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Right of Way Agent or Senior Agent

Location: Rapid City, SD, United States
Job ID: 34232
Date Posted: Jun 17, 2022
Salary: $71550 to $107400 annually

Job Description

Job Specifications

As a Right of Way Agent, you will research and analyze land ownership documents to prepare land rights and easement grants. In this role, you will also negotiate the acquisitions of easements and damages to accommodate the construction, operation, and maintenance of company facilities.

SALARY RANGE/GRADE:   Determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.

  • Level I:  $71,550 - $107,400 / Grade 14
  • Senior Level:  $84,050 - $126,100 / Grade 16

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.
  • A comprehensive relocation package is offered for this position! Details about this package will be shared during the interview and offer process.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Researches, reviews, analyzes land title, identifies defects and outlines curative.
  • Negotiates the acquisition of easements and other property interests as necessary to accommodate the construction, operation, maintenance of company facilities.
  • Negotiates property damage settlements and loss claims associated with capital projects and day to day operations necessary to maintain company facilities.
  • Prepares right-of-way related cost estimates associated with land and right-of-way acquisition.
  • Reviews, prepares, analyzes, interprets all land and right-of-way related agreements, easements, leases, permits, and licenses.
  • Serves as liaison between internal departments, developers, cities, counties, states, federal lands, etc., in support of right-of-way activities.
  • Resolves encroachments, damage claims, landowner complaints and inquiries at appropriate business costs to company.
  • Regularly use spreadsheets, database and word processing software, and periodically learn new programs to complete Right of Way Agent work. 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in business, law or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience, required.
  • Level I:  Minimum three (3) years of experience as a right of way agent, land and real property rights, landowner negotiations, contracts or applicable work experience is required.
  • Senior Level:  Minimum seven (7) years of experience as a right of way agent, land and real property rights, landowner negotiations, contracts or applicable work experience is required.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES:

  • Requires technical and business knowledge in multiple disciplines/processes. Knows and applies the fundamental concepts, practices, and procedures.
  • Requires working familiarity with legal easement documents and knowledge of legal descriptions.
  •  Represent Company in a professional manner when appearing before Planning and Zoning Committees, and other governmental boards, to advocate for approval of capital projects.
  • Ability to establish a rapport and build trust with landowners in a short amount of time, with excellent negotiating skills. 
  • Strong analytical skills and logical thought processes, with the ability to identify and resolve complex issues/problems.
  • Ability to analyze business reporting information and recommend improvements
  • Strong business systems knowledge.
  • Ability to organize, schedule and prioritize departmental and individual work to meet various schedules and objectives.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to organize work effectively, reprioritize as new demands arise, and maintain strict confidentiality. 
  • Ability to demonstrate intermediate to advanced proficiency in Microsoft applications, including but not limited to Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Access, and Excel.

MENTAL/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS 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, pull 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 noise level and occasionally outdoors in sometimes inclement weather. Worker may be subject to hazards including a variety of physical conditions such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles, electrical current, working in places of height or close quarters. Willing to travel up to 50% (e.g., 2 weeks or 10 days/month) by automobile (as driver and passenger), commercial airlines, rental vehicles and public transportation and be able to lodge in public facilities. Travel will be necessary to conduct the duties of this job and the employee must have proper licensing to operate a motor vehicle.

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 agreement will apply.


About our Company: We are a customer, growth and safety focused utility company that is dedicated to our communities. We improve life with energy as an energy partner of choice. Our diverse culture fuels unique perspectives, opening doors to new insights and possibilities. Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, we have over 3000 employees and serve 1.3 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, 401(k) (6% company match and up to 9% company retirement contribution), tuition reimbursement, paid time off, additional Veteran PTO, 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 Energy does not sponsor applicants for work visas. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US.

We are 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: 71550 to 107400
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Rapid City, South Dakota
You'll find that it 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.

Right of Way Agent or Senior Agent

Rapid City, SD, United States