Right of Way Use Supervisor

City of Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids, IA Municipal & Government / Engineering $54,558 to $74,922 yearly

Responsible for performing a variety of complex professional and supervisory tasks that involve extensive analysis and detailed implementation. Coordinates right-of-way management activities with public projects, public/private utility companies, and company contractors, i.e., oversees the permitted construction and maintenance activities in the City's public street right-of-way, under the provision of the City's right-of-way ordinance. Responsible for development and administration of existing utility franchises; coordinates negotiations with new and renewed non-franchise entities; and monitors local control of rights-of-way issues.


The Right-of-Way Management Supervisor is to exercise considerable initiative and independence in management of the right-of-way program. The work involves extensive contact with city departments, outside agencies, contractors and utility companies. Supervises technical staff and reports to the Real Estate Services Manager who reviews work through reports, meetings and overall results achieved.


Successful completion of a pre-employment background check, physical examination (if applicable) and drug screen are required prior to employment with the City of Cedar Rapids.


Examples of Essential Duties:

  • Supervises technical staff;
  • Fully evaluates current resources within the assigned section as well as pertinent related resources within the engineering division;
  • Administers and enforces the right-of-way management program;
  • Ensures that all right-of-way management policies, procedures and practices are updated, as required, to ensure the City's full compliance with Local, State and Federal ordinances, statues and laws;
  • Reviews and provides input on proposed state legislation changes relating to utilities and use of public right-of-way and attends any legislative sessions;
  • Functions as the City liaison with utility companies and project consultants as per their submitted and approved plans;
  • Coordinates with utility companies required to relocate for various projects to review relocation plans to ensure all utility relocation obligations and objectives are met and to identify and correct potential utility conflicts;
  • Schedules and coordinates all necessary one on one meetings with each affected utility as it relates to the specific relocation prior to construction;
  • Works with each utility company to prioritize projects and provides updated project information, schedules, and goals of the City's overall 5-year capital project plan;
  • Gathers pertinent data relating to private utilities request for use of public ROW, negotiates and processes for submission of Non-Franchise Utility Agreements, facilitates review and develops documents for City approval and processes invoices for payment to City;
  • Negotiates right-of-way management permits and related services for telecommunication providers and utility companies to assure equitable recover of revenue for use of and damage to public right-of-way and protection of public interest;
  • Confer with city management and city attorneys and other staff to resolve major operating and administrative issues relating to the right-of-way management;
  • Direct professional, technical, skilled and other employees in the development and administration of right-of-way management program to include reviewing and preparing various right-of-way use and excavation permits used by the City, private utilities, contractors and excavators;
  • Conduct inspections of right-of-way with staff to determine recommended action and direct activities with other departments, divisions and agencies on various programs and projects;
  • Contact and meet with public, community groups, utility companies and contractors to ensure optimum project coordination;
  • Review revisions and modifications to the city right-of-way management geographic information system maps for the city's right-of-way management GIS program which may require research, recommending improvements and assessing outcomes;
  • Monitors computer based program as it relates to all right-of-way functions;
  • Generate and maintain necessary reporting as required to manage process and as requested by management;
  • Attends state or regional conferences utility regulatory meetings, project pre-construction meetings, monthly utility coordination meetings, and City Council meetings presenting when necessary;
  • Perform related duties as required;

Required Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of construction and maintenance practices related to streets and utility projects;
  • Knowledge of engineering principles and practices;
  • Knowledge of applicable codes and ordinances related to streets and utilities;
  • Knowledge of laws pertaining to the use, acquisition and disposition of property;
  • Knowledge of planning procedures, techniques and methods;
  • Knowledge of deed and tract restrictions, zoning ordinances, and all other real estate instruments;
  • Knowledge of automated mapping/facility mapping practices, procedures, and standards;
  • Knowledge of geographic information system standards, practices and procedures in a multi-user environment;
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of supervision, training and personnel management;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with city staff and the general public;
  • Ability to negotiate permit vacancies, renewals, and penalties with right-of-way users;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively and maintain working relationships with property owners utility representatives, contractors, developers, City personnel and the public both orally and in writing, using both technical and non-­technical language;
  • Ability to exercise independent judgement;
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering and construction plans;
  • Exhibit diplomacy and judgement when working with citizens, contractors, and utility companies;
  • Ability to prepare accurate and reliable reports containing real estate terminology and documentation, title forms and documents, findings, conclusions and recommendations;
  • Ability to operate a personal computer using program applications appropriate to assigned duties and responsibilities;
  • Ability to quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology;
  • Ingenuity and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks.

Acceptable Experience and Training:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Planning, Real Estate, or a closely related field and/or equivalent combination of training, education, and experience and;
  • Minimum 3 years of experience working with engineering and survey documents, related engineering principles and practices and real estate transactions. Experience with public right of way activities highly preferred or
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work.

Required Special Qualifications:

  • Valid U.S. driver's license.

Application Instructions:


Job ID: 70479

Posted 16 days ago

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