Director of Planning & Development Services

Rapid City, South Dakota
Rapid City, SD
United States
June 16, 2017
Professional Area: 
Community Development
More than 10 years
AICP Certification: 
Salary Range: 
Starting Salary up to $125K DOQ/E; Plus Excellent Benefits

A unique and growing community of nearly 75,000 residents, Rapid City is the second largest city in South Dakota and is spread over 55 square miles and nestled on the eastern slope of the Black Hills mountain range.  The entire region places a high value on protecting the area’s stunning natural beauty.  The “City of Presidents”, as some may refer to it, is the regional home for Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park, the Crazy Horse Memorial, and is near Sturgis, home of the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.  Downtown Rapid City is routinely filled with activities both day and night, with hundreds of shops, restaurants, and a number of art galleries and brew pubs. Rapid City is also the home of Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and a variety of other quality of life amenities. Rapid City benefits from its access to major rail, highways and air transportation infrastructure.  As a regional hub, Rapid City Regional Airport provides affordable, convenient and direct access to the major hub cities of Denver, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Dallas-Worth, Las Vegas, Phoenix/Mesa, Houston, Atlanta and Chicago.  

Rapid City is a thriving community and desires to build on its recent success by continuing its use of good planning policies and quality development standards. To accomplish this, the City seeks to hire a strong leader to manage its Community Planning and Development Services Department. The Director will report to the Mayor and be responsible for overseeing the Building Services, Current Planning, and Long Range Planning Divisions, for a total of 24 employees and a $2.1M annual budget for the department.     

In addition to providing services traditionally associated with current planning and zoning, and long-range planning functions, the department provides building code permitting and inspections services, air quality permitting, and coordinates the City’s development review process.  Other areas of responsibility include historic preservation, evaluating tax increment financing proposals, and departmental support for all planning services related boards and commissions.      

The position requires a Master’s Degree in Planning, Architecture, Public Administration, or a related field from an accredited university.  Certification as an AICP or the ability to obtain it within one year is also required. A candidate’s background should include 10 or more years of progressively more responsible planning experience in a municipal or equivalent environment, with at least 5 years of supervisory or management experience, or a combination of the two. Experience in contemporary municipal planning and development practices, including urban / suburban growth trends and planning practices, downtown redevelopment, and an ability to articulate the importance of good planning practices will be an advantage. The City seeks a professional manager and leader that possesses the skills necessary to accomplish the following: balance the need for attention to detail with the development of future internal leadership and a focus on teamwork; communicate the need to municipal elected officials and other departments regarding the importance of establishing a collective long-term vision for the City’s future growth; and, develop and maintain strong relations with all sectors of the community with a focus on customer service. 

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

 This position is open until filled.  For more information, please contact Art Davis:, 816.868.7042, or at EOE



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