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Right-of-Way Agent I
 
JOB CODE:106219
 
PAY GRADE:1180
 
SALARY RANGE:$33,162 - $45,904
 
LOCATION OF WORK
Department of Public Works
 
GENERAL DESCRIPTION
Under the direction of an employee of a higher classification, performs technical property negotiation and acquisition assuring proper and legal acquisition of rights-of-way, easements and other interests of real property for City-Parish improvements. Work is performed both in an office setting and in the field, meeting with property owners, attorneys and appraisers. Work is performed under the general direction of a supervisor who reviews work for accuracy, completeness, and adherence to schedules, deadlines, and policies and procedures. Performs other work as requested.
 
ESSENTIAL WORK TASKS
Executes the acquisition and divestment of real estate. Conducts negotiations and acquisitions; serves as right-of-way negotiator; handles negotiations with public utilities where relocation of utility facility is made necessary by new public improvements. Drafts legal property descriptions, deeds, leases, mortgage releases, and other agreements dealing with the conveyance or transfer of property from one party to another. Reviews engineering drawings, title insurance commitments, and appraisals for completeness and accuracy as related to land acquisition. Serves as liaison between the City-Parish and property owners, engineers and attorneys; notifies property owners of proposed projects. Reads publications and keeps abreast of current changes in state and local right-of-way regulations and real property law.
 
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of the principles and practices in real property transactions, including knowledge of the legal instruments required to effect the transfer, sale and lease of real property. Knowledge of the laws, regulations, methods and practices pertaining to real estate acquisition and appraisal for public works purposes. Knowledge of the terminology, methods, practices and techniques of engineering drafting. Knowledge of planning and zoning laws. Knowledge of real property ownership and transfers. Knowledge of the basic principles of real estate. Ability to research and examine titles to property. Ability to read and interpret engineering maps, records, condemnation plans and property descriptions. Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, utilizing basic interpersonal and public relations skills in order to establish and maintain effective relationships with other employees, property owners and the public. Ability to apply good work habits such as punctuality, reliability, preciseness, and dependability in order to effectively complete assigned tasks and contribute to the smooth operation of the department and division.
 
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
EDUCATIONAL AND EXPERIENCE
Bachelor's degree, and one year experience in real estate appraisal and sales or abstracting.
 
SUBSTITUTIONS
Any equivalent combination of education and experience.
 
CERTIFICATIONS/LICENSES
Position(s) of this classification may require a valid Louisiana driver's license. If license is required, must maintain throughout employment in this position.
 
OTHER JOB ASPECTS
None.
 
NOTE:
The work examples described in this specification are intended only as an illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from job performance requirements if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the job.