United Power, Inc. is seeking a qualified person for the role of Right-of Way Agent for their Brighton, Colorado headquarters. This position is responsible for coordinating all levels of right-of-way acquisition within a team setting. These include, but are not limited to, route planning, coordination between surveyor, land contractors, land owner, project coordinator, easement negotiations, and application completion associated with project delivery. The Right-of-Way Agent is expected to be the subject matter expert and as such, is required to have at least 5 years of Right-of-Way experience (utility experience preferred) and IRWA certification prior to or within the first year of employment.
Under the general direction of the Land Acquisition Agent, the Right-of-Way Agent is responsible for coordination of all right-of-way work in related areas, including, but not limited to, obtaining adequate right-of-way easements and permits; administering joint use programs with communications providers and other utilities; and performing other special projects as directed.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
Establishes procedures and priorities on right-of-way acquisition to determine project assignments to contract agents.
Works with survey companies to obtain surveys of properties for easement acquisition, permits, ditch crossings and other public utility crossings for legal placement of United Power facilities.
Works with survey companies to obtain plan and profiles on ditch, railroad, transmission, and highway crossings to obtain crossing agreements for adequate right-of-way for placement of United Power facilities.
Defines legal descriptions for placement of United Power facilities.
Performs the following research work: determines current ownership of real estate through search of public records and abstracts or through title company; checks for possible deed restrictions and encumbrances; computes the approved fee for right-of-way easements; obtains information of record and from private engineering firms regarding existing Section Corner Data, as needed in order to acquire valid utility right-of-way easements.
Negotiates right-of-way agreements for the placement of United Power facilities on public or private property. Evaluate the value of obtaining easements as opposed to building in right-of-way.
Recommends condemnation proceedings when customer does not cooperate and it is considered absolutely necessary in order to obtain legal placement of United Power facilities on public or private property.
Determines the values of property and crop damage due to construction, operation, and maintenance; negotiates the settlement between United Power and the landowner.
Prepares necessary right-of-way permits as required for approval by governmental agencies, ditch companies, utilities, and railroads.
Records and maintains all documents of land acquisition or related documents and keeps properly filed for referral to maintain records retrieval system.
Coordinates right-of-way activities with prospective customers and with the other activities of the Engineering Department to maintain acquisition status.
Participates with the Land Acquisition Agent and management in developing recommendations for policies regarding right-of-way and real estate acquisitions for company policies.
Performs other duties within the employee’s capabilities as directed by the Land Acquisition Agent.
Aids in designing and implementing an overall joint use program including evaluation strategy of current and future users.
Facilitates the communications between joint use applicators and United Power, and insures that all joint use billings and receivables are accurate and current. Coordinates contractual agreement specifications with all parties.
Seeks out administrators, inspectors, or other applicable personnel at various governmental entities that also perform joint use activities in order to obtain construction, statistical, and applicable information.
Secondary Job Functions:
Attends governmental meetings as needed to obtain or exchange information.
Reviews proposed subdivision plats for adequate utility easements prior to final approval of local authority in order to include easements in the platting process.
Works with legal counsel as needed in order to clarify United Power’s position or prevent legal action against the company.
Must be able to react to change productively and handle other tasks as assigned.
Education, Training and Experience:
A bachelor’s degree in a related field is strongly preferred or equivalent work experience can be substituted. Must have approximately five (5) or more years of Right-of-Way experience. Must have Right-of-Way certification from IRWA or completion within 1 year of employment. Knowledge reading staking sheets, construction plans, acquiring permits, maps, and electrical systems is preferred. Familiarity with the National Electrical Safety Code, associated clearances, Right-of-Way and easement issues in utility applications is preferred. Familiarity with electric utility design is preferred.
Licenses and Other Requirements
Valid driver’s license
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Must work cohesively with customers, other employees, department managers, senior management, and public officials. Must have a friendly and pleasant demeanor and the ability to meet and communicate effectively with people of various backgrounds.
Must have the ability to listen, comprehend, and develop creative solutions to complex internal and external issues.
Must be skilled and innovative in coordinating cross-departmental systems and procedures. Must possess strong organizational skills and excellent communication skills.
Must have computer knowledge relating to Microsoft Office products.
Must have valid Colorado driver’s license.
Proficient at business writing.
Knowledge of plats, legal descriptions, and deeds. Must have knowledge of proper agencies and where to file.
Ability to think and act on your feet, while dealing with a variety of different situations each day.
Under direct supervision of the Land Acquisition Agent.
Direct contact with United Power Members, staff, contractors, and various city and county representatives.
Essential Physical & Mental Requirements:
Fifty percent (50%) of the time is spent sitting, forty percent (40%) walking, and another ten percent (10%) standing. Frequently it will be necessary to carry up to 10 lbs. of records and files.
Operating controls is done frequently while driving in a vehicle.
Occasionally it will be necessary to climb when field checking properties.
Occasionally it will be necessary to work around construction sites with associated potential hazards.
Talking in an ordinary tone and hearing ordinary tones is done constantly while communication with department managers, co-workers, customers, etc.
It is important for the Right-of-Way Agent to see “near” constantly when viewing printed material, mail, telephone, computer, etc. While driving it is necessary to be able to see “far”, have depth perception, eye accommodation, color vision, and field of vision.
Mental abilities constantly necessary to competently perform the job are alertness, precision, problem solving, spatial perception, persuasiveness, speaking ability, memory, concentration, judgment, writing ability, reasoning, initiative, patience, visual discrimination, and aesthetic sense. Abilities the job will require only occasionally are ingenuity, analytic ability, creativity, and imagination.
Supervision Received and Exercised:
Receive general guidance and direction from Land Acquisition Agent and Director of Engineering.