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.

Apply now »

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

Sioux Falls employment opportunities

Mission Advocate I

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

Reports to the Mission Advocate Supervisor

Core Responsibilities:

  • Represents St. Joseph’s Indian School and our mission 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 Mission Advocate 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.