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The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) is accepting applications for two Real Estate Appraiser positions in the Appraisal Section in the Division of Rights of Way at our Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut. These positions are full time, 40 hours per week and are in the P-4 (Engineering and Scientific) bargaining unit. The official State job classification for these positions is Property Agent 2. These positions require a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser license. Applicants who do not possess a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser license will NOT be considered. In addition to a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser license, we seek candidates with a strong work ethic and interest to work in the transportation field.
The Division of Rights of Way, Appraisals Section, is responsible for acquiring property through eminent domain for the Department's Capital Program. The Appraisal Section ensures property rights are valued in accordance with State and federal law. Appraisers in the Appraisal Section are required to hold an appraiser license in order to perform their duties. Appraisers ensure that property acquisitions are completed in accordance with State and Federal law while accommodating the schedule as provided in the Department's Capital Program.
The DOT offers a competitive starting salary and excellent State benefits package including health/dental insurance, generous paid time off, retirement plan, alternate work schedule options and a multitude of other benefits. We also offer the convenience of an on-site, low-cost fitness center, on-site cafeteria, and ample free parking. We are centrally located in Newington with easy access from major highways and by public transportation.
In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States, available to travel to and attend training, conferences, public meetings, field reviews, etc. both within and outside of normal working hours when necessary, and must possess and retain a valid Driver's license and active Certified General Real Estate Appraiser license.
Applicants must include a resume within the "Resume Tab" of their application. Applicants must list their Certified General Real Estate Appraiser license number and expiration date, and their Driver's license number, expiration date and issuing State, and any other job-relevant licenses or certifications, in the Licenses and Professional Certifications section of their application.
Ensure that your application is complete before submitting it. Applicants will be unable to make revisions once their application is submitted into the JobAps system.
NOTE: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to answer additional questions and/or submit additional documentation which supports their qualifications for this position. These documents may include; cover letters, college transcripts, verification of degree completion, foreign education equivalency reports from a recognized USA accrediting service, proof of licensure, performance appraisals, employment/supervisory references, etc.
Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position. Candidates who are offered and accept a position with the State of Connecticut are bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees which is available at www.ct.gov/ethics.
The immediate vacancy is listed above, however applications to this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies in this job classification.
This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error.
Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account.
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In a state agency having a real property appraisal and acquisition and/or commercial leasing function this class is accountable for acting as a working lead and/or for performing the most complex tasks in the technical phases of property appraisal, acquisition, relocation, leasing, sale or revenues management.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Appraisers in the Division of Rights of Way prepare appraisal reports and appraisal review reports for the purchase, sale and lease of land, buildings, easements or other property rights in accordance with State and federal statutes and regulations. Appraisers perform all duties necessary to complete appraisal reports such as gathering and evaluating market data, analyzing the approach to value and inspecting properties. Appraisers maintain a thorough understanding of real estate appraisals and valuation methods, construction plans, and other engineering documents as necessary to explain a project's impact to impacted property owners and the public and meet with owners regarding proposed acquisitions. Appraisers also testify in court in condemnation proceedings to sustain recommended values and may serve as working lead to lower level staff which includes training and supervision. Performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of methods and practices of land acquisition by purchase or condemnation; knowledge of real estate appraisal; knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations concerning relocation of displaced property owners and tenants, public utility location and relocation as they affect rights of way processes, property and commercial leases, service contracts, space rental agreements, tenant and lease holder rights; knowledge of effect on property values of deed restrictions, zoning ordinances, setbacks, assessments and encroachments; knowledge of property management including lease negotiation, needs assessment, proposal analysis and revenue enhancement; considerable interpersonal skills; oral and written communications skills; ability to utilize computer software; some supervisory ability.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Seven (7) years of technical experience in rights of way, real estate appraisal, land acquisition, sale of real property, commercial leasing or property management.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equaling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. Certification by the International Right of Way Association as a Senior Right of Way Professional may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
• Experience using Microsoft Word and Excel to prepare complex documents and spreadsheets.
• Experience reading and understanding construction plans.
• Experience using organizational, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills effectively.
• Experience problem solving, recommending, implementing effective solutions in a timely manner.
• Experience prioritizing and multi-tasking.
1. Incumbents in this class involved with the appraisal of real property must successfully complete agency specified real estate appraisal courses and possess and retain a current Connecticut Real Estate Appraiser license and either a residential and/or general appraiser certification as required by the position.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.