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RIGHT-of-WAY Agent / Senior RIGHT-of-WAY Agent

Date: Jan 15, 2022

Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, US, 87109

Company: TECO

Ignite your career with New Mexico Gas Company!

 

By joining the NMGC family, you can count on a safety-focused work environment, competitive pay and benefits and opportunities for training and personalized development to ignite your career.  We embrace diversity and the inclusion of all; our difference, unique perspectives and talents are our strengths and integral to the success of our company.

 

New Mexico Gas Company is a member of the Emera family of energy companies which also includes Tampa Electric, TECO and Peoples Gas.

 

Title: RIGHT-of-WAY Agent / Senior RIGHT-of-WAY Agent
Company: New Mexico Gas Company
Location: Wyoming
State and City: New Mexico - Albuquerque
Shift: 8 Hr. X 5 Days

 

The Company requires that all newly hired employees be fully vaccinated from COVID-19 as a condition of employment, with the exception of employees who apply for and are deemed eligible for an exemption from the requirement based upon a legally recognized medical disability or religious belief, the accommodation of which does not cause an undue hardship (such employees are subject to COVID testing and masking requirements).

 

This position is open to internal and external candidates, and will close Sunday, 01/30/2022.

Placement in either level is based on skills, experience and education of the successful candidate.

 

Preferences:

Experience in: ArcMap (GIS) Enterprise; CAD Drafting (AutoCAD); Title Research; Microsoft Office; Adobe PDF; SAP

Candidate lives within 30 minutes of the NMGC Business Center in Albuquerque, NM.

 

 

POSITION CONCEPT
This position will serve as the real estate contact and provide real property support for matters related to the company’s operations. A right-of-way agent negotiates and acquires real property interests for the use and benefit of the company while also maintaining the company’s real estate records.


ADVANCEMENT IN PROGRESSION
Progression to the next level is based on direct observation of the employee’s performance, qualifications, and the business and/or technical needs of the department subject to Supervisor approval. Advancement is not automatic or based solely on time in position.

 

AGENT, RIGHT-of-WAY
Under general supervision, negotiates, obtains, and preserves rights-of-ways (ROWs) and other property rights from public and private entities.


PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Performs thorough and accurate title and property searches including the completion of thorough and accurate property title searches, right-of-way records, documents, and title chains to make determination of existing land rights.
2. Identifies, locates, and initiates real estate negotiations with individuals and other various entities.
3. Conducts productive negotiations internally with associates and externally with customers, including public and private entities, for the acquisition of real property rights.
4. Produces and obtains easements, ROW documents, letters, maps, drawings, and other written materials.
5. Reads and interpret real estate survey legal descriptions and corresponding exhibits, subdivision maps, parcel maps, work orders, various construction drawings and engineering drawings.
6. Interprets and assists in the production of engineering surveys and legal documents related to ROW acquisitions and disposals.


RELATIONSHIPS
Key Internal: Works with various levels of the organization and business units, including engineering and operations personnel.
Key External: Works with vendors, contractors, customers and state, federal and tribal governmental agencies


QUALIFICATIONS
Education
Required:
Bachelor’s degree. Additional experience may be considered in lieu of a degree (see experience below).


Licenses/Certifications
Required:
Must possess a valid driver’s license and meet the acceptable driving record requirements of the Company.

 

Experience
Related Experience
Required:
One (1) year of related experience performing the Duties and Responsibilities of this or similar position. In lieu of a Bachelor’s degree, an additional four (4) years of related experience performing the Duties and Responsibilities of this or similar position. Related work experience consists of title examination, land acquisitions, right-of-way permitting, property management


Knowledge/Skills/Abilities (KSA)
Required: Ability to read and interpret documents such as easement/property description, surveys, engineering plans, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, technical and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations. Ability to negotiate transactions and gain concessions while maintaining positive client relationships.

 

Senior RIGHT-of-WAY Agent

Under limited supervision, negotiates, obtains, and preserves right-of-way (ROW) and other property rights from state, federal, and tribal public and private entities, while providing strategic support to manage the company’s real estate portfolio and capital improvement initiatives. Senior agents assist with the coordination, planning and execution of project delivery, achieving high-quality performance through a solution-driven decision-making process. To include performing all duties of the Agent, Right-of-Way, in addition to the duties listed below.


PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Responsible for overseeing, reviewing drafting, and negotiating contractual packages for acquiring various property rights through grants of easements, purchase agreements, leases, licenses, permits, etc. to facilitate the construction, operation and maintenance of facilities and site acquisitions.
2. Leads projects, acts as a subject matter expert (SME) in the technical aspects of real estate negotiation, ROW permitting and the eminent domain code of the State of New Mexico.
3. Provide leadership from conception to completion on ROW projects (of varying size and complexity) running concurrently.
4. Lead project teams in defining and sequencing activities, estimating budgets and tasks, and building the overall plan to achieve project objectives.
5. Communicate project information and status to all stakeholders and escalate appropriately.
6. Ability to write drafts complex reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
7. Provides technical support and acts as a SME in eminent domain actions against real property within the State of New Mexico and utility permitting practices in accordance with the Requirements for Occupancy of State Highway System Right-of-Way by Utility Facilities .
8. Obtains ROWs in accordance with the Federal Land Management Policy Act (FLPMA) of October 21, 1976, Title 25 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 169, and Title 25 United States Code §§ 323-328.


RELATIONSHIPS
Key Internal: Works with all levels of the organization and business units, including: engineering and operations personnel; project management; pipeline design, pipeline engineering; integrity management; legal counsel; and crewman.
Key External: Works with vendors, contractors, governmental agencies, and customers (including state, federal, and tribal government) as well as appraisers, surveyors, and various other vendors

 

QUALIFICATIONS
Education
Required: Bachelor’s degree. Additional experience may be considered in lieu of a degree (see experience below).


Licenses/Certifications
Required: Must possess a valid driver’s license and meet the acceptable driving record requirements of the Company.
Preferred: Senior ROW Professional (SR/WA) Designation from the International ROW Association (IRWA) or Project Manager Professional (PMP)


Experience
Related Experience
Required:
Five (5) years of related work experience performing the Duties and Responsibilities of this or similar position. In lieu of a Bachelor’s degree, an additional four (4) years of related work experience performing the Duties and Responsibilities of this or similar position. Related work experience consists of title examination, land acquisitions, right-of-way permitting, property management.


Knowledge/Skills/Abilities (KSA)
Required: Expert knowledge of current real estate transaction practices, property records (research and maintenance) and Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping applications. Strong verbal, written, analytical, and interpersonal skills. Ability to oversee moderately complex projects and activities with limited discretion. In-depth knowledge of industry, standards, rules, and regulations governing the utility industry and real estate practices and laws including utility condemnation of real property. Ability to research independently. Ability to demonstrate advanced negotiation skills. Ability to maintain positive and productive working relationships with various individuals and groups. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and group situations.

 

LEADERSHIP COMPETENCIES

Speaks up on Safety, Health, and the Environment

Takes Ownership and Acts with Integrity
Drives Operational Excellence for Customers
Builds Strong Collaborative Relationships
Develops People and Teams

Cultivates Innovation and Embraces Change
Thinks Strategically and Exercises Sound Judgment


WORKING CONDITIONS
Office and field environment. Most work is completed during normal working hours with some outdoor field and site visits are required from time to time, including overnight travel.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
Ability to stand or walk up to 1/3 of the time and regularly required to sit up to 2/3 of the time. Manual dexterity required, good vision, and the ability to talk and listen. Ability to stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, climb, and balance. May occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. May be exposed to outdoor weather conditions when working in the field.

 

 

New Mexico Gas Company (NMGC) offers a competitive Benefits package!!

  

Competitive Salary *401k Savings plan w/ company matching * Pension plan * Paid time off* Paid Holiday time * Medical, Prescription Drug, & Dental Coverage *Tuition Assistance Program * Employee Assistance Program * Wellness Programs and more!

  

NMGC and its companies serve a role in providing critical services to our community during an emergency. Team members are required to participate in the response/recovery activities related to emergencies/disasters to maintain service to our NMGC customers. Team members are required to work in their normal job duties or other assigned activities. Proper compensation will be made in accordance with the company's rules and procedures.

 

New Mexico Gas Company, Inc. (NMGC) is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  

NMGC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by law, except where physical or mental abilities are a bona fide occupational requirement and the individual is unable to perform the essential functions of the position with reasonable accommodations.

  

In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities for all individuals, employment decisions at NMGC will be based on skills, knowledge, qualifications and abilities.

 

 

Pay Transparency Non-Discrimination Statement
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

  

  

ADA policy
It is the policy of NMGC to provide reasonable accommodation for all qualified disabled individuals who are employees and applicants for employment, unless it would cause undue hardship. The corporation will adhere to applicable federal and state laws, regulations and guidelines, including, but not limited to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and section 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1970s.

  

Application accommodations
Applicants may request reasonable accommodation in the application process five business days prior to the time accommodation is needed.

 

Employment for this position will be contingent upon the successful completion of pre-employment requirements, which include a background screen and drug test.  Also, pre-employment physical exams may be required for positions with bona fide job-related physical requirements regardless of disability. 


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