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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Mailroom Processor

Summary of Position:
The Mailroom Processor is responsible for the initial processing of mail and recording the donations received. This is a nonexempt position.

Reports to the Mail Processing Manager

Core Responsibilities:

  1. Operates mail opening machines. Sorts the replies and donations into specified categories.
  2. Processes white mail/cash; makes note of currency received from donor.
  3. Performs data entry. Keeps donor history file accurate.


  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Typing skills required
  • Computer experience required

Physical Demands:

  • Uses both hands and wrists repetitively for prolonged periods of time.
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Religious Education Instructor

Summary of Position:
The Religious Education Instructor is responsible for the instruction of students, organization of instructional lessons and implementation of the religious education curriculum, while being a contributing member of the community.

In addition, the Religious Education Instructor, as a member of the Pastoral Care Team, is responsible for the promotion of our Catholic identity while ministering to staff and students. Promotion of our Catholic identity includes:

  1. Lead an animated and quality Catholic Studies experience
  2. Incorporate Native American aspects into the classroom and liturgy
  3. Develop an active Christian environment on campus
  4. Promote SCJ values
  5. Increase the spirit of generosity (Circle of Courage value) among our students
  6. Provide a vibrant liturgy experience

Reports to the Director of Mission Integration


  1. Teaches Catholic Studies in the grade school (Grades 1 to 8), implements the religious educational curriculum as indicated through written lesson plans, and conducts the sacramental preparation class, i.e. Baptism, Penance, First Communion.
  2. With the Director of Mission Integration, provides Catholic Studies instruction to the high school students.
  3. Accurately evaluates and records student achievement and progress for reporting to the administration and team members serving the child.


  • Possess a four-year degree in Elementary Education preferred
  • Be certified as a teacher by the state of South Dakota preferred
  • Equivalent experience will be considered
  • Practicing and knowledge of the Catholic faith
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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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To apply, please send resume to:
Attn: Mandy McLaughlin
PO Box 776
Chamberlain, SD 57325

Sioux Falls employment opportunities

Data Entry Specialist

Summary of Position:
The Data Entry Specialist is responsible for recording data entry, resolving questions/alerts from DCC Specialist and giving prompt feedback. This position will work closely on day-to-day basis with both Data Entry Specialists and DCC Specialists to meet mail processing and data entry goals. This is a nonexempt position. The position will be based out of the Donor Care Center office in Sioux Falls.

Reports to the Director of IT


  1. Performs data entry per established procedures. This includes updating Studio Enterprise to keep the donor history file accurate by setting needed codes, making changes, and entering accurate donations in a timely manner.
  2. Operates the Mavro software to process donations (cash, check and credit card). This includes all workflow steps to get batches ready to release for the deposit.
  3. Performs responsibilities as needed to ensure the mail production is within three (3) business days during off peak times and within five (5) days during the peak season. This includes working overtime as required.


  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Typing skills required
  • Computer experience required
  • Ability to work independently without direct supervision


  • Will spend occasional time in Chamberlain with the Mail Processing Department for training, updates, etc. This may include an overnight in Chamberlain. Initial training may require a weeklong stay as needed to become acclimated.
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Donor Care Specialist I

Summary of Position:
The Donor Care Specialist is a multi-faceted position focused on revenue generation and exceptional donor service. This is a nonexempt position.

Reports to the Donor Care Center Supervisor

Core Responsibilities:

  • Represents St. Joseph’s Indian School in a positive and professional manner at all times, treating donors with the utmost respect — exceeding their expectations with every contact.


  1. Comprehensively communicates verbally and in writing the mission, programs, and events of St. Joseph’s Indian School in an articulate manner.
  2. Successfully requests and secures financial contributions from active and lapsed donors.
  3. Conducts research of donor files to learn donor preferences, attitudes, and feelings towards our mission and programs.
  4. Participates in quality assurance reviews and calibrations as needed.
  5. Adheres to the posted schedule of arrival and break times to ensure adequate coverage while maintaining daily goals.
  6. Accurately documents Donor contact and updates required Customer Service software.
  7. Coordinates the processing of special donor requests to ensure prompt fulfillment.
  8. Fields incoming daily call volumes, meeting and exceeding productivity goals, delivering top-level performance, and achieving quality standards.
  9. 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.
  10. Utilizes the appropriate scripting and technologies to provide customers with professional and courteous call resolution.
  11. Participates in regular team meetings to discuss call results, donor feedback, etc.
  12. Performs other responsibilities as required by the Donor Care Center Supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School graduate or equivalent. College education or experience with non-profit preferred.
  • Prior customer care experience is highly desired.
  • Must be able to successfully pass a criminal background check.


  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Ability to contribute to a positive and supportive work environment.
  • Ability to provide service excellence and empathy
  • Must utilize active listening skills, be detail oriented, and communicate effectively and accurately with the utmost professionalism.
  • Must be able to multitask; maintaining verbal communication quality standards while adhering to internal procedures using a computer and a variety of systems.
  • Must be able to efficiently learn and use multiple internal computer applications.
  • Basic typing skills required (35 wpm or more with high accuracy).
  • Must be able to work in a work environment of variable pacing.
  • Needs patience when dealing with donors.
  • Should be a self-motivated team player of excellent character and personal integrity.
  • Needs to display an energetic and enthusiastic personality.
  • Must be able to learn and demonstrate a general understanding of Native American culture.
  • Must be able to communicate the mission of St. Joseph’s Indian School in-depth.

Physical Demands:

  • Uses both hands and wrists repetitively for prolonged periods
Apply now »

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.