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Acquisition Unit Supervisor - Property and Acquisition Specialist 5

The Opportunity:
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Real Estate Services is currently seeking to fill an Acquisition Unit Supervisor - Property & Acquisition Specialist 5 in Spokane, WA. The incumbent will be responsible for acquiring the property rights needed to construct, operate, and maintain WSDOT highways and facilities. These property rights must be acquired in compliance with applicable State and Federal Laws and Regulations in order to ensure Federal Fund participation and on schedule to ensure timely advertisement of WSDOT projects. The Supervisor is relied upon to be the subject matter expert and responsible for compliance to ensure Federal funding for projects is not jeopardized. This position is a key element of the Certification that is required for WSDOT to advertise for construction.
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This position will perform the following work:
  • Supervise, lead, train, mentor and direct staff engaged in acquisition activities; recommend actions to the manager and complete performance reviews.
  • Prepare work force studies, funding requests, and budgets.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of the plan to meet Project Development ad dates.
  • Participate in strategic and business planning activities, work groups, and quality improvement teams.
  • Review acquisition transactions to assure compliance with federal regulations, state laws, and WSDOT policies and procedures.
  • Provide a comprehensive review of each acquisition transmittal file to assure it complies with federal rules, state law and WSDOT policies and procedures prior to acceptance and approval by the Eastern Region Real Estate Manager.
  • Initiate action as required to address deficiencies in process and documentation.
  • Provide weekly parcel reports to the Manager and/or Assistant Manager; keep manager apprised of any developments or problems in acquisition. Create project certification documents for manager as needed.
  • Oversee acquisition functions associated with eminent domain.
  • Negotiate for the acquisition of property and property rights of complex parcels.
  • Exercise delegated administrative settlement authority.
Required qualifications for this position include one of the following:
  • A Bachelor's Degree in Real Estate or related field AND four (4) years of experience in real estate related fields. Education may be substituted on a year for year basis up to 4 years; or
  • Associate's Degree and five (5) years of experience in real estate related fields; or
  • Three (3) years of experience as a Property and Acquisition Specialist 3 or equivalent experience as a Right of Way Agent for a governmental/regulatory agency; or
  • One (1) year of experience as a Property and Acquisition Specialist 5 or equivalent experience as a Right of Way Agent for a governmental/regulatory agency; or
  • Equivalent governmental/regulatory agency experience as a Right of Way Agent or Property and Acquisition Specialist.
Additional required qualifications include:
  • A minimum of three (3) years with eminent domain compliance.
  • A valid driver's license.
  • Ability to obtain a Washington Notary Public.
  • Knowledge of state and federal regulations (49 CFR, Part 24), the Uniform Relocation and Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, as amended, Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and Washington Administrative Code (WAC) relating to acquisition and condemnation of real property and property rights, WSDOT Right of Way Manual.
  • Basic engineering and surveying practices.
  • The ability to communicate both verbally and in writing with others within the region and with the public.
  • The ability to supervise workloads, review work and complete performance reviews.
  • Proficient use of computers and computer software.
  • Knowledge of real property law, condemnation process, WSDOT's policies and procedures.
  • The ability to travel throughout the region to perform inspection for negotiation, property management, and relocation purposes.

Preferred qualifications for this position include:
  • Experience researching public records.
  • The ability to independently negotiation and/or resolve complex real estate issues.
  • Experience preparing legal descriptions and conveyance documents.
  • Experience reviewing titles for encumbrances and taking appropriate actions to clear title.
How to Apply:
Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Please click on the large "apply" button at the top of this announcement. If you have not done so previously, you will need to set up an account profile. To be considered for this position you will need to:
  • Answer the supplemental questions completely.
  • Attach a cover letter and resume.
Contact us:
For inquiries about this position, please contact Rachel Giese at 360-905-2223 or Please reference recruitment number 19DOT-ER-60935.
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