Sr. Realty Specialist

Washington D.C.
Sep 12, 2018
Sep 27, 2018
Full Time
Job Description

Minimum Qualifications:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Real Estate, Business Administration or a related field.  A minimum of six (6) years of progressively responsible experience in real estate, acquisition management and disposition.  Or, an equivalent combination of post high school education plus a minimum of eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience in real estate,  acquisition management and disposition.

Medical Group:

Ability to satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this job. Incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this job either with or without reasonable accommodation(s).

Job Summary/Duties:

This is professional, specialized real estate work of a difficult and complex nature.  The Sr. Realty Specialist is actively involved in all aspects of real estate acquisition, disposition and outgrant activities in support of the construction, operation and maintenance of the Metrorail, Metrobus and MetroAccess systems. Responsibilities often involve complex negotiations that are protracted and complicated by different jurisdictional policies, rules and procedures, frequent changes and contested issues. The incumbent acquires those real estate and property rights necessary for the construction, operation and maintenance of the Metrorail and Metrobus systems from private owners, federal, state and local governments and public rail and utility companies.  The incumbent outgrants, as appropriate, those WMATA real estate and property rights needed by private owners, federal, state and local governments and public rail and utility companies.  Performance is measured based on the effective completion of programmed and unprogrammed work activities. The employee has wide latitude for independent judgment and action.

Responsible for the acquisition, sale, outgrant or limited use of real estate both privately and publicly owned through negotiation or eminent domain, as appropriate, in fee simple or easement, or by lease, permit, license, or other legal agreement.

Responsible for a broad range of property issues arising out of WMATA’s land use.

Negotiates agreements with the principals and senior executives of private sector firms and public agencies and drafts all documents required for senior management and Board of Directors approval. Drafts comprehensive and complex legal documents in coordination with the Office of General Counsel.

Conducts effective real estate negotiations in cases which are very complex in nature.

Responsible for the completion of difficult and partially processed real estate cases through negotiation or proceedings in eminent domain.  Researches historical files to determine status of incomplete cases and develops and executes a completion plan.

Analyzes applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations including land use plans, zoning ordinances and subdivision regulations in support of real property acquisition and disposition.

As required, provides guidance and assistance to staff realty specialists in processing complex real estate transactions.                               

Arranges for the procurement of, acts as the Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR) and administers title and settlement services contracts with commercial title insurance companies, and contracts for the support of, or conduct of, real estate activities with appropriate professional firms.

Analyzes and reviews property surveys, title binders, engineering data, drawings Certification of Real Estate Requirements, letters and other miscellaneous data which may have a bearing on the value and availability of real property requirements.

Establishes and effectively maintains liaison with various governmental and public bodies. Assures compliance with Federal Transit Administration and other governmental agencies’ requirements and regulations.

Works with other WMATA Departments and Offices on a wide variety of real estate matters.

Performs special projects as assigned.

The above duties and responsibilities are not intended to determine specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. It is not intended to limit in any way the right of supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Evaluation Criteria:

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:

  • Personal Interview
  • Skills Assessments
  • Verification of education and experience
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Credit history report for positions with fiduciary responsibilities
  • Successful completion of a medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening
  • Review of a current Motor Vehicle Report


Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, a Federal contractor, is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability, or status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law, except where a bona fide occupational qualification exists.  Our hiring process is designed to be accessible and free from discrimination.

This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment. It is not intended to replace the official job description. Job Descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.

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