Planning Division Manager

Puget Sound Partnership

Tacoma, WA, US

The Puget Sound Partnership leads the region’s collective efforts to restore, protect and sustain the Puget Sound. We work hard to align the work of our partners around a shared vision and strategy based on a science-driven, prioritized system.  We ensure smart investments that help us to inform decisions about the most efficient and effective ways to allocate our investments.  By striving to remove financial, regulatory, and resource barriers for our partners, we are able to work as a catalyst within the system to get the job done.
As the Planning Division Manager, you are an essential member of our management team.  Your leadership will assist us in accomplishing our mission and goals and in performing ecosystem and salmon recovery planning for the agency.  Your oversight will aid in fulfilling our statutory directives in the Action Agenda (the shared regional plan for Puget Sound recovery) and Puget Sound salmon recovery planning.
Do you see the importance of regional collaboration in the development of solutions to restore our Puget Sound ecosystem?  Are you ready to support our priority actions by advancing policy and striving to remove barriers in an effort to recover and sustain the Puget Sound?  If so, and you have the ability to promote cooperation and commitment across teams and build constructive working relationships, we encourage you to apply! 

In this role, you will assist with defining agency policies on a range of related internal and external issues.  You will be relied upon for your proactive and ongoing communication and alignment with a wide range of public and private partners, stakeholders, professional networks and boards.
Some of what you’ll enjoy doing:

  • Developing and managing the Action Agenda through extensive partner involvement;
  • Presenting to agency boards such as the Leadership Council, Salmon Recovery Council, Ecosystem Coordination Board and the Science Panel;
  • Ensuring close coordination with the Tribal Management Conference and state partners;
  • Overseeing the salmon recovery planning, including Chinook chapter updates and steelhead recovery planning;
  • Aligning annual work plans, communications to partners, shared resources, and implementation of timelines and deliverables;
  • Overseeing budget and performance of staff and planning functions;
  • Responding to and directing legislative affairs as they relate to the planning functions and objectives.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Environmental Management, Natural Resources, Public Policy, Public Administration or a related field;
  • Seven (7) years of related professional experience;
  • Five (5) years of project management experience;
  • Three (3) years of supervisory experience;
  • Experience in science and/or data informed planning.
The preferred candidate must possess the following competencies:
  • Substantive knowledge of the issues in which the Puget Sound Partnership is involved;
  • Excellent presentation skills and the ability to translate technical information to varied audiences;
  • Excellent judgment in a multi-faced, fluid and fast paced environment;
  • Establishment and maintenance of professional and personal credibility and positive relationships with external partners, including boards.
  • Creative, strategic and innovative with analysis and problem-solving experience.
  • The ability to work in a political environment with sensitivity to controversial issues;
  • Committed to public transparency and accountability;
  • The ability to toggle among the needs of the Planning Division, the agency and our partners in order to make balanced and pragmatic decisions.
  • Master’s degree in Environmental Management, Natural Resources, Planning, Public Administration or a related field;
  • High level management experience in a complex, public sector work environment;
  • Program administration, including personnel, budget and grant/contract management, performance management, and accountability;
  • Strategic planning, policy development, analysis and implementation;
  • Experience with tribal governments;
  • Strong supervisory and mentoring skills;
  • Experience and interest in process and performance improvement (LEAN, Baldridge, etc.)
Supplemental Information

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

  • A letter of interest, describing how you meet the specific qualifications for this position;
  • A current resume, detailing experience, and education; and
  • A list of at least three (3) professional references with current telephone numbers.
  • 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.
Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and wish to claim Veteran’s Preference MUST attach a copy of their DD214, or other verification of military service. Please black out any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers.
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We thank you and are grateful for your service
Should you have any questions regarding this position or the online application, contact Ashley Harris at (360) 407-8074 or [email protected].
The State of Washington is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with a disability who need assistance with their application or that need this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 664-1960 or toll free (877) 664-1960. TTY users should first call 711 to access the Washington Relay Service.