Salary: Annual Salary Range $49,000 - $56,000
Closing Date: Open Until Business Needs Are Met
The Arizona State Land Department manages over 10,000 leases, permits, rights of ways, sales and other contracts relating to the management use and disposition of 9.2 million acres of State Trust lands. State Trust lands are lands granted to the State of Arizona pursuant to the federal Enabling Act. The Trust lands are held in Trust for the common public schools and 13 other public institutions. Any use or disposition of Trust lands must benefit the Trust's beneficiaries.
Under the guidance of the Rights-of-Way Section Manager, the ROW Land Disposition Project Leader II manages rights of way projects as related to land development real estate projects of the most complex and diverse nature; assisting in the preparation, research, analysis and maintenance of the ROW section's dispositions. ROW projects have an extremely high priority and visibility and directly impact revenue potential for the Land trust.
• Manages a portfolio of low to high-level complex projects and negotiates right of way planning related efforts for right of way dispositions; completing right of way analyses and resolving sensitive components of land management infrastructure such as environmental issues related to protected species or groundwater contamination and/or long-term impact on state Trust Land and adjacent areas.
• Negotiates right of way contracts and right of way values and terms; completes financial/statistical reports. Serves as team member and project manager (team leader) on multi-disciplinary teams consisting of staff professionals, including planners, engineers, archaeologists, agriculture specialists, land surveyors, attorneys, title examiners, natural resource managers and appraisers.
• Engages with the agency's Commercial Real Estate section to ensure alignment with land development infrastructure (gas, water, electric, etc.)
• Assesses ROW applications, determining the appropriate level of involvement of internal and external disciplines (state and federal); creating project schedules and deadlines as appropriate.
• Prepares and assists in the development of ROW section standard work, desk procedures and process instructions. Assists in the evaluation, drafting, and implementation of new rules, procedures, policies, reports and documents. Conducts formal & informal and internal and external meetings. Provides technical and administrative guidance to agency staff regarding ROW project administration.
• Applies the principles, theories, and concepts of the Arizona Management System; actively participating in daily group huddles and huddle board updates; continually identifying areas for process and quality improvement; adhering to established standard work and procedures.
• All other relevant duties as assigned.
• Principles and practices of rights of way analysis and disposition;
• General knowledge of real estate transactions;
• Knowledge of land use and valuation principles.
• Principles of Arizona Management System (AMS), project management and coordination.
• Knowledge of rights of way easements, evaluation and execution of rights of way easements.
• Knowledge of financial analysis and basic accounting reconciliation.
• Principles and practices of land use planning and management, and the associated laws, rules and regulations;
• Knowledge of the methods and documents required for the acquisition of property including a thorough knowledge of negotiation proceedings;
• Knowledge of the practices and procedures used in land use management;
• Knowledge of the review and finalization procedures to complete the ROW process prior to final acquisition;
• Knowledge of how to interpret planning, engineering and/or delineation drawings, legal descriptions and map exhibits.
• Professional oral and written communication skills.
• Identifying and selecting the most appropriate guidelines for numerous and variable circumstances.
• Organizational skills in coordinating activities and efforts of land disposition agents.
• Negotiating to obtain support, cooperation, and timely action or change from involved parties.
• Establishing and assessing program objectives and performance goals.
• Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with various levels of local and federal government and business officials as well as the public.
• Ability to establish program objectives and performance goals and assess progress toward their achievement;
• Ability to organize and coordinate the activities and efforts of a project team;
• Ability to write reports, maintain records, and manage multiple tasks at one time;
• Physical ability to perform moderate work tasks such as walking in natural land areas and posting / removing signs;
• Ability to safely drive standard and 4-wheel drive vehicles to travel throughout the state, often on roads in poor condition;
• Ability to determine the effects of multi-disciplined uses and damage to State Trust land real property values;
• Ability to read and interpret legal descriptions and map orientation both in the field and on documents;
• Ability to exercise appropriate personal judgment within the guidelines of recognized laws, rules, procedures, and policies affecting the overall management of State Trust lands.
COVER LETTER REQUIREMENT
A cover letter is required for this position in addition to a complete resume at the time of application. The cover letter should concisely highlight experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to the job posting. The cover letter will be used to determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.
A Bachelor’s degree in Real Estate, business administration, public administration, or management. A designation in the International ROW Association, or related field and experience in basic rights-of-way transactions, land sales, or real estate management. Two (2) years of progressively responsible experience with lease contracts, agency rules and regulations, legal descriptions, and natural resource disciplines.
● Prior or after interviewing, candidates may be subject to a pre-employment skills assessment.
● Requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete required driver training. (refer to Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.)
The Arizona Department of Administration offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:
Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
Health and dental insurance
Life insurance and long-term disability insurance
Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance
For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page
● Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS).
● ASRS is a mandatory condition of employment for all employees who meet the eligibility and membership criteria as defined in statute.
● Enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment
● The current contribution rate is 12.41%
If you have trouble applying for this position, please email HRIShelpdesk@azdoa.gov for assistance.
Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting AZSLD Human Resources at 602-542-2629. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.
ARIZONA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (AMS)
All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress. Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.
The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.