Senior Right-of-Way Agent
Provides guidance and expertise to agency project managers, transportation planners and technical staff in the performance of right-of-way functions. Researches property information, perform planning level right-of-way cost estimates. Coordinates and executes the acquisition of necessary land rights and real property required for transportation and other public improvement projects, according to county, state and federal rules, guidelines, codes and statutes. Performs difficult and complex negotiation and acquisition work on both residential and commercial properties, such as severely impacted properties, acquisition of properties with critical path-time constraints, high profile acquisition properties in their entirety, as opposed to a portion of the property. Performs field, site visits for scoping and quality control. Provides right-of-way perspective and input into preliminary design and scoping phases of transportation projects. Researches approved proffers, comprehensive plan, zoning and site plans against proposed projects; interpret engineering plans, plats, utilities and construction drawings for right-of-way impacts to properties. Reviews real property title and appraisal reports and prepares offer packages. Prepares and/or reviews Board of Supervisors agenda items. Coordinates condemnation proceedings with a wide range of design managers, other county agency staff, attorneys and elected officials and make the presentation to the Board of Supervisors. Coordinates legal issues with the Office of the County Attorney and assists with the settlement of acquisitions under threat of litigation or use of eminent domain with OCA attorney/attorneys. Prepares documentation and testify in court regarding condemnation matters. Strives to ensure that the acquisition of all land rights and real property is accomplished with a strong emphasis on excellence, empathy and fairness. Supports goals of completing projects on time and on budget while meeting quality standards. Performs other duties, as assigned.Illustrative Duties
- Handles the more difficult and/or sensitive purchases of real property for the County;
- Serves as team leader, coordinates project assignments, and provides technical expertise to Right-of-Way Agents and Engineering Technicians;
- Coordinates training for the Division and provides training to professional and technical staff;
- Researches legal records to determine real estate ownership;
- Interprets and determines the applicability of various federal, state, and County statutes, codes, and ordinances such as the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act and the Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance;
- Coordinates relocation activities with the Department of Housing and Community Development;
- Interprets real estate valuation principles, engineering plans and construction drawings;
- Reviews and edits correspondence and legal documents to ensure compliance with codes, regulations, and procedures;
- Reviews outside and in-house appraisals to determine appropriateness and accuracy and chairs the Appraiser Selection Committee;
- Coordinates the gathering of data in preparation for public hearing and condemnation proceedings;
- Coordinates legal issues with the County Attorney's Office;
- Testifies in court regarding condemnation matters;
- Conducts special investigations and issues reports;
- Meets with the professional and technical staff, compiles project updates and disseminates data at twice-monthly project status meetings;
- Coordinates the automated project management/project tracking systems;
- Writes and updates Land Acquisition Division procedures for the various types of projects;
- Acts for the Director in the Director's absence regarding all acquisition projects or issues.
- Knowledge of the principles and practices of real property acquisition for public purposes;
- Knowledge of the law governing condemnation or disposal proceedings;
- Knowledge of the legal instruments involved in real estate transactions;
- Skill in negotiating the purchase of real property;
- Ability to interpret real estate valuation principles;
- Ability to lead and instruct other employees in the land acquisition process;
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with property owners, the public and other County officials;
- Ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally;
- Ability to prepare correspondence and write reports.
Any combination of education, 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 four years of experience in real property negotiation, disposition and/or evaluation.
CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
Valid driver's license.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background and driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.
Five years of progressively responsible professional experience as a right-of-way agent acquiring land rights and real property. Ability to understand road and other public improvement design plans, plats, proffers, subdivision and rezoning plans. Experience using computer applications and software such as CPMS, CPAN, GIS, LDS-Net. Excellent oral and written communication and analytical skills. Experience working with project managers on various road, pedestrian, bike, trail and other projects. Able to develop and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with property owners, county officials, staff and the public. Knowledge of county, state, federal rules and procedures governing right-of-way acquisitions. Ability to work independently and follow through on assignments.
Ability to communicate orally in an understandable manner. Ability to travel to project locations throughout the county. Ability to visually inspect acquisition sites and project locations against scoping and engineering plans and perform right-of-way field investigations for road transportation, sidewalk, trail, bike, bus shelter and other community improvement type projects. Work is generally sedentary. However, employee may be required to do some walking, standing, bending, and carrying of items less than 25 pounds in weight. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.
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 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.