Senior Right-of-way Agent

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Fairfax, Virginia
$65,493.17 - $109,155.49 Annually
May 01, 2021
May 21, 2021
Full Time
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Coordinates and executes acquisitions of real property necessary to construct various stormwater, transportation, and capital improvement projects. Provides leadership or supervises a group of right-of-way agents and engineering technician staff in the performance of land acquisition work. Personally, performs difficult and complex acquisition/negotiation work involving state or federal guidelines, severely impacted properties, high profile and/or controversial issues, and critical path time constraints. Negotiates the settlement of acquisitions under the threat of litigation or use of eminent domain. Guides continuous improvement initiatives. Interprets engineering plans and construction drawings. Analyzes title reports and complex reports and documentation to determine property ownership. Reviews real property appraisal reports and performs appraisals or cost estimates as appropriate. Assists in the management of professional and consultant contracts. Prepares and reviews agenda items for the Board of Supervisors; plans and coordinates condemnation proceedings with staff from other agencies, attorneys, and elected officials; makes presentations and testifies in court regarding condemnation matters as appropriate. Promotes communication, teamwork, and collaboration within the project team, stakeholders and with other divisions in Capital Facilities. Candidates are expected to have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

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;

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • 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.

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 four 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.

  1. Two years of supervision of staff or team leadership.
  2. Project management skills.
  3. 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.
  4. Possession of the Senior Right-of-Way Agent (SR/WA) designation awarded through the International Right-of-Way Association (IRWA) or the ability to complete those requirements within three years.
  5. Proficiency in basic Microsoft Office Suite applications.

Ability to travel to and traverse project locations throughout the county. Ability to visually inspect project locations against engineering plans. Ability to visually access engineering plans and plats, valuations, and title work. Ability to produce handwritten and typed documents. 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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