Realty Officer IV
Department of Transportation
Salary: $4,483 - $5,964/month (DOE)
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Position Number: 8017801
Requisition Number: 2919727
Status: Full-time, Regular
Type of Recruitment: Internal*/External**
Date Posted to Web: August 22, 2013
*If an internal candidate is selected for this position they may be granted moving allowance provisions in accordance with Human Resource Policy 14.4.
**If an external candidate is selected for this position they may be granted moving allowance provisions in accordance with Human Resource Policy 14.5.
Requires four years of college with a major in real estate, economics, finance, business administration, or another major that provided the knowledge and skill required to perform the assigned duties plus four years of work experience in eminent domain appraisal and acquisition. Or ten years of work experience in real estate, economics, finance, business administration, or another field that provided the knowledge and skill required to perform the assigned duties. Four years of the work experience must have included experience in eminent domain appraisal and acquisition. Or any combination of education and experience as listed above that provided the knowledge and skill required to perform the assigned duties, with at least four years of work experience in eminent domain appraisal and acquisition. Must be able to demonstrate strong working knowledge of advanced-level appraisal and eminent domain-related appraisal concepts.
State appraiser certification (“Certified General”) in good standing with North Dakota Appraiser Qualification & Ethics Board preferred.
Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; communicate clearly to avoid confusion and misunderstanding with other employees, customers, or the general public; remain calm and composed when dealing with distraught or angry employees or members of the public: public speaking skills; ability to read, interpret, and explain applicable standards, technical literature, regulations, plans, and specifications; ability to accurately and clearly complete required paperwork; prepare written or oral reports frequently in tight time frames; requires a class D drivers license to travel to public meetings and project locations.
Use of phone, calculator, copier, reference sources, and research documentation; keyboarding familiarity; personal computer with word processing, database, financial, statistical, spreadsheet and technical software; normal hearing and vision, with or without correction; eye-hand coordination; work in all types of weather on a variety of uneven or slippery surfaces; lift up to 50 pounds; can carry several items; physical mobility, agility, and mental alertness compatible with office and construction project setting; ability to work closely with people; some contact with the public; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates and others; ability to plan and direct the work of others; ability to function with minimal supervision.
Knowledge of practices, principles, standards, and guidelines as related to Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions; Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice; Uniform Act compliance, and NDDOT Right of Way manual; review appraisals to be conducted in compliance with Right of Way manual and Uniform Act; ability to be flexible in daily schedule; ability to work under stress; remain calm and maintain focus under demanding and often conflicting work schedule with rapid shifts in priority; work after hours, on weekends, and holidays during road and weather emergencies is required; presence during deadlines and high stress periods of work is mandatory; regular attendance is essential to efficiently process the volume of work in this position; regular attendance is critical in this position because the expertise this employee is providing will not be available from any other source.
Must possess networking, leadership, prioritization, and time management skills; must be self-directed and highly motivated, and possess logical decision making and analytical skills.Requires satisfactory completion of the interview process and a verifiable record of satisfactory performance in previous employment.
Applicants Please Submit:
- SFN 10950, Application for Employment
- SFN 18859, DOT Addendum to Application for Employment
- Copy of final college transcript if applicable
- A recent appraisal of non-residential property, personally prepared by and demonstrative of the individual’s proficiency in appraisal theory and practice (only appraisal reports communicated in written, narrative format will be considered)
Please Send Application Materials To:
Marie Nelson, Human Resources Division
ND Department of Transportation
608 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505-0700
Telephone Number: 701-328-4358
Fax Number: 701-328-1415
Both application forms may be downloaded from the Internet at: http://www.nd.gov/hrms/jobs/appforms.html. Applications should include information which directly addresses how the applicant meets the minimum qualifications and summary of work. Background checks will be conducted.
NDDOT staff will score all applications based on a 100 point job related personnel system. It is very important to be thorough and detailed on the application materials.The NDDOT affirmative action goal is one American Indian male, one American Indian female, one other minority female, and eleven non-minority females.
Applicants with disabilities should contact Marie Nelson at 701-328-4358 in advance of applying to discuss any special provisions needed for applying or interviewing. If you have any questions on this position, please contact Michael Knox at 701-328-4228.
ND Relay Number: 1-800-366-6888
Summary of Work:
- Prepare eminent domain appraisals: Conduct intense research of general and specific market data, including sales, listings, rents, etc., in accordance with industry-accepted appraisal research standards and practices. Develop general narrative or basic data book to provide support for appraisals and acquisitions. Prepare appraisals (uncomplicated or complex; complexity will depend upon specific nature of assignment) for eminent domain purposes according to accepted appraisal industry methods and standards, including the Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions (UASFLA), and the Appraisal Foundation's Uniform Standards for Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). Maintain familiarity with highway, state, and FHWA plans, directives and appropriate files. Maintain considerable familiarity with and knowledge of land economics, appraisal principles and methods, professional standards of appraisal practice, and federal and state laws/policies/regulations to provide appraisal function compliance. Testify and defend opinions and value conclusions. Approximately 25 percent of time will be spent on this duty.
- Negotiation/acquisition: Negotiate for acquisition of all property types (farm/ranch, residential, commercial and industrial properties). Acquisitions may be for a variety of property interests, including permanent right of way (fee or easement), temporary slope easements, temporary construction easements, temporary detour easements, etc. Make ownership contacts in compliance with state and federal laws, rules, and regulations; property owners to be contacted in person or, when not feasible (such as in the case of absentee landowners), in writing. Prepare proper legal documents for right of way interests acquired (e.g. easements, fee, etc.). Obtain necessary signature(s) on all required documents, notarized as necessary. Basic process of negotiation/acquisition: familiarization with project, with acquisition and its effect on remaining property; familiarization of supporting market data, values, and individual property appraisal reports; initial and subsequent follow-up ownership/negotiation contacts; conduct negotiations with property owner, acting as liason between owner and NDDOT; preparation of necessary documents; obtain correct signatures on documents. Negotiating/acquisition agent also reads and interprets project plan and profile and cross section sheets. Agent explains information to property owner in layperson's terms. Approximately 30 percent of time will be spent on this duty.
- Other appraisal related work, research, studies and preparation: Prepare ownership lists, cost estimates, and requests for federal authorization/participation in highway projects requiring right of way acquisitions; requires data collection to be used in estimate of land values. Conduct routine inspections. Prepare preliminary cost estimates for projects; conduct studies to isolate impacts of access changes; and conduct extensive market research to develop supported estimates of severance and/or consequential damages/special benefits, as circumstances warrant. Studies, cost estimates, and other reports are prepared as needed to assist in project planning, scheduling, and implementation. Prepare excess property appraisals; conduct research and analysis of data gathered for written and supportable narrative appraisal reports to assist the department in the sale or lease of excess land. Sources and information obtained as in Duty 1. Provide court preparation and testimony; consult with management and legal counsel as to reasonable settlement proposals and other similar appraisal and consulting work. Provide expert witness testimony in district and federal courts. Assist Chief/Review Appraiser in consultations with state, city, county, and consultants on general right of way issues. Conduct research of courthouse records to determine property ownership, existing easements and/or encumbrances, a variety of estate tax and special assessment data, preparation of pencil abstracts and similar work. Selection, valuation and/or acquisition of stockpile sites, borrow option areas, waste easement areas and similar work. Ability to write basic property descriptions for variety of needs including stockpile sites, borrow opinion and waste easement areas. Approximately 10 percent of time will be spent on this duty.
- Reviews: Conduct NDDOT and LPA compliance reviews under direction of Chief/Review Appraiser. This includes review of uncomplicated appraisals and other documentation to insure compliance with state and federal law, rules and regulations when purchasing right of way with federal and/or state dollars. Appraisal reviews to be conducted in compliance with the Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisition (UASFLA), NDDOT Right of Way Manual and, to the extent appropriate, the Appraisal Foundation's USPAP agency personnel. Approximately 25 percent of time will be spent on this duty.
- Assist Chief/Review Appraiser in project planning and providing technical assistance, training, and staff development: 1) Assist in monitoring of staff appraisal development to ensure compliance with minimum accepted appraisal industry standards of professional practice. (2) Provide technical assistance to staff negotiators and appraisers and coordination with other department personnel as appropriate to resolve problems and expedite acquisition assignments. (3) Assist with formal and informal technical training and development of right of way staff to ensure competent performance in compliance with federal and state laws, rules, and regulations, as well as professional standards of practice. (4) Provide technical assistance and informal/formal training to Local Government and Local Public Agencies in matters concerning Uniform Act compliance. (5) Attend early project planning meetings with other department divisions. (6) Attend public hearings and/or citizen input meetings and answer questions regarding right of way and valuation. (7) Conduct preliminary project inspections in advance of FHWA authorization request to assist in assessing project acquisition and appraisal needs. Approximately 10 percent of time will be spent on this duty.
As employers, the State of North Dakota and political subdivisions prohibit smoking in all places of state and political subdivision employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.
Equal Opportunity Employer
The State of North Dakota and this hiring agency do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, genetics, religion, age, or disability in employment or the provision of services, and complies with the provisions of the North Dakota Human Rights Act.