Supervising Right of Way Agent

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Mar 17, 2020
Full Time Real Estate Regulatory and Licensing Transportation or Transit
  • Salary: $89,558.32 - $108,864.18 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Information

The Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) is seeking a qualified individual to fillone full-timeSupervising Right of Way Agent vacancy.

The Supervising Right of Way Agent supervises a staff of professional Right of Way Agents responsible for:
  • Determining ownership and valuation of property
  • Securing property deeds, easements, and access rights
  • Arranging disposal of public lands
  • Performing related duties as required
The ideal candidate will possess:
  • A minimum offive years working in the capacity of a Right of Way Agent for a Public Agency doing business similar to that of the Sonoma County Water Agency, such as managing right of way aspects of water, wastewater, flood control, power infrastructure in public and private properties, and habitat monitoring/restoration activities
  • Senior Right of Way Professional (SR/WA) Credential by the International Right of Way Association (IRWA)
  • Experience and thorough knowledge of processes, procedures, and legal and procedural requirementsinvolved in the acquisition of real property interests under eminent domain
  • A minimum of three years lead or supervisory experience directing the work of Right of Way Agents engaged in the acquisition of property rightsrelated topublic works projects and/or land/property management activities
  • Outstanding written communication, verbal communication, and public presentation skills
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills, with meticulous attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal and contract negotiation skills
  • Excellent time management and decision-making skills
Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to a competitive total compensation package*, including:
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $650 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range

About Sonoma Water

Sonoma Water is a special district formed by the California State Legislature in 1949 and is responsible for providing a safe and reliable water supply to its customers in Sonoma and Marin counties. Sonoma Water also maintains 75 miles of flood control channels and provides sanitation services. Employing approximately 230 employees, Sonoma Water consists of six divisions including Engineering and Resource Planning, Environmental Resources, Community and Government Affairs, Water and Wastewater Operations, Maintenance, and Administrative Services. Sonoma Water supports the concept of environmental sustainability, focusing on renewable power sources, and strives to be a leader in its water conservation and fishery restoration programs.

Please note:Employees of Sonoma Water are employees of a special district and are not subject tothe provisions of the Civil Service Ordinance of the County of Sonoma.

*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. This employment list may also be used to fill future extra-help positions as they occur during the active status of this list. County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Any combination of educational course work or training including on-the-job training which would provide the opportunity to acquire and demonstrate the knowledge and ability stated herein.

Experience: Any combination of paid work experience which would provide the opportunity to use the knowledge and abilities stated herein. Normally, two years of journey level technical experience and some experience leading a group of employees engaged in right of way work will provide such an opportunity.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including necessary special endorsements, as required by the State of California to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Thorough knowledge of: laws, regulations, and procedures pertaining to the acquisition, disposal and leasing of public lands and the acquisition and termination of easements and access rights.

Considerable knowledge of: current principles and practices of property appraisal, negotiation, acquisition, leasing and disposition; and of appraisal and engineering practices and terminology used in land survey and property acquisition work.

Knowledge of: principles and techniques of management, including program planning, implementation and administration; budgetary practices and controls; training and supervision of subordinates; and of modern theories and methods of supervision and management which relate to the evaluating and coaching of subordinate staff.

Ability to: establish and maintain effective working relationships with peers, supervisors, subordinates, members of public, other County departments and persons who have an interest in the Right of Way Program; plan, train, and supervise a staff of employees; conduct successful negotiations; analyze situations and to select appropriate courses of action; read and interpret maps, plans, blueprints and real property descriptions; and to speak and write effectively and to prepare clear and concise reports.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit Getting a Jobwith the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department selection processes.

Responses to supplemental questionswill be scored using position-specific criteria. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient and therefore may not be scored.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (weight 100%) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's application and supplemental questionnaire for satisfaction of minimum qualifications (pass/not pass); and for educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position. Each applicant will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
  • Relevance of work history, related experience, and achieved level of education and/or training as described in the application and responses to the supplemental questions.
Candidates demonstrating possession of the minimum qualifications will be placed on an employment list in order of most qualified to least qualified based on the achieved score received in the Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination. Scores may be adjusted based on such factors as number of candidates, anticipated vacancies, past practice, and natural breaks in the scores achieved by this group of candidates.

A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.


Applications are accepted on-line at: . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people.Please view the County's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for further information.

HR Analyst: EP
HR Technician: AC

Job Address

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