Right-of-way Specialist (transportation Planner Iv)

Fairfax, Virginia
$75,516.27 - $125,861.01 Annually
Mar 20, 2021
Apr 10, 2021
Full Time
Job Announcement

Provides leadership, guidance, and technical right-of-way expertise for the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) and associated partners on complex transportation improvement projects, including roadway, transit, bicycle and pedestrian, neighborhood improvement, and commercial revitalization projects. Serves as a key member of project scoping teams, providing policy guidance and technical expertise to planners and engineers to determine the most cost-effective locations for facilities, consistent with Fairfax County’s strategic land use plans and community values. Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating right-of-way issues on all transportation improvement projects managed by FCDOT, as well as those managed by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) on behalf of FCDOT. Serves as FCDOT’s primary liaison on right-of-way activities managed by the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services on behalf of FCDOT;
  • Supervising FCDOT Senior Right-of-Way Agent, including assigning, monitoring, and approving deliverables. Provides technical instruction and coaching, as needed, to ensure accurate and timely completion of assigned deliverables;
  • Serving on multi-disciplinary and multi-departmental teams, including planners, engineers, right-of-way agents, and project managers, to resolve real property and personal property issues;
  • Participating in citizens' meetings and public hearings, addressing right-of way issues associated with transportation improvement projects;
  • Participating in all project-related design field inspections, utility field inspections, and right-of-way field inspections;
  • Coordinating appraisal efforts and negotiating with property owners to ensure timely acquisition of land rights for Fairfax County projects. Preparing documentation and coordinating with the County Attorney's Office to present expert testimony in condemnation actions in Circuit Court;
  • Managing right-of-way professional service contracts, including defining project scope and services required, ensuring quality control, approving deliverables, and providing administrative and financial oversight; and
  • Assisting Division Chief in preparing and reviewing right-of-way budgets for all projects assigned.

The position is expected to successfully resolve problems in a team-based environment, balance multiple priorities and tasks to meet established deadlines, and perform duties under limited supervision.

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”)
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering, urban, regional or transportation planning, or a closely related field, plus five years of progressively responsible transportation planning related experience. The years of experience should include at least one year in the specific area of assignment (for e.g., SAS, Modeling, Facilities Maintenance, et al).

Valid driver's license.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background and driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

  • Education and experience in one or more of the following: real estate, implementing real estate transactions as allowed by Virginia law, eminent domain, real property appraisals, or property title research.
  • Possession of a designation awarded through the International Right-of-Way Association (IRWA) or the ability to complete requirements within three years.
  • Knowledge of county, state, and federal requirements governing right-of-way acquisitions.
  • Ability to understand road and other public improvement design plans, plats, proffers, subdivision, and rezoning plans.
  • Experience working with project managers on various road, pedestrian, bike, trail, and other projects.
  • Strong leadership, project management, and supervisory skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently in a fast-paced collaborative team environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with property owners, county officials, staff, and the public.
  • Proficiency in basic Microsoft Office Suite applications.
  • Experience using computer applications and software, such as CPMS, CPAN, GIS, and LDS-Net.

  • Ability to stand, stoop, bend, stretch, walk, climb, sit, kneel, crouch, reach, crawl, lift and handle materials with manual dexterity.
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds.
  • Ability to input, access, and retrieve information from a computer.
  • Ability to work in hot and cold temperatures.
  • Visual acuity to review detailed drawings, plans and documents.
  • Ability to walk, negotiate or traverse property sites that may be undergoing construction or having terrain that is not level.
  • Work requires performing tasks in adverse weather conditions.
  • Ability to travel to various locations throughout Fairfax County to provide coverage, attend meetings and trainings.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle.
  • Ability to perform field investigations of transportation design projects.
  • All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include exercise.

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 status as a veteran 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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