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  • Full-time


Since its inception in 1912, the Arizona State Land Department has been entrusted with managing approximately 9.2 million acres of State Trust lands scattered throughout Arizona. The Common Schools (K-12) are the largest beneficiary entitled to approximately 87% of the land and receiving close to 90% of State Trust Land revenues. Through the application of sound stewardship, and effective business management principles, the Land Department can succeed in its mission of responsibly managing the assets of a multi-generational perpetual Trust in alignment with the interests of the beneficiaries and Arizona’s future. Are you ready to join us in our mission? Please apply today!
For general information, visit our website: www.azland.gov
1616 West Adams Phoenix, AZ 85007



Posting Details:

Salary: $40,000 - $50,000 

Grade: 20

Closing Date: Open Until Business Needs Are Met


Job Summary:

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 Land Disposition Project Leader I, manages rights of way (ROW) projects of low to mid-level complexity and of diverse nature. These projects have high priority, visibility and revenue potential for the Trust. Assists in preparation, research and billing tasks associated with completion and successful ROW transaction, the planning and development, analysis and maintenance of the Section's dispositions. Performs minor public relations activities. Evaluates and resolves sensitive files and issues of medium sensitivity. Assists in providing formal and informal training to professional staff. Concentrates on a high ratio of team versus individual projects. Coordinates the efforts of internal teams consisting of staff professionals. Provides technical and administrative guidance to staff. Successful implementation of project management activities, Arizona Management System (AMS) reducing waste and increased productivity as evidenced by participation and timely disposition of rights of way projects and tasks. Interfaces and coordinates with outside consultants, appraisers, city, and county staff. Determines plan or project objectives and goals. Assists in the development and implementation of rules, policies, and procedures.

Completes right of way analyses; resolves land management problems, negotiates right of way contracts and right of way values and terms; processes/completes rights of way transactions; prepares documentation of activities and findings; completes financial/statistical reports; and coordinate project activities.

Job Duties:

Summary of Duties:
• Manages a portfolio of low to mid-level complex files and negotiates right of way planning related efforts for right of way dispositions. Makes recommendations to supervisor relative to disposition alternatives and specific elements of each disposition.
• Manages interdisciplinary projects of low to mid-level complexity. Assists rights of way Team in transactions, non-application related tasks, conducts formal and informal training, meetings, and implements and supports AMS related tasks and Section responsibilities.
• Prepares and assists in development of Sections Standard Work, desk procedures and processes instructions.
• Assists in the evaluation, drafting, and implementation of new rules, procedures, policies, reports and documents.
• Conducts formal & informal meetings.
• Provides technical and administrative guidance to staff.
• 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.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
• Principles and practices of general real estate transaction, rights of way analysis and disposition.
• Knowledge of land use and valuation principles.
• Principles of Arizona Management System (AMS), project management and coordination.
• Knowledge of construction, 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.

Skill in:
• Professional oral and written communications skills.
• Skilled in locating and selecting the most appropriate guidelines for numerous and variable circumstances.
• Organizational skills in coordinating activities and efforts of land disposition agents.
• Negotiation skills to obtain support, cooperation, and timely action or change from involved parties.
• Skill to establish and assess program objectives and performance goals.
• Skill to establish and maintain effective working relationships with various levels of government and business officials as well as the public.

Ability to:
• 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

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.

Selective Preference(s):

● Bachelor’s degree in finance, Real Estate, business administration, public administration, management, designation in the International Rights of Way Association, or related field and experience in basic real estate transactions, land sales, rights-of-way transactions, or real estate management.
● Two (2) years of progressively responsible experience with lease contracts, agency rules and regulations, legal descriptions, and natural resources disciplines.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

● 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:
Sick leave
Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
Health and dental insurance
Retirement plan
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 12.22%

Contact Us:

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.


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.