Red Cloud Indian School, a dynamic, mission-driven nonprofit organization on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, is seeking a passionate, committed leader to serve as its next president. This is an extraordinary opportunity for an experienced professional who desires the challenge of creating meaningful change in one of the highest-need communities in the nation. Red Cloud’s new president will guide a wide range of institutional efforts to empower Oglala Lakota youth, families, and community members who live in the midst of extreme intergenerational poverty. Specifically, s/he will have the chance to:
- Work with school administrators, teachers, and staff to provide Red Cloud’s 600 students with a high-quality, holistic education that is rooted in both Lakota culture and Jesuit pedagogy—an education that provides them with the physical, emotional, and spiritual support to overcome any challenge and pursue their dreams, in college and beyond.
- Develop and expand programming designed to honor Lakota culture and strengthen Lakota identity—by revitalizing the Lakota language in and out of the classroom; by teaching Lakota history and spirituality, and by celebrating and supporting the work of Lakota artists and artisans.
- Support the active ministry of Red Cloud’s network of Catholic parishes across the reservation by empowering parish staff, and specifically Lakota church leaders, to strengthen the social and spiritual resources they provide to more than 800 families.
This is a unique role for a leader who believes in the power of education; who desires to live, work, and learn in a vibrant cross-cultural environment; and who wishes to serve as an agent of change in a community that has experienced both historical and contemporary trauma.
The president of Red Cloud Indian School is the visionary leader of the institution, serving as its chief executive officer and reporting directly to the Board of Directors. S/he is missioned by the Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus and works collaboratively with the Provincial’s leadership to advance the organization’s mission. The president is responsible for the spiritual, educational, and financial strength of the institution, and as such: ensures the fulfillment of the institution’s mission; envisions, plans and prepares for Red Cloud’s future; secures the financial resources needed for the institution’s success; and fosters the organization’s ongoing commitment to academic excellence, cross-cultural understanding, community engagement, spiritual formation, and social justice.
Red Cloud’s Board of Directors, which will appoint the president, is seeking candidates with deep experience in education, nonprofit management, and/or philanthropy who possess a genuine understanding, passion for, and commitment to the Red Cloud’s identity as a multifaceted organization grounded in Lakota, Jesuit, and Catholic values. Outstanding candidates will be dynamic, creative, and innovative individuals with the capacity and experience to foster learning, growth, and collaboration, on the reservation and beyond.
For additional information on Red Cloud Indian School and on the president’s position as well as for detailed application instructions, please visit www.redcloudschool.org/presidentsearch. Candidates should e-mail applications by September 28 to [email protected]
Red Cloud Indian School - 100 Mission Drive - Pine Ridge, South Dakota 57770