The Right of Way Trainee will work alongside the Sr. Right-of-Way Agent and Project Manager to learn the numerous disciplines of being a right-of-way agent. The trainee will shadow and learn how to acquire new easements, temporary easements, assist in permitting and provide support for projects as needed on a per project basis.
On-the-Job training will be provided.
Other duties may include:
Learn and comply to applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures
Perform basic right-of-way negotiations and easement acquisitions under guidance of Sr Agent
Prepare real estate documents
Performs basic property research for ownership and boundary information
Prepare communications for property owners and their representatives for the acquisition of easements
Performs general administrative work as required, including but not limited to preparing legal documents, reports and correspondence, attending meetings, entering and retrieving computer data, copying and filing documents for file management, verbal and written communications with customers; customer service and related functions
- Strong communication skills and good interacting with diverse groups of people.
- Minimal administrative skills needed to manage files and records.
- Able to work efficiently and effectively in a fast-paced environment under tight deadlines, as well as balance multiple projects by prioritizing effectively.
- Must be proficient with MS Office Suite, specifically:
- Excel – able to add/delete rows and columns, sort and filter, search for data within a workbook
- Word – must be able to format documents and letters, and track changes made to documents; must be able to upload documents into a shared online database
- Must be self-motivated, a quick learner and detail oriented.
- Resourceful, action-oriented, and an analytical thinker.
- Able to read, write and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, memos and other business correspondence.
- Travel required ~25%
- English language proficient
- Valid Driver’s License
- Contact the owners of interests in land regarding the acquisition of real property rights, amendments of rights, notifications of entry, settlement of claims and other matters.
- Responsible for purchasing property by negotiating with the property owners, analyzing property appraisals and making recommendations to the client using real estate practices, legal concepts, governmental standards and regulations.
- Represent the client in complex negotiations with property owners and attorneys.
- Responsible for recommending to the client whether a reasonable compromise is likely and further negotiations should be pursued or whether to pursue condemnation litigation.
- Responsible for recommending payment increases to the client if the property owner has a legitimate basis for seeking a substantially higher amount.
- Responsible for estimating areas of potential damage in advance of construction and accumulate information as to damages occurring during construction.
- Responsible for preparing lawsuit packages for condemnation proceedings, assisting the client’s attorney and serving as an expert witness in mediation or trial if the negotiation process fails.
- Capable of working unsupervised in a variety of roles.
- Well qualified in a specialized area such as land title, legal descriptions, regulatory matters or acquisition that they are selected to work only in this area of special expertise.
- May be responsible for Right of Way operations and maintenance.
ACCOUNTABILITY: This position is responsible for working with all office staff, ensuring a healthy work environment and the satisfaction of all staff. Must be able to work effectively and professionally with office staff, the client and landowners
- Must have 3 years of land acquisition experience.
- Must have 2 years of full due diligence and title experience.
- Minimum of 3 years of Right of Way acquisition experience.
- Experience in interpretation of documents and in the use of all of the tools required in the Right of Way field.
- Extensive acquisition experience.
- Broad array of knowledge in all phases of Right of Way.
- Understanding of environmental issues.
Job Type: Full-time
- Monday to Friday
- Land Acquisition: 3 years (Required)
- Due Diligence: 2 years (Required)
- Right of Way: 3 years (Required)
- Search computerized and manual title information property records and determine instruments filed in public records. May map legal descriptions to obtain correct search parameters.
- Determine and ensure that property has been researched properly and information relating to parties involved and taxes are accurate. Ensure that base title information is within The Fund’s guidelines.
- Examine all documents in chain of title for validity based on comprehensive knowledge of legal descriptions, real property laws, and The Fund’s Title Notes.
- Organize title information and ensure the proper documentation of research evidence.
- Prepare final product utilizing internal programs, or may prepare worksheet from which final product will be prepared. Attach copies of applicable instruments and ad valorem tax information.
- Progressively advance examination knowledge and experience by supporting increasingly complex title transactions under direct supervision of a Senior Examiner or Manager.
- Interact with internal and external customers to discuss findings, documentation needed, and answer inquiries. Forward escalated issues or inquiries to the manager as necessary.
- Identify and communicate with attorney any issues relating to title.Provide assistance with resolving issues.
- Participate in quality assurance review of examined products prior to delivery to customer as required.
- Assist in training and coaching of Examiner Trainees.
- Maintain current awareness and knowledge of changes in laws, regulations and procedures affecting real property.
Knowledge of the title insurance and information industry is preferred
High school diploma or equivalent required.
Prior Title Examination experience strongly preferred.
- Oral and written communication skills
- Detail Oriented
- Problem Solving
- Planning and Organizational Skills
- Math Proficiency
- Windows and Microsoft Office