Sr. Acquisition Agent

Northern California

REPORTS TO:

Acquisition Manager or Executive Vice President

POSITION SUMMARY

The Senior Acquisition Agent represents the client and is the primary point of contact for property owner negotiations.  The Senior Acquisition Agent, under the direction of the Manager/Supervisor, possesses an excellent working knowledge of all right of way disciplines including but not limited to title,  acquisition, and appraisal theory.  The Senior Agent is very knowledgeable about property valuation, survey drawings, legal descriptions and alignments sheets. He/she also has a working knowledge and a good understanding of the legal documents required for a public agency acquisition project and has proven ability to accurately complete right of way transactions independently. The Senior Acquisition Agent can work minimal supervision but receives assignment and direction from a supervisor/manager. The Senior Acquisition Agent does not supervise any staff but may mentor lesser experienced Agents and other support personnel.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES

  • Acts as primary point of contact for the property owner.
  • Prepares all First Written Offer (FWO) documents (as approved by client) including purchase agreement, deeds, escrow instructions, and summary statements.
  • Prepares correspondence and communications with property owners.
  • Maintains thorough diary of events/contacts with property owners.
  • Clears title issues addressed in escrow instructions, including securing necessary documents from property owner.
  • Participates in project team meetings to provide status updates, as scheduled.
  • Works with Project Coordinator to request payments to owner for appraisal reimbursement and/or close escrow.
  • Works with Project Coordinator and project manager to close files
  • Works with Project Manager to resolve property owner issues during acquisition and project construction.
  • Coordinates efforts with Relocation Agent to ensure property owner is informed.
  • Keeps Project Manager informed regarding counter-offers and/or issues developing with property owners (before, during or after construction).
  • Prepares administrative settlements for review by Project Manager and/or request for appraisal revision, as necessary.
  • Prepare Summary of Contacts, in the event of impasse, and Resolution of Necessity if required
  • Other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS:

Skills
  • Must be proficient in basic computer use (Microsoft Office, including Excel, Access and SharePoint).
  • Flexible and adaptable to a fluid, changing, fast-paced, and dynamic environment.
  • Performs well under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Strong time management skills.
  • Detail-oriented with excellent follow-through.
  • Works well in a team environment.
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal.
  • Ability to maintain professionalism while communicating with difficult situations.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
QUALIFICATIONS:

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) from a four-year college or university

Experience

  • 1-5 years of experience acquiring properties for public agencies with State and/or Federal oversight required.

Certification

  • Current State of California license as a Real Estate Broker or Real Estate Salesperson required. Real Estate Salespeople must register their license under BRI’s Corporate Broker.
  • Senior Right of Way designation from International Right of Way Association preferred

ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Ability to sit, stand or walk for 6-8hrs per day.
  • Ability move from sitting to standing positions effortlessly.
  • Ability to type and operate a computer consistently throughout the workday.
  • Ability to use headphones and earpiece on a regular basis.
  • Regularly see details of objects that are less than a few feet away.
  • Ability to communicate clearly.
  • Ability to frequently bend to file and maintain files.
  • Ability to occasionally lift 5-10 pounds.
  • Ability to travel through Northern/Southern California.

E-mail your resume to jobapp@benderrosenthal.com.

Be sure to tell us a bit about yourself and why you want to join our team. Looking forward to meeting you!