Principal Planner

Employer: Puget Sound Regional Council
Job Type: Regular Full-Time
Division: Transportation Planning
Location: Downtown Seattle
Opening Date: 09/18/2017
Closing Date: Open until filled with applications reviewed beginning October 4, 2017.
Salary: The starting salary range is $82,000 - $95,000 annually, DOE, with full benefits.

Job Description:

Principal Planner Closes: The position is open until filled with applications reviewed beginning October 4, 2017.
Status: Regular Full-time, 40 hours per week; Exempt FLSA status.
Salary: The starting salary range is $82,000 - $95,000 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 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 also plays the leading regional role in growth management and economic development under state and federal laws. Visit to find out more. PSRC is an equal opportunity employer.

THE POSITION: PSRC is seeking a Principal Planner to be the project lead for the development of the Regional Transportation Improvement Program, including management of the project selection process for PSRC's federal transportation funds and collaboration and coordination with membership from around the region.

Job Duties:

THE CANDIDATE: The ideal candidate will have:

  • Transportation planning experience in the development and oversight of transportation projects, capital improvement programs, or similar.
  • Knowledge of federal and state metropolitan transportation planning requirements.
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, federal and state transportation funding programs.
  • Strong attention to detail, follow-through and organization. Highly developed verbal, listening, communication, and interpersonal skills. Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Ability to take initiative and develop creative and innovative solutions.
  • Technical proficiency with a range of computer applications, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access.
  • Demonstrated ability to take the lead in preparing both technical reports from diverse data and information sources, as well as materials for agency boards and committees, and to make clear presentations to technical and policy groups.
  • The ability to work with a variety of internal and external staff and committees, and to develop positive, successful working relationships.
  • Knowledge of transportation project requirements, such as environmental approval, permitting, right of way processes, etc.
  • Ability to perform data analysis and research, synthesize and summarize analytic processes and findings, and make recommendations. 



  • Bachelor's degree in planning or related field; Master's degree preferred.
  • Six years increasingly responsible experience in transportation, urban or regional planning.
  • Two years of lead or supervisory direction to other staff.
  • Or, any combination of education and experience that would provide the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge, and ability required to perform the job. 

How to Apply:


  • To be considered, applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and completed, signed PSRC application.
  • The voluntary, confidential Equal Employment Opportunity form is 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

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