City of Tacoma WA Real Estate Officer - Tacoma Public Utilities in Tacoma, Washington

Position Description

The City of Tacoma is seeking a self-motivated individual with strong interpersonal and supervisory skills to join our team as a Real Estate Officer. This is a classified position, and is located at the City's Tacoma Public Utilities building. This position will service the Utility Divisions of Power, Water and Rail. We are looking for a results oriented person who is interested in diverse and challenging real property and right of way utility projects to join our dynamic Real Property Services team.

This is the third level in the real estate classification series. Positions in this classification supervise a work group and serve as a technical expert for their section. The responsibilities of this classification include providing professional, high level services in property management, acquisition, disposition, research, right-of-way, utility corridors and complex permit oversight for large capital projects, complex leasing and appraisal. Incumbents are responsible for the coordination, supervision and oversight of work teams, complex acquisition/development projects, developing strategies and budget preparation. The employee in this position will be responsible for reviewing the work of direct reports, which is comprised of represented staff.

If the below list of personal traits sounds like you, then you are just the type of person we are searching for to join our team!

  • Outgoing, positive personality who enjoys leading project teams on complex, high visibility projects,
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and collaboration skills,
  • Strong personal motivation and drive – an ambitious and committed self-starter
  • Strong project management
  • Proven leadership and supervisory skills The Principles that Guide Us: Tacoma, the_ City of Destiny, has a workforce of dedicated, talented and open-minded employees with unique skills and perspectives. We embrace innovation and strive for excellence and community engagement in all that we do. The Principles that Guide Us, _Integrity, Service, Excellence and Equity,speak to the values that we embody as City of Tacoma employees, and represent the core of our work in public service.

Tacoma Public Utilities provides services that are vital to our quality of life. Plan for Excellence.We believe in and are committed to: serving our customers, respecting people, caring for our community and the environment, achieving excellence and operating safely.

*Keys to Success. *Meet the changing needs of our customers in a competitive environment. Increase the organization's ability to continuously improve. Provide a safe work environment for employees that encourages diversity, teamwork and continuous improvement and recognizes innovation and excellence. Influence the development and implementation of public policy.

Essential Duties:

  • Manage City's inventory of real properties and rights of way. Respond to questions about City owned real property and rights of way. Resolve trespass and encroachment issues. Ensure the processing of requests for secondary use of City properties in a timely and responsible manner.
  • Draft and review transaction documents for real estate transactions, i.e. permits, licenses, easements, various use agreements, purchase and sale agreements, and deeds. Prepare and manage other written materials related to real estate transactions including offer letters, letters of intent, title reports, valuations, financial pro-formas, and request for City Council and Public Utility Board actions.
  • Advise management and stakeholders on real estate related matters. Share information and expertise to enable informed decisions for each Utility division. Prepare and participate in studies associated with projects requiring real estate expertise. Provide real estate cost estimates to Engineers and Project Managers; maintain effective working relationships with other City Departments.
  • Recommend and assist in the development of real estate guidelines, policies and procedures to assure departmental compliance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations.
  • Recommend initiation of various legal actions, including condemnation, and assist the Legal Department in obtaining settlements for legal real estate actions.
  • Coordinate and participate in the acquisition and disposition of real property interests for the City. Order and review title reports, fee appraisals and environmental studies. Oversee in-house title work and valuations. Represent the City in negotiations.
  • Prepare and present requests for action on real estate matters to the Public Utility Board and City Council.
  • Work closely with other regulatory agencies such as the Army Corp of Engineers, WSDOT, Port of Tacoma, various County Departments, non-City utilities such as BPA, PSE and BNSF Railway.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with attorneys, appraisers, engineers, surveyors, title companies, lenders, corporate and non-profit entities, and other public agencies.
  • Train subordinate employees in all matters related to public sector real property issues, including detailed understanding of GIS services, right-of-way plans, document management and contract administration.
  • Assist in the hiring process, orientation and training of new employees. Supervise, manage, lead and coach assigned staff; review work and evaluate performance.

City of Tacoma Recruitment Information: One of the primary goals of the City of Tacoma Equity and Empowerment Initiative is that the City of Tacoma workforce reflects the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and we welcome candidates with diverse and/or multicultural skill sets and personal experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work and play. Qualifications

An equivalent combination to:

  • Graduation from a four-year college or university with specialization in real estate, business administration, or other related field. AND

  • Three years experience in the real estate and/or right-of-way fields involving land titles, appraisal, acquisition, sale and escrow of real property.

LICENSES, CERTIFICATES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS Valid Washington State driver's license is required at the time of appointment with maintenance thereafter.

Some positions may require one or more of the following: Notary commission, SRWA, MA, SRA or other designation or certification in the fields of Right of Way, Real Estate Appraisal, and /or Property Management.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS & WORKING CONDITIONS Work includes indoor and outdoor environment; subject to driving from site to site.

Knowledge & Skills

Analysis Use data and information in a clear and rational process to assess and understand issues, evaluate options, form accurate conclusions, and make decisions. Gather, assemble, analyze and evaluate facts to draw logical conclusions and make proper recommendations and prepare clear, concise, and comprehensive written reports which require displaying and presenting statistical, graphical, and other reporting methods to audiences of varying technical sophistication.

Research Effectively identify, collect, organize and document data and information in ways that make the information most useful for subsequent assessment, analysis, and investigation using current software and techniques. Compile and maintain reports, records and various other forms of pertinent information in an organized and professional manner.

Workload Management Effectively organize multiple assignments, sometimes of a complex nature or involving competing priorities and analyzing situations to develop a course of action to produce work products that are accurate, thorough and on time.

Communications Effectiveness Effectively communication both verbal and in writing including the compilation of reports, presentations and records; and interacting respectfully and sensitively with individuals and groups to develop and maintain productive relationships and achieve results.

Decision Making Act decisively and make timely decisions while seeking information from others and encouraging diverse opinions in order to improve the quality of decision making. Accept responsibility for personal decisions and their consequences while evaluating situations and options when considering financial and operational impacts.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

Our City: With a population over 200,000, Tacoma is the second largest city in the Puget Sound region, gracing the shores of Commencement Bay. We are a diverse, progressive, international city that serves as a gateway to the Pacific Rim and the rest of the world. Named one of the most livable areas in the country by, Tacoma and the surrounding area is a playground for outdoor and maritime enthusiasts. Our businesses are vibrant, our parks are beautiful, our schools are exceptional and our housing is affordable.

When you work for the City of Tacoma you'll enjoy a healthy work/life balance, the potential for flexible schedules with some job classifications, continuing education programs, leadership pathways, wellness incentives and a total rewards benefits program. We welcome you to take a look at our website and discover how the City of Tacoma can make your next career move part of our combined destiny:

The City of Tacoma believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. This job description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Interested individuals must *complete the online application and attach *a detailed resume and cover letter that includes major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.

Candidates who are eligible for Veteran's Preference scoring criteria must attach a copy of their DD-214 member copy 4, (proof of military discharge form) at time of application, to be eligible for review for Veteran's Preference, with redacted birth date and social security numbers. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have Supplemental Questions #9-16 scored as the Experience and Training Test for this position. Those who pass with a score of 70% or higher will be placed on the Eligible List for a period of one year, and will be eligible for further consideration and potential interview selection.

Appointment is subject to passing a pre-employment background and references check. A person offered the position must successfully complete a nine-month probationary period in order to attain permanent status in this position.

Communication from the City of Tacoma: We primarily communicate via email during the application process. Emails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk email folders.

The online application system requires you to enter a substantial amount of information. Be prepared to spend at least an hour entering information. In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement.

For assistance with the NEOGOV application process, or questions regarding this job announcement, call 253-591-5400 before 4:00 pm of the date this recruitment closes.

Salary: $38.72 - $49.63 Hourly

Location: Tacoma, WA

Job Type: Classified

Department: Public Works

Job Number: 2343-18A

Closing: 1/23/2019 5:00 PM Pacific

Agency: City of Tacoma

Address: Human Resources Department 747 Market Street Tacoma, Washington, 98402-3764

Phone: 253-591-5400