Right of Way Agent

City of Cedar Rapids

Negotiates agreements to acquire property rights; performs business and residential relocation per the Uniform act, as well as support for condemnation hearings, title research and consultants.

Position Schedule: Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4:30pm

Examples of Essentital Duties:

  • Provides right of way support by establishing accuracy of present title status of subject properties; acquires right-of-way needs (fee title, permanent easements, and temporary easements) for city projects  
  • Investigates and researches title data via county courthouse records, city documents, field interviews with abstractors, attorneys, and property managers
  • Estimates the market value of properties
  • Serves as a liaison between property owners and institutions, housing, and welfare agencies, interpreting and explaining acquisition, relocation, negotiations, closing and property management
  • Facilitates all the phases of right of way acquisition projects including defining, measuring, analyzing, improving and controlling (DMAIC) information to completion
  • Trains staff in the principles and practices of right of way acquisition, appraisal, property management and relocation assistance
  • Determines eligibility, moving cost options, and amount of payments in conformance with state and federal laws
  • Prepares, revises, and modifies contracts for purchase of real estate, personal property and/or property rights in per project plans
  • Documents all phases of right of way acquisitions
  • Prepares and negotiates agreements to secure property rights and interests
  • Monitors progress of relocation/adjustment projects to ensure compliance with the negotiated agreements in a timely manner
  • Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with city policies, procedures and safety practices
  • Performs related work as required.

Required Education and Experience

  • Associate's Degree Business, Planning, or related field and
  • Three (3) to five (5) years of full-time experience in real estate appraisals, property law, acquisitions/negotiations, real estate sales or management and/or relocation assistance or
  • An equivalent combination of education and/or experience
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse population

Required Licenses or Certifications

  • Valid. U.S. Driver’s License
  • Iowa Notary Public or ability to obtain within 3 months of hire

Desired Qualifications

  • Iowa Real Estate or Appraiser license
  • International Right of Way Association certification and/or Senior Right of Way designation
  • Completion of International Right of Way  Association course or web-based training  FHWA-NHI-141045 Real Estate Acquisition under the Uniform Act or equivalent course related to Right of Way and Eminent Domain 


Knowledge of:

  • Federal and State laws, principles, practices, policies, and regulations relating to real estate and specifically to the basic activities of right of way acquisition 
  • Mortgage lending contracts and online research sites (recorder, assessor, Secretary of State, Iowa courts online, GIS)
  • USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) and Yellowbook (Uniform Appraisal Standards of Federal Land Acquisitions) compliant appraisal reports and reviews for property acquisition and disposition purposes
  • Engineering and construction concepts and terminology

Skills in:

  • Organization and significant attention to detail with a high degree of accuracy
  • Project management
  • Analytical problem solving 
  • Negotiating and presenting

Ability to:

  • Work cooperatively and develop and maintain effective working relationships
  • Read, comprehend and provide feedback on legal documents and engineering plan sets
  • Accurately organize and maintain paper documents and electronic files
  • Meet deadlines while effectively balancing and prioritizing multiple projects
  • Maintain the confidentiality of information and professional boundaries
  • Work as part of a team and independently with minimal supervision

Job ID: 76000

Posted 12 days ago

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