Current Employment Opportunities

Planner II Associate Planner – FT

Office Coordinator – FT or/ PT

Planner II Associate Planner: Position open until filled.

The Grays Harbor Council of Governments (GHCOG) is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Associate Planner (Planner II).  We seek a motivated professional with interest in long-range planning within a rural setting to join our team. 

Compensation: Planner II, $67,000-$73,000 annually DOQ and full benefits package including: medical, dental, vision, long-term disability, life insurance coverage, participation in Washington State’s Public Employees’ Retirement System, paid sick leave, vacation and holidays. This is a non-union, exempt position. 32 hour work week possible with corresponding salary.  After orientation a part-time, remote work schedule can be considered.

Background:  Grays Harbor Council of Governments (GHCOG) is a regional planning agency located in Aberdeen, WA serving Grays Harbor County, all nine cities, Grays Harbor Transit Authority, the Port of Grays Harbor, Grays Harbor PUD, Timberland Regional Library, the Chehalis Tribe and the Quinault Indian Nation.  Areas of planning work include transportation, brownfields, park and recreation, community development, mapping and data, and grant assistance.

Qualifications:  The ideal candidate for the Associate Planner position will have a minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in transportation planning, urban planning, regional planning, public administration or a closely related discipline and hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.  Strong communication skills are a must.  Knowledge and use of ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS online is desirable. Ability to satisfactorily pass a background investigation which shows no criminal activity that could directly impact the ability to perform the job.

Nature of Work:  This position’s responsibilities  involve developing, coordinating and organizing planning activities and GIS/data as need to support those activities.

The Associate Planner performs professional short & long range planning work including research and analysis, plan development, grant research and writing, reports and presentations to councils, boards and commissions, works with local agencies to  develop comprehensive plans, capital facilities plans, park and recreation plans and other plans/studies as needed, including but not limited to transportation, land use, and infrastructure.

The ideal candidate will have a positive attitude, be an effective communicator and be willing to be part of a small but collaborative work environment.

Description of Duties:  The following duties are not inclusive of all duties, and the incumbent performs other related duties as required.


  1. Must have excellent communication skills, both written and oral. Be organized and detailed oriented with strong interpersonal skills and demonstrate the highest degree of ethical behavior.
  2. Plan/conduct meetings/presentations with individuals and groups to guide the decision making process; occasional evening sessions.
  3. Must be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook). Experience with Adobe Acrobat and ArcGIS is preferred.


  1. Research/prepare/present staff reports, planning documents and recommendations on planning and community development issues as requested by Member Agencies and assigned by the Executive Director. 
  2. Research, develop/edit grant applications for Agency and Member Agencies.
  3. Collect a variety of statistical data and prepare reports and maps.

Other Duties: Other duties as assigned.

This job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of all the responsibilities, skills or working conditions associated with the position. While it is intended to accurately reflect the position’s activities and requirements, Management reserves the right to modify, add or remove duties as necessary.   

Requires knowledge sufficient to perform the full scope of responsibilities as illustrated by examples in the description of duties.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the theories, practices, principles and techniques of public sector planning.
  • Knowledge of Washington State land use including the State Environmental Policy Act, Shoreline Management Act, Critical Areas Ordinances and other related policies and procedures is preferred.
  • Skills in project management.
  • Skills in public presentations, public hearings, meetings, and other public review processes.
  • Ability to perform individually and in a group setting.
  • Ability to prepare and/or assist in researching and compiling facts and data, organizing and writing project reports and studies, developing presentation graphics, progress reporting and record keeping.  
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected and appointed officials, co-workers, Member Agency staff and the general public in a courteous and tactful manner.
  • Ability to organize work efficiently to meet deadlines and budget constraints.

The Grays Harbor Council of Governments is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate based on disability, race, gender, religion, age or ethnic origin.

Application Requirements 

1.  Letter of interest

2.  Detailed resume’  

3.  Completion of Supplemental Questionnaire

4.  Two writing samples of planning work (see question #4 of Supplemental Questionnaire)


Please submit all application materials in PDF format to:

Zana Dennis, Office Coordinator zdennis@ghcog.org


Please contact Vicki Cummings, Executive Director

vcummings@ghcog.org or 360.537.4386

Office Coordinator: Position open until filled.

JOB TITLE: Office Coordinator [Comparable to City Clerk]


The Grays Harbor Council of Governments is an EOE and a drug free workplace. Small office with a staff of three and a 15-member Council. Hours are semi-flexible, will hire either full- or part-time.

Job Summary

Under the administrative direction of the Executive Director, performs a variety of administrative and specialized duties which require accuracy, proficiency, confidentiality, and limited independent judgment. Provides control and oversight of Agency finances and official records.

Salary & Benefits:  $23 – $27 an hour DOQ, full Agency paid benefits package (for employee only) based upon Grays Harbor County classified employee benefits. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, basic life and PERS retirement. Leave includes 12 holidays and one floating holiday per year and four hours of personal leave a month. Sick leave and vacation are accrued and based on hours worked.  

PRINCIPLE PURPOSE OF JOB: Exemplary communication and organizational skills, fiscal accountability, operational support, and customer service. The Office Coordinator provides Council support and administrative support to the Executive Director and staff as directed, manages execution of the budget as directed by the Executive Director and routine accounting functions. Manages records and provides key administrative functions that support the operations of the Agency.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1.  Responsible for operations relating to Agency finances and revenues including:  Budget preparation and maintenance, all financial records and financial reporting, accounts payable/receivable, vouchers, budget tracking, reconcile accounts with Grays Harbor County Auditor’s Office and Treasurer’s Office, grant administration, audit reporting, and payroll tracking and associated reporting.

2.   Draft, review and edit correspondence and Agency documents for content and context; requires good working knowledge of Adobe. Work with Executive Director to research and establish policy as needed. Supervise the maintenance of records and files according to the WA State retention schedule and Public Records Act.

3.   Provide accurate administrative support to the Council, work with the Executive Director to prepare Council Agenda and minutes, compile necessary information for Council packets and presentations, attend Council meetings, record and transcribe legal minutes.

4.  Other miscellaneous duties may be assigned.  The above duties and responsibilities are a general sample and do not imply a complete listing of responsibilities and tasks.

Qualifications and Capabilities:

The ideal candidate must have excellent communication, accounting and office skills, a thorough understanding of QuickBooks, Excel, Adobe, Zoom, and MS Office software. Knowledge of WordPress for website management is preferred.

1.  Proficiency in QuickBooks and Microsoft programs including but not limited to Excel, Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint, as well as Adobe, is required. Ability to learn other software programs as required. 

2.  Must be able to do accounting and mathematical computations with a high degree of accuracy and assist with budget calculations; be proficient in the principles and practices of basic accounting and budget preparation. Governmental fund accounting and knowledge of BARS manual and GASB is preferred.

4.  Must type with accuracy and transcribe from handwritten drafts or verbal communication (meetings, etc.) along with a sound knowledge and ability to proofread grammar, spelling, and punctuation with a high degree of accuracy.


1.   A high degree of professionalism and excellent organizational ability to set priorities, handle multiple responsibilities and meet deadlines.

2.  Must pass a Washington State Patrol background check.

3. Required Qualifications:  Associate degree in accounting, public administration or related field OR five+ years of professional experience.

4. Preferred Education:  Bachelor’s degree majoring in accounting, public administration, or related field.

5. Required Background: A minimum of three years’ related experience.  Experience working in city/county government is a plus.


Qualified candidates are asked to submit a resume’ and a letter of interest stating why you are the perfect candidate for this position.

The position is open until filled.

Please email your application materials to Vicki Cummings at vcummings@ghcog.org or phone Vicki at 360.537.4386.