Property Acquisition & Relocation Specialist

DescriptionProvide services related to the management of TriMet-owned real property and the acquisition of property rights necessary for TriMet use, including leases, licenses, property management, building demolition services, and property disposition. Coordinate the acquisition of property and relocation of businesses and residents for federally-funded transit projects. Oversee and manage the efforts of multiple contractors in a schedule-driven, multi-disciplinary team environment. Document compliance with state and federal regulations. Provide real estate expertise and information to support Agency’s facilities and asset management.Ensure a commitment to safety through consistent and professional behaviors in performance of job requirements that demonstrate safety is a fundamental value that guides all aspects of work. Perform related duties as required. Essential Functions1.  Assist capital project development and design teams in evaluating the scope of property acquisitions and relocations associated with design alternatives.2.  Research and assess the acquisition and relocation needs of impacted property owners, including complex or unique business operations. Order and interpret title reports and ensure acquisition strategy accounts for liens and other title encumbrances. Meet with potentially affected property owners, tenants, and public agencies, and provide verbal and written communication relative to acquisition and relocation benefits and the eminent domain process.3.  Inspect properties and verify data in support of appraisals, design, environmental impact analysis, construction, and property management/disposal activities. Communicate impacts to property owners in the community.4.  Develop acquisition and relocation plans for capital projects and specific properties, and provide relocation assistance to individuals, businesses and public agencies. Identify and secure resources necessary to implement plans, including solicitation and selection of contractors such as title services, environmental assessments, field agents, demolition contractors, property managers and legal support. Develop task orders, review and verify relocation claims and contractor invoices.5.  Oversee acquisitions from establishing just compensation, to the presentation of offers, negotiations, and closing. Prepare documentation for necessary federal approvals.  Work with legal staff to condemn property when necessary.6.  Monitor progress of complex acquisition and relocation plans against schedule.  Identify strategies to meet schedule constraints.  Report status and project completion of acquisition and relocation activities.7.  Prepare scopes of work, requests for bids, task orders. Monitor contractor progress. Evaluate work for compliance with permit and bid documents. Coordinate inspections with field staff, review invoices, ensure prompt payment of contractors.8.  Participate in coordination meetings with other departments, outside agencies, community meetings, and public hearings. Provide information regarding district property boundaries, color of title, limits of continuing control, maintenance agreements, IGA’s and other instruments. Create exhibits and maps. Draft and issue permits and licenses for use of agency property. Maintain surplus property inventory and dispose of surplus property. Ensure compliance with local, state, federal regulations and guidelines for asset management.Position RequirementsA minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree is required.Bachelor’s degree in Business, Public Administration, Planning or related field. Course work in real estate appraisal, acquisition, relocation, project management, property management, law or other relevant training desired.A minimum of four (4) years total credited experience.* Experience in real property acquisition and relocation, project management or related fields.Must have a valid driver’s license in the state of Oregon or Washington, with a good driving record with no more than one accident or two moving violations in the previous five years.  Or any equivalent combination of experience and training.*The amount of credit a candidate receives for prior years of experience is based on the relevancy of that experience to the required or preferred prerequisites of the job description. Experience is prorated based on hours worked. LRHR assigns and validates the “credited experience”.