City Planning Director in Huron, SD (Open until Filled)

The City of Huron has one professional planner on staff – the Planning Director. The planner does a wide variety of planning related tasks running the range from visiting residential and commercial lots to ensure the fences and garages are properly sited to advising the planning and city commissions and local economic development agency in all current and future planning matters. The city planner is also the staff member who supports the Huron Board of Historic Preservation. Find the entire job description and application information at: then click on City Government then click on City Employment.

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The ideal candidate will…deal with all planning related matters (land use, subdivision, parking, landscape, zoning, redevelopment, comprehensive plans, historic preservation and etc.) in the community. The planner handles matters that have to be dealt with today, tomorrow, next week, next month and next year. Reports are written, project are researched, presentations are made, advice is given, and developers and contractors are lead through the project review and development process. In the grand scheme of things, Huron is a small town, so the planner needs to be able to handle a variety of other (often not planning related) tasks assigned by the mayor, one of the city commissioners, or in order to help one of the other city department heads with a task or grant application that are beyond their level of comfort or ability.

Qualifications. Since it’s a one person department with considerable diversity each day, a planner should come to Huron with at least three years of demonstrated experience in planning and zoning. The planner needs to have a Bachelor’s Degree in Planning or related field with a Master’s Degree preferred. Though not required, AICP Certification is desired. The planner must have computer skills in Word, Excel and Outlook and be able to use desktop and laptop computers and an EPSON whiteboard and computer projector. The planner must be able to communicate orally and in writing and be able to comfortably meet with the public. The planner must possess a valid South Dakota Operator’s License.

The Process. Applicants must complete the job application and get it to the City Human Resources Coordinator before the deadline. The HR Coordinator will comb through the applications and select the best applicants who will then be offered an interview. The interview board will include elected and appointed officials and may include one or members of the community at large. The best candidate will be offered the job with the intent that they will be in Huron to start the job within less than a month. Depending on timing, the outgoing planner may be available to train the incoming planner.


Minimum Salary: $61,021
Maximum Salary: $92,487

City provides health insurance for the employee.

City participates in the SD Retirement System.

City provides basic life insurance policy for employees.
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Planning
Closes: Open until filled

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