Robert J Contreras
Brookings, SD



I enjoy the process of managing projects that help people overcome obstacles by using programs and campaigns; including fundraising, public relations, or volunteer work. The experience I have gained through my past volunteer commitments has given me the opportunity to positively build relationships with others. Through my time working for ISEE, I have discovered how important it is to raise awareness by using social media and public relations techniques.


Assistant to the Director

▪ September 2013 – May 2014

Institute for STEM Education Enhancement ▪ South Dakota State University

Find and research grants, network with like-minded organizations, building our brand using social networks including email

Business Development Manager

▪ June 2008 – September 2010

Complete Recruiting Solutions/Eco-Staff ▪ Houston, TX

Placement of ads, performed background and criminal checks on new hires, conducted performance reviews, worked with clients on a personal level to find qualified applicants, and provided general HR, account manager

Volunteer Work

Tiger Cub Scout Den Leader

▪ August 2013 – Present

Boy Scouts of America ▪ PACK 4 Brookings, SD

Organize and plan bimonthly den meetings, Organize monthly Pack activities with committee meetings, creative meetings and relationship builder. Leading projects, day camp planning and live events


▪ August 27, 2011

Salute Our Space Shuttle Event▪ NASA Johnson Space Center

Provided educational and informational discussions to participants at NASA’s family event


  • Committed to success
  • Self-motivated
  • Eager to learn
  • Able to multi-task
  • Creative
  • Excellent stress management
  • Organized
  • Project-oriented
  • Goal-seeking
  • Knowledgeable
  • Assertive
  • Persuasive


Northern State University

8/14 ▪ Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

  • Personal Achievement of First Generation

Awards Earned

Den Leader of the Year

2013 ▪ Buffalo Ridge District


Interests & Activities

Biking, Reading, Learning, Solar Power, Entrepreneur Opportunities, Motivational Speakers, Higher Ideas, Space Exploration, Biotech, Science, Futurist, Medical Advances, Freedom, Trailblazing, Knowledge Spreader, Renewable Energy, Searcher of Awe


Unrelated Past Work Experience

Stay at Home Father

▪ June 2012 – August 2013   May 2014 – Present

Custer, SD and now Brookings, SD

2nd Main Cook

▪ October 2011 – May 2012

Terry’s Bar and Grill ▪ Redfield, SD

Created menu items, prepped kitchen, backed up main cook, handled kitchen during rush hours, served for a restaurant of 100

Front Line Cook

▪ March 2007 – September 2010

Murphy’s Bar and Grill ▪ Aberdeen, SD

Cooked for banquets of 250-500 people, prepped kitchen for rushes, cleaned kitchen, restocked kitchen for weekly orders

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