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Austin Energy Public Involvement & Real Estate Agent in Austin, Texas

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Posting Title Public Involvement & Real Estate Agent

Job Requisition Number AE503185

Position Number 109654

Job Type Full-Time

Division Name Electric Service Delivery (115)

Minimum Qualifications

Education and/or Equivalent Experience:

  • Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Business, Geography, Planning, Real Estate, or in a field related to the job, plus four (4) years related experience.

  • Experience may substitute for education up to four (4) years.

Licenses or Certifications:

  • None.

    Notes to Applicants

This position is for a full-time Public Involvement & Real Estate Agent located in the Electric Service Delivery ( ESD ) division of Austin Energy (AE). This position’s primary responsibility will be to acquire and formalize the land rights necessary for AE electric infrastructure. Participates in project teams to assist distribution, transmission, and substation engineering, design, and construction groups with real estate issues, including but not limited to route analysis, estimating, consultant management, subdivision and site plan review, easement and fee acquisitions.

Working with Austin Energy provides a number of health and welfare benefits such as low-cost medical, dental, vision, paid leave time, a highly competitive retirement plan, career development opportunities, and more. Please click HERE for more information. (

Employment Application:

  • The City of Austin employment application is an official document; incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • Please be sure to detail on the application all current and previous employment that you wish to be considered as part of your qualifications.

  • The Employment Record should be complete with job titles, employment dates, job duties, functions, and responsibilities for each position held. Starting salary will be based on overall relevant experience from your application.

  • Resumes will not be accepted and statements such as “see resume” will not be accepted. You may use “N/A” for fields that are not applicable.

  • Please note that Austin Energy may close the job posting at any time after 7 days from the date of the initial advertisement. Once the job posting has closed, applications cannot be changed.


  • Your skill level in some of the competency areas for this job may be assessed through skills testing.

If you are selected as a top candidate:

  • Verification of your education (which may include high school graduation or GED , undergraduate, and/or graduate degrees) will be required. You must provide proof of education from an accredited organization/institution.

  • If you are identified as a top candidate and are in the military or a veteran, you will need to provide a copy of your DD-214 prior to confirming a start date.

  • This position requires a criminal background investigation.

Work Schedule:

  • Work hours may include after-hours, holidays, and weekends.

  • Shifts may change according to departmental needs.

  • Employees may be required to work additional hours outside of their regular work schedule.

Fair Labor Standards Act:

  • This position is considered FLSA Exempt. Exempt employees are salaried and, except as provided, are not eligible for overtime compensation.


  • If you are selected for this position and meet the Driver Safety Standards in the City of Austin Driver Safety Program ( , you may drive when necessary to multiple locations as part of your regular job duties. Otherwise, you are responsible for getting to and from these locations.

Related Work Experience:

  • For this position relevant experience means working knowledge of land and real property matters, including experience with legal descriptions, title regulations, legal terminology, real property law, and the ability to read and understand contracts, agreements, title documents, conveyance documents, survey illustrations, site, subdivision and construction plans.

    Pay Range

$31.65 – $39.56


Monday through Friday.

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – 40 Hour Work Week

Additional work hours may be required to support the 24-hour Utility operations, which may include evenings, weekends, holidays, inclement weather and emergency closures.

Job Close Date 06/25/2023

Type of Posting External

Department Austin Energy

Regular/Temporary Regular

Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable

Category Professional

Location 2500 Montopolis Dr., Austin, Texas 78741

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience working with local, state and/or the federal government in a capacity that includes real estate, development and/or construction, especially in the areas of right of ways and easements.

  • Experience planning, organizing, and participating in the preparation and review of real estate documents and instruments to assure accuracy, completeness, and compliance with legal requirements.

  • Experience effectively communicating with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.

  • Experience reviewing site plan and subdivision applications, drawings, engineering and construction plans, and maps.

  • Experience preparing and making presentations to and being a subject matter expert for Public Boards, Commissions or City Council, citizens and other stakeholders.

  • Ability to travel to more than one work location.

    Duties, Functions and Responsibilities

Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

  • Contacts customer and negotiate for easement or property acquisition.

  • Secures required easements and permits with cooperation of the customer.

  • Drafts easement language, sketch attachments.

  • Coordinates survey information, real property document research and permit research. Records documents at county courthouses. Buys and sells property.

  • Secures all necessary development permits required for completion of project from city, county and state governments.

  • Works with distribution design team daily to produce cost effective design with minimal easement acquisition costs.

  • Arranges and conducts team meetings, neighborhood meetings, staff presentations, and notification and follow up for major Distribution projects.

  • Prepares monthly performance reports. Maintains data base of acquisitions, releases and sales.

Responsibilities – Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:

  • None.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

  • Knowledge of easements, land development principles, contracts, right of way issues.

  • Knowledge of concepts of distribution design and facility placement.

  • Knowledge of city, county and state permit processes.

  • Knowledge of city and county records research.

  • Knowledge of City of Austin subdivision codes and statutes.

  • Ability to read plans, field notes and topographic maps.

  • Skills in negotiating and conflict management.

  • Skills in operation of personal computer: spreadsheet, data base, presentation and word processing software.

  • Speaking, writing and listening skills.

    Criminal Background Investigation This position has been approved for a Criminal Background Investigation.


The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or Texas Relay by dialing 7-1-1.

The City of Austin will not discriminate against any applicant or employee based on race, creed, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, age, religion, veteran status, disability, or sexual orientation. In addition, the City will not discriminate in employment decisions on the basis of an individual’s AIDS , AIDS Related Complex, or HIV status; nor will the City discriminate against individuals who are perceived to be at risk of HIV infection, or who associate with individuals who are believed to be at risk.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    • This position requires: Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Business, Geography, Planning, Real Estate, or in a field related to the job, plus four (4) years related experience. Experience may substitute for education up to four (4) years. Do you meet this requirement?
  • Yes

  • No

    • This position requires a criminal background investigation (CBI). By selecting the following, you are acknowledging that you understand if you are selected as a top candidate for this position, you will need a successful Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) to be hired.
  • I acknowledge and understand this position requires a Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS-Criminal Background Investigation).

    • Are you experienced in real estate law, methods, principles, procedures, terminology, zoning, appraisal, ownership, transfer, and lease of real property? If so, please describe your experience. If you do not have this experience, please list n/a.

(Open Ended Question)

    • Are you experienced in right-of-way negotiations, relocations, appraisal methodology, and utility coordination, in compliance with applicable local, county, state and federal laws, codes, and ordinances as they relate to right of way or land rights acquisition activities? If so, please describe your experience. If you do not have this experience, please list n/a.

(Open Ended Question)

    • Do you have specific experience serving as the Right of Way Agent or Real Estate lead for utility infrastructure improvement projects? If so, please describe your experience. If you do not have this experience, please list n/a.

(Open Ended Question)

    • Do you have experience with the contract management of row acquisition, appraisal, and survey consultants, directing the activities of their workflow, and reviewing/approving invoices? If so, please describe your experience. If you do not have this experience, please list n/a.

(Open Ended Question)

    • Please describe your experience managing and coordinating special project activities with federal, state, county, other public agencies, and other City departments.

(Open Ended Question)

    • Describe your specific experience in preparing purchase agreements, easements, deeds, eminent domain petitions, inter-local agreements, license agreements, encroachment agreements, and other legal documents necessary for conveyance or agreement, and facilitating title curative issues and closings. Be specific and include the employer and years of experience.

(Open Ended Question)

    • Briefly describe your experience in developing and facilitating community and public involvement outreach and communication efforts including on a one-on-one and group basis.

(Open Ended Question)

    • Which of the following best describes your proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, specifically with Excel and Access?
  • I do not have experience with Microsoft Office.

  • Basic: skill level includes creating simple spreadsheets, data entry, basic formatting; opening an Access database, and run simple queries to look up and reference information.

  • Intermediate: skill level includes creating spreadsheets with multiple workbooks, using simple formulas, creating simple charts/graphs; create simple Access databases, including the setup of data tables and creation of simple forms.

  • Advanced: skill level includes pivot tables, V Lookups, creating complex formulas that reference multiple worksheets, creating/running macros, creating dynamic charts/graphs, creating database queries; create robust Access databases for multiple users, in

    • Do you have the ability to travel to multiple sites as part of the regular job duties?
  • Yes

  • No

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    Office: 512-974-3210