Right-of-way Agent/property Analyst

Fairfax, Virginia
$62,693.28 - $104,489.63 Annually
Sep 24, 2022
Oct 08, 2022
Full Time
Job Announcement

Works as part of the Land Acquisition Division. Must have extensive experience negotiating acquisition of land rights and purchasing real property required for Fairfax County public improvement projects. Works independently and with teams in Capital Facilities, Stormwater Management, Transportation, and other agencies. Manages multiple and diverse project assignments with challenging completion deadlines. Researches county records pertinent to land acquisition issues. Searches and verifies legal records for accuracy of ownership and reviews title reports. Calculates and verifies square footage of land, reviews and interprets engineering plans and construction drawings. Interprets real estate valuation principles and reviews appraisal reports. Prepares land acquisition cost estimates. Compiles facts required for public hearings and condemnation proceedings, prepares Board agenda items, makes presentations to the Board. Maintains project files and data for project management information systems; produces documents and reports. The successful applicant must be highly motivated and self-sufficient; possess the skills necessary to work in a fast-paced collaborative team; has ability to build relationships; can develop solutions to complex issues. Candidate must have outstanding oral and written communications skills and experience with presentations to various audiences. Candidate may have to attend and participate in Community or Project Team Meetings that may fall outside of usual working hours, including weeknights and weekends. Learn more about us .

Illustrative Duties

  • Verifies real property descriptions and checks titles to determine real property ownership;
  • Negotiates easements by telephone, fax, letter and direct contact;
  • Functions as liaison between property owners and Fairfax County staff, agents and vendors;
  • Evaluates proposal packages for consideration by the Board of Supervisors;
  • Prepares land acquisition cost estimates on future projects;
  • Develops facts and/or prepares analysis necessary for condemnation or disposal proceedings;
  • Develops and coordinates alternative acquisition programs, such as donations and lease and interim use agreements;
  • Secures signatures to deeds;
  • Writes property descriptions;
  • Contracts for appraisals to be made or reviews outside appraisals and interprets real estate valuation principles;
  • Participates in final negotiation and settlement proceedings;
  • Testifies in court;
  • Updates and maintains records of work in progress and accomplished;
  • Makes special investigations, adjustments and reports as assigned;
  • May assist with preparation of annual budget and periodic statistical activity reports.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following: (Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for “Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to”) A bachelor's degree in real estate or a related field from an accredited four year college or university; plus three years of experience in real property negotiation, disposition and/or evaluation.

Valid driver's license.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check and a driver's license check to the satisfaction of the employer.

All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs may be subject to a weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.

  • Two years of experience in real estate acquisitions related to public improvement projects.
  • Two years of education or experience related to one or more of the following: real estate, appraisals, property title research, real estate law, land use and development, or construction.
  • Extensive experience managing multiple projects with challenging completion deadlines.
  • Possession of designation awarded through the International Right-of-Way Association (IRWA) or the ability to complete those requirements within three years.
  • Knowledge of eminent domain law and condemnation procedures.
  • Familiarity with construction plans and plats for projects including highways, sewers, and utilities.
  • Computer, Microsoft Office, and PDF editing (such as Adobe or Foxit) software skills.
  • The ability to communicate orally in an understandable manner.

Ability to communicate in person and over the phone. Ability to produce handwritten and typed documents. Visual ability to read engineering plans, documents, & computer screen. Ability to travel to project locations throughout the County. Ability to walk properties and traverse irregular terrain. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include exercise.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home (Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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