As the nonprofit, grassroots Cheyenne River Youth Project approaches the 30-year mark, it continues to grow and evolve as a community development organization. That means it can offer more career opportunities for those who seek employment in nonprofit development and youth programming.

CRYP currently has open positions for a full-time deputy director and a full-time youth programs director at its Eagle Butte campus. Both salaried positions include benefits, with salary dependent on the select candidate’s qualifications. The positions are available immediately.

The youth project certainly has experienced dramatic growth in its lifetime. Founded in 1988, CRYP began as a small, all-volunteer youth center for 4- to 12-year-olds in a defunct bar on Eagle Butte’s Main Street. Today, its 5-acre campus on East Lincoln Street incorporates The Main youth center (1999), Cokata Wiconi teen center (2006), Winyan Toka Win garden (1999), Family Services program (2002), farm-to-table Keya Cafe and artisan-focused Keya Gift Shop (2014), Waniyetu Wowapi Art Park (2014), and the new Waniyetu Wowapi Lakota Arts Institute (2016).

“For us to continue pursuing our mission and long-term vision for CRYP, we need a deputy director to manage our growth activities,” said Julie Garreau, executive director. “In particular, our arts initiatives, teen internship program and social enterprises are all expanding quite rapidly, and we’re experiencing meaningful successes. The future is very bright for this organization, and we’re eager to build the team that will help CRYP move forward.”

The deputy director will be responsible for organizational activities such as developing CRYP’s strategic plan and budget. He or she also will provide coordination and oversight of all fundraising activities, including corporate, federal, state and foundation giving; individual and major donor giving; planned giving; event planning and implementation; marketing; donor management and donor cultivation. And, he or she occasionally will travel to meet with existing and prospective funders.

The deputy director also will be deeply involved in programming planning and design, which will include developing specific program goals, objectives, outcomes, budgets, work plans, timelines and evaluation processes. In addition, he or she will conduct grant research and writing; contract with any necessary grant writers; conduct human resources activities such as developing position descriptions, recruiting, and interviewing; support the ongoing development of CRYP’s social enterprise initiatives; and manage Board of Directors activities, such as meetings, minutes and the quarterly board report.

In addition, CRYP is seeking a youth programs director, who will be responsible for program development, implementation, assessments and reporting; oversight of youth programs staff at all facilities; grants management, research and proposals; youth and community outreach; special events coordination; local fundraising; and managing the youth project’s partnerships. That person also will handle orientation, training and evaluations of new staff and volunteers.

“We would like our ideal candidates for these positions to have advanced degrees and several years of demonstrated success in their respective fields,” Garreau said. “However, given the ongoing challenges of the current economic climate and the urgent needs in our community, we are open to considering younger professionals who have completed appropriate degree programs and internships.”

To learn more about the qualifications for the deputy director and youth programs director positions, and to obtain an applications for employment, please call the CRYP offices at (605) 964-8200 or send email to

And, to stay up to date on the latest CRYP news and events, follow the youth project on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Cheyenne River Youth Project, founded in 1988, is a grassroots, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing the youth of the Cheyenne River reservation with access to a vibrant and secure future through a wide variety of culturally sensitive and enduring programs, projects and facilities that ensure strong, self-sufficient families and communities.