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Lead – Transportation Planning

  • Job Tracking ID: 512084-579986
  • Job Location: Seattle, WA
  • Job Level: Management
  • Level of Education: BA/BS
  • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
  • Date Updated: June 19, 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 lead the agency’s Transportation Planning program and serve as the staff lead to the Transportation Policy Board. This person will manage and direct the regional planning for the Metropolitan Planning organization (MPO) and Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO) for the central Puget Sound region. Efforts overseen include development of the region’s transportation plan---T2040, updates to the region’s Transportation Improvement Program, as well as organization and deliver of federal transportation funds through merit-based competition. The position works collaboratively with PSRC’s membership, which includes local jurisdictions and transit agencies, and coordinates with state and federal partners to ensure the region has an effective transportation system. The position leads a professional staff of approximately 20 people, and collaborates with PSRC’s Communications, Data and Growth Management teams to deliver the agency’s work program. This person will report directly to PSRC’s Executive Director.


The Candidate


The ideal candidate will have the following knowledge and abilities:


Comprehensive Planning

  • Expertise in transportation and regional planning.
  • Extensive experience in leading transportation planning processes at the local level
  • Proven ability to maximize the delivery of Federal transportation funds to the region.
  • Ability to ensure PSRC excels in its role as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO) serving the central Puget Sound region.



  • Provides managerial leadership, cultivation, and coordination of staff within the entire agency to assure effective planning services.
  • Organizes, directs, and manages the Transportation Planning Department staff in developing and executing a detailed work program to achieve growth management and transportation planning goals covering a variety of programs and studies.
  • 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 and maximize the delivery of federal transportation funds to the region.
  • Meet and exceeds federal MPO and state RTPO requirements.
  • Identifies transportation systems to meet regional needs and ensure consistency between state and regional plans.
  • 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 transportation planning, and implementation matters.
  • 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:

  • Functions as primary staff support to the Transportation Policy Board, its chair, and membership.
  • Supports Executive Director’s responsibility to staff the Executive Board
  • Directs 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 transportation and 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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