Thunder Valley CDC

Lifeways and Wellness Equity Director

Lifeways and Wellness Equity Director

Position Summary
The Director of Lifeways and Wellness Equity will provide Lakota healing pathways to liberation for the community, Thunder Valley CDC staff and leadership team. The Director will supervise the Lifeways and
Wellness Equity Unification team. The Director of Lifeways and Wellness Equity will: 1) ensure that
Lakota lifeways/cultural relevant protocols and rights are imbedded in each initiative at TVCDC 2)
Research, create and guide our organization’s healing journey 3) Assist in the creation of TVCDC Lakol wicohan healing protocol in regards to self, family and community/organization 4)Serve as liaison to ensure positive relations, facilitate idea sharing, engage staff and community to promote healing and wellness.

Reports to
TVCDC Deputy Director-Lynn Cuny

Compensation & Benefits
Compensation: up to $57,000.00, annually based on experience
Position Type: Full-time, permanent
Position Location: TVCDC Porcupine Offices with regular local travel and occasional regional travel required
Employment Classification: Hourly/non-exempt, not to exceed 40 hours/week

  • Health Insurance- Employee premium paid by TVCDC;
  • Dental Insurance- Employee premium paid by TVCDC;
  • Vision & Hearing Insurance- Employee premium paid by TVCDC;
  • SIMPLE IRA with up to a 3% match from TVCDC;
  • Accrued Paid Time Off up to 160 hours per year;
  • 14 Annual Paid Holidays;
  • Up to $1,500 annually in continuing education assistance;
  • Up to 200 flexible work hours for continuing education development;
  • Up to 6-weeks paid Maternity or Paternity Leave for new parents;
  • Up to 4 hours per week, paid, to participate in Lakota Language Learning Class;
  • Up to 25 minutes daily, paid, to participate in a wellness activity;
  • Priority enrollment for children in Lakota Immersion Childcare (space depending);
  • Paid administrative leave during inclement weather closures.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Ensure that grant opportunities for Lakota Lifeways and Wellness Equity Unification are in the grants process and assist in grant writing.
  • Lakota lifeways/cultural relevant protocols and rights are embedded in each initiative at


  • Research, create and guide our organization’s healing journey – launch the development of

TVCDC’s healing story and engage individuals, families and community in writing their own healing stories.

  • Track the activities of the Lifeways and Wellness Unification and the progress of their goals; collect and analyze project impact data on a monthly basis.
  • Complete required Salesforce data input and analysis.
  • Provide ongoing culturally relevant support, coordination, and professional development to

TVCDC, specifically for Lifeways and Wellness division.

  • Speak with elders and spiritual leaders to identify the appropriate and respectful manner in which to record our teachings
  • Research and identify methods to understand connection to how spirituality impacts health and wellness outcomes. Eventually, the new methods will inform regional data profiles around several topic areas: health, education, economy, housing.
  • Guide LWE staff to resurrect the TVCDC Artist Advisory Board. The Board can help with planning and implementation of art and culture classes offered to youth, schools and community. Coordinator can lead coordination of class and speaking offerings.
  • Work with Lakota Language Initiative staff to identify elders and culture bearers in the community that can help contribute to the building of a Lakota Life course tool.
  • To record and document Lakota cultural practices, teachings and ceremonies conducted throughout one’s life, which will inform the Lakota Life Course curriculum.
  • Conduct interviews but also share aspects with the community as it is collected through art, storytelling, classes and online resources.
  • Reconnect community to this knowledge to promote healing, health and wellness.
  • Oversee the development of a Lakota Life course curriculum that is to be shared with staff, schools and in the community.
  • Create relationships with local businesses and/or tribal partners to promote community healing in collaboration with TVCDC Community Engagement and Communications teams.

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • BA/BS or relevant equivalent work experience
  • Knowledge of Lakota Lifeways
  • Grant writing experience
  • History of working with and/or leading people
  • Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Apps
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong organization and follow-thru skills in both individual and collaborative work.
  • Self-starter in work.
  • Project planning, execution and evaluation (define project, develop appropriate work plans, drive projects to successful completion, evaluate).
  • Team Building and long-term commitment
  • Problem solving for and execution of multi-team member/ multisite issues.
  • Attention to detail and strong logical reasoning.
  • Demonstrate leadership across teams of people.
  • Adaptable to a continually evolving environment and thrive in an autonomous and deadline- oriented workplace.

ADA Specifications
TVCDC is committed to making reasonable accommodations in accordance with the ADA for disabled employees who meet job requirements for education background, employment experience, skills,

licenses, essential job duties and function, and any other qualifications that are job related. Employees must be able to perform tasks that are essential to the job, with or without reasonable accommodation.
The CFO may be required to use the computer for extensive periods of time. Extended working hours and travel will be necessary.

Vision & Mission Driven
The Wicasa Wicohan Coordinator has a strong belief in the TVCDC vision and mission and wants to be a part of a growing and constantly evolving organization.

Thunder Valley CDC Vision
We envision a liberated Lakota nation through our language, culture and spirituality.

Thunder Valley CDC Mission
Empowering Lakota Youth and families to improve the health, culture, and environment of our communities, through the healing and strengthening of cultural identity.

The above description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. TVCDC position descriptions are not intended to create, nor are they to be construed to create, a contract between TVCDC and any staff member. All TVCDC staff are employees at will; therefore, TVCDC and each staff member are free to terminate that employment at any time and at either party’s discretion, with or without cause. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $40,000.00 - $57,000.00 per year


  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave

This Job Is Ideal for Someone Who Is:

  • Dependable -- more reliable than spontaneous
  • People-oriented -- enjoys interacting with people and working on group projects
  • Adaptable/flexible -- enjoys doing work that requires frequent shifts in direction
  • Detail-oriented -- would rather focus on the details of work than the bigger picture
  • Achievement-oriented -- enjoys taking on challenges, even if they might fail
  • Autonomous/Independent -- enjoys working with little direction
  • High stress tolerance -- thrives in a high-pressure environment


  • Monday to Friday

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  • Thunder Valley CDC

Benefit Conditions:

  • Waiting period may apply

Work Remotely:

  • Temporarily due to COVID-19

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Posted 3 months ago

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