Senior Community Planner

  • Rapid City, SD
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Simply Put, A Great Place to Work

Benesch is a growing, multi-disciplined planning, engineering, and professional services firm. We enhance infrastructure and communities across the country – creating spaces and providing connections in ways that make a difference.

We pride ourselves on being nimble enough to remain responsive to client needs, yet large enough to offer exceptional bench strength. As a member of our team, you’ll have an opportunity to draw from those resources when you need them, and likewise, contribute your expertise when you have something to share.

At Benesch, we are looking for candidates with varied backgrounds and worldviews. Diverse ideas come from diverse people, and we are committed to offering an inclusive work environment where everyone feels valued and respected. Statistics show that women and underrepresented groups are less likely to apply for a position if they don’t meet 100% of the qualifications. If this statement resonates with you – don’t be so hard on yourself. Apply for the job!

Senior Community Planner 

We have a career opportunity for a Senior Community Planner! This position will be under the guidance of a Senior Project Manager and will coordinate with other Project Managers as needed. This position has the opportunity for great career progression, working on challenging projects for a wide range of public sector clients. 


The selected candidate may report to any of our existing offices and/or work remote. 

The Impact You Will Have

  • Lead a wide range of planning efforts.
  • Review planning requirements for development projects.
  • Assist clients with all types of planning efforts.
  • Support a range of transportation operations and planning projects or related multimodal transportation studies. This includes leading key tasks or other project elements as requested.
  • Use/oversee ArcGIS and other analytical tools to support project outcomes and recommendations.
  • Oversee data collection, field observations, and technical project components.
  • Prepare/review written summaries of technical analyses and presentation materials.
  • Coordinate technical work, contribute to agency and stakeholder engagement, and assist with developing project strategies and approaches.
  • Serve as a liaison with key clients to coordinate Benesch projects and assist in successful project delivery.
  • Mentor, guide, and develop other staff.

What We Are Looking For

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in planning, Geography, Engineering, or related field.
  • Strong understanding of transportation and transit planning concepts, practices, and procedures. Knowledge of SDDOT regulations, policies, and procedures, transit regulatory compliance or financial considerations, and/or transit agency or related SDDOT experience a plus.
  • AICP preferred.
  • Strong technical and analytical skills.
  • Strong communication and writing skills. Ability to effectively forge client and teaming relationships.
  • Expertise in ArcGIS Pro and Microsoft Office; experience with other transit planning tools a plus.    

Explore the Benefits of working at Benesch! 

Benesch is a great company to work for! Our comprehensive benefits package includes paid over-time, exceptional retirement fund contributions, flexible schedules, wellness incentives, and all-around great people to work with. Take your career to the next level by applying today.

Our benefits package is designed to take care of our employees. The health and wellness of our employees is essential to their success both personally and professionally. That is why we invest in our employees’ well-being by providing a comprehensive benefits package to help them live a healthy lifestyle. Each option can be customized to meet the needs of our employees and their families. 

Benesch offers a generous paid time benefits plan that increases throughout your career plus several paid holidays.  Our benefits include medical, dental, and vision benefits. We also include company-paid life insurance, short term, and long-term disability plans. Benesch offers a 401K plan and profit-sharing contributions to the 401K plan with the potential of 9% total employer contribution to your retirement savings!! 

From insurance and retirement plan to our wellness programs, we provide employee benefits that meet your wants and needs. Click here to learn more about some of the benefits of working at Benesch! 

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Benesch is an Equal Employment Opportunity/ Affirmative Action/ Disability/ Protected Veteran Employer. Qualified applicants are evaluated without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation or belief, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other protected characteristic. For more information about your EEO rights as an applicant under the law, please download the below documents:

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We will be accepting applications on an ongoing basis until a candidate is found.

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