About WSDOT Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure people and goods move safely and efficiently throughout the state. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT operates the largest ferry system in the nation, manages the world's longest floating bridge, and recently completed the world's widest tunneling project.
The Opportunity WSDOT is currently seeking a Property & Acquisition Specialist 4 (PAS4) to support and contribute to the agency’s mission and vision, strategic plan, goals, and priorities by the appraisal of the wide variety of property rights needed to deliver transportation projects. The work product is used to determine feasibility, establish budgets, and acquire and dispose of property in connection with agency transportation projects which allows the department to complete its mission. Under limited supervision, this position completes all types of property valuation assignments in compliance with Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) rules and regulations. The PAS4 will apply independent judgment and advanced technical knowledge to appraise property rights needed for projects, which includes total fee, partial acquisitions, permanent and temporary easements, surplus properties, and review owner’s appraisals.
This position supports the agency’s strategic plan and goal areas of 1) Workforce Development, by influencing a workplace that supports and promotes training and development for professional growth and upward mobility; 2) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, by creating, influencing, and fostering a physically and psychologically safe workplace where all employees feel that they belong; and 3) Resilience, by ensuring, through adherence to WSDOT policies, that work functions performed are administered to the expected quality, safety, and stewardship standards to support Washington’s long-term resilience.
What to Expect Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Property & Acquisition Specialist 4 will:
Independently complete all types of property valuation assignments; prepare well documented appraisal reports.
Operate state vehicle to travel to project sites to conduct appraisal inspections and to inspect comparable market sales.
Review appraisals and determine Just Compensation for property rights needed.
Perform technical desk and field reviews of real estate appraisal reports.
Approve or disapprove the analyses, opinions, and conclusion presented.
Request and review corrective action by appraiser.
Authorize the offer to purchase remainder property that is no longer economic.
Evaluate appraisals on properties that are deemed surplus and determine market value.
Prepare Project Scoping Estimates, Project Funding Estimates, Scopes of Work, Integrated Realty Information System (IRIS) entries.
Occasional field work is performed and includes onsite scheduled meetings with property owners, and inspecting houses, buildings, and property in various locations. This work is performed outdoors, in inclement weather, in daytime or nighttime, and requires traversing rough, steep, and uneven terrain. Qualifications To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:
Bachelor’s degree involving major study in business or public administration, real estate, economics, accounting, or related field. AND Two (2) years of experience appraising all types of real property.
In addition to the above, the following is also required:
Valid Certified General Appraiser License for Washington State.
Possession of an unrestricted valid driver’s license to operate vehicles in Washington State, or obtain within thirty (30) days of hire.
Written, verbal, and presentation skills to communicate information effectively and professionally to a diverse audience, including those with non-technical backgrounds, both virtually and in-person, using a variety of electronic media, including, but not limited to telephones, email, text, video conferencing, and computer conferencing.
Skills to work in a team environment with a diverse group.
Skills to maintain positive working relationships with customers and stakeholders.
Experience working independently and applying sound analysis to make decisions concerning appraisals and reviewing of appraisals and negotiation strategies.
Skills to read, understand, and interpret technical and highly specialized written material.
Proficient in operating Windows based computers and software, such as MS Office Suite and Adobe; virtual meeting software, such as MS Teams; and Cloud computing.
It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
Proven experience successfully completing complex before and after compliant eminent domain appraisal reports meeting Review Appraiser’s expectations from which Reviewer issued a Determination of Value.
Proven experience successfully completing review appraisals of complex before and after compliant eminent domain appraisals.
This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.
This position offers flexible/hybrid remote work options.
The salary listed includes the legislative approved 7.5% assignment pay.
Travel is an expectation of the position and may be required on a regular, sporadic, or as needed basis. Overnight travel may be required.
In addition to base salary, employees may be entitled to other forms of compensation depending on the type, duties, or location of the position. For union-represented positions, more information on other forms of compensation can be found in the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements. Information on other compensation types for non-represented positions can be found in Chapter 357-28 of the Washington Administrative Code.
WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system, therefore we are not eligible to extend STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT). For more information, please visit www.uscis.wa.gov.
Work-Life Balance – We are committed to ensure that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individuals’ lifestyle. As such, there are a number of flexible schedule options available, including telework options for eligible positions.
Paid Leave – In addition to 12 paid holidays, full-time employees mayearn up to 25 paid vacation days per year!
Tuition Assistance – Permanent employees have several options for assistance with education expenses, including tuition reimbursement programs, government discounts at participating colleges throughout the state, and eligibility for federal student loan forgiveness.
Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options. Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information.
How to Apply Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine salary. Therefore, it is very important that the “Work Experience” portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible. In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application:
An attached Resume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
An attached Cover Letter that further explains your qualifications, and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
Contact details for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. This information can be entered in the “References” section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment.
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WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system, therefore we are not eligible to extend STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT). For more information, please visit www.uscis.wa.gov. Contact us For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Alyssa Nastasi, at email@example.com. Please be sure to reference 24DOT-OR-32766 in the subject line.