CLASSIFICATION: RIGHT-OF-WAY AGENT I
Class Code: 7751-18 Date Established: 12-03-92
Occupational Code: 7-5-7 Date of Last Revision: 09-25-03
BASIC PURPOSE: To assist Right-Of-Way agents in negotiations for property acquisitions and to research information to be used in Right-Of-Way negotiations and relocations.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
· Reviews and prepares plans to be used by the agents in negotiating with owners for property acquisitions and relocations.
· Conducts field inspections of affected properties to identify and address relocation issues.
· Obtains data from real estate brokers, contractors, attorneys, bankers financial institutions, and displacees concerning replacement property and associated financing.
· Prepares less complicated conceptual studies to be used in environmental documents.
· Establishes eligibility for replacement housing payments, rent subsides, fixed business payments, actual moving and re-establishment payments, increased interest payments, and incidental payments and benefits as allowed by applicable laws and regulations.
· Provides interpretation and guidance to displacees, real estate brokers, contractors, attorneys, financial institutions, local officials, and other agencies regarding relocation assistance.
· Inspects replacement properties to determine their suitability for meeting standards of decent, safe, and sanitary conditions in accordance with the Federal Uniform Relocation Act.
· Assists agents in the preparation of deeds, and other legal instruments necessary to acquire title to real estate.
· Helps arrange and subsequently attends public hearings for recording testimony.
· Prepares record plans for permanent Right-Of-Way records.
· Researches and provides Right-Of-Way information to the general public and others regarding real estate sales, land surveys or to provide evidence for litigation.
Skill: Requires minimal skill in performing a series of routine procedures OR in operating equipment according to standardized instructions.
Knowledge: Requires logical or scientific understanding to analyze problems of a specialized or professional nature in a particular field.
Impact: Requires responsibility for contributing to immediate, ongoing agency objectives by facilitating the direct provision of services to the public or other state agencies. Errors at this level result in inaccurate reports or invalid test results and require a significant investment of time and resources to detect.
Supervision: Requires partial supervision of other employees doing work which is related or similar to the supervisor, including assigning job duties, providing training, giving instructions and checking work.
RIGHT-OF-WAY AGENT I
Working Conditions: Requires performing regular job functions in an environment which includes exposure to continuous physical elements or a number of disagreeable working conditions with frequent exposure to minor injuries or health hazards.
Physical Demands: Requires medium work, including continuous strenuous activities such as frequent reaching, bending, or lifting as well as performing work activities which require fine manual dexterity or coordination in operating machines or equipment.
Communication: Requires explaining facts, interpreting situations, or advising individuals of alternative or appropriate courses of action. This level also requires interviewing or eliciting information from state employees or members of the general public.
Complexity: Requires coordinating a combination of diverse job functions in order to integrate professional and technical agency goals. This level also requires considerable judgment to implement a sequence of operations or actions.
Independent Action: Requires objective assessment in analyzing and developing new work methods and procedures subject to periodic review and in making decisions according to established technical, professional or administrative standards.
Education: Bachelor's degree from a recognized college or university.
Experience: No experience required. Each year of approved work experience in real estate, land acquisition business, negotiation or rural and urban property relocation or at the level of Engineering Technician IV may be substituted for one year of formal education.
License/Certification: Valid New Hampshire driver's license. By end of probationary period Notary Public or Justice of the Peace.
RECOMMENDED WORK TRAITS: Thorough knowledge of real estate title and evaluation work. Knowledge of relocation principles and practices in providing assistance to displaced persons or businesses. Knowledge of home construction and plumbing and heating installation and repair as needed to accomplish relocation assignments. Working knowledge of highway construction practices. Knowledge of ability to perform land and property appraisal. Ability to understand legal descriptions. Ability to read blueprints and plans. Ability to meet and communicate with the public and skill in negotiating tactfully. Ability to keep records and to prepare reports on activities. Ability to organize and prioritize multiple assignments concurrently to complete work within established deadlines. Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with other employees and the public. Must be willing to maintain appearance appropriate to assigned duties and responsibilities as determined by the agency appointing authority.
DISCLAIMER STATEMENT: This class specification is descriptive of general duties and is not intended to list every specific function of this class title.