St. Joseph’s career opportunities

Career Opportunities at St. Joseph's - Join Our Team!

Employment at St. Joseph’s is more than a job — it is life’s great work!

From houseparenting to teaching, there is always work to be done at St. Joseph’s Indian School!

Joining our team requires commitment to excellence, a positive attitude and respect for the Lakota (Sioux) culture. We seek individuals with the following qualities:

  • Extreme dedication
  • Enormous capacity to share and care
  • Team player for betterment of each child
  • Participation and appreciation of Lakota culture and spiritual development
  • Sense of mission in helping others less fortunate
  • Ability to motivate young people to think, respond and learn
  • Good stamina
  • A preference for order

Your interest is appreciated!

Chamberlain employment opportunities

Child Services Staff (Residential Staff)

  1. Single or married
  2. Strong role models
  3. Emotional and physical support
  4. Family-oriented
  5. Two staff members per home (12 students)
  6. 10 month contract
  7. Rotating schedule (six days on/three off)

We welcome all qualified applications and will keep on file for one year.

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Accounting Associate

Summary of Position:
The Accounting Associate is responsible for providing general support to the Accounting department. This is a nonexempt position.

Reports to the Finance Manager


  1. Enters non-Studio Enterprise receipts into Dynamics GP, including recording deposit information for the bank reconciliations on a regular basis so information is accurate for weekly cash reports.
  2. Monitors and reconciles assigned balance sheet accounts.
  3. Processes all payments for annuities, keeping Dynamics GP in sync with the annuity system. This includes maintaining outstanding checks.
  4. Manages the company’s purchase card, including weekly downloads and receipt matching.


  • Two-year Associate Degree in accounting preferred
  • Commensurate experience in computerized accounting, specifically in bookkeeping is accepted
  • Computer proficiency with accounting software, spreadsheet and word processing in a Windows environment required
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Health Center Custodian and Assistant

Summary of Position:
The Health Center Custodian and Assistant is responsible for those activities involved with routine cleaning of designated areas and general maintenance; and will also assist in the Health Center as directed. This is a nonexempt position.

Reports to the Supervising RN


  1. Performs routine cleaning, maintenance and assigned duties in designated areas. This includes servicing, cleaning, sanitizing and stocking restrooms, as well as requisitioning cleaning supplies, equipment and repairs needed to carry out these duties.
  2. Performs duties specific to particular location where assigned. This includes doing laundry for the Health Center.
  3. Assists with the care of students confined to the Health Center. Includes monitoring temps, preparing fluids, snacks and meals. Assists in monitoring and reporting to the nurse any health concerns of confined students.


  • High School Diploma or equivalent
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Equine Therapist

Summary of Position:
The Equine Therapist involves the co-facilitation of equine assisted therapy groups for all students as well as providing individual equine therapy sessions when recommended by the treatment team. This position involves correction of undesirable horse behavior through the use of natural horsemanship techniques. The Equine Therapist will also be responsible for reporting any horse injuries or health concerns to the Counseling Services Director and making decisions for healthy horse care. The employee may also be assigned to any horse care duties such as feeding, maintenance of stalls and horse health care. The Equine Therapist will work in conjunction with the Equine Specialist / Caretaker.

Reports to the Counseling Services Director


  1. Coordinates with Family Service Counselors and engages in individual, group, and family counseling for identified students, designing safe and appropriate activities based on the student or group needs. Facilitates a minimum of two to three small counseling groups to promote positive development. Assists with facilitation of family programming as requested
  2. Provides on-going communication through visits or other contacts with the students’ parent(s)/guardian(s) as necessary to provide information both to and from direct care staff. Initiates professional contacts within Native American communities.
  3. Notifies parent(s)/guardian(s) of all Equine Therapy services and specific situations (recognition, incidents, etc.)


  • Master’s Degree (Counseling, Sociology, or Psychology)
  • Computer literacy
  • Licensure preferred
  • Certification in Horsemanship skills or Equine Assisted Psychotherapy preferred.
  • Complete ongoing training and certification in specific therapeutic model (ie EAGALA certification for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy delivery) within specified timeframe as dictated by agency.
  • Group therapy facilitation skills for Equine Assisted Therapy.
  • Ability to handle horses involving leading, grooming, saddling, and longeing.
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License
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Equine Specialist/Caretaker

Summary of Position:
The Equine Specialist/Caretaker is responsible for assisting with horses and ranch management. This position will require direct coordination of services with Family Service Counselors and other mental health services at St. Joseph’s Indian School. The Equine Specialist/Caretaker is an active participant in clinical service delivery. This is a year-round, non-exempt position.

Reports to the Counseling Services Director


  1. Provides care and feeding of horses and ranch maintenance, including but not limited to fencing, stalls, barn and horse health care.
  2. Prepares horses, equipment and grounds for Equine Assisted Therapy.
  3. Assists the Equine Therapist with Equine Therapy.
  4. Provides Lakota cultural teachings on values, language, songs, history and spirituality for participants.


  • HS Diploma or GED
  • Computer literacy
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Knowledge of Lakota culture, language, history and spirituality
  • Knowledge of care and maintenance of horses and ranch duties
  • Must be able to work with horses, youth, therapists, staff and partner programs in a respectful way
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License
  • Must be able to drive a vehicle with a horse trailer
Apply now »

To apply, please send resume to:
Attn: Mandy McLaughlin
PO Box 776
Chamberlain, SD 57325

Sioux Falls employment opportunities

There are currently no open positions in Sioux Falls at this time.

To apply, please send resume to:
Attn: Mandy McLaughlin
PO Box 776
Chamberlain, SD 57325

St. Joseph’s employee benefits

St. Joseph’s Indian School is fortunate to be seated on the banks of the beautiful Missouri River, located in Chamberlain, South Dakota.

Chamberlain’s population is about 2,350, and we are grateful to be part of a small, caring community. Chamberlain offers a thriving retail community, an excellent school system, hospital and numerous recreation opportunities.

As one of the largest employers in Chamberlain, St. Joseph’s Indian School recognizes its standing in an aggressive job market.

Accordingly, we offer competitive salaries — plus one of the best benefit packages available in the area — beyond benefits required by law. All full-time regular employees are eligible for these benefits.

For your information, the terms we use have the following definitions:

Benefits — Compensatory contributions provided by the employer in addition to regular pay

Eligibility — Applies in general, full-time, regular employees; specific benefits may have specific requirements

Benefits regularly required by law

  • Social Security and Medicare
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) — Employees can take up to 12 weeks off unpaid for a family medical emergency.

Time off with pay

  • Holiday Pay — St. Joseph’s Indian School observes several national and religious holidays each year, as determined by the management team
  • Accrued leave is for year round employees based on years of service
  • Granted leave is for all full time regular employees based on years of service
  • Maternity Leave — Six weeks at 60%; can take an additional six weeks of unpaid leave; employee must have one year of service at time of leave
  • Jury Duty/Court Time — Receive regular pay

Group Insurance Benefits

  • Life and Accidental Death and Disability — 2 times salary for employee; $10,000 for spouse; up to $5000 for child; accidental death double indemnity for employee
  • Voluntary Life
  • Health — Comprehensive medical plans available — Traditional & HDHP with HSA; modest premiums
  • Dental — Modest premiums
  • Vision — Modest premiums
  • Disability — Both long-term and short-term
  • COBRA — Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) of 1985 provides continuous health benefits; follows all Federal Law requirements

Retirement Benefit

  • Pension Plan — Provided through the U.S. Province of the Priests of the Sacred Heart; a noncontributory fund; employee is vested after five years of continuous service
  • TSA — A tax sheltered annuity plan through a payroll deduction is available to interested employees

Other Services

  • Free clinical services — With qualified medical staff for employees and family members
  • Annual physical free
  • Employee Assistant Program (EAP) — counseling service for employees and family members at no cost
  • Recreation/Wellness Center — available to employees and family members
  • Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center — offers 20% employee discount
  • Various activities including Dave Ramsey Financial Fitness, yoga and other groups

Note: Keep in mind the preceding is just an overview.

In addition to its benefits package, we offer an atmosphere of community in which employees and their families are active participants.

Annual employee events include the Christmas party, service awards banquet and staff appreciation breakfasts.

Families are invited to participate in some campus activities and encouraged to take advantage of family hours at the Recreation/Wellness Center.