Real Property Officer
$68,473.60 - $88,566.40 Annually
The City of Eugene Public Works Department is looking for a positive and energetic professional to lead and manage real property services for the Engineering Division. The person must enjoy providing service to the community, thrive in a team environment and demonstrate adaptability to a dynamic and broadly focused work environment.
This person will be responsible for delivering a variety of real property services for multiple City departments and divisions including but not limited to: real property acquisition, right of way and easement acquisition, general title work, property management, appraisal services and lease negotiations. The person will also provide implementation and support service to City staff on a variety of projects and programs. Collaborating and providing complex professional support to customers, general public, land owners, staff and management are regular parts of an average day. The person will also perform other program planning and manage special projects.
The person in this position will represent the City in sensitive and difficult negotiations with professionalism, trust and integrity. The ideal candidate has the ability to perform a variety of duties pertaining to acquisition, sale, and management of real property interests for multiple City departments and divisions. Performing real property appraisals, reviewing appraisals performed by consultants, researching deeds & easements, reviewing title reports and legal description and negotiating with property owners. Providing courteous and professional service, performing analytical tasks, self-managing and delivering on service goals is a high priority. A passion for community, public service, and success of staff is also desirable.
This position reports directly to the Engineering Development Review Manager and regularly manages all real property services for the Parks and Open Space Division. This position works cohesively with the City Manager's Office, Planning Division, Parks and Open Space Division, capital project teams, surveyors, and other agency partners. The position will also manage, review and coordinate the work of surveyors, title officers, appraisers, property managers, agents and brokers in the private sector; develop and implement processes and procedures to ensure business needs are met and accurate records are kept; collaborate with many partners to develop relationships and implement program goals, policies and standards; assist the Development Review Manager in developing procedures, policies and standards to meet program goals; and be responsible for contributing to and implementing the vision, mission and goals of the organization.
Accepting Online Applications Only. Please go to: www.eugene-or.gov/jobs to apply.
Open until Filled - First review June 7, 2019
Examples of Duties Performed
Analyzes and evaluates City property acquisitions; coordinates acquisitions with other departments/division; develops and presents property acquisition recommendations to program managers; and negotiates the acquisition of real properties with involved parties.
Determines the location and size of required real property and/or easements; negotiates for the acquisition of real properties.
Searches records for all parties that may have interest in a particular site; executes the necessary legal instruments; meets with legal counsel, City officials, private owners, and appraisers to coordinate projects.
Oversees the work performed by private consultants and other governmental agencies professional performing appraisals, appraisal reviews, acquisitions, and relocations for the City. Negotiates and administers contracts and intergovernmental agreements for such real property services.
Ensures compliance with relevant City, State and Federal policies, laws, and regulations; coordinates and meets the specifications of ODOT, Corps of Engineers, BLM, Federal Highways, FAA, and other amendments to appraisal standards and public acquisition and relocation laws.
Provides real property expertise and direction to City staff regarding appraisal, project budget estimates, standards and practices related to real property transactions; preparation, interpretation and recording of deeds, easements, and agreements and general questions related to real property interests.
Assists with the development of budget and timeline projections for acquisition of right of way and real property interests; prepares cost estimates and provides budget recommendations; recommends most cost effective negotiated settlements; monitors expenditure of funds.
Prepares real property appraisals, as required, ensuring consistency with Federal, State, and local laws and regulations; reviews appraisals compiled by outside appraisers.
Coordinates and/or prepares necessary documents for relocation of displaced parties consistent with the Federal Relocation Act.
Works with the City Attorney's office in the preparation of necessary documentation for acquisition ordinances and the initiation of condemnation action.
Prepares, facilities and manages surplus sales of real property.
Establishes property values for public rights of way and easements proposed for vacation.
Prepares and maintains all records of real property legal descriptions, transactions, deeds, agreements, and other related documents; reviews documents prepared by private engineering firms for City acceptance.
Manage City owned and leased properties; determine market rates; negotiate leases.
Performs property management services for City owned property including managing private property management service contracts and services.
Answers questions and provides information to the public regarding development problems, City property rights, and general easements; provides acquisition information to interested parties; prepares and distributes information to promote acceptance and understanding of property acquisition and disposition.
Secures deeds, easements, and agreements necessary for the acquisition, or use, of property by the City.
Reviews title reports to verify proper title is being transferred to the City; performs title searches to determine validity and adequacy of existing real property dedications.
Conducts field inspections of sites being acquired or annexed.
Prepares contracts; supervises contract execution with title companies.
Ensures implementation of, and adherence to, the City's Affirmative Action and Diversity Work
Plans; facilitates staff development on such issues as diversity and creating a respectful working environment.
Manages right of way and acquisition records to ensure efficient and accurate retrieval of information.
Performs related duties as required.
Principles and practices of real estate appraisal, appraisal review, and the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.
Principles and practices of real estate and right-of-way acquisition.
Principles and practices of relocation assistance for public projects.
Pertinent local, state and federal laws and ordinances.
Principles, practices, and procedures of real estate title search.
Legal and real estate terminology and conditions of title.
Procedures and techniques for correct legal document preparation.
Documents and legal procedures necessary in obtaining property and easements.
Real estate law, boundary control principles, surveying, and procedures for eminent domain.
Principles and practices of public agency right of way and easement acquisition including federal and state requirements.
Determine real property and easement requirements.
Read, write, and interpret difficult legal descriptions in conformance with standard practice.
Conduct title searches.
Prepare appraisals and review the work of contracted appraisers.
Read and interpret architectural and engineering plans, maps, survey notes, legal descriptions of property, plot plans, and profiles.
Interpret and apply Federal, State, and local policies, procedures, laws and regulations.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Clearly communicates complex projects and acquisition procedures to citizens or citizen groups.
Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, or closely related field(s).
Three years of responsible property acquisition, real property appraisal, and related real estate experience.
License or Certificate
A valid Oregon driver's license or, the ability to obtain by date of hire; must pass driving records check and, if hired, maintain a driving record that meets the City's standard. Oregon law requires that an out-of-state license holder must obtain a valid Oregon license (with appropriate endorsements) within 30 days of becoming domiciled in the state (ORS 803.355).
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an Oregon Notary Public commission.
Possession of, or the ability to obtain an Oregon Appraiser's license.
Oregon real estate brokers license is desirable.
Other combinations of experience and education that meet the minimum requirements may be substituted.
Applicants are screened based upon their relevant knowledge, abilities, skills, experience, and training. The selection process varies according to the position and can include such things as screening of supplemental questionnaires, written or skill tests, ability or fitness tests, interviews, and assessment processes. In addition, background investigations and records checks may be required. Some positions also require applicants to have a psychological evaluation and/or physical examination and a drug test prior to employment. Applicants selected to continue in the process should be notified within two-three weeks after the posting deadline.
DUE TO THE VOLUME OF APPLICATIONS RECEIVED BY THE CITY, GENERALLY, ONLY APPLICANTS SELECTED FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION (TESTING, INTERVIEWS) WILL BE CONTACTED.
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Location/Region: Eugene, OR