Right-Of-Way Officer/Development Specialist
City of Grand Forks
Grand Forks, ND
Updated Starting Salary Range: $61,863-$85,064

Plus Hiring Bonus: $5,000

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This position will perform technical and professional work in the fields of right-of-way acquisition, land surveying, platting, development and infrastructure; to coordinate activities with internal and external personnel; and to perform a variety of technical tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility. Requirements for this position include an associate’s degree in surveying, drafting, engineering, computer science or a related field. This position seeks a candidate with two years of increasing responsible in right-of-way acquisition, municipal and site planning experience and eight years of land surveying experience. Apply Online! Open till filled. EEO employer.

RIGHT-OF-WAY OFFICER/DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST

Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

DEFINITION

To perform technical and professional work in the fields of right-of-way acquisition, land surveying, platting, development and infrastructure; to coordinate activities with internal and external personnel; and to perform a variety of technical tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED

Receives general direction from the Assistant City Engineer.

Provides technical direction to lower level engineering and surveying staff.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION STATEMENTS-Essential responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Essential Functions:
1. Prepare, review and update a variety of land development and site plans, annexations and subdivision regulations; make recommendations to appropriate staff to existing plans consistent with policies and procedures.

2. Perform all survey aspects of property acquisition; research and compile a variety of property records and maps; prepare and disseminate legal documents; obtain City approval for plat; record information with County; monitor established standards for compliance with applicable codes and regulations.

3. Coordinate with the land surveyor of record the location, relocation and retracement and alignment of boundary lines of land, right-of-way (ROW) or easement; obtain permits, licenses and approvals from various private and public agencies.

4. Prepare and file records of survey maps and legal descriptions of property and special districts; maintain records of deeds for City property and easements granted to or by the City and be able to promptly retrieve. Prepare land descriptions for publication for special assessment districts.

5. Possess and affixes Professional Land Surveyor (PLS) stamp for documentation and records as required and assumes legal responsibility for all surveying aspects of the work.

6. Serve as site plan coordinator and first level reviewer for the engineering division. Provide time critical site plan review comments internally to the developer and back to planning.

7. Coordinate activities with a variety of outside agencies, attorneys, land title professionals, contractors, engineers and other City departments.

8. Respond to public and professional inquiries in a courteous manner; provide information within the area of assignment; resolve complaints in an efficient and timely manner.

9. Serve as a liaison with outside officials and City agencies. Assist developers/ contractors in coordinating city data on city services to individual properties. Provide information needed for Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).

10. Work with various vendors, customers, staff to determine flood zone placement of properties, elevations, Letter of Map Revisions (LOMR) and Conditional Letter of Map Revisions (CLOMR).

11. Analyze and recommend short/long term ROW acquisition needs of the City.

12. Contact and negotiate with property owners in obtaining easements, property and ROW that may be needed; prepare and record deeds and easement documents.

13. Prepare necessary drawings using AutoCAD and inputting data and drawings into the City Geographic Information System (GIS); prepare plats and replats.

14. Plan and implement strategies for the development and achieving of necessary horizontal and vertical datum databases.

Marginal Functions:
1. Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in land surveying and Right-of-Way acquisition.

2. Possess working knowledge of North Dakota Real Estate law and site development practices.

3. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

QUALIFICATIONS (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

Knowledge: Operations, services and activities of a technical engineering program; Principles of lead supervision and training; Terminology, methods, practices, and techniques used in technical survey report preparation; Design and construction theory and engineering design standards; Principles and practices of computer aided drafting; Materials, methods, and techniques of modern construction, inspection, plans and specifications; Engineering maps and records; Recent developments, current literature, and sources of information regarding surveying; Operational characteristics of engineering and drafting equipment and tools; geographical information systems; computer aided drafting and design; Principles of land surveying, platting, right-of-way acquisition and planning; land development code including classification, subdivision plats, annexations and access controls; methods of research, data analysis and interpretation; Pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes, regulations and ordinances; real estate valuation; Familiarization of the North Dakota Department of Transportation Right of Way Acquisition Procedures for Local Public Agency Federal Aid Projects manual;

Skills: Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities; Maintain mental capacity, which allows the capability of making sound decisions and demonstrating intellectual capabilities; Maintain effective audio/visual discrimination and perception to the degree necessary for the successful performance of assigned duties.

Abilities: Provide guidance and review the work of staff in the area of work assigned; Independently perform the most difficult drafting tasks and a variety of legal land surveying tasks; Interpret, explain and enforce applicable policies and procedures; Operate a variety of engineering equipment in a safe and effective manner; Perform a variety of right-of-way acquisition tasks; Prepare and review a variety of plans and specifications and make recommendations for improvement; Operate and explain the use of all equipment used by the survey crew; Prioritize work, meet deadlines, and make sound decisions within established guidelines; Use algebraic formulas, trigonometry tables and statistical mathematics to accomplish the level of work described herein; Work independently in the absence of supervision; Understand and follow oral and written instructions. Review site plans, provide reports of comments and progress. Exercise judgment as to when an item needs further review by supervisors. Work effectively with inspectors, contractors, and owners to determine solutions to problems encountered in the field.

Experience and Training Guidelines

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience:
Two years of increasingly responsible right-of-way acquisition, municipal and site planning experience and eight years of land surveying experience.

Training:
Equivalent to an Associates degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in surveying, drafting, engineering, computer science or a related field. A combination of education/training and experience necessary to qualify as a professional land surveyor in the state of ND.

License or Certificate

Possession of, or ability to obtain, valid license as a Professional Land Surveyor in the State of ND.

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid driver's license.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Environmental and Physical Conditions:
Office, field and construction site environment; exposure to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, gases, potentially dangerous environments; minimal exposure of work around heavy construction equipment, on slippery or uneven surfaces or in confined spaces; Essential and marginal functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for bending, stooping, kneeling, crawling, walking, sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time.