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Lead – Regional Planning

  • Job Tracking ID: 512084-579979
  • Job Location: Seattle, WA
  • Job Level: Management
  • Level of Education: BA/BS
  • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
  • Date Updated: June 22, 2017
  • Years of Experience: 10 - 15 Years
  • Starting Date: ASAP

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Job Description:

About PSRC

The Puget Sound Regional Council is the regional transportation, growth management and economic development planning agency serving the central Puget Sound region. The thriving region is home to 4 million people and is one of the nation’s fastest growing metropolitan areas. The 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 region’s future and make plans for the region to continue to succeed. It is the region’s Metropolitan Planning Organization and performs essential regional roles in growth management and economic development under state and federal laws. Visit to find out more. The PSRC is an equal opportunity employer.

The Position

PSRC is seeking an individual to contribute significantly to the agency’s planning efforts. As part of the agency’s adopted work program, PSRC is preparing to extend the region’s planning horizon from 2040 to 2050. Between now and 2022, the agency will be using these extended population and job forecasts to update regional plans such as VISION 2040, the region’s growth strategy. This position is envisioned to be a staff lead for these efforts, along with other regional planning responsibilities. This position will collaborate with both the staff lead for the Transportation Policy Board and the staff lead for the Growth Management Policy Board and coordinate with PSRC’s Communications and Data teams to deliver the agency’s work program. The position works collaboratively with PSRC’s membership and coordinates with state and federal partners to deliver exceptional regional planning. This position will report directly to PSRC’s Executive Director.

The Candidate

The ideal candidate will have the following knowledge and abilities:

Comprehensive Planning
* Extensive experience in leading regional and local planning processes.
* Expert knowledge of Washington’s Growth Management Act, including an understanding of the role of local governments and regional agencies.
* Expert knowledge of PSRC’s role and responsibilities as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO) serving the central Puget Sound region.
* Washington’s Growth Management Act, including an understanding of the role of local governments and regional agencies
* Expert knowledge in regional planning and broad understanding of the linkages between land use, transportation, economic development and environmental planning.

* Provides managerial leadership, cultivation, and coordination of staff within the entire agency to assure effective planning services.
* Organizes, directs, and manages the planning staff in developing and executing agency’s work program
* Provides guidance in a way that fosters teamwork and encourages employee growth and creativity.
* Participates in the management of the agency, and contributes policy, technical, and strategic recommendations and ideas.
* Objectively evaluates staff performance and nurtures outstanding performance.
* Oversees department personnel practices, and participates in hiring and staff development.

Work Program Responsibilities:
* Ensure PSRC delivers excellent regional planning.
* Consistently maintains focus on the short- and long-term goals of the agency and the region.
* Develops short- and long-range plans and programs to assure efficient and effective department operations.
* Formulates projects, prepares task descriptions, delivers on schedule, and makes changes when needed.
* Recommends improvements, policies, and plans at all levels.
* Coordinates programs with staff, community interests, and other governmental agencies

Financial Responsibilities:
* Oversees the financial wellbeing of the department by managing funds and monitoring all department fiscal operations.
* Assures the efficient and economical use of program funds, labor, materials, facilities, and time.
* Researches appropriate funding opportunities.

Communication Skills:
* Represents the agency’s interests in regional planning.
* Functions as an effective liaison for the agency with the public; with other federal, state, and local agencies; with elected councils, commissions, and legislative committees; and with business, community and environmental interests, and organizations.
* Promotes effective coordination between governmental agencies at local, state, and federal levels.
* Communicates in a manner that is clear, focused, and meets diverse communication needs.

Committee Responsibilities:
* Assist in the staff support of the Transportation and Growth Management Policy Boards.
* Support Executive Director’s responsibility to staff the Executive Board
* Assist in the staff support of all internal and external policy boards or committees.

* Perform other related duties as assigned.

Experience and Skills:


Experience and Education

* Bachelor’s degree in related field; Master’s degree preferred.
* Ten years of increasingly responsible experience in regional planning.
* Six years of successful management and supervisory experience.
* 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 and a resume. 


Puget Sound Regional Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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