Right of Way Agent, Engineering - 3299

Career Purpose

Performs professional administrative and technical work for the acquisition and disposal of real property in accordance with required criteria, including negotiations and meetings with property owners; prepares documents using current legal forms and creates auto cad files showing the locations of property/easements .

This position is classified as an Exempt Salaried position.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION:

  • Regularly searches City, county, state and other source records; obtains legal descriptions, ownership, dates, liens or other encumbrances and other data affecting property titles; compiles and consolidates materials for plan preparation on a designated project, negotiation, acquisition, disposal, transfer, and/or trial.
  • Regularly prepares or arranges for ownership verification, liens or other encumbrances and obtains records of existing property ownership and interests which are provided to the project engineer or consultant on the designated projects.
  • Regularly arranges for appraisal proposals, selection of appraiser and appraisal of property.
  • Regularly notifies interested parties of pending appraisal; makes formal offer and negotiates for acquisition, transfer or disposal of property.
  • Regularly prepares Appraisal Agreements, Resolutions of Necessity, letters advising of opportunity to accompany appraiser, letters of formal offer, easements, right-of-ways, deeds, diagrams, Council agenda commentaries and other correspondence relating to acquisition, transfer or disposal of property.
  • Frequently assists the City Attorney in preparing documentation and settlement for property acquisition obtained by eminent domain.
  • Frequently maintains files on all real property in which the City or one of its trusts has an interest.
  • Frequently maintains property files on current projects.
  • Regularly answers a variety of routine questions by correspondence, in person and by telephone relating to property acquisition.

OTHER DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITES:

  • Any and all other duties as may be assigned by the Assistant Director of Engineering.

POSITION STANDARDS:

To perform this job satisfactorily, the individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Graduation from an accredited 4 year university with a bachelors degree in business administration, public administration, or a closely related field and three years of progressively responsible experience in easements and real property acquisition, leasing management, and disposal; or an equivalent combination of education and experience with experience substituting on a year basis for education..
  • Skill in operating the following tools and equipment: personal computer, including word processing, spreadsheet, database and computer aided design software, standard drafting tools, motor vehicle, telephone, mobile radio, fax machine.
  • Knowledge of laws pertaining to the acquisition, lease and disposal of real property and the processes involved. Of particular use is knowledge of procedures required by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (O.D.O.T.), the Department of Interior (D.O.I.), Bureau of Indian Affairs (B.I.A.) and the community development requirements set by the Federal Government; knowledge of the Legal Services Department policies and procedures.
  • Ability to effectively deal with the general public and property owners, their representatives, other City employees and City officials; ability to analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action on difficult problems; ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to assemble, organize and present in written or oral form, statistical, financial or factual information derived from a variety of sources.
  • Must possess a valid Oklahoma driver's license or the ability to obtain one prior to employment.
  • Must possess a Notary Public Certificate or the ability to obtain one within three months of employment.

JOB LOCATION:

Work is performed mostly in office settings, located at 2202 SW 3rd Street, Lawton.  The employee is often required to visit citizens’ homes or place of business.  Some outdoor work is required in the inspection of various land use developments, construction sites, or public works facilities.  Travel outside the City will be required.

ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS ON THE POSITION:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

Regularly         = 67% of the work time or greater;

Frequently       = 34% - 66% of the time;

Occasionally   = 12% - 33% of the time;

Rarely              = less than 1 hour in an 8-hour shift.

Regularly:        Required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Frequently:      Required to stand and talk or hear, walk, sit, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and smell. The employee must frequently lift and or move up to 50 pounds

Occasionally:   Required to lift, carry 25 to 50 pounds.

Rarely:             Required to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects up to 100 lbs.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, talk or hear.

The employee must occasionally lift and or move up to 50 pounds.   Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception  and the ability to adjust focus.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS AND WORKING CONDITIONS:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may  be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Regularly         = 67% of the work time or greater;

Frequently       = 34% - 66% of the time;

Occasionally   = 12% - 33% of the time;

Rarely              = less than 1 hour in an 8-hour shift.

Frequently:      Works near moving mechanical parts or in outside weather conditions.

Occasionally:   Exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes, toxic or caustic chemicals.

  • The noise level in the work environment is moderately noisy which requires hearing protection.
  • Exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes, toxic or caustic chemicals.
  • The noise level in the work environment is moderately noisy which requires hearing protection

Work is performed both in an office setting and in outside weather conditions.  The employee occasionally works near mechanical moving parts, including vehicular traffic.  The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock and vibration.

The noise level in the office is normally quiet and loud in the field.

INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS:

The personal contacts are typically with key officials or representatives of organizations that could have an unusually significant impact on the programs and policies involved in the work. The purpose of the contacts is to justify, defend, negotiate, or settle matters involving problems or issues of considerable consequence, importance or controversy. The persons contacted typically have diverse viewpoints, goals or objectives requiring the employee to achieve a common understanding of the problem and satisfactory solution by convincing them, arriving at a compromise, or developing suitable alternatives.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

First Application Review:

The first application review date will commence on March 15, 2021.  All application submitted after that date will be placed in a separate folder awaiting the outcome of the initial review.  Should none of the original applicants be selected, the second set will be available for review.

 

Safety Sensitive:

This position is a “safety sensitive” position as defined by the US DOT drug and alcohol testing regulations, the Oklahoma Standards for Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Act and/or Oklahoma Medical Marijuana laws. The “safety sensitive” positions in the following categories may be subject to periodic random drug testing pursuant to City of Lawton Administrative Policy 3-02: Drug & Alcohol Free Workplace. Marijuana is one of the substances included in the drug panel screening. Possession of a medical marijuana license will not excuse you from the testing process, or the consequences of testing positive for marijuana. The categories listed are inclusive of City of Lawton jobs only.

  1. Police Officers or Peace Officers;
  2. Employees authorized to carry firearms;
  3. Employees with drug interdiction responsibilities;
  4. Employees that work in direct contact with inmates;
  5. Employees engaged in activities which directly affect the safety of others.

 

Notice:

The duties listed in this description are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.  

Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of Lawton affords equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability status or genetic information. Persons selected for employment into any position must pass a drug test. Some positions may require passing an alcohol test. Previous employment and any additional experience will be subject to verification prior to employment processing. A driver’s license and driving record check will be conducted if driving is a job requirement. A post offer employment medical examination may be conducted prior to job placement.

Vacancy #
3299
Closing Date
Career Type
Full-time
Salary
$1,437.60 Bi-weekly
Hiring Organization
Engineering

How To Apply ?

Application Instructions

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