Chief Right-of-Way Agent

Recruitment #110718-MAEB06-550800

Summary Statement

Directs, and administrates all real estate services related to appraisal relocation, acquisition, and disposition of real property. Coordinates Utility program, ROW Plan review, Survey and Railroad Coordination, conducts negotiations to purchase, approves actions to condemn, monitors relocation assistance, real property management, serves as expert in negotiations, acquisitions and excess land dispositions; drafts and reviews statewide legislation, serves as representative for state on regional and national policy committees; interacts with residents, state agencies, legal officials, federal officials, and media.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
  • Directs and manages operational and support staff through subordinate supervisors in the appraisals, acquisition and disposition of real property and associated relocation assistance services.
  • Manages and oversees budget preparation for capital and operating funds.
  • Develops, revises, and implements real estate appraisal, acquisition, relocation and operating policies, procedures and manuals.
  • Represents the department and state in meetings or conferences with federal, state and local government agencies and representatives of private organizations regarding statewide right-of-way operations.
  • Provides strategic advice in the early planning stages through the planning and design of specific projects and develops alternative courses of action as needed.
  • Reviews and provides technical comments on design plans.
  • Supervises the preparation of special reports and exhibits for a particular right-of-way project or acquisition.
  • Directs the selection, promotion, discipline, training and development of staff.
  • Coordinates with other department sections to obtain and clear right-of-way in time to permit construction projects to proceed on schedule.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Chief Right-of-Way Agent
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Three years experience in relocation assistance. 
  2. Three years experience in analyzing engineering or property drawings. 
  3. Three years experience in preparing real estate cost estimates. 
  4. Three years experience in interpreting the Federal Uniform Relocation and Real Property Acquisition Act.
  5. Three years experience in real estate negotiation and real property acquisition.
  6. Six months experience in staff supervision which includes planning, assigning, reviewing, and evaluating the work of others.
  7. Knowledge of real estate appraisal and real property management.
  8. Knowledge of budget management and control which includes managing a budget for the purpose of keeping expenditures within the limitations of available appropriations and available revenue and maintaining, monitoring, projecting and controlling a budget within set policies and procedures.
  9. Knowledge of developing policies and procedures.

Conditions of Hire

As a condition of hire the selected candidate is required to place any Real Estate Sales/Broker’s license in an inactive status effective prior to their starting date.

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.  DelDOT does not provide employment-based sponsorship.

Pre-employment Drug Testing:  Upon a conditional offer, you must undergo pre-employment drug testing as part of the hiring process.

Criminal background check:  A satisfactory criminal background check is required as a condition of hire.  The recruiting agency may require the applicant to pay for the criminal background check as part of the conditional offer of hire.


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Selection Process

The application and supplemental questionnaire are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

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Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.  The State of Delaware – An Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.