Senior Land Acquisition Agent

  • CITY OF BIRMINGHAM, AL
  • Birmingham, Alabama
  • Sep 20, 2021
Full Time Administration and Management

Job Description

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Grade 24
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CLOSE DATE
12/31/2021

SUMMARY

Senior Land Acquisition Agents working within the Merit System are responsible for performing complex technical appraisal and property negotiations and acquisitions to assure proper and legal procurement of rights-of-way, easements, and other interests in real property for the City/County. Individuals in this position are expected to instruct and supervise the work of Land Acquisition Agents, ensuring that the work completed is in compliance with all local, state and federal guidelines. They are tasked with acting as a liaison to property owners to obtain property rights, resolve problems, gather information, and address concerns that arise during land acquisition projects. They often communicate with various parties such as appraisers, attorneys, property owners, surveyors, etc. to discuss various activities related to land acquisition projects. They work under the general direction of the Chief Land Acquisition Agent who reviews work for accuracy, completeness, and adherence to policies and procedures.

TYPICAL JOB DUTIES:
  • Updates GIS mapping system software and/or computer files (e.g., documents, spreadsheets, databases) with information pertaining to land acquisition projects (e.g., property boundaries, owner's name, estimated value, existing rights-of-way/easements, jurisdictional assets, and use, etc.) to ensure property records are accurate and up to date.
  • Manages records, documents, and paperwork generated during the acquisition of the property in order to ensure they are filed in accordance with legal and/or departmental standards.
  • Conducts research on property parcels involved in land acquisition projects using tax assessor records, deeds, title records, and survey maps in order to verify the accuracy of construction/engineering plans, determine project scope, and identify the owner of land involved in acquisition projects.
  • Prepares written correspondence, reports, and legal documents such as deeds, easement agreements, and contracts using templates or previous examples to facilitate the acquisition, divestment, or vacation of real property.
  • Conducts negotiations and serves as a liaison to property owners in order to obtain property rights, resolve problems, gather information, and address concerns that arise during land acquisition projects.
  • Guides parties through the right-of-way vacation process in order to fulfill requests to abandon land use rights in accordance with state statutes.
  • Facilitates the divestment, lease, or licensure of jurisdictional property in order to transfer property ownership or land use rights in accordance with local, state, and/or federal laws.
  • Answers inquiries from the public, engineers, surveyors, and other agencies regarding right-of-way.
  • Initiates eminent domain processes in order to condemn subject property parcels.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

The following Minimum Qualifications are required for this job. You must demonstrate possession of these qualifications by providing a detailed description of your related experience in the work history section of your application. Please note that replicating or restating these minimum qualifications or the information from the Personnel Board's job description as your own work experience will result in your disqualification. Please describe your work experience in your own words to represent the work you have performed that is related to the minimum qualifications for this job.

***Please attach all corresponding documentation BEFORE SUMBITTING APPLICATION if not available at time of submission please email required documentation to brea.covington@pbjcal.org ****

Option A:
  • Driver's License.
  • Senior Right of Way Professional certified by the IRWA.

Option B:
  • Driver's License.
  • Coursework in real property appraisal from a member of the Appraisal Foundation, Appraisal Institute, from an accredited university, or IRWA.
  • Experience reviewing property appraisals.
  • Experience involving acquisition of land and real property interest.
  • Experience reading, writing, and interpreting legal descriptions.
  • Experience reading and interpreting engineering design plans.
  • Experience using the guidelines and procedures from the Uniform Act for the acquisition of real property.


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Any IRWA Certification.
  • Associate or Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, Real Estate, Marketing, or related field (Must attach transcript).


COMPETENCIES:
  • Adaptability & Flexibility.
  • Leadership & Management.
  • Oral Communication & Comprehension.
  • Planning & Organizing.
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making.
  • Teamwork & Interpersonal.
  • Technical & Job-Specific Knowledge.
  • Written Communication & Comprehension.


CRITICAL KNOWLEDGES:
  • Knowledge of contract, real estate, and eminent domain laws.
  • Knowledge of property appraisal codes affecting the value of property.
  • Knowledge the methods and practices of real property appraisal.
  • Knowledge of the legal instruments affecting the transfer, sale, and lease of real property.


WORK ENVIRONMENT:
  • Work is conducted mostly indoors in an office setting, with periodic field visits to external indoor or outdoor locations.
  • Work involves use of standard office equipment, such as computer, phone, copier, etc.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
  • Job is primarily sedentary involving sitting for long periods of time, but may involve occasional walking or standing for brief periods.
  • May involve occasional light lifting of items or objects weighing up to 25 lbs.


DISCLAIMER: This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of the job duties, responsibilities, or skills and abilities required to do the job and may be changed at the discretion of the Personnel Board at any time.

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS

Persons requiring special conditions to accommodate a disability when completing the application should contact the Personnel Board at 205-279-3500 before the announcement closing date. Qualified applicants who believe they will need reasonable accommodation in the examination process should complete and submit an Accommodation Request Form. You may obtain an Accommodation Request Form by contacting our ADA Ombudsperson at ADAO@pbjcal.org, or by accessing the "Request for Accommodation" form through the following website: http://www.pbjcal.org/

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The Personnel Board of Jefferson County (Personnel Board) provides a public personnel system based on merit principles. The Personnel Board strives for the constant improvement of the public service by employing and developing the best qualified persons available. The Personnel Board provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, political beliefs, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or genetics. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Employment decisions are made by the Merit System municipality or governmental agency in which the position exists. Each Merit System municipality, agency, or jurisdiction administers its own equal employment opportunity programs in compliance with applicable state and/or federal laws and regulations.

Job Address

Birmingham, Alabama United States View Map