Assistant/Associate Planner

Puget Sound Regional Council

Seattle, WA

Salary: The starting salary range is $62,000- $78,000 annually, DOE, with full benefits.

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Assistant/Associate Planner

Closes:    The position is open until filled with applications reviewed beginning September 8, 2021.

Status:     Regular Full-time, 40 hours per week; Exempt FLSA status.

Salary:     The starting salary and decision to offer the position at an Assistant or Associate level will be made at the end of the recruitment process, based on the experience of the selected candidate. The starting salary range is $62,000- $78,000 annually, DOE, with full benefits. 

Location:   Puget Sound Regional Council; Downtown Seattle, Washington

The Puget Sound Regional Council is the regional transportation, growth management and economic development planning agency serving Seattle and the central Puget Sound. The thriving region is home to over 4 million people and is one of the nation’s fastest growing metropolitan areas. PSRC brings together the region’s counties, cities and towns, native tribes, ports, the state of Washington and civic interests to understand the challenges facing the region and make plans for the region to continue to succeed. The agency serves as the region’s Metropolitan Planning Organization and also plays the leading regional role in growth management and economic development under state and federal laws. PSRC seeks to support an inclusive region and build a work culture which embraces diversity and promotes equity. Visit to find out more. 


PSRC is seeking an Assistant/Associate Planner to join its Data Department to perform a variety of technical planning activities under general supervision. The position will be primarily responsible for supporting the agency’s Census and housing data work program and related planning applications, among other tasks. A qualified applicant for this position will have exceptional technical and communication skills, keen interest in applying data analytics to support complex planning and policy questions, and enthusiasm for learning new techniques and tools to tackle dynamic problems with data.

The position will conduct data analytics and other planning-related tasks using a variety of demographic, economic, housing, land use, transportation, and other datasets. It will involve effective written, oral, and visual communication of data trends, findings, processes, and other technical subject matter to planning lay audiences. Key responsibilities include conducting database development and maintenance tasks, performing quantitative and qualitative research, and providing general data analysis and technical assistance in support of the agency’s various planning programs. This work will include, but is not limited to, the following tasks:

  • Collect, process, manage, and analyze a variety of planning-related datasets, with a focus on demographic and housing data.
  • Use statistical, geospatial, and other diagnostic techniques for data development, quality control, and analysis.
  • Visualize data through maps, charts, and other graphical displays to help transform and summarize data into easily digestible formats.
  • Perform research, synthesize and summarize analytic processes and findings, and make recommendations to help develop regional plans (VISION, Regional Transportation Plan, Regional Economic Strategy) and support other major planning programs (Puget Sound Trends, Regional Housing Strategy, Regional Equity Strategy).
  • Manage tasks and responsibilities related to PSRC’s role as a regional affiliate of the Washington State Data Center—a data partnership between the Census Bureau and state agencies, universities, libraries, and regional and local governments.
  • Respond to information requests from member jurisdictions, community organizations, and the general public.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • Demonstrated experience in data analytics, visualization, and mapping of planning-related data. Ability to apply statistical, geospatial, and other technical skills to analyze data to answer planning and policy questions.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with common software packages used to analyze and transform planning-related data, such as Excel, Access or other relational database software, ArcGIS, Python, R, SQL, and Tableau. Knowledge of techniques, concepts, and current practices in relational database design and operation. Familiarity with Git/GitHub, Python, R, SQL, or other scripting languages and tools is desirable.
  • Experience with common demographic and housing planning datasets, such as Decennial Census, American Community Survey (ACS), Census/ACS Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS), Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategy (CHAS), etc. Knowledge of other related and commonly used regional planning datasets would be a plus.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Excellent attention to detail, organization, and problem-solving skills. Able to coordinate between multiple and diverse work tasks with limited supervision.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, and interface effectively with planning professionals and the general public.
  • Knowledge of planning and policy issues related to growth management, transportation, economic development, and local and regional governance is highly desirable; knowledge of demographic and housing affordability trends and policy issues relevant to the regional planning context is especially welcomed.


Typical ways in which incumbents acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities include:

  • Bachelor's degree in urban planning, geography, data science, public policy and administration or related field. 
  • At least one year experience in urban planning and/or related field.
  • Or, any combination of education and experience that would provide the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge, and ability required to perform the job. 


  • To be considered, applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and completed, signed PSRC application.
  • The voluntary and confidential Equal Employment Opportunity, Applicant’s Invitation to Self-Identify – Veteran Status, and Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability forms are appreciated for applicant tracking purposes.
  • For application materials, please visit
  • Completed materials can be emailed to [email protected], faxed to 206-587-4825, or mailed to:  Puget Sound Regional Council, attn.: HR, 1011 Western Ave., Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98104

Posted August 19, 2021, 1:44 PM PDT

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