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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1st – 6th Residential Director

Summary of Position:
The 1st – 6th Residential Director provides leadership for the 1st to 6th grade Residential Programs. The position oversees the 1st to 6th Grade Residential Programs, with a focus on socio-emotional skills in addition to life skills. This employee serves as a member of the Child Services Team. This is an exempt position.

Reports to the Executive Director of Child Services


  • Implements plans, manages and oversees the 1st to 6th Grade Residential Program, ensuring residential services are provided through appropriate programming and staffing.
  • Serves as a Member of the Child Services Administrative Team to assist in the coordination of all student programming.
  • Supervises the 1st to 6th Grade Residential Coordinators, 1st-6th Trainers and Support Staff.
  • Keeps supervisor informed of concerns and emerging trends/needs related to programming.
  • Promotes awareness of St. Joseph’s Indian School to other organizations by attending or presenting at meetings, seminars, etc.
  • Works collaboratively to develop, implement and evaluate quality improvement actions.
  • Works with recruitment and hiring process to insure adequate home staffing is in place.


  • Degree in Counseling, Social Work or related field preferred
  • Two or more years of Leadership and Management in childcare or a related field
  • Appropriate licenses preferred

Physical Demands:

  • Uses both hands and wrists repetitively for prolonged periods.
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SPED Teacher

Summary of Position:
The SPED Teacher is responsible for the instruction of students, organization of instructional lessons and implementation of the education curriculum, while being a contributing member of the community. The position is also responsible for paperwork specific to the SPED program. This is an exempt position.

Reports to the Director of Education

Core Responsibilities:

  • Implements the educational curriculum as prescribed through written action plans. Ensures that lesson plans correlate with established plans of study and contain specific instructional objectives and reflections.
  • Works with Special Education and general education staff to develop, implement, and monitor individual education plans.
  • Accurately evaluates and records student achievement and progress for reporting to the administration and team members serving the child.
  • Uses differentiated instruction to meet the needs of students.
  • Promotes teamwork and open communication through regular participation in discussions with other staff who also directly supervise student, i.e. houseparents, other teachers, Family Services Counselors, and families of students.


  • Four year degree in Education
  • South Dakota teaching certification

Physical Demands:

  • Uses both hands and wrists repetitively for prolonged periods.
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Health Center Nurse

Summary of Position:
The Health Center Nurse is responsible for providing general nursing services to clients of St. Joseph’s Indian School including students, staff, and staff dependents. The position participates in all aspects of the Health Center’s functions and procedures. This is an exempt position.

Reports to the Director of Health and Wellness

Core Responsibilities:

  • Leads student dental appointments, and assists vision-lead as necessary and appropriate, including scheduling, follow-up, referral coordination, complicated cases, and guardian notification.
  • Assists support staff in transportation needs including schedule oversight, personnel, and Director-approval for travel expenses.
  • Oversees and maintains laboratory functions for supply and quality control including vaccine fridge tasks per state regulations, staff diagnostic procedure yearly competencies, supply upkeep, quality assurance testing on supplies, expiration management, and communication with contracted lab manager.


  • South Dakota Nursing License as LPN or RN
  • Pass Certified Background Check

Physical Demands:

  • Uses both hands and wrists repetitively for prolonged periods.
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Recreation Intern

Summary of Position:
The Recreation Center Intern works in conjunction with other Rec Center staff to provide recreational education and program supervision for students and staff. This is a non-exempt position.

Reports to the Recreation Center Coordinator

Core Responsibilities:

  • Supports and models the Catholic Mission and the Native American Culture that are the foundations of St. Joseph’s Indian School.
  • Promotes a reclaiming environment for all students through the Circle of Courage.


  1. Must successfully complete LSCI, CPI, and CPR.
  2. Works directly with Rec. Center staff to provide programing to students and SJIS staff.
  3. Works directly with houseparents to help define and promote home recreational activities.
  4. Supervises athletic programming and activities in conjunction with the Rec Center staff.
  5. Assists with evening and weekend coverage of athletics and Rec Center programs.
  6. Serves as coach, referee, etc. for sports sponsored by the Rec Center.
  7. Defines, coordinates and supervises Wednesday Enrichment Night recreational component.
  8. Assists Rec Center staff with the promotion of adult programs.
  9. In conjunction with the Rec Center Coordinator, monitors the Rec Center facility to insure upkeep of the facilities and equipment.
  10. Submit intern requirements from the College to Rec. Center Coordinator.
  11. Completes other responsibilities as required by the Rec Center Coordinator.


  • Working towards a degree in Recreation or similar area of practice.

Typical Schedule:

  • 40 hours a week with a varying schedule dependent on need.
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To apply, please send resume to:
Attn: Karla Herman
PO Box 776
Chamberlain, SD 57325

Sioux Falls employment opportunities

Mission Advocate

Job Description

Seeking High Quality Mission Advocates

Day hours working with supporters over the phone. Tired of nights and weekends?

Want to spend more time with your family while making a difference for others?


No nights
8AM – 5PM Work Day  No Mandatory Overtime

No Weekends
Monday – Friday hours

Better Benefits
Health, Vision, Dental, Life ins and retirement. Paid holidays and more

Remote work rotations based on achieving quality standards


  • Communication with supporters of our mission to help Native American youth and families.
  • Work with Donors to accept donations, request support, build monthly financial relationships.
  • Opportunity to learn and demonstrate a general understanding of Native American culture.
  • Make outbound calls to donors on behalf of St. Joseph Indian School with the purpose of gaining funds and thanking a contributor for their donation.
  • Be part of some pretty amazing pot lucks!

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School graduate or equivalent. College education or experience with non-profit preferred.
  • Prior customer care experience is highly desired.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.

Physical Demands

  • Uses both hands and wrists repetitively for prolonged periods.
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To apply, please send resume to:
Attn: Karla Herman
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.