The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), is Orange County’s primary transportation agency. It’s our job to develop and deliver transportation solutions to enhance the quality of life and keep Orange County moving. Operating in a 798 square-mile area, we serve more than 3 million residents in 34 cities and unincorporated areas. Our responsibilities extend to all forms of transportation, including bus and paratransit service, Metrolink commuter rail service, planned future rail, including street cars, the 91 Express Lanes Toll Road, freeway, street and road improvement projects, motorist services and regulating taxi operations. OCTA has been recognized for excellence in the public transportation industry by the American Public Transportation Association and has been honored with awards from local and national organizations for our transportation improvements. OCTA’s core values consist of integrity, teamwork/partnership, communication, customer focus, can-do spirit and safety.
Under general direction, performs a wide range of complex duties related to property acquisition, appraisal, sale, project development, leasing and property management of real property, relocation of utilities, eminent domain support, and relocation of displaced individuals and businesses from properties that have been acquired. Oversees, manages and administers right of way delivery of various capital improvement projects for the Agency.
This is an exempt position in Salary Grade S: Min $85,696.00 – Mid $105,092.00 – Max $124,488.00 annually. The starting salary will be within this range based on qualifications.
This position will remain open until filled.
This list is intended to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification and is not designed to be interpreted as an exhaustive listing of all tasks required of employees assigned to this job.
- Coordinates, plans and/or oversees the performance of technical tasks in the areas of property valuation, relocation of displaced individuals and businesses, right-of-way engineering, business goodwill estimation, real estate purchase and sale, property demolition and clearance, relocation of utilities, right of way certification and eminent domain support. Coordinates right of way activities that may be required in the environmental phase of a capital project. Consults with various governmental agencies, property owners, professional people, as well as answers general inquiries from the public regarding the right of way acquisition process, relocation assistance, utility relocations, environmental documents and cooperative agreements.
- Oversees and manages the negotiations with property owners or their representatives for the purchase, voluntary transfer, or management of real property needed for the Agency and other public agency projects, including preparing for conferences with property owners, lessees or tenants by reviewing the property appraisal, title information and design plans as well as inspects property to be acquired, collects real estate data and meets with property owners. Oversees and provides quality control regarding offers, purchase agreements, escrow instructions, leases, deeds, joint development agreements, and other legal documents related to real property. Serves as a liaison among all parties involved in purchase, such as construction staff, consultants, contractors, attorneys, etc. Provides oversight, modifications and approvals of external consultants and/or agents’ performance of these duties.
- Solicits, reviews, and evaluates appraisals. Prepares work specifications and plans for selection and guidance of independent consultants. Reviews title reports, appraisals, and similar supporting documents and reports. Prepares parcel information for condemnation activities in cooperation with attorneys.
- Provides support to local public agencies involved in right-of-way activities connected with regional transportation and Measure M2 projects.
- Procures and oversees right-of-way services provided by government agency staff, primarily Caltrans and local public agencies, as well as by private consultants. Manages consultant contracts, including preparation of contract task orders, review and correction or work product, issuing progress payments, and related activities.
- Prepares correspondence, reports, and other documentation necessary to acquire and tracks needed right of way to deliver projects in a timely manner. Completes, budget reports that include estimating real estate acquisition, relocation assistance, utility relocation, consultant services and risk assessment costs. Completes estimating complex delivery schedules. Provides feedback in the design phase to ascertain right of way needs and their impacts on private and public owned properties. Reviews legal documents such as grant deeds, permanent easement deeds, temporary construction easement deeds and permits. Performs technical review of right-of-way elements of cooperative agreements.
- Manages property management activities, including oversight of rental revenues. Prepares lease, easements, and similar real estate contracts, as well as normal property management functions such as court actions, delinquencies/collections, insurance follow-ups, etc. Reviews claims and supporting documents for relocation payments.
- Generates revenue and/or disposes of surplus property as well as safely manages and oversees non-operating railroad right-of-way property located in Orange County. Manages property not required for immediate projects including rental collection. Manages real estate contract portfolio for revenue and non-revenue property.
- Prepares staff reports, fact sheets, and other Board items. Prepares Requests for Proposals (RFPs), Independent Cost Estimates (IDPs), Contract Task Orders (CTOs) and other contracting documents.
Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, Public Administration, Business Administration, Economics, Real Estate, or related field with a minimum of approximately five years real estate experience in right-of-way activities (preferably diversified in street and highway, rail, bus, and other transportation modes), three of which are at the journey level in right-of-way. Current California Real Estate Appraiser License desired. Professional certificates/licenses in appropriate field, i.e., Right-of-Way Acquisition, Right-of-Way Engineering, Relocation Assistance for Residences and Businesses, Land Titles, Eminent Domain, and Real Estate Appraisal, etc., are preferred. Designation as Senior Right-of-Way Agent (SR/WA) is highly desired.
- Procedures and federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations governing real estate practices, i.e., The Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisitions Act of 1970 (The Uniform Act), The Uniform Standard of Professional Appraisal Practices (USPAP), etc., and subsequent amendments.
- All technical aspects of the Caltrans Right of Way Manual and Local Assistance Manual and organizational operations of the Caltrans, the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration.
- Legal instruments required for real estate transactions.
- Federal and state regulations and requirements related to right of way activities
- Principles and practices of effective consultant oversight.
- Eminent Domain process.
- Theories, principles, and practices of appraisal, real estate acquisition, relocation, property management, environmental, condemnation, contracts, and general real estate law.
- Understand and interpret legal documents, appraisals, engineering plans, maps, and related documents.
- Assist in negotiations for real estate transactions.
- Assist in relocation of individuals and businesses displaced by agency projects.
- Assist in relocation of utilities.
- Negotiate favorable real estate transactions, prepare appropriate contract documentation, and recommend appropriate strategies.
- Understand, interpret, and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, contracts, budgets, etc.
- Analyze situations, identify problems, and recommend solutions.
- Compile and analyze complex data. Prepare comprehensive reports and correspondence.
- Present real property related information to the Board of Directors as well as at public meeting, i.e., City Councils, etc.
- Represent agency before the public. Interact professionally with various levels of agency employees and outside representatives.
- Travel to offsite locations within a reasonable timeframe.
Working Conditions/Physical Activities:
(The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. OCTA provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions).
Positions in this class typically require:
- Work may be performed in a stressful, fast-paced office environment, depending upon assignment.
- Requires ability to understand verbal communication and to respond effectively.
- Positions in this class typically require: Reaching, Fingering, Grasping, Feeling, Talking, Hearing, Seeing, and Repetitive Motions in computer use.
Compensation and Benefits:
OCTA offers an attractive compensation and benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision health insurance programs, flex time (may be available), paid sick leave, paid vacation and holidays, short-term and long-term disability, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, retirement, deferred compensation plan, educational reimbursement, excellent in-house training programs, free transportation passes for the employee and dependents, wellness and ergonomic programs, and much more.
OCTA is an equal employment opportunity employer that recruits, hires, and promotes qualified people without regard to race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, disability, genetic information, military and veteran status, or other legally protected status.