Director of Planning & Development

City of Rapid City, South Dakota
Rapid City, SD
United States
March 30, 2017
Professional Area: 
Budgeting and Operations
Code Enforcement
Community Development
Community Engagement
Economic Development
Infrastructure Planning
Planning Law
Public Policy
Public/Nonprofit Administration
Regional Planning
Sustainability Planning
Other topics
More than 10 years
AICP Certification: 
Salary Range: 
The salary for this position is up to $125,000/DOQ/E. Rapid City also offers an outstanding benefits package.

A unique community of 75,000 residents, Rapid City is the second largest city in South Dakota and is blessed with rich history, stunning natural beauty, and an abundance of national monuments and parks.  That is not the best part --- the town is alive and growing with a vibrant Downtown active with shops, restaurants, and a number of art galleries and brew pubs. Rapid City is also home to Ellsworth Airforce Base, and nearby is Sturgis, home of the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.  The community benefits from its access to major rail, highways, and an outstanding Regional Airport that provides direct access to major hub cities around the country.          

The City seeks to hire a strong leader that can effectively communicate the importance of establishing a long-term vision and plan for the City’s future growth to local officials and other community stakeholders. 

The Director will report to the Mayor and be responsible for overseeing the Current Planning, Long Range Planning, and Building Services Divisions, and lead a team of 24 employees and a $2.1M annual budget.

The position requires 10+ years of municipal planning experience (7 yrs. mgt.) or a combination, along with a Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Public Administration, or a related field.  AICP certification is also required, or the ability to obtain it within a year. A Master’s Degree is desired.

Rapid City offers a generous array of additional benefits including health insurance paid 100% by the City for employees, and employment contract will be provided with a six-month severance.    

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume on-line at

This position is open until filled; however, candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their interest by April 6th. For more information, please contact Art Davis: or 816.868.7042.



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