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  Job TypeFull-timeDescriptionToole Design Group in Seattle, WA is looking to hire an experienced and talented full-time Senior/Principal Planner. Do you have a strong background in transportation policy and planning? Are you passionate about sustainability, equity and the opportunity to work on innovative multimodal projects that make communities more livable? Would you enjoy working on a variety of projects throughout Washington State and beyond? If so, please consider joining our Seattle team.
This Senior/Principal Planner position earns a competitive salary and great benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability, a health savings account (HSA), a flexible spending account (FSA), and PTO starting at 22 days. We practice what we preach and ensure that our employees also have access to transportation by providing them with financial incentives to bike, walk, or use transit for a better quality of life.
About Toole DesignToole Design is the leading engineering, planning, and landscape architecture firm specializing in multimodal transportation. Since our start in 2003 as a single office in Maryland, we have expanded throughout the United States and Canada. Our talented team of planners, landscape architects and engineers are committed to delivering quality work that meets the needs of all people, regardless of age, ability, race, or gender. We have been named a "best firm to work for" and have one of the lowest staff turnover rates in the industry.
Every project our employees deliver directly and positively affects equity in our communities. We are industry-leading experts, and we work hard to encourage a collaborative and team-oriented environment.
A Day in the Life of a Senior/Principal PlannerAs a Senior/Principal Planner, you will develop and nurture client relationships, mentor colleagues, and lead exciting projects throughout the region and state, while supporting efforts across our North American offices. You will lead teams of professionals from a variety of disciplines; integrating input from a broad range of stakeholders to create award-winning plans and programs that build momentum toward positive change in communities and lead directly to implementation.
Our projects are at all different scales: national, state, regional, and local. They encompass research, policy, planning, design guidance, program development, inclusive engagement, implementation, and evaluation. As a Senior/Principal Planner, you may lead safety projects, multimodal corridor studies, Safe Routes to Schools, new mobility and curbside management, trails and greenways, complete streets, and access to transit projects.
You will participate in business development pursuits in the Seattle region and across Washington State region, as well as our North American offices. You will get to work with a close-knit team that is passionate about the work and the communities that we serve. What unites all of our work is our mission: we never accept a project that does not align with our values. We think about equity, climate, safety, and health every step of the way.
We are targeting a salary range of $100,000 to $135,000 for this position. Candidates with more years experience or exceptional qualifications may fall into another pay range.
Work Schedule for a Senior/Principal PlannerThis full-time position typically works a flexible schedule of 40 hours a week. We also provide employees with the flexibility and necessary equipment to work from home up to 3 days per week. The Seattle office of Toole Design is conveniently located in the heart of Seattle's Business District blocks from the Pike Place Market, Seattle Art Museum, Central Public Library, and Waterfront. The office is easily accessed on foot, by bicycle, and via transit or ferry. RapidRide lines C, D and E stop right in front, and multiple Sound Transit light rail and Sounder Commuter rail lines are a short walk to the office. Bike lanes are close by on 2nd and 4th avenues.
Ready to Join our Seattle Team?We understand your time is valuable, so we have a quick and easy application process. If you feel that you would be right for this Senior/Principal Planner position, please fill out our application by clicking on the link on this page. This job will be open until the position is filled.
At Toole Design, diversity is a necessity, not a nice-to-have. We have a collaborative culture where people of all backgrounds come together to share ideas and build better, more inclusive communities. We encourage those from underrepresented communities - women, people of color, LGBTQIA+, immigrants, those with disabilities and people at all the intersections in between - to apply. Even if you don't think your current skill set checks every box below, but this role seems to align with your strengths, we want to hear from you.
We're proud that about half of our managers are women and we are committed to achieving racial diversity in our leadership as well. Toole Design is a woman-owned business and an equal opportunity employer (EO/AA/VEV/Disabled employer).  Individuals may request accommodations or assistance with the application process by contacting 301-927-1900 and asking for Human Resources or emailing [email protected].
For more information about Toole Design, visit our website and follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, or Facebook.RequirementsQualifications of a Senior/Principal Planner

  • Bachelor's or master's degree in urban planning, landscape architecture, urban design, or a related field (AICP preferred)
  • Extensive knowledge of multimodal transportation planning practices and techniques
  • At least 10 years of experience working on transportation projects, preferably in Washington State or the Pacific Northwest (at least 15 years for a Principal Planner)
  • At least 7 years of project management experience
  • Demonstrated success independently managing projects
  • Outstanding written, verbal, and graphic communication skills
  • The ability to deliver high-quality work on-time and on-budget
  • Experience planning and conducting public outreach and engagement
  • The motivation to win work, including forming and managing client relationships, identifying potential opportunities, and developing proposals and interview materials
  • A working knowledge of GIS software (ArcGIS or QGIS) and Adobe Creative Suites Cloud apps (Illustrator and InDesign) a plus

You'll be great here if:

  • You have experience directly managing staff and teams
  • You're passionate about contributing to more accessible, sustainable, and equitable communities
  • You understand equity and the role that systems of oppression have played in shaping access to public spaces, transportation resources, and opportunities
  • You have a strong working knowledge of Washington State's geography, public agencies, and political and planning landscape
  • You enjoy managing projects and meeting client needs
  • You've led complex projects that involve coordinating collaborative work between staff teams, consultant partners, and public sector or nonprofit partners; and managing schedules and budgets
  • You can build relationships, bring enthusiasm to exciting projects, and are detail-oriented with strong problem-solving skills
  • You enjoy producing high-quality work products and contributing to projects that get built