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Job Specification 57061

REALTY SPECIALIST TRAINEE, TRANSPORTATION

DEFINITION

Under the close supervision of a Realty Specialist 3, Transportation or Realty 
Specialist 4, Transportation, learns to perform the work involved in conducting 
negotiations, relocation, property management, project programming, 
administrative and the laws and principles of Eminent Domain activities 
associated with the purchase and disposition of real property; does other 
related duties as assigned.

NOTE:  The examples of work for this title are for illustrative purposes 
only.  A particular position using this title may not perform all duties listed in this 
job specification. Conversely, all duties performed on the job may not be listed.

EXAMPLES OF WORK:

As trainee and productive worker under supervision:

Learn to conduct negotiations with property owners, agents for owners and 
owner┐s counsel for necessary property rights and makes personal service 
of legal documents.

Learns to prepare contracts for the purchase of real property and explains 
clauses contained in agreements and legal pleadings to property owners.

Learn to conduct on-site inspections of real property and secures 
ownership/tenancy data relevant to the residential or commercial 
occupants. Prepares site occupancy surveys and workable relocation 
assistance plans.

Learns the Access process and how it relates to Right of Way acquisition.

Learns to understand the basics behind the environmental report and
the impact to Right of Way cost and offer.

Learns how to investigate problem areas of minimal difficulty with respect 
to determination of state real property ownership, title searches, 
department jurisdiction, and property boundaries.

Assists supervisory staff in providing information to other state agencies, 
local governments, and the general public on matters relating to state 
owned or leased real property and design/construction projects.

Under the direction of supervisory staff, responds to requests from state 
and local officials regarding state real property matters.

Learns to provide relocation advice and assistance to occupants.

Learns to investigate the real estate market and locates information 
pertaining to comparable sales and leases, which provide indicators 
of current property values.

Conduct investigations of title to real property. Learn to develop information 
regarding tax assessments and encumbrances on the title of real property.

Learn to interpret Right of Way and construction plans┐ to describe and 
respond to owner┐s questions regarding the proposed property acquisition.

Assists staff appraisers in preparing estimates of the cost to acquire real 
property for proposed transportation improvements.

Prepare reports.

Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or 
manual recording and computerized information systems used by the 
agency, office or related units.

REQUIREMENTS

EDUCATION:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree.

LICENSE:

Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid in New Jersey 
only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee mobility, is necessary 
to perform the essential duties of the position.

NOTE:  Appointees may be required to complete a course of instruction 
in the acquisition of real property, as part of the working test period.

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

Ability to communicate effectively with property owners regarding the 
purchase of real property.

Ability to analyze the problems involved in appraising the current and 
potential market value of real estate after a period of training.

Ability to negotiate for the purchase of real estate after a period of training.

Ability to conduct basic investigations of titles to land and encumbrances 
after a period of training.

Ability to learn the basic Access Code process as implemented by the State.  

Ability to understand the interaction between the Access Code and the 
Acquisition of Right of Way after a period of training.  

Ability to understand the basics behind the environmental report.

Ability to interpret and apply laws, regulations, policies, and procedures 
relating to the acquisition, use, and maintenance of leased and owned 
property programs.

Ability to understand legal agreements and descriptions of property.

Ability to provide information to other state agencies, local governments, 
and the general public on matters relating to state owned or leased real 
property and design/construction projects.

Ability to aid the unit supervisor in gathering, interpreting, and correlating 
miscellaneous state and local real property and project data and prepares 
factual reports of findings.

Ability to understand the types of appraisal methods available.

Ability to prepare cost estimates and specifications after a period of training.

Ability to read and analyze construction plans after a period of training.

Ability to comprehend basic law and regulations pertaining to the purchase 
of land for highway uses and to apply them to laymen, property owners, 
and others.

Ability to understand and interpret contracts agreements and plans.

Ability to prepare reports.

Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording 
and information systems used by the agency, office or related units.

Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate in English 
sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.  American Sign Language 
or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms of communication.

Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long as they 
can perform essential functions of the job with or without reasonable 
accommodation.  If the accommodation cannot be made because it would 
cause the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.

ADVANCEMENT:

Applicants who successfully complete the twelve-month training program 
will be eligible for advancement to the title, Realty Specialist 1, 
Transportation, in accordance with the Department of Personnel procedures.

The inability of an employee in this title to attain a level of performance 
warranting advancement to the title above shall be considered as cause 
for separation.

CODES:  95/P95 - 57061                   MER                         04/24/2010