Senior Planning & Policy Analyst (TPS5)

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Washington State Department of Transportation
WA, United States

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Senior Planning & Policy Analyst (TPS5)


Seattle, WA 


$80,236.00 - $107,956.00

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Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure that people and goods move safely and efficiently throughout the state. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT operates the largest ferry system in the nation, manages the world's longest floating bridge, and recently completed the world's widest tunneling project. 


The Opportunity

WSDOT is eager to hire an experienced transportation professional to serve as a Senior Planning & Policy Analyst supporting the vast transportation infrastructure throughout the Puget Sound. This position will be responsible for directing a variety of WSDOT’s long-range transportation planning studies, special transportation planning efforts, including leading the division’s review and coordination of local comprehensive plans under the Washington State Growth Management Act, as well as other ongoing policy priorities and initiatives. Serving as the senior regional planning and policy and expert in the central Puget Sound area, this position will direct ongoing efforts while ensuring close collaboration and engagement with stakeholders. As the Senior Planning & Policy Analyst, this position will be required to develop department-wide agreements on transportation-related planning and policy proposals working through WSDOT divisions, offices, and up to WSDOT Executive Management. This position will be responsible for a wide variety of complex, politically and time sensitive topics that are integral to WSDOT providing a multimodal transportation system that helps people and goods move safely and efficiently throughout the state.
What to Expect

Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Senior Planning & Policy Analyst will:

  • Represent WSDOT on regional and countywide committees, taskforces, and ad hoc groups and actively participate and serve as an expert on WSDOT planning efforts, policies, and activities.
  • Conduct briefings and presentations for WSDOT Executive and Senior Management briefings to ensure effective agency participation with regional planning bodies.
  • Supervise WSDOT’s involvement in federal grant funding processes.
  • Track emerging transportation issues and maintain a comprehensive understanding of the federal transportation funding programs, including the federal and state requirements, regional policies, eligibility, and evaluation criteria, as well as the timely delivery and expenditures of federal funds awarded to WSDOT.
  • Independently monitors a wide range of complex regional and statewide planning and policy proposals as wells as ongoing regional initiatives in the central Puget Sound.
  • Supervise the review of local comprehensive plans and land use decisions under the Washington State Growth Management Act.
  • Direct the development and design, oversight, and progress of in-depth and complex topic/position papers and strategic regional and state planning activities. This will include independently coordinating the necessary organization, logistical direction, and collaboration across WSDOT divisions and partner agencies.
  • Coordinate the monitoring, analysis, and implementation of complex regional issues and proposals impacting WSDOT and the traveling public.



To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:

  • A Bachelor’s degree involving major study in transportation, landscape architecture, environmental or urban, regional or land use planning, engineering, public or business administration, economics, or natural or physical sciences and five (5) years of professional transportation experience involving analysis and evaluation of transportation issues and problems. OR
  • A Master’s degree involving major study in transportation, landscape architecture, environmental or urban, regional or land use planning, engineering, public or business administration, economics, or natural or physical sciences and four (4) years of professional transportation experience involving analysis and evaluation of transportation issues and problems. OR
  • One (1) year as a Transportation Planning Specialist 4, Transportation Engineer 4, Landscape Architect 1, or equivalent classification in city or county agencies. 


In addition to:

  • One (1) year of experience managing multiple transportation-related studies and/or projects with a specific deadline. 


It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:

  • Experience working in the public sector or a government agency. 
  • One (1) year of experience in transportation and/or land use planning or policy and/or demonstrated experience and competency in current or long-range planning under the Growth Management Act, ideally at the local, regional, and state levels. 
  • One (1) year of experience working a variety of public and private sector individuals and stakeholder groups, including high-level agency managers, executive management, and policy makers. 


Important Notes 

  • This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.
  • This position offers flexible/hybrid work options
  • By issuance of proclamation, the Governor of Washington State mandates that all employees who work for executive cabinet agencies (which includes the Department of Transportation) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This is a condition of employment with WSDOT. Exemption may be granted for religious or medical purposes, however, accommodations will be subject to approval based on the essential functions required of the position.
  • The information provided on your application profile, any supplemental material attached to your application, and the responses to the supplemental questions will be used to determine qualifications for interview selection. Therefore, it is to your advantage that your application packet be completed in as much detail as possible. 
  • The listed salary includes the Legislative approved King County Premium. 
  • The recruiting efforts for this position may be extended beyond the displayed closing date for as long and until a sufficient candidate pool has been established. The Appointing Authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time thereafter. It is to your benefit to submit your application as soon as possible.
  • WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit



  • Work-Life Balance – We are committed to ensure that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individuals’ lifestyle. As such, there are a number of flexible schedule options available to staff, including occasional telework for eligible positions.  
  • Paid Leave – In addition to 10 paid holidays, full-time employees earn a minimum 14 paid vacation days per year!
  • Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options, and free dental coverage! Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information.
  • Tuition Assistance – Our employees have several options for assistance with education expenses, including tuition reimbursement programs, government discounts at participating colleges throughout the state, and eligibility for federal student loan forgiveness.  

Check out this video to learn more: Why WSDOT?


How to Apply 

Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine salary. Therefore, it is very important that the “Work Experience” portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible. In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application:

  • An attached Resume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
  • An attached Cover Letter that further details your qualifications and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
  • Contact information to be included in the “References” section of the online application for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, knowledge base, and job-related competencies.

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WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. 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 viewpoints while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, as well as people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.


Contact us: 

For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Eric Saniatan, at Please be sure to reference 22DOT-NWR-04476-1 in the subject line. 


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