Acquisition and Relocation Supervisor – PAS6 job vacancy in State of Washington Dept. of Transportation (Lacey, WA)

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Company name : State of Washington Dept. of Transportation
Location : Lacey, WA
Position : Acquisition and Relocation Supervisor – PAS6

Description :

About WSDOT Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure people and goods move safely and efficiently throughout the state. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT operates the largest ferry system in the nation, manages the world’s longest floating bridge, and recently completed the world’s widest tunneling project. The Opportunity WSDOT is currently seeking a qualified individual to fill the Property & Acquisition Specialist 6 vacancy located in Lacey, WA. Serving as the Acquisition and Relocation Supervisor, this position trains, mentors, and supervises the title, escrow, acquisitions, and relocation staff for the Olympic Region and is responsible for project delivery. This position is relied upon to be the subject matter expert for all things related to all right of way activities, including an expert in Federal and State rules pertaining to property title, acquisition, relocation, project funding, and management. In this role you will direct staff in negotiations and relocation on broad-spectrum real estate transactions and be responsible for successful project delivery, in accordance with current FHWA regulations (49 CFR Part 24), as well as the technical aspects of acquisition and relocation. This essential position contributes to the mission of the organization by providing critical technical and supervisory expertise leading to project certification, which is a necessary antecedent for WSDOT to advertise its projects for bid. What to Expect This position performs onsite scheduled meetings with property owners, inspecting houses, buildings, and property in various locations will be outdoors, possibly in inclement weather, on uneven and steep terrain, and may be near traffic or heavy equipment. Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Acquisition and Relocation Supervisor will:

Provide technical advice for the real estate services staff as well as across the Region and Headquarters.
Make decisions of project assignments, workload balancing, training pathways and workforce development strategies, recruitment and hiring, work scheduling, community outreach methods, and the implementation of practical solutions.
Be responsible for daily interactions and communication with acquisition and relocation staff.
Make decisions, recommendations to resolves complex acquisition and relocation issues, including mediations, condemnation, and relocation appeals.
Participate in strategic and business planning activities, work groups and quality improvements.
Coordinate with WSDOT staff and/or consultants regarding acquisition and relocation activities to project certification and tracking of the court mandated fish passage barrier removal projects.
Initiate and/or coordinate with drafting legal descriptions, preparing legal documents for acquisition and relocation.
Enter negotiations to resolve complex acquisition and relocation transactions.
Provide on-the-Job training, technical guidance, and advice to management, region staff and others.

To be considered for this opportunity, at least one the following are required:

Bachelor’s degree involving major study in business or public administration, real estate, economics, accounting, natural resource management or related field AND a combined four (4) years of experience in acquisition, title, and relocation activities on public property or for government agency (must include 2 years in public sector in right-of-way acquisition, title and relocation activities requiring Federal regulatory compliance) OR-
Associate degree involving major study in business or public administration, real estate, economics, accounting, natural resource management or related field AND A combined six (6) years of experience in acquisitions, title, and relocation on public property or for government agency (must include 2 years in public sector in right-of-way acquisition, title, and relocation activities requiring Federal regulatory compliance) OR-
A combined seven (7) years of experience in acquisitions, title, and relocation on public property or for government agency (must include 2 years in public sector in right-of-way acquisition, title, and relocation activities requiring Federal regulatory compliance) OR-
Two (2) years as a Property & Acquisition Specialist 5 or its equivalent.

To be considered for this opportunity, the following are also required:

Experience supervising a team of professional, including effective training, mentoring, conflict resolution and performance management.
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing with a diverse audience group and listen effectively and follow directions.
Ability to work effectively in a team environment; work with a diverse group and with varied personalities; maintain positive working relationships with customers and stakeholders.
Ability to provide information and educate property owners and/or customers, engage in effective negotiation tactics and relocation advisory services and work through complex real estate transactions.
Must be available to provide oversight, guidance, coaching, training, and reviews.
Experience working independently and applying sound analysis to make decisions concerning acquisition of property and negotiation strategies.
Understand instructions, set priorities, and meet required deadlines.
Skills to read, understand and interpret technical and highly specialized written material and convey that interpretation to technical and non-technical staff and the general public.
Proficient use of computers and computer software (including, but not limited to Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, FileMaker Pro, Adobe, web etc.)

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:

Knowledge of Federal regulations (49 CFR, Part 24), the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, as amended, Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and Washington Administrative Code (WAC) relating to acquisition and condemnation of real property and property rights, WSDOT Right of Way Manual.
Knowledge of WSDOT applications (including, but not limited to ProjectWise, SR View, ECM, IRIS, etc.), WSDOT and local agency web sites.
Notary Public in Washington State.

Important Notes

This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.
This position offers flexible/hybrid remote work options.
Travel is an expectation of the position and may be required on a regular, sporadic, or as need basis for off-site meetings, meetings with property owners, property inspections or to attend or provide training.
The salary listed includes the approved 7.5% salary premium for positions in King County..
By issuance of proclamation, the Governor of Washington State mandates that all employees who work for executive cabinet agencies (which includes the Department of Transportation) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This is a condition of employment with WSDOT. Exemption may be granted for religious or medical purposes; however, accommodations will be subject to approval based on the essential functions required of the position.
WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit


Work-Life Balance – We are committed to ensure that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individuals’ lifestyle. As such, there are a number of flexible schedule options available, including occasional telework for eligible positions.
Paid Leave – In addition to 11 paid holidays, full-time employees earn a minimum 14 paid vacation days per year!
Tuition Assistance – Permanent employees have several options for assistance with education expenses, including tuition reimbursement programs, government discounts at participating colleges throughout the state, and eligibility for federal student loan forgiveness.
Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options. Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information.

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How to Apply
Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine salary. Therefore, it is very important that the “Work Experience” portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible.
In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application:

An attached Resume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
An attached Cover Letter that further explains your qualifications and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
Contact details for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. NOTE: This information may be entered in the “References” section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment.

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WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. We value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees can feel respected, included and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, as well as people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may
contact the listed Recruiter.

Contact us
For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Robyn Lovely at Please be sure to reference
22DOT-OR-30037 in the subject line.

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