Planning Manager

Puget Sound Partnership

Tacoma, WA, US

The Planning Manager is responsible for leading the Partnership’s initiatives to facilitate the development of the ecosystem recovery plan for Puget Sound, the Action Agenda. The Planning Manager is responsible for developing planning tools and approaches, ensuring effective execution of the program design, and managing the adoption and approval of the Action Agenda. As a member of our Integrated Planning Program, this position informs and helps set direction for agency priorities and strategies.

A little bit about the Partnership
The Puget Sound Partnership is the state agency leading the region’s collective effort to restore and protect Puget Sound. We bring together hundreds of partners to mobilize partner action around a common agenda, advance Sound investments, and advance priority actions by supporting partners. 

Our main office is in a LEED Platinum-certified building on the waterfront in Tacoma within a 15 minute walk of downtown (restaurants, shopping, museums, farmer’s market, etc.). We promote flexibility in work schedules and offer a range of options, including, alternate work schedules, telecommuting 1-2 days per week with supervisor approval. Staff are also issued laptop computers and mobile phones and have access to state vehicles for travel.

We are proud to offer a suite of “Employer of Choice” initiatives, including:
  • A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • A Commute Trip Reduction program
  • Focus on healthy work/life balance
  • Fully vested in modern workplace practices and design
  • An Infant at Work Program

For more information, visit our website:

About the Planning Team
The Puget Sound Partnership’s Planning Team leads Puget Sound recovery planning initiatives by working closely with the scores of partners that constitute the Puget Sound recovery community. The team is primary responsible for leading the process to write and update the Action Agenda (the Puget Sound Recovery Plan) and Implementation Strategies, assisting to fulfill the responsibilities of the salmon recovery regional organization, and engaging with tribal, state, federal, and local partners.

Who we are looking for
We are looking for someone with strengths in planning, project management, strategic guidance and vision, systems thinking, leadership, effective communications and facilitation, and providing technical expertise related to ecosystem recovery planning, adaptive management, and Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation. Our ideal candidate knows the most effective and efficient processes to get things done, can manage complexity well, conveys a clear understanding of the unique needs of diverse audiences, and engages staff in a way that supports inclusivity, high performance, and quality improvement. In addition, the ideal candidate will operate in a cost effective manner on a daily and long term basis. The abilities to value others and diversity of thought, promote brave spaces for learning, and strive for equity are essential.

Some of what you will enjoy doing include:

  • Lead the effort to develop, write, and update the Action Agenda (the Puget Sound ecosystem recovery plan);
  • Develop strong collaborative relationships with other Partnership teams and serve on agency policy workgroups and provide guidance to other divisions and the management team on policy-related issues;
  • Engage local partners via the Local Integrating Organization program and the Lead Entity program;
  • Work closely and collaboratively with the EPA in the Partnership’s cooperative relationship with them in the Puget Sound National Estuary Program
  • Support the agency’s role in developing Implementation Strategies, and implementing key planning and policy initiatives;
  • Supervise three professional staff and various programs in fulfillment of agency mission, state statute and the Action Agenda;
  • Represent the agency in external venues., influence the work of partners (state, federal, tribal, local, NGO and business), and solicit input on agency priorities, policies and programs;
  • Work with a diverse range of stakeholders to gather regional participation in development and implementation of planning products;
  • Maintain a communication conduit with respective staff, partners, and stakeholders;
  • Responsible for personnel and budget administration, program leadership, and performance management of assigned team, programs, and contractors;
  • Use external resources and partner commitments to advance respective work priorities;
  • Promote and foster an environment that supports change and innovation;
  • Manage personnel and budget administration; and
  • Identify conflicts and possible resolutions.

The successful candidate should be a team player, defined as possessing initiative and a driving passion for the work, bringing humility to their job and interactions with others, and having excellent people skills.

Required Experience, Competencies, and Technical Skills:
Education, Experience, and Competencies.

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental management, natural resources, public policy, planning, public administration or related field;
  • Five years of related professional experience; public sector experience preferred;
  • Three years of supervisory experience;
  • Three years of interdisciplinary program/complex project management;
  • Three years of direct experience in relevant specialty area
  • A work history demonstrating progressive levels of responsibility;
  • Substantive knowledge of the issues in which Puget Sound Partnership is involved;
  • Personal credibility and established professional networks; and
  • Commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.
Preferred/Desired Education, Experience, and Competencies.
  • A master’s degree in environmental management, natural resources, public policy, planning, public administration or related field;
  • Natural resource and environmental planning and implementation;
  • Experience in a complex, public sector work environment, including science-policy decision making;
  • Program administration including, budget, and grant/contract management, performance management and accountability;
  • Experience working with the Partnership and our partners on Puget Sound recovery efforts;
  • Strategic planning and implementation;
  • Policy development, analysis and implementation;
  • Organizational and independent decision-making reflecting flexibility, common sense and good judgment;
  • Excellent communication skills – oral, written and public speaking; excellent interpersonal skills with a variety of audiences;
  • Skill and experience with analysis and problem-solving of major issues; creative, strategic and innovative thinking; outcome focus;
  • Collaboration and alignment with wide a range of public and private partners, stakeholders, professional networks and boards;
  • Ability to work in a political environment with sensitivity to controversial issues; and
  • Demonstrate commitment to public transparency and accountability.
Conditions of the working environment
With or without an accommodation, I am willing and able to:
  • Work indoors, at a desk/workstation the majority of a work day, in an open office environment with possible conversation and other noise distractions;
  • Work in a tobacco-free, drug-free, and alcohol-free environment;
  • Work a 40-hour work week. A flexible work schedule may be considered upon request and supervisory approval, after an initial review period;
  • Occasionally work in excess of 40 hours per week and/or to adjust normally scheduled hours, which may include evenings and weekends, to meet program needs and critical deadlines;
  • Travel throughout the state, which may include overnight stays, as required, while performing the duties of this position;
  • Work in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities and competing deadlines;
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding information accessed or discussed while performing the duties of the position; and
  • Interact and work with partners and staff in a positive, friendly, and supportive manner that meets the needs and standards of the office and the agency.
Supplemental Information

In addition to completing the online application, applicants must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position:

  • letter of interest (WORD version), describing how you meet the specific qualifications for this position;
  •  A current resume (WORD version), detailing experience, and education; and
  • A list of at least three (3) professional references with current telephone numbers. Please include at least one supervisor, peer, and (if you have supervised staff) a subordinate.
This agency is committed to anti-bias hiring and practices ‘blind’ resume reviews. Letters of interest and resumes must be submitted in WORD documents in order for staff to redact details that may disclose your identity, gender, age, etc. Do not attach transcripts or other documents that are not requested in the application process or that are password protected.

By submitting materials, you are indicating that all information is true and correct. The state may verify information. Any untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from the applicant pool or dismissal if employed.

Should you have any questions regarding this position or the online application, contact Angie Anderson at (360) 407-8446 or [email protected]
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