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Right of Way Analyst

Location: Rapid City, SD, United States
Job ID: 33516
Date Posted: Jul 10, 2021
Salary: $54100 to $81250 annually

Job Description

Job Specifications

As a Right of Way Analyst, you will analyze various right-of-way documents, easements, licenses, permits, leases and other land agreements which are obtained by the Right of Way Agents, including when necessary, title documents and land records to ensure accuracy with land/legal descriptions. In this role, you will support the Right of Way Agents, project engineering, operations, legal and accounting teams concerning research and reporting of existing land rights information and documentation; and other Land Department activities, as requested by management.

SALARY RANGE:   $54,100 - $81,250 (Determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.)

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Director of Land

LOCATION: Our Corporate Headquarters in Rapid City, South Dakota 

  • You’ll find this is the ideal community to live, work and do business in. With hiking trails, the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore and Badlands National Park in your backyard, there are endless opportunities to enjoy nature. To learn more about our locations, please visit the locations page on our career website.
  • Relocation assistance is available for this position! Package is based on distance/complexity of the move, and individual circumstances. Contents of our relocation program are subject to change and may vary based on position.    

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Thoroughly analyze all land rights agreements, payment information, and title records, if applicable, covering fee, federal, state, Tribal, county and municipal lands, that have been acquired by the company. 
  • Input appropriate land agreement information and payment data into the computer database. Note any missing information, improper execution, acknowledgements and recording data. Follow up on any issues, which are needed to correct and complete the vesting of interests into Black Hills Energy. Ensure correct data inputs and proper cross-referencing for dependable data retrieval and query reports. 
  • Facilitate correspondence, paperwork and document copies with respective counterparties and timely submit fully executed originals to the county courthouse for recording.
  • Maintain the computer database system for any changes or updates.  Handle correspondence and inquiries as needed with intercompany departments as well as management and outside counterparties.
  • Support the preparation of annual payment forecasts and cost estimates for budgeting purposes.
  • Facilitate the rental payment system for recurring annual payments.  Run rental recommendation reports monthly, review for accuracy, circulate for approvals, and prepare system documentation for AP Accounting check runs to ensure correct and timely payments.
  • Monitor all obligations, renewal dates, expirations, and other events or requirements tied to the company's land rights agreements. Prepare monthly reports designed for each of the items being monitored and distribute to the appropriate asset managers for their review, approval and instructions to achieve timely compliance with all matters.
  • Work with ROW Agents to facilitate the appropriate documentation that may be needed to renew, extend, or release agreements, including the coordination of associated payments.    
  • Under minimal supervision, performs professional level work. Provides thoughtful analysis and research. Responsible for critically important work involving complex projects.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience reviewing land agreements and legal descriptions required. 
  • Bachelor's Degree with an emphasis in business law, land and contract review, or equivalent combination of education and experience, required.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES:

  • Requires technical, financial and business knowledge. Knows and applies the fundamental concepts, practices, and procedures.
  • Strong working knowledge of land use documents and experience with legal land descriptions.
  • Awareness of federal, state, county and municipal land rights.
  • Intermediate to advanced proficiency in Microsoft applications required, including but not limited to Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel and Access.
  • Communicate in an effective and understandable way, both verbally and written, including email.
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with Land Department staff, other departments and management.
  • Proficient use of Excel spreadsheets and Microsoft word processing software, and other company software needed to maximize efficiencies.
  • Always use tact, courtesy and professionalism in dealing with a wide variety of people inside and outside the company.
  • May be required to work non-traditional hours, as needed.
  • Maintain a high regard for personal safety, for the safety of company assets and co-workers.
  • Carry a company provided cell phone/pager (or a personal cell phone with approved company apps) and be available to respond during working hours and infrequently, during non-working hours.
  • Strong analytical skills and logical thought processes, with the ability to identify and resolve issues/problems.
  • Ability to analyze business reporting information and recommend improvements.
  • Ability to work with a team, take direction from supervisor (s), excellent attention to details, follow established procedures and meet established work schedules.
  • Ability to organize, schedule and prioritize departmental and individual work to meet various schedules and objectives.
  • Ability to successfully perform the required and expected duties with minimal direct supervision.
  • Must be able to successfully perform multiple tasks within strict deadlines.
  • Ability to organize work effectively, consult with supervisor to reprioritize as new demands arise, and maintain strict confidentiality.

MENTAL/PHYSICAL DESCRIPTIONS AND WORKING CONDITIONS:
The mental and physical descriptions are representative of the activities an employee in an office job performs. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Mental description: Understand, remember, apply oral and/or written instructions or other information, and communicate routine factual information. Apply common sense in performing job functions, usually within a set of rules or guidelines.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee continuously accesses, inputs, and retrieves electronic information and communicates regarding the information.  Employee frequently moves about the office space. Employee may occasionally: stoop, kneel, crouch, and reach. Employee must be able to operate routine office equipment including computers and similar equipment. Must be able to routinely perform this work for an average of 6-8 hours per day and occasional extended hours as necessary. Must be capable of regular, reliable, and timely attendance.

Specific lifting abilities required by this job include: Sedentary work. Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or continuously to lift, carry, push, pull or sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if moving about is only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Work environment: Routinely perform work indoors in climate-controlled shared work area with moderate to high noise level. Worker is subject to hazards including variety of physical conditions such as proximity to moving mechanical parts and or moving vehicles. Willing to travel occasionally (less than 10 days per year) by automobile (as driver and passenger), commercial airlines, rental vehicles and public transportation and be able to lodge in public facilities.

This description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, duties, and requirements for employees in this position. Job descriptions may and do change periodically. Where positions are covered by a collective bargaining unit agreement, the terms and conditions of the collective bargaining unit agreement will apply.


About our Company: We are a customer focused, growth-oriented utility company that is devoted to our communities. We have a mission to improve life with energy and a vision to be the energy partner of choice. Our diverse culture sparks unique perspectives, opening doors to new ideas and possibilities. Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, we have over 2900 employees and serve 1.2 million natural gas and electric utility customers across eight states (South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Arkansas).

Enjoy our Comprehensive Benefits Package: annual incentive program (based on percentage of eligible earnings), 401(k) (6% company match and up to 9% company retirement contribution), tuition reimbursement, paid time off, additional Veteran PTO, military leave differential pay, paid holidays and annual floating holidays, company paid short term and long term disability, paid maternity and paternity benefits, health and wellness program, and competitive medical, dental and vision insurance.

Candidates must successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check. 

Black Hills Corporation does not sponsor applicants for work visas. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US.

Black Hills Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or status as a protected veteran.

Wage: 54100 to 81250
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Right of Way Analyst

Rapid City, SD, United States