Senior Planner

Puget Sound Regional Council
Seattle, WA
United States
Professional Areas: 
Community Engagement
Economic Development
Public Policy
Regional Planning
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 
Not required
The starting salary range is $67,440 - $75,000 annually, DOE, with full benefits.

Senior Planner 

Closes:  The position is open until filled with applications reviewed beginning June 13, 2018.

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

Salary:   The starting salary range is $67,440 - $75,000 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 diverse counties, cities and towns, native tribes, ports, the state of Washington and civic interests to understand the challenges facing our region’s future and make plans for the region to continue to succeed.  The agency serves as the region’s Metropolitan Planning Organization and is the regional leader for growth management, transportation, and economic development under state and federal laws.  Visit to find out more.  PSRC is an equal opportunity employer.


PSRC is seeking a Senior Planner to join the Growth Management planning team within the Planning Department.  PSRC recently initiated work on 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 developing regional policy, coordinating across 86-member jurisdictions, and guiding the region’s policy boards through the drafting of VISION 2050.

In this position, work will primarily include supporting the Growth Management Planning Board; preparing and presenting reports; professional analysis, planning, and research tasks; providing staff support to PSRC advisory committees, coordinating across PSRC departments and with city, county, and other agency staff; and conducting public engagement and representing PSRC at regional meetings and events. 

A qualified applicant for this position will have enthusiasm for regional planning, exceptional 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:  growth allocations and growth management, comprehensive planning, transit-oriented development, housing, social 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.


  • Bachelor’s degree in planning, public administration, social science, or related field.  Master’s degree preferred.
  • Four years 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, faxed to 206-587-4825, or mailed to:  Puget Sound Regional Council, attn.: HR, 1011 Western Ave., Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98104
Published on:
May 30, 2018 - 4:34pm
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