Right of Way Specialist or Sr Right of Way Specialist (Job Id 15684)
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Job ID: 15684-Right of Way Specialist or Sr Right of Way Specialist (Appraisal or Acquisition/Relocation)- Two Positions
Agency: Department of Transportation / Division of Planning and Engineering/ Right of Way Program
Location: Pierre, Sioux Falls or Rapid City
Salary: $19.07 - $ $24.30 (GI) or $21.18 - $27.00 (GJ) per hour, depending on experience
Pay Grade: GH (Right of Way Specialist) or GJ (Senior Right of Way Specialist)
Closing Date: 03/02/2021
This is an entry level position or senior position depending on experience and qualifications. The Department will provide training for advancement to a Senior Right of Way Specialist for those who start at the entry level.
The entry level position will be stationed in Pierre with the possibility of being assigned to another station after a period of one year depending on the individual and department needs. The senior level position could be located in either Pierre, Sioux Falls or Rapid City.
This is a full-time position with the Department of Transportation. For more information on the Department of Transportation, please visit http://dot.sd.gov
Right of Way Specialist - Tasks, Duties, and Abilities:
Estimates the market value of real estate being acquired and/or damaged as a result of a highway project, acquires real property interests and determines relocation benefits for Department of Transportation (DOT) projects.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
- identifying which parcels in a highway project requires an appraisal by performing a market study and evaluating the impact to individual properties;
- developing a scope of work by obtaining applicable data and identifying the real estate and property rights being appraised;
- analyzing available market data to estimate the market value of the subject property before acquisition (the market value of that property is then estimated by studying the impact of the project to the physical property and the property rights that will remain after the acquisition);
- the difference between the estimated value of the subject property before the acquisition and after the acquisition is calculated and allocated (this is to be used as a basis for compensation to the property owners);
- preparing for the acquisition of parcels by reviewing and analyzing project information in the parcel folder to ensure information is complete, current, and relevant. Accurately verify parcel ownership, mortgages, liens, or judgments which may affect transfer of property;
- acquiring title to real property needed for partial acquisitions and total buyouts to ensure all necessary property rights have been secured by the Department of Transportation prior to project certification deadline.
Senior Right of Way Specialist (Appraisal) - Tasks, Duties, and Abilities:
- estimates market value of real estate being acquired or damaged;
- identify parcels that will require an appraisal by performing a market study and evaluating the impact to individual parcels;
- calculate an offer of estimated just compensation;
- develop scope of work;
- determine market value of subject properties that are being appraised before the acquisition;
- determine market value of subject properties that are being appraised after the acquisition;
- allocation of the difference between Before Value and After Value to be offered to property owners as estimated just compensation;
- perform waiver valuations for properties that will not be appraised as the acquisition is estimated to be of a lower value and uncomplicated;
- values of the take and temporary easement are estimated;
- improvements within the take and temporary easements are valued;
- writing appraisal reports for complex appraisal problems due to changes in the property caused by a highway project;
- recommending, accepting, or not accepting appraisal reports by conducting appraisal reviews to ensure the basis for just compensation is adequately supported, the valuation is credible, and reasonable, and the appraisal report is in compliance with state and federal regulations, policies, and procedures;
- estimates preliminary project right-of-way costs by examining project plans and market data to ensure selection of the most cost effective option while maintaining public safety in selecting project options;
- knowledge of real estate practices and principles (required);
- knowledge of principles of economics, finance, and business.
Senior Right of Way Specialist (Acquisition/Relocation) - Tasks, Duties, and Abilities:
- determine a value for just compensation for parcel acquisition by gathering, reviewing, and analyzing available data to support a fair market valuation;
- prepare for the acquisition of parcels by reviewing and analyzing project information in the parcel folder to ensure information is complete, current, and relevant and to accurately verify parcel ownership, mortgages, liens, or judgments which may affect the transfer of property;
- acquire property to real property needed for partial acquisitions and total buyouts to ensure all necessary property rights have been secured by the Department of Transportation prior to the project certification deadline;
- determine estimated self-move costs of personal property that will be impacted to to transportation projects;
- identify and calculate entitlements , any rent differential, down payment assistance, and/or moving costs for the displace (e.g., owner/tenant) that will be impacted by Department of Transportation projects;
- identify and calculate entitlements (e.g., moving costs, re-establishment expenses, or fixed payment) for a business, farm, or nonprofit organization that will be impacted due to Department of Transportation projects;
- conduct title research on designated parcels to verify parcel ownership and identify any mortgages, liens, or judgments for Department of Transportation projects that may affect transfer of property rights/title.
Work assignments are frequently performed outside and around highway traffic in all types of weather.
Frequent in-state travel with overnights stays will be required.
Occasional evening and weekend work will be required.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, distance vision, depth perception, peripheral vision and ability to focus.
Licenses and Certifications:
Real Estate Broker License, International Right-of-Way Association Certifications, State Registered Appraiser, State Licensed Appraiser, Certified Residential Appraiser, Certified General Appraiser, and/or Certified Appraiser/Assessor is preferred but not required. Please attach copies of certificates of completion for any estate broker training, any other acquisition/relocation training or appraisal training (if applicable)
A valid driver's license is required.
The Ideal Candidate Will Have:
A four year degree in real estate, accounting, business administration, finance, economics, construction management, or a related field and experience in performing real estate acquisitions and/or appraisals is preferred.
- terminology and practices related to the real property acquisition, relocation, economics, and negotiation of agreements;
- effective sales techniques;
- relocation assistance for transportation projects;
- real estate appraisal practices and principals (preferred, but not required);
- principles, practices and methodologies of economics, finance, and business.
- read and interpret engineering plans, plats, and legal property descriptions (preferred but not required);
- negotiate for the acquisition of real property rights;
- calculate and settle complex Right-of-Way acquisitions;
- develop a written document with accurate spelling, rules of composition, grammar, and content;
- operate computers and use various software;
- maintain files and records;
- make precise measurements;
- perform mathematical calculations.
- display high standards of ethical conduct;
- listen attentively to others and clearly convey information and ideas;
- attend to all details of assignments and completes work properly, accurately, and thoroughly;
- relate to others in a respectful and considerate manner and demonstrate sensitivity towards others' feelings and concerns;
- exercise sound judgment when making decisions and takes prompt, decisive action;
- seek, collect, and evaluate information to learn more about issues or events;
- display a high level of effort and commitment towards completing assignments and goals;
- set priorities, schedule activities, acquire resources, and monitor progress to ensure the successful completion of projects and assignments;
- analyze problems and makes sound recommendations;
- build and maintain friendly relationships with people who can, or might someday be able to, provide information, assistance, or support;
- walk, sit and stand for extended periods of time;
- walk long distances over many kinds of terrain; animals, reptiles, and insects are a factor.
- routinely climb, balance, stoop, or kneel.
VETERANS' PREFERENCE ELIGIBLE
The State of South Dakota does not sponsor work visas for new or existing employees. All persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete an Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9.
The State of South Dakota offers employer paid health insurance plus ten paid holidays, generous vacation and sick leave accrual, dental, vision, and other insurance options, and retirement benefits. You can view our benefits informationathttps://bhr.sd.gov/job-seekers/work-for-state-government/. This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS.
South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources
Telephone: 605.773.3148 Fax: 605.773.4344
"An Equal Opportunity Employer"