Job Descriptions

POSITION TITLE: Americorps VISTA Member, Education


POSITION: School Data and Community Relations Specialist 

PROGRAM START/END DATE: 08/03/2020 - 08/02/2021 


Wakanyeja Tokeyahci Wouspe Ti (WT), or the Children First Learning Center, is Rosebud Reservation's new Lakota language immersion school. When fully implemented, it will serve 72 students from kindergarten to fifth grade, beginning in fall 2020 with our first kindergarten class and growing one grade per year until 2025. WT will support the holistic development of our students in these interrelated program components: Academic Preparedness, Holistic Wellness, Leadership, Lakota Language, Culture, and Indigenous Identity  Click here to learn more about WT


1. VISTA member will establish a system to collect data and enter data into that system.

2. Create a calendar of community engagements with all stakeholders

3. Collaborate with educators to provide an annual presentation for each component of this study

4. Design surveys and create resource lists.

5. Organize culturally-relevant meetings and events with stakeholders.

6. Research and study effective messaging and communication with stakeholders. 



POSITION TITLE: Americorps VISTA Member, Health

POSITION: Sicangu CDC Health Initiative VISTA

PROGRAM START/END DATE: 08/03/2020  -   07/30/2021


The SHI Health & Sovereignty Program is a Lakota community-based holistic health program in development. The purpose of this initial programming is to assist our communities in maintaining and advocating for their health during this pandemic. Currently, SHI is focused on COVID-19 relief in the form of health tools for elders and remote health education across our 20 communities. We emphasize our focus on elders because while also being the most vulnerable to the morbid outcomes of COVID-19; they carry a majority of our Lakota language, cultural knowledge (recipes for local medicines, foods, plants, spiritual, and mental health, etc) and history, the loss of which will greatly affect our future.


VISTA will support Health Initiative in areas such as:

1. Budget tracking

2. Grant updates & grant writing

3. Social media campaigns

4. Tracking outcomes

5. Assisting staff in community outreach areas

POSTED: JULY 8, 2020

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POSITION TITLE: Tatanka Funds Americorps VISTA





Tatanka Funds is an emerging Native Community Development Financial Institution that provides technical assistance and loans to potential homeowners and startup/existing business owners. Our technical assistance consists of one-on-one consulting and group training/workshops on a variety of topics, i.e., credit, budgeting, business plan, financial projections, cash flow, marketing and home buyers education. We hold financial literacy and budgeting classes for Tribal programs. As a non-profit, we continually write grants and look for resources to fund our program. We need to identify and secure funding for our program overhead as well as capital for our loan fund. We are a new program and need help with capacity building. We partner with other Native CDFI's, foundations, state/federal programs and organizations to work together for our common goal of attaining economic development strategies. Our target market is the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in south central South Dakota. We have a great need for business development and home ownership.


1. Identifying funding sources

2. Writing for grant opportunities & assisting with grant compliance and reporting

3. Tracking clients & classes using OTIS software

4. Developing training materials and maintaining training schedule

5. Conducting intake and scheduling one-on-one consulting with homeowners & business owners

6. Conducting outreach to the Tribe, Tribal programs, Tribal University & Tribal members to work and develop partnerships with different 

Tribes, funding resources, programs and organizations. 

POSITION TITLE: REDCO Community Food Sovereignty Initiative Americorps VISTA




Located on the Rosebud Reservation in south central South Dakota, the Food Sovereignty Initiative (FSI) works to build an indigenous food system that promotes health, self-reliance, and sustainability for the Sicangu Lakota Oyate. The colonization of the Lakota people brought about a radical shift in diet and lifestyle, which has led to an alarming increase in rates of type II diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. The FSI operates on the individual and community levels to grow a food system that reflects Lakota virtues and culture. This includes operating a one-acre community garden, sponsoring a weekly farmers market, working with elders to revitalize traditional foods/medicines and knowledge, and developing educational programs for the community. Our VISTA members will help to grow our organization in a way that will ensure it can be sustained over many years. We are a small staff, and our VISTA will play an important role in developing our programs and our ability to impact our community members in a good way. This is a great opportunity for someone looking to dive deeply into their work, and to invest themselves in a community and an organization.


1. Research & track funding opportunities

2. Update existing grant database with new opportunities; track previously identified opportunities.

3. Work with FSI Director to identify & write for targeted grants

4. Develop timeline to track the implementation of grants.

5. Monitor & track budget expenses related to grants; track utilizing developed spreadsheets.

6. Work with FSI Director and SFSI Staff to develop alternative funding sources (crowdsourcing, private donors, giving weeks, etc.).

7. Develop quarterly program updates to circulate to current & potential funders.

8. Develop & distribute "thank-you" cards to recognize currents & past funders.

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