Career Opportunities at Red Cloud Indian School

Open Positions:
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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.


Job Descriptions:


Executive Administrative Assistant

Department: Administration
Supervisor: President and Executive Vice President
Status: Full-Time
Classification: Non-exempt

Position Summary:

As directed by the President and Executive Vice President, makes travel and meeting arrangements, prepares reports and summarizes meeting minutes, screens calls, and coordinates with support staff and volunteers. Requires strong computer and internet research skills. Also is flexible, has excellent interpersonal skills, project coordination experience, and the ability to work well with all levels of internal management and staff, as well as outside contacts, donors, and vendors. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

A. Office Duties

    • Answer telephone.
    • Mail collection and distribution.
    • Greet visitors.
    • Copying as needed.
    • Make business contacts as needed.
    • Complete and submit Purchase Orders.
    • Maintains strict confidentiality regarding employees and donors.
    • Organizes and maintains files in both the President and Executive Vice President offices.
    • Enters confidential reports into Raiser’s Edge as directed.
    • Screens visitors and phone calls. 
    • Returns phone calls for the President and EVP as requested.

B. Travel

    • Make travel arrangements as directed.
    • Prepare itinerary, Purchase Orders, trip file, and supplies.
    • Prepares post trip expense reports.

C. Appointments and Meetings

    • Prepares meeting facilities, and acts as recording secretary for Leadership Team meetings.
    • Prepares minutes within two (2) working days and submits to the EVP.
    • Schedule appointments for the President and EVP.
    • Helps prepare for Board of Director’s meetings.
    • Set up video conferencing and phone conference calls as directed.
    • Prepares letters and mailings from the President and EVP as directed.

D. Other Administrative Duties

    • Assist in the planning, organization, and execution of the annual staff banquet.
    • Routinely re-order department supplies.
    • Update and distribute phone directories.
    • Reserve rooms in the Visitor Center for guests as necessary.
    • Greet Visitor Center guests, and give them their keys as necessary.
    • Assists Community Relations with coordinating campus visits of major donors, foundations, and service groups.
    • Assists Advancement with coordinating the signing of letters.
    • Produces baptismal certificates and other sacramental records upon request.
    • At the request of the President, enters donor reports into Raiser’s Edge.
    • Other responsibilities as assigned.

Position Specifications:

Education and Experience

    • 2-4 years experience in office management preferred.
    • High School diploma required. 
    • The completion of up to two years in either the Business or Humanities preferred.
    • Must have comprehensive knowledge of all Microsoft Office suite applications – Word, Excel, Power-Point; intermediate computer skills including a variety of internet-based technologies such as Google Applications; Google docs, Google mail, Google drive and Google calendar.
    • Basic financial knowledge and skills are strongly preferred.  

Physical requirements 

  • Ability to sit at a desk and use a personal computer, telephone or other desktop office equipment—85% of work time, walking—10% 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.
To Apply:

Please send a resume, cover letter and completed general employment application to:

Robert Brave Heart, Sr., Executive Vice President
100 Mission Drive
Pine Ridge, SD 57770





Major Gifts Officer

Department: Advancement
Supervisor: Director of Major Gifts
Status: Full-Time
Classification: Exempt

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, another Major Gifts Officer 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 the 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.
Compensation and Benefits:
    • Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.
To Apply:

Please send a resume, cover letter and completed general employment application to:

William Allmart, Director of Major Gifts
100 Mission Drive
Pine Ridge, SD 57770


Museum Educator

Department: The Heritage Center
Supervisor: Director of The Heritage Center
Status: Full-Time
Classification: Non-exempt


Position Summary:

The Heritage Center (THC) Museum Educator in consultation with the Curator develops, then coordinates and implements museum educational programs. Programs that include family programs, concerts, artist talks, exhibition, collection-based tours, discussions, programs for school visits, and teacher-led programs.  The Museum Educator will be responsible for formulating, evaluating, coordinating and executing all aspect of a comprehensive strategy for THC’s educational program.

Duties and Responsibilities:
    • Plan, implement and evaluate all THC education programs, materials, and curricula.
    • Manage educational initiatives, community outreach, school programs, and summer programs.  
    • Work collaboratively with essential staff to fully coordinate and support school tour programming.
    • Work with Curatorial staff in planning educational related content for exhibits, and THC’s website.
    • Regularly provide programmatic input to the Director of Marketing and Marketing personnel to assist in marketing education and volunteer programs.
    • Apply current museum educational trends and theories to all programming.
    • Work collaboratively by demonstrating leadership and collaboration across all THC and RCIS departments.
    • Display effective interpersonal and verbal communication skills when communicating with teachers, students, parents, THC staff and the general public.
    • Regular and reliable attendance.  
Additional Responsibilities:
    • Conduct in-depth surveys of the visitor experience at THC to understand from an educational perspective what visitors are hoping to gain from their experience, and what additional resources THC should consider offering to its visitors.
    • Conduct research and outreach to local and regional schools, with the aim of engaging more teachers and school groups for educational programs.
    • Develop online educational resources and a range of curriculum materials aligned with grade-level standards to be used by teachers to prepare students from pre-K to college level for visiting THC.
    • Work with THC’s staff and other stakeholders to develop short and long terms plans for new and enhanced education and public programs at THC.
    • Other duties as assigned.  


    • B.A. required/M.A. preferred in Art History, Art Education, Native Studies, Museum Studies, Fine Art, or related field, and three years of relevant museum experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Experience organizing public programs as well as gallery lectures and/or classroom teaching.  
    • Working knowledge of current museum education practice and theory.
    • Experience with Native histories and cultures, as well as contemporary and historical Native art.
    • Ability to work well with diverse individuals and groups, as well as alone.
    • Proficiency with Apple-and PC based software and hardware.
    • Ability to handle multiple tasks and complete each with precision.
    • Flexibility to work some evenings and weekends.
Physical Requirements: 

The ability to remain seated in a normal position for long periods of time. The ability stand for long periods of time, climb stairs, and/or ladders. The ability to maintain balance while working, standing, crouching, or running. Ability to stoop, kneel, crouch, and/or crawl. Ability to reach up and out with hands and arms. Ability to talk and hear; verbally express information or instructions 100% of the time. Required to use hands to grasp objects, type, pick up objects, move objects, or hold objects 5% of the time. Ability to lift up to 35 pounds and carry a distance of 10 feet 5% of the time. Required to push and/or pull up to 35 pounds a distance of 10 feet 5% of the time.  

To Apply:

Please send a resume, cover letter and completed general employment application to:

Jose Rivera, Director of The Heritage Center
100 Mission Drive
Pine Ridge, SD 57770





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).