Senior/Associate Planner

Puget Sound Regional Council

Seattle, WA

Experience Level: Mid-Level

Salary: The starting salary range is $70,000 - $90,000 annually, DOE, with full benefits.

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Senior/Associate Planner

Closes:       The position is open until filled with applications reviewed beginning September 7, 2021.

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

Salary:       The starting salary and decision to offer the position at a Senior 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 $70,000 - $90,000 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 a Senior or Associate Planner to join the Growth Management planning team within the Planning Department. PSRC recently adopted VISION 2050, the central Puget Sound region’s long-range growth strategy for the next three decades. This position will play a key role in implementing regional policy and coordinating across 86 cities and counties in the region.

In this position, work will primarily include coordinating PSRC’s plan review and certification program, supporting PSRC’s work on mixed-use and industrial centers, providing support of and coordination with members jurisdictions and other planning agencies, and development of regional planning documents and guidance. The position will provide support for PSRC’s boards and committees on VISION 2050 and growth management issues; preparing and presenting reports; professional analysis, planning, and research tasks; coordinating across PSRC departments and with city, county, and other agency staff; and conducting public engagement and representing PSRC at regional meetings and events. In addition, every staff member is encouraged to work on an aspect of PSRC’s Racial Equity Action Plan, as part of PSRC’s commitment to making the central Puget Sound region one whether every resident has the opportunity to thrive. Growth Management planning team members have a key role in ensuring VISION 2050’s equity goal is advanced throughout the region. 

Hiring at the Senior or Associate level will depend on candidate’s experience. A qualified applicant for this position will have enthusiasm for regional planning, strong analytic and communications skills, and familiarity with growth management and transportation planning. The position will be responsible for various quantitative and qualitative analyses in support of planning including, but not limited to the following program areas: comprehensive planning, growth allocations and growth management, transit-oriented development, housing, racial equity, buildable lands, economic development, and performance monitoring.  Individuals from all cultures and communities are encouraged to apply.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience researching, writing, and presenting information about regional and local planning.
  • Knowledge of current public policy, planning strategies and legislation related to regional transportation and growth planning issues, including implementation of the Washington State Growth Management Act.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Experience managing complex planning projects.
  • Experience representing an agency at meetings and providing technical expertise on planning issues to the public and member agencies.  Experience communicating the impact of specific plans to local agencies, community groups, businesses, and others.
  • Experience providing policy support to committees, boards, councils, or other advisory or decision-making bodies.
  • Desire to serve the public, collaborate with other agencies and departments, and work closely with other planning team members.
  • Familiarity with methodologies for collecting, analyzing, and summarizing data for planning and policy-related research.
  • Experience with GIS mapping, graphic presentation, and database management is desirable.
  • Ability to perform other related duties as assigned.


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

  • Bachelor’s degree in planning, public administration, social science, or related field.  Master’s degree and AICP certification preferred.
  • Four years (Senior) or two years (Associate) increasingly responsible experience in urban planning and/or public administration.
  • Or, any combination of education and experience that would provide the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge, and abilities 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 20, 2021, 3:54 PM PDT

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