Property Acquisition Agent

Anne Arundel County, MD Annapolis, MD
Position Description Benefits Supplemental Questions

This posting will be used to fill a full-time, Property Acquisition Agent position in the Department of Public Works, Engineering Division. This is responsible technical and public contact work in securing Real Property for County projects.

NATURE AND VARIETY OF WORK

Work involves negotiating the acquisition of property rights for public use involving contact with property owners or their representatives to acquire the rights to land, buildings, and easements for the purpose of constructing public highways, buildings, parks, drainage facilities, and utilities. Work includes initiating title searches on properties to be acquired, requesting appraisals from outside appraisers, and conducting negotiations. Work is performed with considerable independence within established policies, procedures, and technical guidelines, and is reviewed by the Chief of Right-of-Way, through conferences, reports, and results obtained.

Examples of Duties and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:(Note: The duties and responsibilities enumerated in this class specification are for the purpose of determining a common set of minimum qualifications and salary level for all positions in this class. They are not intended to include all of the essential functions of all positions in the class).

Meets with property owners to negotiate acquisition of property for public works projects in the areas of water and wastewater, roads, and storm drains as well as other County uses of property; prepares condemnation cases and testifies in court.

Maintains a history of negotiations for each property; coordinates settlement activities, prepares payment documents and ensures proper recording of the documents.

Reviews and interprets project right-of-way plans; consults with engineers regarding details of land use as required to reconcile construction plans to actual conditions, such as trees and utility lines.

Conducts on-site field and office reviews of construction plans and right-of-way plats; initiates title searches; requests one or more (depending on size of project) private firms to conduct appraisals of property to be obtained.

Prepares various legal documents such as deeds, easements, agreements, options, and contracts; conducts negotiations with owners or their representatives at various locations.

Performs related work as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Thorough knowledge of the principles and techniques of negotiating, property appraising, and title examination.

Considerable knowledge of the legal documents effecting the transfer and sale of real property.

Considerable knowledge of the general laws and ordinances pertaining to real estate acquisitions, and of real property values within the County.

Ability to read and interpret maps, right-of-way plats, and property descriptions.

Ability to conduct complex negotiations for acquisition of property for public works projects.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, property owners, appraisers, and the public.

Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.

Minimum Qualifications:Graduation from high school, supplemented by completion of college-level course work in public or business administration or real estate; one (1) or more years experience in the real estate field, including one (1) or more years experience in the legal and engineering aspects of the appraisal and acquisition of real property; and a valid non-commercial Class C motor vehicle operator's license.

Note: The supplemental college-level course work in public or business administration or real estate may be substituted with the ability to research and interpret easement records, deeds, as-built drawings, deed descriptions or related documents.

Supplemental Qualifications:Preference will be given to candidates with the following:

1.) Completion of college-level course work in public or business administration or real estate

2.) Knowledge or experience in working with the public and the presentation of publicly funded projects that necessitate the use of and acquisition of real property

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