information from a variety of sources and articulate the organization’s mission, program objectives, and resource needs persuasively to potential donors.
    • Superb networking, teamwork, and interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively with multiple, culturally diverse stakeholders.
    • High level of maturity and motivation, with a firm commitment and ability to develop high-quality and time sensitive work products and prioritize major donor prospects
    • Able to self-motivate and work independently while maintaining proper collaboration and accountability metrics with the Advancement and External Affairs Team.
    • Previous experience in education, museums, and/or social justice.
    • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office products and project management databases, and a familiarity with The Raiser’s Edge. 
Physical requirements:

Ability to sit at a desk and use a personal computer, telephone or other desktop office equipment—75% of work time, walking—20% of work time, bending at the waist and lifting less than 5 lbs.—3% of work time, bending at the waist and lifting 5-15 lbs. 2% of work time. Ability to travel on public transportation.

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, two writing samples and application (available above) to:

Colleen McCarthy, Vice President for External Affairs
Red Cloud Indian School
100 Mission Drive
Pine Ridge, SD  57770




Open Positions at The Heritage Center:

Gift Shop Manager/Buyer

Department: The Heritage Center
Supervisor: Director of The Heritage Center
Classification: Exempt
Job Status: Full-time

Executive Summary:

Under the direct supervision of The Heritage Center Director, the Gift Shop Manager/Buyer will be responsible for all aspects critical functions of the Gift Shop operations with the overarching responsibility of providing superior customer service, maximizing sales while providing maximum exposure to local artists, and enhancing the mission and image of The Heritage Center.

Duties and Responsibilities:
    • Provide excellent customer service in a positive manner.
    • Responsible for sales, purchasing, merchandising, shop appearance and maintenance, and general customer service.
    • Identify new national and international wholesale leads, set up a relationship and fill wholesale orders.
    • Assist Director in employment decisions for gift shop employees.
    • Train, schedule, and supervise Gift Shop Assistant and part-time employees.
    • Manage oversight and accountability of the point-of-sale software, with the ability to provide training and support for part-time employees in point-of-sale use.
    • Order new inventory and maintain outgoing inventory within budget constraints.
    • Conduct semi-annual and annual physical inventories.
    • Create fresh and enticing displays.
    • Fulfill telephone and Internet sales.
    • Answer emails regarding sales and general questions about gift shop.
    • Knowledge of inventory and local artists, craftsmen, and vendors in order to provide quality-merchandising purchases, and to develop a positive rapport and reputation.
    • Ability to work in a positive team-like setting and manner.
    • Be self-motivated, dependable, and courteous.
    • Organize and prioritize established goals and accountabilities
    • Filing of inventory documents.
    • Regular monitoring of security camera system.
    • Other duties as assigned by Director.
    • Education and Experience
    • High School diploma or equivalent (Bachelors Degree preferred) and 3-5 years of retail/sales experience, or comparable combination of college degree and experience.
    • Supervisory experience required.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills.
    • Computer skills (Microsoft Office, digital photography, etc.) required
    • Knowledge of point of sale software required.
    • Attention to detail.
    • Cash handling skills.
    • Knowledge of Lakota arts and crafts preferred.
    • Excellent organizational development skills
Physical Requirements:
Ability to sit at a desk and use a personal computer, telephone or other desktop office equipment—70% of work time, standing and bending at the waist and lifting less than 5 lbs.—28% of work time, bending at the waist and lifting 5-20 lbs. 2% of work time.
To Apply:

Apply by July 30 for best consideration.

Please submit a cover letter, resume and application (available above) to:

Mary Maxon, Interim Director and Curator of The Heritage Center
Red Cloud Indian School
100 Mission Drive
Pine Ridge, SD  57770



Pastoral Positions:

All Positions are Currently Filled.




Teaching & School Positions:
 (School Year 2014-2015)

All positions are currently filled.


Volunteer Positions:
 (School Year 2014-2015)


All positions are currently filled.

For questions, please contact:

Margi Bettelyoun, AmeriCorps Director
Red Cloud Indian School
100 Mission Drive
Pine Ridge, SD  57770
605/867-5888 ext. 2216



In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, and familial status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs).

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-5964 (TOD).

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