Tribal and Regional Transportation Planning Manager

Posted on February 1, 2019

Working Title: Tribal and Regional Transportation Planning Manager
DOP Classification:
Recruitment Number: 19DOT-WMS-0W014
Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Salary: $80,028.00-$102,612.00 annually, depending upon qualifications
Opening Date: TBD, 2019
Closing Date: TBD, 2019

Note: The hiring manager may approve an alternative worksite depending on the qualified candidate pool as well as office necessity. Any determination will be made at the end of the recruitment process.


The Opportunity:
The Washington State Department of Transportation presents an exciting and challenging opportunity for a leader who excels at facilitating relationships and cooperation among planning organizations at the regional, tribal, state, and federal levels. The Tribal and Regional Transportation Planning Manager leads the agency’s administrative oversight, program assessment, and fiduciary responsibility related to metropolitan and regional transportation planning organization (MPO/RTPO), ensuring their compliance with state and federal planning requirements. This position is critical to fostering greater consistency between state and regional plans and programs.

Metropolitan and regional transportation planning organizations, federal agency staff and WSDOT colleagues rely on the Tribal and Regional Transportation Planning Manager to:

  • Use a collaborative, flexible approach to program implementation that demonstrates understanding of WSDOT’s stewardship role.
  • Provide expertise in MPO/RTPO requirements and help communicate and translate them to partners as needed.
  • Understand MPO/RTPO practices and operations (preferably based on first-hand work experience).
  • Serve an important advisory role on many of the agency’s transportation planning initiatives to facilitate effective, meaningful partnerships with MPOs and RTPOs.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to and passion for integrating WSDOT’s statewide planning efforts with the regional planning of the state’s MPOs and RTPOs to champion a continuous, cooperative, and comprehensive process. This is not only required in state and federal law, but also critical for implementing Practical Solutions.

The successful candidate for this position will excel at managing a broad and diverse workload, leading staff, and building effective relationships. The incumbent will provide MPO/RTPO support and ensure compliance, using sensitivity and finesse to resolve concerns in ways that both facilitate compliance and maintain and build strong working relationships. We are looking for a leader who is recognized as a team player and possesses exceptional communication skills to ably represent WSDOT with the public and federal, state and local agency staff.

Improving WSDOT cooperative planning relationships with MPOs/RTPOs plays an important role in implementing Practical Solutions. The Tribal and Regional Transportation Planning Manager is a champion for sharing data and plans for state facilities with local significance, and developing clear, consistent, repeatable processes for state input into regional plans in order to achieve greater consistency between state and regional plans and identify shared priorities for investment.

Ensuring compliance at the statewide, metropolitan, and regional planning levels avoids severe impacts to federal transportation funding. Consistent messaging, statewide planning practices, and adherence to federal and state requirements reduces or eliminates audit and compliance findings, providing for the uninterrupted flow of federal transportation funds.

This position, located in the Multimodal Planning Division, manages a team of five staff to support the division’s vision to guide transportation decisions through transparent, collaborative, and performance-based planning and support data and information needs to foster livable communities and economic vitality.

At WSDOT, we value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees can feel respected, included and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds and perspectives while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. To learn more, please watch the following video: Why WSDOT?


This position and staff perform the following work:

  • Serve as the lead for internal and external coordination between the agency and the MPOs and RTPOs with respect to various items associated with regional and statewide planning alignment (modal plans, state initiatives, goals and objectives).
  • Lead the administrative oversight, which ensures compliance with state and federal transportation planning requirements at the metropolitan and regional levels.
  • Review metropolitan and regional transportation plans, transportation improvement programs, and annual performance and expenditure reports to ensure local plans are consistent with federal guidance and state plans.
  • Provide leadership in developing clear, consistent, repeatable processes for state input into regional plans.
  • Represent WSDOT programs, projects, policies, and positions on an ongoing basis and communicate with management of MPOs and RTPOs regarding the state’s position on various transportation related issues.
  • Identify key policy issues related to Practical Solutions planning that affect multiple organizations within or outside the agency, and recommend and help execute paths for negotiation and collaboration to reach resolution.
  • Ensure that the state’s interests are recognized and incorporated into decision making processes at the metropolitan and regional transportation planning levels by developing guidance for WSDOT region planning staff, MPOs and RTPOs.

A candidate for this position must possess:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in transportation planning or related field AND seven years of transportation planning experience.
  • Knowledge of CFRs, USC, RCWs and WACs related to transportation planning, programming, and funding.
  • Knowledge of all transportation laws relating to federal MPO and state RTPO requirements and functions.
  • Knowledge of the Governor’s transportation priorities as well as regional priorities, policies, processes and political environments.
  • Skills to develop documents under short timelines, including reports, white papers, folios and research products.
  • Ability to effectively analyze and interpret state and federal legislation, especially related to statewide, regional, and metropolitan transportation planning.
  • Skills to propose and draft state and federal legislation and WSDOT policy.
  • Ability to apply transportation planning methodologies to frame concepts in the perspective of WSDOT.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse internal and external audiences to convey complex transportation issues and policies.
  • Successfully develop and manage a budget.

An ideal candidate will possess the above qualifications as well as:

  • Work experience as a staff member of an MPO or RTPO.
  • A graduate level degree in transportation planning, public administration or equivalent education is desired. American Institute of Certified Planners accreditation is desired, but not required.

Contact us: For inquiries about this position, please contact Eirik Landes at Please reference recruitment number 19DOT-WMS-0W014.

WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the listed recruiter. WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit



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