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Senior Right of Way Agent-ESC-Sacramento

I'm Interested Date posted 11/04/2020

Requisition ID # 70160 

Job Category : Real Estate / Facilities 

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Shared Services

Job Location : Sacramento

Department Overview

The Land Acquisition Department assists in negotiating the acquisition of real property and property rights for Company utility facilities. Land Acquisition is a team of more than 30 dedicated real estate professionals providing Acquisition and Appraisal services in support of major Gas and Electric Distribution and Transmission, Environmental Remediation, and Renewable Energy projects.  When litigation is required to acquire the land rights necessary for the installation and protection of company facilities, we provide support to the Law Department.

Position Summary

This job is represented by Engineers and Scientists of California (ESC) and issubject to collective bargaining.

The Senior Right of Way Agent works under the direction of the unitsupervisor and is responsible for negotiating the acquisition of all necessary land rights for Company utility facilities and takes a lead role in the acquisition of land rights for major projects including, but not limited to: extensive experience with negotiating for complex land rights, easement and fee acquisitions, contract preparation. The Senior Agent will assist the Land Acquisition unit, other Land team members and the internal Line of Business team with routing analyses and feasibility studies; support as requested by Law Department for settlement agreements or condemnation proceedings; direction, instruction, and work review, as necessary, to other Right of Way Agents and contractors; assist with or provides valuations for use in negotiations and project estimating; provide project cost estimates and schedules; and provide timely exceptions to previously issued budgets and schedules.

You must be a California notary public within the first six months of employment.

Job Responsibilities

- Acquisition:  Negotiate the acquisition of land rights for Company projects, analyze, and make recommendations to the supervisor relating to administrative settlements, prepare and negotiate terms and conditions for special contracts and agreements, non-standard easements, and supplemental agreements with property owners.  Responsible for negotiating damage settlements for crop and property damage necessary to accomplish the proposed utility construction.  Provide input for complex feasibility and routing studies, participate in complex acquisitions and provides estimate of costs, and proposed schedules for major projects throughout the system, gather and analyze market data to prepare property value analysis, provide direction to agents and/or contract agents regarding negotiation and acquisition of land rights, and negotiates, complex agreements such as Railroad Master Agreements or similar agreements with other agencies.

- Valuation:  Complete valuations for negotiation and budgeting purposes on non-complex, lower-value acquisitions, including those involving damages to crops or real property.

- Appraisal Coordination:  Assemble documentation required for the designated appraisal staff to order a formal appraisal.  Responsible for communicating changes in project needs or scope that take place after the appraisal order has been initiated to the designated appraisal staff and for reading and interpreting  the appraisal report and communicating the key points to a property owner.

Support for Condemnation Proceedings:  Provide file history, a contact log or acquisition diary, and complete information for condemnation proceedings; request the condemnation package (also known as a Pink Package) from Land Survey; coordinate with the designated appraisal staff; deliver a full set of documents, ready for filing, to the Law Department.  Initiate steps in the condemnation process as part of escalated negotiations.  Serve as an expert witness in condemnation proceedings and participates in pretrial and trial proceedings if requested by the Law Department. Responsible for requesting payment for condemnation proceedings, monitoring the State Condemnation Fund statement and account, depositing funds with State Condemnation Fund and processing a State Condemnation refund at the conclusion of proceedings.

- Real Estate/Escrow:  Responsible for ordering title reports and updates, obtaining title reviews, and coordinating escrow steps to complete land acquisitions.

- File Management: Responsible for maintaining proper project files within designated filing systems and supporting a data retention system in coordination with the Land Rights Library.

- Acquisition Administration: Responsible for inputting and managing data related to all acquisition activities in project tracking programs, producing project estimates for acquisition costs, causing deeds to be recorded, and completing closeout checklist items.

- Contract Administration: Responsible for managing project specific acquisitions related contracts, writing contract specifications and requests for proposals, and participating in the selection of qualified contractors through competitive bid process.  Manage and direct contract agents for assigned projects and act as liaison between clients, contractors and property owners.



- 30 months of experience in right of way or related field

- BA/BS in related field or equivalent education and/or experience

- Complete all course work for International Right of Way Association SR/WA designation


- California Real Estate Broker license

- Demonstrated history of effective oral and written presentations on land matters to customers, property owners, and members of the public

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