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
605/867-5491 ext. 2213

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:

Community Relations Associate

Department: Advancement
Supervisor: Community Relations Coordinator
Status: Full-Time
Classification: Non-Exempt

Executive Summary:

The Community Relations Associate is responsible for fostering awareness of and support for Red Cloud Indian School’s mission and efforts; building and enhancing RCIS’s recognition and perception in the community; maintaining office files and procedures; and supporting the Community Relations Coordinator’s efforts of the same.

Essential Job Functions:
    • Lead campus tours with donors and visitors of the institution, engaging in proper follow up.
    • Serve as a point of contact for external audiences contacting RCIS for general information, visiting, donating and partnerships. This includes, but not limited to, responding to phone calls, letters and emails on behalf of the institution.
    • Maintain an understanding of current RCIS initiatives and activities to share during tours.
    • Develop and maintain relationships with organizational staff in The Heritage Center, school staff and faculty, pastoral community, and Advancement/External Affairs staff to keep informed of organizational updates and successes.
    • Assist the Coordinator in implementing agendas and plans for VIP guests, visitors, and events.
    • Responsible for clerical duties of the CR office, including but not limited to:
      • answer and direct phone calls
      • prepare mailings
      • database entry and updates
      • maintain records and files
      • update process and procedure manuals
      • research
      • open, sort, distribute and prepare response to correspondence
    • Assist the Coordinator in the development of the annual Red Cloud Calendar and other publications as assigned. Manage all aspects of on-site production, preparing and working with students, families and the photographer.
    • Hire, train and supervise the External Affairs Intern program, maintaining the Intern manual.
    • Making phone calls to donors of the institution to send a message of thanks and appreciation.
    • Assist the Coordinator in organizing service groups, serving as host when designated.
    • Call RCIS partners and benefactors to thank them for their support of the institution.
    • Assist in coordinating special events on campus, as assigned.
    • Assume responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of visiting guests/groups, interns, and campus.
    • Create information packets for visitors, donors and VIP guests, tracking inventory and supplies.
    • Collect and maintain visitor feedback.
    • Other job-related duties assigned.
Specific Requirements: 
    • Ability to serve as an effective ambassador for the organization with internal and external constituencies. 
    • Demonstrated ability to initiate and build relationships with current and potential stakeholders. 
    • Ability to coordinate and prioritize with remote and on-site staff.
    • Strong organizational skills: detail-oriented problem-solver.
    • Able to facilitate communication between multiple parties in a diplomatic, optimistic and efficient way. Able to handle confidential information with discretion and diplomacy.
    • Flexibility to perform miscellaneous job duties as assigned. Excellent writing, research, presentation, communication and computer skills (including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google+.)
    • Strong record of accomplishment, and a demonstrated ability to get things done (and going above and beyond in doing so). 
    • Must be flexible with work schedule; working late and weekends for special events coverage.
Preferred Requirements: 
    • Associates or Bachelors degree (or current progress towards).
    • Experience with Mac platforms and prior nonprofit experience a plus.
Physical Requirements:

Ability to sit at a desk and use a personal computer, telephone or other desktop office equipment—50% of work time, walking—40% 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 send a resume, cover letter and completed general employment application to:

Lisa Swallow, Director of Human Resources
Red Cloud Indian School
100 Mission Drive
Pine Ridge, South Dakota 57770
605/867-5491 ext. 2213



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 



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








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



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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).