Seattle, Washington

SALARY: $130k - $200k

Sound Transit is transforming the region, with system expansion projects taking place through 2040, we will more than quadruple the current service area. The Director-Real Property will manage, direct, and coordinate the real property acquisition, relocation and property management functions for all lines of business on Sound Transit projects. The ideal candidate will have strong leadership experience including staff supervision, budget, and management responsibility and ten (10+) years of right of way acquisition, relocation, property management and relocation assistance on large federally funded capital programs.

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GENERAL PURPOSE:

Under administrative direction, manages, directs, and coordinates the real property acquisition, relocation and property management functions for all lines of business for Sound Transit projects and needs; ensures property is acquired in compliance with federal and state laws, guidelines and directives and with ST policies, procedures and guidelines to maximize federal participation in the funding of ST projects; manages ST owned property, between acquisition and start of construction, lease, sell or otherwise manages properties that are surplus to ST’s transit needs and manages utilization of non-operational ST properties after completion of construction in conformance with federal requirements and ST policies, procedures and guidelines; provides real estate support and services to financial services, facilities, operations and TOD units in the areas of appraisal, title, escrow and closing, environmental due diligence and negotiations; and leases or acquires property for Sound Transit Facilities and/or operations needs.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
The following duties are a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.

• Plans, directs, coordinates, and reviews the work of assigned staff; assigns work activities and coordinates schedules, projects, and programs; provides constructive feedback; reviews and evaluates work and makes effective suggestions and recommendations.
• Coaches, trains and motivates staff; coordinates and/or provides staff training; and manages employee relations; manages the workflow and prioritization of projects and measures the performance of the department and all related staff and takes appropriate corrective action when necessary; provides advice and counsel to staff; prepares developmental work plans for staff; implements or recommends corrective actions, discipline and termination procedures as appropriate/necessary.
• Oversees and manages the right of way acquisition, relocation and property management functions for multiple projects for all lines of business to ensure compliance with federal, state and ST policies, procedures and guidelines in order to maximize federal participation in projects; assumes management responsibility for the services and activities of the Real Estate Division within the DECM Department; develops and administers programs for acquisition of real property, relocation, appraisals, title procurement and evaluation, and transit oriented development; and responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen and stakeholder inquiries and complaints.
• Manages and coordinates the activities of Link Real Estate staff to ensure regulatory compliance and adherence to proper policies, procedures and guidelines; and monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; recommends, within Departmental policy, appropriate service and staffing levels;
• Manages consultant contracts for the performance of real estate/property management related activities either directly or through subordinate employees; directs division consultants and contractors in the administration and implementation of projects and/or project phases; ensures that projects, services, and operations of the division are completed within the scope, schedule, and budget and that all objectives are successfully met; and assumes responsibility for staff and general administration support and application of Agency policies for contracting, W/M/DBE, EEO/AA, accounting, and other related matters.
• Participates in and coordinates real estate/property management activities internally and with other partners, agencies and stakeholders including but not limited to the Cities of Seattle, Bellevue, Tukwila, SeaTac, Redmond, and other jurisdictions within the Sound Transit district; serves as the liaison for the Real Estate Division with other divisions, programs, departments/offices, and outside agencies; negotiates and resolves sensitive and controversial issues; supports the community outreach and public information effort(s) applicable to the Division and to the Agency in general; participates in and disseminates information about real estate activities at public meetings and hearings; serves as the division’s liaison with Agency Board members, elected officials, the media, local community groups, and the general public regarding division services and activities; and makes regular briefings to executive management and the Board(s);
• Manages the condemnation process from the Real Estate perspective and participates with counsel to acquire property that cannot be acquired through voluntary negotiations; provides appraisal support to ST Legal staff and outside counsel; and participates in mediations with legal counsel and property owners to resolve compensation issues to avoid/minimize litigation.
• Represents Real Estate directly or through subordinate staff at regularly scheduled and unscheduled meetings for the various projects throughout the agency; provides responsible staff assistance to the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Directors of Design Engineering and Construction Management (DECM); conducts a variety of organizational studies, investigations, and operational studies; summarizes and analyzes division issues and provides recommendations to the Executive Director or Deputy Executive Director on strategies to resolve these issues; recommends modifications to functional areas, policies, and procedures as appropriate; and conducts follow-up to ensure that the issues have been resolved.
• Oversees preparation of the Real Estate/Property Management budget and manages the budget in cooperation with Project Control staff; oversees and participates in the development and administration of the Division’s annual budget; participates in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; ensures that Division, and where applicable individual project(s), expenditures and cost estimates are adequately documented and monitored throughout the Division and to their completion; reviews and approves Division expenditures; and implements adjustments.
• Provides support to the department on matters as directed; serves as staff on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence; attends and participates in professional group meetings; maintains awareness of new trends and developments in the fields related to area of assignment; incorporates new developments as appropriate; ensures processes, policies and practices are interpreted and applied consistently and effectively; ensures accountability and compliance with all current and applicable state and federal laws, Agency policies and procedures, rules and regulations.
• Demonstrates Sound Transit’s Values in every interaction.
• It is the responsibility of all employees to follow the Agency safety rules, regulations, and procedures pertaining to their assigned duties and responsibilities, which could include systems, operations, and/or other employees.
• It is the responsibility of all employees to integrate sustainability into everyday business practices.
• Other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Education and Experience:
Bachelors Degree in business administration, insurance, real estate, finance, or closely related field and ten years of experience in real estate including right of way acquisition, relocation, property management and relocation assistance for federally funded programs and that includes eight years of staff supervisory, budgetary, and management responsibility; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience

Required Licenses or Certifications:
Within six months of hire this position requires Senior Right of Way Agent designation awarded through the International Right of Way Association.

Required Knowledge of:
• Operational characteristics, services, and activities of a real property program including real estate acquisition, relocation, property management and disposition.
• Principles and practices of program development and administration.
• Advanced real estate principles and practices related to the appraisal, acquisition, management, and sale of public real property assets.
• Advanced relocation assistance principles and practices and laws governing condemnation proceedings.
• Advanced laws, practices, and legal instruments involved in real estate transactions and contracting.
• Advanced principles and methods utilized in the management of real property.
• Principles and practices of customer service.
• Principles and practices used in contract preparation and administration.
• Negotiation practices and techniques.
• Principles and practices of customer service.
• Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
• Principles and procedures of record keeping.
• Principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation.
• English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
• Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and statistical databases.
• Principles and practices of governmental budget preparation and administration.
• Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.

Required Skills:
• Utilizing personal computer software programs affecting assigned work and in compiling and preparing spreadsheets and reports.
• Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other division staff, management, vendors, outside agencies, community groups and the general public.
• Interpreting and administering policies and procedures sufficient to administer, discuss, resolve, and explain them to staff and other constituencies.
• Overseeing and participating in the management of a comprehensive Real Property program including real estate acquisition, relocation, property management and disposition.
• Applying advanced principles and techniques of acquiring real property including handling complex negotiations, mediation, and/or managing the condemnation process.
• Reading, understanding, and interpreting complex documents involved in land transactions including title reports, right-of-way plans, legal and technical documents, and financial statements.
• Reading and understanding terms and symbols as used in engineering, architectural drawings, and construction plans.
• Reading, understanding, and interpreting complex documents involved in real property transactions.
• Working effectively under pressure, meet deadlines, and adjust to changing priorities.
• Applying advanced project management techniques and principles.
• Preparing clear and concise administrative and financial reports.
• Applying appropriate oral and written communication techniques to various individuals ranging from Agency employees, the general public, elected officials, community leaders, and local, state, and federal agencies.
• Working cooperatively with other divisions, Agency officials, and outside agencies.
• Developing and monitoring division and program/project operating budgets, costs, and schedules.
• Managing multiple projects simultaneously involving all the lines of business.
• Supervising, leading, and delegating tasks and authority.

Physical Demands / Work Environment:
• Work is performed in a standard office environment.
• Subject to standing, walking, bending, reaching, stooping, and lifting of objects up to 25 pounds; may occasionally be exposed to dangerous machinery when visiting job sites during construction and when working in the field.
• The Agency promotes a safe and healthy work environment and provides appropriate safety and equipment training for all personnel as required.

Sound Transit is an equal employment opportunity employer. No person is unlawfully excluded from employment action based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status or other protected class.

Seattle, Washington

Sound Transit is transforming how the Central Puget Sound region moves by planning, building and operating regional transit systems that give millions of riders an alternative to sitting in traffic. As the agency prepares for nearly a million new Central Puget Sound residents by 2040, transit services are expanding to meet today’s growing needs. Thanks to voter approval of the largest mass transit expansion in the region’s history, Sound Transit’s light rail system will grow to four times the size it is today. When complete, the 116-mile light rail system will stretch from Everett to Tacoma and connect major job and population centers in Seattle including South Lake Union, Seattle Center, Ballard and West Seattle. It will also extend east to Bellevue, Redmond, Issaquah and Mercer Island. As Sound Transit grows, we seek innovative, technical and creative professionals who are ready to come on board and make a difference. Career opportunities include Information Technology, finance, construction management and engineering positions. Apply today at www.soundtransit.org/jobs.

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