Sr Real Property Agent

Seattle, Washington, United States


Sr Real Property Agent

$50.06 - $58.36 Hourly

Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave., Seattle, Washington

Job Type:
Classified Civil Service, Regular, Full-Time


Seattle Public Utilities

Bargaining Unit:
PTE, Local 17 - Professionals

Closing Date
08/23/22 04:00 PM Pacific Time

Position Description:
SPU's Real Property team is seeking a Senior Real Property Agent to support project delivery, property analysis and property rights for SPU utility infrastructure systems (water, drainage, wastewater, and solid waste), Corporate Services and other agencies/municipalities. This position evaluates development and revenue opportunities, prepares cost analysis, negotiates, and acquires the real property and property rights, disposes of surplus property, manages SPU property and property information, and performs complex and financially significant real estate functions on behalf of SPU. This position reports to the Real Property Division Manager.

About Seattle Public Utilities:
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is a Community Centered Utility whose mission is to foster healthy people, environment, and economy by partnering with our community to equitably manage water and waste resources for today and future generations. We deliver high quality, vital services, across four major lines of business: providing water, solid waste, drainage and wastewater services for Seattle residents and businesses. In addition, SPU provides drinking water for 1.5 million regional customers in Seattle and other municipalities. Our customers depend on us to deliver high quality, reliable, and cost-conscious utility services and to achieve the highest benefits possible for every investment we make.
SPU commits to Our City Values and Race and Social Justice as core principles that guide our work. We support and hold ourselves accountable to this commitment by eliminating barriers to access and providing employees with equitable opportunities for professional growth and advancement.
We know work isn't only about what you do it’s also about who you work for and with! SPU provides a fun and family-friendly work environment that supports a work life balance, including:
  • Hybrid work schedule opportunities
  • Family-friendly and multicultural work environment
  • Generous benefits package
  • Free public transportation options
  • City pension plan with employer/employee contributions
  • Growth potential and advancement opportunities
Job Responsibilities:
  • Manage properties and right-of-ways under Seattle Public Utilities ownership and control; including negotiations, calculating fair market rental rates and drafting of legal documents and instruments such as purchase and sale agreements, leases, easements, deeds, plat dedication language, franchises, licenses, permits, interagency agreements, covenants, consents and MOA's. Coordinate with the City Law Department.
  • Negotiate and conduct the acquisition, disposal, lease, boundary lot adjustment and utilization of complex and financially significant parcels of land or rights on behalf of Seattle Public Utilities. Recommend initiation of condemnation when necessary to acquire real property. Coordinate with the City Law Department. May appear in court as an expert witness.
  • Perform comprehensive legal research into property transactions such as deeds, contracts, easements, title searches, escrow accounts, right-of-way restrictions, zoning, land use requirements, encumbrances, appraisals and value analysis, environmental impacts, project permits, franchise rights, interprets information and prepares findings in written and presentation format.
  • Maintain real property files and records through data system management, original records management and records retention procedures.
  • Maintain a high level of intra-departmental teamwork, customer relations and communication, providing updates to Division and Department leadership and bring them into the business process at appropriate times for decision-making.
  • Read, create and interpret real property legal descriptions.
  • Prepare, order and interpret complex property appraisals and environmental site assessment reports. Prepare contracts, coordinate contractor/vendor real estate activities including survey, brokerage, title, escrow, appraisal, site assessment, valuation analysis, negotiations and relocation services.
  • Prepare and present legislation for Department leadership, the general public and City Council consideration.
  • Assist in developing and recommending goals, objectives, changes in processes, policies, procedures, and practices. Prepare and document procedures and practices for use by SPU Real Property and other SPU employees.
  • Provide lead duties in training, planning, scheduling subordinate's work and by providing expert guidance and explanation of business processes, procedures, and practices.
  • Represent the City or Department at interagency meetings, public hearings, City Council, community meetings and conferences involving real property matters.
  • Perform other related duties of a comparable level as assigned.
Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
  • Three (3) years of experience as a Real Property Agent or equivalent position.
  • Associates Degree in Real Estate or related field of study.
Experience Equivalency:
  • Combinations of appropriate education, training, certification, and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability to the minimum education and experience requirements.
A successful candidate should possess some of the following knowledge, experience, skills, and abilities:
  • Integrity, honesty, and cultural versatility.
  • Experience in advancing and applying Race, Social and Environmental Justice principles and tools within an organization.
  • Bachelor's degree in Real Estate, Law, Urban Planning, Geography or related field.
  • 3+ years' experience in real estate acquisitions, dispositions, conveyance documents, and property management for a Utility, government, or a large institutional property owner.
  • Experience with water, drainage, wastewater, or other Utility real estate transactions and Right-of-Way (ROW) property management.
  • Municipal, State, or Federal government experience.
  • Ability to become a Notary Public and a certified senior member of the International Right of Way Associate.
  • Strong negotiation skills with proven track record of successful acquisition work on complex projects.
  • Demonstrated understanding of appraisals, evaluations, legal documents, and cost-benefit analysis.
  • Demonstrated experience with real property legal descriptions, appraisals, title research, and interpreting engineering plans and drawings.
  • Strong teambuilding, relationship management, and customer service skills.
  • Excellent project management, analytical, and organizational skills.
  • Advanced database, geographic information mapping(GIS) and software skills (such as Visio, ESRI ArcMap, Microsoft Office and SharePoint).
  • Experience drafting legislation, working with elected officials, community engagement, and public processes.
  • Excellent verbal, written, presentation, and graphics communication skills. ?
  • Ability to work effectively within a multicultural workforce serving a diverse community base.
At the time of appointment must hold a valid Washington State Driver License.
Work Environment/Physical Demands
  • Work is generally performed in an office environment however this position requires field visits and site inspections.
  • Work requires alternative assignment and alternative work location in the event of a Utility or City-wide emergency event.
Additional Information:
COVID 19 Vaccination Mandate - City of Seattle employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination prior to your employment start date. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

Telework Expectation:
The position requires the first six months of 5 days per week in the SMT Office.
After 6 months, the position requires a minimum of 3 days per week in the SMT Office.

Application Requirement(s):
  • A complete NEOGOV/Government Jobs online application
  • Supplemental Questionnaire responses
  • Resume & Cover letter describing your skills and experience in relation to this position
~Candidates submitting an incomplete Application Packages may not receive further consideration~

Who may apply: The City of Seattle encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experience. This position is open to all qualified candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
Learn more about Seattle Public Utilities at our web page

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