Real Estate & Right of Way Specialist

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Location: Rutland County,
About the Job

At Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO), we power Vermont’s future. Our commitment to delivering reliable, sustainable, and affordable electricity to the Green Mountain State is unwavering. To continue fulfilling this mission, we are seeking a highly skilled and dedicated Real Estate and Right-of-Way Specialist to join our team.

As a Real Estate and Right-of-Way Specialist at VELCO, you will play a crucial role in managing the complex and dynamic aspects of our land acquisition and property rights operations. Your expertise will be instrumental in ensuring the success of critical energy infrastructure projects that power Vermont’s communities and support our state’s commitment to a greener future. As a Right-Of-Way Specialist you will maintain existing and create new excellent landowner and stake holder relationships.

This position offers the opportunity to work in a collaborative and innovative environment, where your skills and insights will directly impact the growth and sustainability of our organization. If you are passionate about real estate, right-of-way acquisition, creating positive working relationships with the public, and have a strong commitment to environmental stewardship, we invite you to explore this exciting career opportunity with VELCO.

Join us in shaping Vermont’s energy landscape and be a part of a team dedicated to powering a brighter tomorrow.

Why you should join our team
The role is responsible for protecting VELCO’s real property investments, acquiring land and easements for various substation and transmission projects, and maintaining the CLS landowner database to ensure public and employee safety, and electric system reliability. In addition, the Real Estate & ROW Specialist is the liaison between landowners, contractors, developers, and project teams, and effectively communicates and coordinates VELCO construction activities and landowner concerns so projects proceed in a respectful and professional manner and remain on schedule.

How you will make an impact
• Perform work under the direction and supervision of higher-level staff
• Participate on Capital Project Teams as the ROW representative, prepare reports, and meet schedule and budget expectations
• Coordinate and support the work of contracted ROW agents
• Respond to landowner inquiries
• Coordinate inter-departmental review of ROW Usage Requests
• Coordinate survey services, develop SOWs
• Perform land records research and property valuation assessments
• Maintain the land management (CLS) database and land records documentation
• Assist with ROW outreach and participate in public informational forums
• Develop working knowledge of easements, licenses, leases, settlements, contracts, etc.
• Demonstrate support of VELCO’s high performance culture that emphasizes empowerment, quality, productivity and on-going development of a superior workforce.
• Participate in IRWA Chapter 16 activities
• Perform other duties as assigned by the Real Estate & ROW (Manager/Lead).

Who you are
• Minimum Associates degree in business or related field, or equivalent experience.
• International Right of Way Association membership and Right of Way Agent (RWA) credentials are desirable.
• Minimum RWA certification is required within the first three years of holding this position.

At least two years of progressive experience in the utility, legal, real estate, or customer service business is required.

The fine print
• Superior written, verbal communication, and active listening skills are a must.
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
• Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
• A basic understanding of real estate transactions and the utility business.
• Ability to develop collaborative relationships.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and related software.

Physical/Mental Demands
• Must be able to withstand prolonged periods of sitting or standing at a desk while working on a computer.
• Must maintain a valid VT driver’s license.
• Must be able to access VELCO’s assets, often located in areas of difficult terrain, in all weather conditions.
• Must be able to lift up to 30 pounds at times.

Important Considerations

• VELCO is an Equal Employment Opportunity & Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

• Starting pay will be determined at the time of offer based on the experience, education, and training of the successful candidate.

• Eligible applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

• Any offer of employment will be contingent upon successful reference check, background check, physical examination, drug screening, and documentation of Covid-19 vaccination unless candidate qualifies for a vaccine exemption.

• VELCO’s headquarters are located in Rutland, Vermont. This is a hybrid position and the expectation is that the incumbent will spend at least two days per week onsite and more as needed.

• If you need an accommodation as part of the application or interview process please reach out.

Employer's Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Belonging

At VELCO, we believe diversity, equity, and inclusion deepen expertise, perspective, and innovation. All insights, experiences, and backgrounds are needed for a brighter energy future and to create a sustainable Vermont. We welcome all to come learn, work, and grow with us.

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