Job Description

Overall Job Objective

What Success Looks Like In This Job

The Right-of-Way Agent performs a wide variety of work involving property rights associated with the County's existing and planned real property interests for roads and drainage. These activities include providing property rights information to County staff and the public; researching and resolving property rights matters; and negotiating property acquisitions, easements and agreements for the County. This position reports to the Right-of-Way Supervisor in the Engineering Division of Public Works.

Examples of Duties for Success

  • Assist in managing and evaluating the overall workflow and operational activities in the Right-of-Way Section including, but not limited to, acquiring real property for road and drainage projects and providing information to the public as it relates to right-of-way issues and recommending improvements when necessary; prepare various reports on operations and activities.
  • Plan, review, coordinate, and negotiate the acquisition of real property for County Capital Improvement Programs (CIP) Project in order to meet the County's land right entitlement process.
  • Present and inform the public, County employees, County departments, Planning Commission, Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), other municipalities, community groups, and organizations regarding the County's need for required rights-of-way and / or easements based on master transportation and drainage plans, County development, and CIP projects.
  • Prepare and execute a variety of documents associated with the acquisition of real property, to include agreements, deeds, easements, encroachment agreements, right-of-way licenses, memos, BOCC paperwork including resolutions, contracts, reports, correspondence, legal descriptions, subdivision plats, value findings, appraisals, title reports, and other necessary instruments for County action; file or record all necessary instruments with the proper entities.
  • Supervise contract execution with title companies, as needed.
  • Research historical records for parties that may have an interest in a particular site.
  • Coordinate projects with a variety of individuals/entities, including private owners, County staff/officials, attorneys, engineers, and various real estate personnel and appraisers; inform property owners of right-of-way activities to promote understanding of property acquisition and disposition. Assist in the development of right-of-way plans that show new and existing right-of-way boundaries for individual products to accommodate construction of the transportation project.
  • Process payments for the acquisition of real property rights and consultant contracts.
  • Assist with the advertising, bid and award of performance agreements in accordance with policies from Purchasing to ensure that documents are being executed as agreed upon by all parties.
  • Reviews appraisal reports and appraisal review reports for compliance with Federal and state requirements and industry standards.
  • Review plans in unincorporated Adams County, informing parties regarding impacts to the County and the need for County rights-of-way and easements.
  • Answer right-of-way questions for work performed within County rights-of-way.
  • Prepare real property valuations as required for right-of-way acquisitions in consultation with consultants on non-federally funded projects.
  • Review requested right-of-way abandonment (vacation) and notify all affected parties.
  • Assist utility companies in acquiring necessary rights through County-owned property when requested.
  • Conduct field inspections of sites being acquired for the need of roadways or drainage facilities.
  • Provide testimony in court for right-of-way litigation proceedings when requested.
  • Review reports, maps, legal descriptions and right-of-way documents prepared by staff and outside sources for accuracy.
  • Perform other related duties and responsibilities as required.

Qualifications for Success

  • Knowledge of principles, practices and procedures of real estate transactions.
  • Knowledge of legal and real estate terminology and conditions of title; knowledge of real estate laws and principles; knowledge of real estate appraisal techniques.
  • Knowledge of procedures and techniques for correct legal document preparation.
  • Knowledge of the process and preparation of documents and legal procedures necessary to obtain property and easements, including how to write resolutions and concise historical facts for action by the Board of County Commissioners.
  • Ability to read and write legal descriptions in complex (metes and bounds) and simple descriptive formats; able to read and interpret maps, survey notes, legal descriptions, plot plans, architectural plans, engineering plans and profiles.
  • Knowledge of record keeping and preparation of clear, concise and complete written and oral reports.
  • Working knowledge of boundary controls principles and surveying.
  • Knowledge of civil engineering and surveying principles.
  • Ability to perform title searches; prepare waiver valuations, and review the work of contracted appraisers.
  • Ability to perform moderately difficult mathematical computations, including knowledge of mathematics, specifically geometry and trigonometry.
  • Ability to interpret and apply the Federal Relocation Act, Federal, State, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.
  • Computer skills: Knowledge of MS Office Suite, ability to learn: ArcGIS, use of AutoCAD or Civil3D and workflow management software.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish, maintain and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

More Qualifications for Success

  • Experience:
    • Four (4) years of responsible experience in the right-of-way field including: property acquisition, title search and examination; legal document preparation, including but not limited to: deeds, easements, agreements and legal descriptions; real estate appraisals; engineering plan examinations; technical report writing or related technical real estate and right-of-way work experience.
  • Education and Training:
    • High school diploma or GED equivalent required.
    • Supplemental training held in a professional technical institute and organizations and/or college with course work in real estate law, engineering, surveying and other related fields. Education towards a Right of Way Agent certification obtained through the International Right of Way Association is highly desirable
  • A Bachelor's Degree may be substituted for required experience on a year-for-year basis 
  • License or Certificate:  
    • A valid Colorado Class "R" Driver's License is required.
    • Possession of or the ability to obtain a Right-of-Way Agent or higher certification obtained from the International Right-of-Way Association within 18 months of hire is highly desirable.
  • Background Check:
    • Must pass a criminal background check.
  • Other:
    • Ability to travel to various destinations.
    • Ability to work in a standard office environment. 
    • Skills to research property ownership information from various sources.
  • Broad knowledge of the public land survey system and land boundary principles.

Application Instructions

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