Right of Way Agent/Property Analyst ( Land Acquisition)

$54,422.99 - $90,704.64 yr
May 15, 2017
May 26, 2017
Full Time

Negotiates acquisition of land rights and purchases of real property required for public improvement projects. Works independently and with teams in Capital Facilities, Stormwater Management, Transportation, and others. 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.

Note: Multiple vacancies maybe filled with this recruitment.

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;
  • Prepares analysis of county-owned real estate and makes recommendations concerning interim use;
  • Manages county-owned rental units, to include establishing leases, acquiring tenants, securing rental payments and ensuring that rental properties are maintained properly;
  • Participates in final negotiation and settlement proceedings;
  • Investigates cases of encroachment on county-owned land, notifies offending parties and pursues to final resolution, including coordinating legal action with the County Attorney if needed;
  • 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. Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of real property acquisition or disposal for public purposes;
  • Knowledge of the legal instruments involved in real estate transactions;
  • Knowledge of commercial law and law governing condemnation or disposal proceedings;
  • Skills in negotiating the purchase or sale of real property;
  • Ability to deal courteously and effectively with the general public;
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to prepare correspondence and reports.
Employment Standards MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:Any combination of education, experience and training equivalent to the following: 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.

The ideal candidate will possess the following:
  • Experience in real estate acquisitions related to public improvement projects.
  • 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.
  • Experience managing multiple projects with challenging completion deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and with teams; effective use of strong communication skills.
  • 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 and Microsoft Office software skills.
  • The ability to communicate orally in an understandable manner.
CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:A valid driver's license is required.

Ability to perform field review and visually inspect acquisition sites, which may include hiking through stream valleys and properties of varying terrain. Ability to visually inspect project locations and engineering plans.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check and driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer prior to appointment. Must be available to work a limited number of evenings and weekends in order to attend board meetings and meet with the public as required. Employees are prohibited from conducting real-estate business in Fairfax County.

Panel interview. May include exercise

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability 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 711. EEO/AA/TTY.

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