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Right of Way Agent
Coates is seeking a ROW agent for day-to-day right of way duties for electric distribution and transmission projects. The successful candidate will report directly to our client's office in Topeka, Kansas.
Overview of Duties:
Contacts landowners throughout the system for a series of acquisition or construction tasks
Determine ownership from in-house (client) records and online public records
Landowner encroachment mitigation on existing rights of way
Explains project to landowners and answers their questions
Documents all contact with landowners (mail, telephone, e-mail, personal visits)
Assimilates contact information and project activities, enters details into project database
Secures permission from landowner for various types of surveys and studies on and across public or private lands
Negotiates for option agreements, easements, tenant’s consents, access, temporary construction and related agreements
Secures required subordination agreements
Obtains maps and tax roll information
Secures ownership information from variety of sources
Records legal documents in appropriate county offices
Provides liaison between landowner and other contractors such as construction crews, inspectors, surveyors, archaeologists
Settles damages before, during and after construction
Maintains assigned parcel files from beginning to end of project
Testifies in condemnation and other proceedings as expert witness
Specialized knowledge/education required:
In-depth knowledge of legal terminology that applies to land acquisition
Capable of completing legal documents and forms such as easements and agreements
Knowledge of the sequence of processes required to complete acquisition
Ability to plot metes and bounds descriptions of property and read a variety of maps, electronic and paper
Ability to read and analyze engineering drawings and right of way plans in order to properly explain the taking
The ability to read, understand and communicate property valuation information to landowners, as contained in formal real estate appraisals prepared by professional state certified appraisers.
The further ability to render independent land value judgments and determine when compensation beyond the value outlined in an appraisal is justified
Proficient in programs necessary to maintain documentation and produce reports
Understands technology of projects well enough to explain and discuss with property owners
Skilled in variety of research methods, particularly internet, courthouse and recorded documents
Knowledge of how to determine valuations of crops, trees, pastures, etc. for damage settlement
Completion of courses relating to current issues and processes, as sanctioned and/or offered by the International Right of Way Association
Right of Way Agents must posses a demanding combination of experience, training and personality traits in order to be successful. They must understand legal terminology that applies to land acquisition and be able to complete an assortment of legal documents and forms. Right of Way Agents usually come from professions that require similar multi-tasking abilities such as teaching, real estate, landman, private business ownership, or they may have entered as apprentices in order to learn the business. Oral and written communication skills must be above average, as well as the ability to interpret, analyze and assimilate diverse bits of information. They must be able to understand the technological aspects of a project well enough to discuss it knowledgeably with property owners. This must be balanced with the ability to work independently in different states, interact personably with a wide range of property owners from all ranges of socioeconomic, educational and ethnic backgrounds, in isolated rural areas and congested cities.
Right of Way Agents must be computer literate, capable of maintaining detailed information in software programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel and Access, skilled in researching information on the internet and communicating via e-mail. They are also required to complete expense reports, timesheets and other reports in accordance with specific timelines.