Salary: $77,772.00 – $85,078.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Job Number: 2023-PSP-007
Department: Puget Sound Partnership
Opening Date: 05/04/2023
Closing Date: 5/18/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

The Puget Sound Partnership is a non-regulatory state agency leading the region’s collective effort to restore and protect the Puget Sound natural ecosystems. We are also one of the Executive Cabinet agencies under Governor Inslee’s Office. The Partnership brings together hundreds of partners to mobilize action around a common agenda, advance Sound investments, and advance priority actions by supporting partners.

Position Details
This full-time unrepresented position is exempt from civil service law and has an official duty station at our Headquarters building in Olympia, Washington. Within the organizational chart, this position is a member of the Planning Team under the umbrella of the Integrated Planning Program DivisionWe are looking for someone that meets the experience and education requirements listed below, but we also are looking for lived experience. Please consider applying if your lived experience meets the competencies of the requirements.

The Partnership offers a modern hybrid work environment, which includes both remote and office settings in Olympia and Tacoma. Although it’s not an official duty station of the Partnership, the agency currently utilizes a co-work space at a location in Seattle as a drop-in work environment option for staff. All staff are required to report for in-person work in group settings or for in-person work at an office building at least once a week, including this position. You may be required to work more frequently in an office setting than others if you’re unable to effectively conduct work remotely or as business needs arise. You will be expected to report to the Olympia office on your first day of employment for onboarding.

Travel throughout the Puget Sound area on a regular basis will likely be necessary and may not be eligible for mileage reimbursement depending on where you reside and the destination of the meeting. The Partnership offers agency vehicles for all staff when traveling to meetings, conferences, or other work-related events that are not part of the employee’s regular commute. Use of the vehicle and a gasoline card for fueling is at no cost to the employee.

Occasional day travel throughout the state will be necessary for this position. 

The annual range of compensation is between $77,772 – $85,078 depending upon qualifications, although the expected hiring salary will typically be less than the top of the range, to allow for growth and development movement.

We encourage applicants from outside of Washington to apply! The successful candidate would be required to relocate to Washington State within 30 days of the appointment date. The expectation of this position’s starting appointment date is early summer of 2023. 

A little bit about the Planning Team
The Washington State Legislature created the Puget Sound Partnership to coordinate and lead the effort to recover Puget Sound through a strategic, prioritized, science-based Action Agenda “that addresses all of the complex connections among the land, water, web of species, and human needs.” (RCW 90.71.200). The Action Agenda also fulfills the Partnership’s statutory mandate and purpose of the Clean Water Act’s National Estuary Program (NEP). The Planning Team is the group of dedicated staff that lead the agency in the planning activities of developing, adopting, and implementing the Action Agenda, as well as the development and execution of Implementation Strategies

Some of the duties include:

  • Lead key aspects of major planning and policy initiatives by working across agency programs and with diverse partners (tribal, state, federal, local, non-governmental organizations, and business). 
  • Engage with diverse partners to increase participation, ensure effective implementation, and advance targeted outcomes. 
  • Coordinate and influence the work of partners, expand constituencies, and create opportunities for input on agency priorities, policies, and programs.
  • Lead internal and external project teams and advisory groups.
  • Analyze, develop, and manage agency policies and positions on internal and external issues.

Required Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher in environmental management, natural resources, public policy, planning, public administration or related field and at least three years of related professional experience.
  • At least two years of interdisciplinary program/complex project management.
  • Two years direct experience in strategic planning and implementation, particularly in the natural resource or environmental sector.
  • A work history demonstrating progressive levels of responsibility.
  • Substantive knowledge of the legislatively mandated work of the Puget Sound Partnership. 
  • Commitment to advancing environmental and social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

   With or without accommodations, I am willing and able to:

  • Work indoors, at a desk/workstation the majority of a workday, 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 adjust normally scheduled hours, which may include evenings and weekends, to meet program needs and critical deadlines.
  • Occasionally 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.
  • 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.
  • Permanently reside in Washington state and be available to report in person at Puget Sound agency offices and meetings on a weekly basis.
  • Be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.

Contact Information
For questions about this recruitment, please contact or email Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

To Apply
Please attach the following documents in order to be considered; failure to do so may result in you not being considered for the position:  

  • A letter of interest that describes why you are the successful candidate and how you meet the specific qualifications for this position. If you’d like lived experience to be considered in lieu of any education or professional experience, please include how that lived experience is equivalent to any of the educational or professional experience requirements. You are welcome to include the name and pronoun you would like to be referred to in your materials and we will honor this as you interact with our organization. 
  • Current resume, detailing experience, and education.

** You will want to ensure you have a current list of at least three (3) professional references with current contact information attached or available to provide at the time of the interview.

For more information and to apply:

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