Region Planning Director

Employer: Washington State Department of Transportation
Job Title: Region Planning Director
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Vancouver, WA
Opening Date: 01/03/2019
Closing Date: 01/23/2019
Salary: $94,740.00 - $121,452.00 Annually

Job Description: The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is seeking a visionary and strategic leader to fill the role of Region Planning Director in Southwest Region. This position is accountable for identifying, developing, and fostering unique transportation planning partnerships with local agencies, tribes, regulatory agencies, special interest groups, partners in Oregon, and private parties. This work includes fostering and providing leadership for effective and inclusive engagement with the public.

Given the demands rapid growth is placing on the regional transportation system, a forward thinking approach to this position is essential. The planning focus is on both short and long-range periods to optimize resource investments and mobility outcomes. In this position, you will work closely with the region leadership team to direct, develop, and deliver all planning related programs and services, including land-use expertise and policy direction, to maintain safe and reliable travel mobility options for all modes.

Job Duties: 

  • Provide leadership for the SWR Planning Office, and develop and implement strategies and policies on behalf of the region and the agency. Represent WSDOT programs, projects, and policies within the region as a member and/or alternate alongside elected or appointed officials on boards and committees including the region's MPOs and RTPOs and in bi-state coordination.
  • Represent the department's planning activities in the SWR ensuring WSDOT's statewide policy interests are recognized in regional decision-making.
  • Work with various WSDOT divisions to ensure freight, transit, bicycle, pedestrian, TDM/TSM and other specialty subjects are integrated into region planning and that regional planning activities in these areas are accurately represented in statewide plans. Identify, develop, and foster partnerships with local agencies, tribes, private parties and advocacy groups that serve WSDOT's mission.
  • Communicate the state's position on transportation related issues with local jurisdictions, tribes and agencies, the business community, community groups and private citizens.
  • Ensure state interests are recognized and incorporated in decision making in regional and local forums, planning policies and implementations, Regional Transportation plans, transit planning and other relevant areas.
  • Develop, monitor, and execute partnership projects/planning studies with local agencies, developers, and WSDOT Highways and Local Programs.
  • Manage and administer the SWR Planning Office budget to ensure the goals and objectives of the office are met within available resources; develop and administer consultant contracts as needed.
  • As a member of the region leadership team, provide leadership on region development and goals related to the adoption and integration of practical solutions, diversity and inclusion, and workforce development as well as all agency development, goals and strategies.


  • Strong planning background, knowledge of and ability to apply management principles.
  • The ability to work with others to build trust and consensus and resolve disputes.
  • Bachelor's degree in planning, engineering, environmental or related field.
  • Certification by American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) or five (5) years of leadership level experience in transportation planning, land use, or economic development.
  • Knowledge of state and federal legislation (GMA, SEPA, NEPA, EAS, transportation funding bills); transportation and other related planning principles, processes and methods; public involvement methods; WSDOT programming and management methods and techniques.
  • Understanding of other governmental agencies (local, state or in other states) are organized and governed and how demographic, political, economic and cultural differences impact transportation planning practices.
  • Understanding of WSDOT design process, procurement processes, organization and policies; union contracts and other employment rules, processes and policies.
  • Experience in workforce planning and personnel management.
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders including customers, private sector, public agencies, elected officials and other decision makers, workforce, public and media.
  • The ability to successfully lead and foster a diverse workforce.

How to Apply: Apply on our website

Supplemental Information: For inquiries about this position, please contact Rachel Giese at [email protected]. Please reference recruitment number 19DOT-WMS-4W072.