An update from St. Joseph’s Human Resources Department

Summer greetings from the Human Resources Department at St. Joseph’s Indian School! My name is Allyssa.

Allyssa, Human Resources Associate
Allyssa, Human Resources Associate

It’s hard to believe that summer is half over and soon we will open the doors to our students and staff. Both veteran child care employees and new staff eager to join in our efforts will return at the end of July in preparation to educate the Lakota (Sioux) students for life – mind, body, heart and spirit.

This summer has once again proven to be a busy one in terms of recruitment of houseparents. South Dakota has a low unemployment rate which makes filling positions a challenge. To be strategic about this, we have to go beyond the borders of our state to find caring, qualified applicants.

We’ve had a great deal of success by targeting residents of Michigan. Economic struggles are never a good thing, but issues in Michigan have benefited the students at St. Joseph’s.

Michigan has reduced and cut numerous social programs, leaving too many nurturing individuals without a mission-oriented job. We’re more than happy to hire them to care for our students!

Recruiting employees from such a distance takes greater effort and more financial resources. But thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are able to fill our houseparent vacancies with well qualified, responsible individuals.

Together, we educate the Lakota children for life – mind, body, heart and spirit.
St. Joseph’s seeks out highly qualified individuals to care for the Lakota children from all over the United States.

Learn more about career opportunities at St. Joseph’s!

In addition to recruiting, we continue to focus on employee wellness over the summer. Houseparents and teachers have the summer off for the most part, but there are many other employees who are hard at work all year long!

Our wellness program, Wiconi Waste –literally life good – takes a holistic approach to the topic, rather than simply diet and exercise. We educate staff in six areas of wellness – physical, spiritual, environmental, intellectual, occupational and social.

St. Joseph’s Indian School wishes a “good life” for all our employees, their families, the students and especially for our benefactors.

Thanks for your support!

Allyssa, Human Resources Associate

Greetings from Human Resources!

Hello to all! This is Allyssa, St. Joseph’s Human Resource Associate. Although it is summer, the Human Resource Department at St. Joseph’s has been busy recruiting staff for the new school year.  Last Friday, we begin the massive HR paperwork session with most of our 23 new Child Services Staff.   These employees face three weeks of intense training before the Lakota students arrive back on campus August 11.

It seems like just yesterday that the children were packing up to go home for the summer and we said farewell to staff who are moving on from St. Joseph’s Indian School. Now, we are welcoming new staff to our mission and preparing for the students to return!

Hiring has been our number one priority this summer. We had 18 houseparent vacancies, one teacher and four training/support staff positions to fill… and that was just in Child Services!  The interview process for houseparents is lengthy.  After a successful phone interview, the candidates come to South Dakota for face-to-face interviews with up to seven different St. Joseph’s employees.  The applicants have tours of campus and join our students for supper. This gives candidates a better overview of what it’s like to be a houseparent.

Summer also finds our maintenance crew working hard to prepare for the upcoming school year. The big maintenance projects are undertaken, homes remodeled and vehicles checked over.

As they say “Times flies when you’re having fun!” There is no doubt about it; the HR Department here at St. Joseph’s has fun. In June, we were able to attend the annual Society for Human Resource Management conference in Chicago. It is a great opportunity to meet others in the HR field and learn the latest innovations in the industry to help us meet the needs of staff. We came back with new ideas to implement, energized to take on new challenges, whatever they may be.

As we gear up for another school year, I hope each of you have had a wonderful summer!