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: 

Parish Coordinator

Department: Pastoral - Christ the King Church
Supervisor: Pastor / Parish Life Coordinator
Status: Full-time
Classification: Exempt

Job Summary:

The goal of the parish coordinator (PC) position at Christ the King Church is to work with the Pastor/Parish Life Coordinator (PLC) to help ensure the smooth running of parish life at Christ the King. The PC works toward the continued spiritual growth of a vibrant community of faith by providing spiritual leadership and ministerial and administrative support, and by creating a welcoming and hospitable worship and gathering space for all who attend or visit Christ the King.

The PC reports to the Pastor/Parish Life Coordinator of Christ the King and is a member of the Lakota Catholic Pastoral Team of the Pine Ridge Reservation/Red Cloud Indian School. The PC maintains a flexible schedule, as needed to perform essential job duties. In addition to the duties listed below, other duties may be assigned as needed in consultation with the Pastor/PLC.

The following areas are essential to parish ministry on the Pine Ridge Reservation: a special concern for teaching the Catholic faith, embracing Lakota culture, incorporating Ignatian spirituality, family ministry, and promoting healing in mind, body, and spirit. These areas are the primary responsibility of the Pastor/PLC, and they also play a prominent role in the PC’s ministry.

Essential Job Duties and Overarching
Contextual Ministerial Responsibilities:
  • Maintain a welcoming, hospitable, supportive, spiritual atmosphere within the church community;
  • Maintain an organized, welcoming, clean, and responsive office environment;
  • Reach out to parishioners who cannot come to the church, assisting with appropriate prayer outreach;
  • Assist with scheduling, organizing, and activating Wake Teams for all wakes, as well as actually assisting with those wakes and funerals;
  • Make communion visits to the elderly and infirmed;
  • Coordinate and/or teach religious education and sacramental formation classes;
  • Be attentive to the promotion of youth ministry and the spiritual/sacramental growth/development of youth;
  • Help maintain a Safe Environment for children and youth;
  • Help train liturgical ministers, prayer leaders, youth ministers, and catechists;
  • Facilitate recovery and wellness retreats, support groups, and outreach in the local community;
  • Participate in pastoral team meetings and retreats;
  • Willingness and desire to participate in Pastoral Ministry Days and other recommended training and enrichment offerings.
Administrative Responsibilities:
  • Perform regular office/receptionist duties in the church office on a regular and clear/publicized schedule;
  • Ensure that the hall, the kitchen, the restrooms, the Resource Center, etc. are welcoming, clean, and ready for use;
  • As needed, oversee that the hall is set up and food is provided for parish activities, cleaning and organizing the refrigerator and kitchen storage areas, as warranted;
  • Coordinate hall rentals, collect rental fees, and handle that income, as well as Sunday collection or other income, in a transparent way;
  • Maintain the handling of mail on a daily workday basis;
  • Pay bills, maintain financial records, do banking, and handle financial reporting in an organized and transparent way, as needed and requested;
  • Order and pick up church, custodial, and office supplies, working with Custodian and Pastor/PLC to make sure this is done in a timely manner;
  • Possess and develop the ability to utilize the computer/technology for emails, word processing (Sunday bulletin, fliers, correspondence, etc.), spreadsheets (monthly liturgical schedule, etc.), and bookkeeping/accounting software (finances, financial recordkeeping, etc.);
  • Supervise the custodian and his/her schedule, to oversee and ensure the cleaning and maintenance of the parish hall, church building, Resource Center, and grounds;
  • Help prepare, organize and manage: fundraisers such as bazaars, prayer events, Vacation Bible Camp or youth enrichment activity, visiting service groups, Sunday morning hospitality, and other church community events.
Parish Accountabilities:
  • Maintain a clean, organized, professional, and business-ready atmosphere in the office;
  • The church and hall will be cleaned, setup and heated and ready for use for all events or rentals;
  • The church bulletin will be completed on a weekly basis;
  • All mail will be handled appropriately and all bills will be paid and recorded in financial register;
  • Revenue and finances will be handled in a transparent fashion and banking done and reported on a regular and as needed basis;
  • Hall rental contracts will be signed, paid, and filed, and PC oversees that renters will have to access hall;
  • Maintain needed files pertaining to youth and their activities at the church, complying with all facets of diocesan safe environment requirements, including all requested reporting;
  • Assist with and oversee the handling of communion visits and pastoral visits to infirmed by PC and parish ministers, ensuring and documenting weekly or regular visits;
  • Encourage and assist, when in place, wellness programs, including Alcohol Education, Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Family Recovery and Prevention Activities;
  • The annual Parish Bazaar will be successfully completed.
  • Must be a member in good standing in the Catholic Church;
  • Be a steady and reliable worker, who is computer literate and possesses professional receptionist skills;
  • Able to perform assigned tasks independently;
  • Be willing to enhance communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Possess a basic knowledge of cleaning skills/equipment, and be willing to assist with the cleanliness of all church areas;
  • Be safety minded in performing all tasks and overseeing church facilities;
  • Be a self-starter and work well with others;
  • Have a valid driver’s license and dependable transportation;
  • Possess a current, functional telephone number.
Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to sit at a desk and use personal computer, telephone or office equipment, up to 65 % of time;
  • Ability to use a ladder, with assistance, less than 5% of the time;
  • Ability to perform some types of manual labor, less than 10% of the time;
  • Ability to lift up to 30 lbs, less than 5% of the time;
  • Ability to travel, walk, bend at the waist and lifting up to 5 lbs., up to 25% of the work time.
  • Vision (with correction) sufficient for reading instructions.
To Apply:

This position is open til filled and full job descriptions are available upon request. Send cover letter, resume and general 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  




Curatorial Assistant

Department: The Heritage Center
Supervisor: Curator
Status: Full-Time
Classification: Non-Exempt

Job Summary

Under the leadership of the Curator, the individual will provide a high level of administrative support for the effective management of the curatorial department.

Duties and Responsibilities 
  • Provide assistance to the Curator
  • Duties related to collections management:  on-going collection research (ranging from Native art history to conservation issues); research of new acquisition proposals; maintaining and disseminating information to other departments
  • Duties related to permanent collection:  assist  (Curatorial Coordinator) on collection related issues; creating and managing computerized catalogue records, documentation images, and research files for collection objects; monitoring environmental conditions; organizing and maintaining professional standards for collections storage
  • Duties related to exhibitions include: research; maintenance of files; preparation of loan forms and exhibition checklist; preparation of art show; assist in installation and de-installation of exhibits, including creating condition reports, packing objects and arranging shipping; coordinating interdepartmental needs and responsibilities for upcoming exhibitions and label production; photographing for publications
  • Assist other THC departments on an as needed basis
  • Perform other duties as necessary to support the curatorial department in all activities related to the collection, exhibitions and general office responsibilities
  • BA in Museum Studies, Art History, Art or related field preferred.  High school diploma and completion of one to two semesters of college or a satisfactory equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Knowledge of historical Lakota art and contemporary Native art
  • Experience working in a museum or similar setting
  • Computer proficiency in MS Office, knowledge of Adobe Creative Suites, experience using Museum database programs such as Mimsy XG highly desirable
  • Detailed oriented and the ability to work both independently and in a team
  • Good writing and communication skills
  • Individual should be able to multi-task
  • Be self-motivated
  • Ability to interact with the public, staff and volunteers
Physical Requirements 

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

To Apply:

Send cover letter, resume and general 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  




Grants and Institutional Giving Officer

Department: Advancement and External Affairs
Supervisor: Senior Advisor for Stratey and Operations
Status: Full-time
Classification: Exempt

Job Summary

The Grants Officer is an integral position to ensure the success of RCIS’ advancement efforts.  In close coordination with the Senior Advisor for Strategy and Operations and the Director of Education Grants, the Grants Officer will participate in managing Red Cloud’s current portfolio of 200 grantmakers.  S/he will manage a large portfolio of primarily education-related and general operating grants and proactively prepare, write, submit, and track all grant writing proposals and stewardship materials for these funders.  S/he will work also in partnership with Red Cloud’s leadership to identify, cultivate, and steward funding opportunities from additional funders, including private foundations, corporations, and public agencies. Other primary responsibilities include supporting the Director of Education Grants, and collaborating with Red Cloud leadership and program departments on an overall funding strategy, including the implementation of Red Cloud’s strategic plan, general support, and capital needs during a time of rapid growth and high expectations.

This position will report to the Senior Advisor for Strategy and Operations and work closely with the Director of Education Grants and other colleagues within Red Cloud’s Advancement Office.

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

Essential Job Functions
  • Work closely with the Advancement staff and Red Cloud’s leadership to maximize philanthropic support from private foundations, corporations, and public agencies during a time of rapid growth and high expectations.
  • Actively collaborate in short- and long-range development planning activities to create and implement fundraising goals and objectives.
  • Manage part of Red Cloud’s existing portfolio of 200 grantmakers and their twelve-month (or longer) schedule of existing obligations; current, new, or lapsed prospect grant application deadlines; stewardship activities; reports; and other grants development activities needed throughout the fiscal year.
  • Research, write, edit, or oversee the preparation of persuasive and accurate solicitations, proposals, case statements, reports, correspondence, and other development-related communication materials as required.
  • Maintain gift charts and other planning tools in conjunction with the overall grants development effort, the Advancement and External Relations Offices, and the programmatic and other needs of Red Cloud.
  • Conduct and/or review research to identify prospects and create strategies to match prospects' interests to the identified priorities of Red Cloud.
  • Prepare materials in a timely fashion under strict deadlines and in conjunction with the appropriate staff at Red Cloud, including the President’s office and other program staff.
  • Visit and communicate with foundations, government agencies, or corporations as needed.
  • Make effective use of Red Cloud Indian School’s records management resources to ensure appropriate records management of donors and prospects.
  • Meet regularly with the Office of Advancement and External Affairs.
  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

To perform this job successfully, the employee must perform the above duties completely and satisfactorily, meeting deadlines and being progressive in advancement efforts.  A qualified individual is one who can perform the essential functions of the position.

Preferred Requirements

Proven experience with at least 3-5 years in fundraising through grants management, preferably in the fields of education or social justice, and in cultivating and soliciting prospects capable of five-, six-, and seven-figure gifts.  Demonstrated administration of database and records management, including budget development, policy and process development, reporting, and maintenance.

Specific Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • At least 3 years of intensive experience in grants management preferred managing multiple grants at once with demonstrated success in programmatic planning, budget development, proposal development, and donor solicitation, stewardship, and prospect management.  Track record of participating in federal grants is preferred.
  • Strong strategic, analytical and project management skills that reflect a demonstrated ability to take primary responsibility for diverse number of projects and to complete them in a timely manner with limited supervision.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills that reflect an 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.
  • Ability to serve as an effective ambassador for the organization with external constituencies that reflect an aptitude to initiate and build relationships with prospective donors, interact via telephone and in person with institutional representatives, and speak publicly to group audiences.
  • Superb networking, teamwork, negotiation/conflict resolution and interpersonal/diplomatic skills with the ability to work effectively with multiple, culturally diverse stakeholders to achieve a common goal.
  • High level of maturity and motivation, with a firm commitment and ability to develop high-quality and time-sensitive work products.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current trends in corporate, foundation, and public agencies’ funding and the methods, practices and procedures for obtaining information about their giving programs.
  • Familiarity with Raisers Edge or a similar donor management system preferred.
  • Advanced technical skills, demonstrating proficiency in Microsoft Office products, Adobe Acrobat, and databases.
  • Ability to travel domestically, as needed.
  • Experience in education, museums, and social justice strongly desirable.
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. Ability to travel on public transportation.

Compensation and Benefits: Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, completed application (available online), resume and four writing samples to (email preferred): 

Jill Marshall, Senior Advisor
Advancement Office
Red Cloud Indian School
100 Mission Drive
Pine Ridge, South Dakota 57770
Please direct all questions to: (202) 510-4161  




LLP Office Assistant 

Supervisor: LLP Project Coordinator
Status: Full-Time
Classification: Non-Exempt

Job Summary

The LLP Office Assistant will report to the Project Coordinator and will assist the on-site Project Assistant on a daily basis. The general duties of the LLP Office Assistant will be to aid the Project Assistant in the collection of—and paper work for—artwork and recordings, as well as assist Lakota Language teachers in coordination of monthly LLP meetings. The LLP Office Assistant will also assist the Project Coordinator and Project Assistant with the planning of school-wide Lakota language activities, facilitating on-going classroom support for Lakota Language Teachers, and aiding the planning and implementation of the Lakota Language Summer Camp.

Duties and Responsibilities 
  • Assist the Project Coordinator and Project Assistant in all aspects of Phase II of the LLP
  • Supervise the LLP Work Study Student(s)
  • Assist with the institution-wide implementation of Lakota Language, such as creating materials for classrooms, The Heritage Center, etc.
  • Assist with the planning of school-wide Lakota language activities
  • Organize and hold monthly meetings with the LLP team (including Agendas and Minutes)
  • Collect and scan artwork and gather recordings as directed by the Project Coordinator and Graphic Designer
  • Complete all necessary paperwork for consultants (including Purchase Orders, Invoices, Timesheets)
  • Work with teachers as necessary with the implementation/revisions of curricular materials
  • Assist with planning, organizing, and facilitating the summer camp
  • 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

Send cover letter, resume and general 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  




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