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Real Property Division Manager

Salary: Real Property Agent I (#6629)

$19.03-$23.24 hourly / $3,311-$4,042 monthly / Range: 5240

Real Property Agent II (#6630)

$25.27-$30.85 hourly / $4,395-$5,365 monthly / Range: 5808

DEFINITION: Under general direction, plans, organizes, and supervises the activities involved in the administration, negotiation, and acquisition of real property, leases, rights of way, real property appraisals, relocation assistance, and disposal of county property and rights of way; and does related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a single-position, management class. The incumbent is responsible for the administration and direction of the Real Property Division of the General Services Department and performs the most difficult functions in real estate transactions for public use.


1. Plans, organizes, and directs the work of technical and clerical staff assigned to the division; selects, trains, and evaluates the performance of staff.
2. Prepares and administers the division's budget; develops and implements Recurring Performance Measures and Impact Measures; monitors expenditures; develops administrative policy; maintains records and prepares reports; represents the division before the Board of Supervisors and the public.
3. Advises and recommends actions on real property matters to superiors and Board of Supervisors.
4. Coordinates the preparation of condemnation actions with legal counsel; testifies in eminent domain cases.
5. Analyzes financial impact and cost-effectiveness of facilities leased/rented by the County and County properties leased/rented by others; evaluates need for disposal of any excess properties.
6. Negotiates agreements for the purchase, sale, rental, lease, and use of real property; conducts in-house escrows; appraises property and its improvements to prepare cost estimates.
7. Formulates legal descriptions for deeds, easements, and removal and relocation agreements for improvements within proposed rights-of-way; prepares schedules and bills for the purchase of property.


Possession of the Senior designation (SR/WA) from the International Right of Way Association or a broker's license from the State of California, Department of Real Estate and:

1. Six years of increasingly responsible experience in negotiation, leasing, appraisal, and acquisition of real property, including experience acquiring real property for public purposes; or,
2. two years of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Real Property Agent III with Santa Barbara County; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License.

Knowledge of: the principles and practices of real property appraisal work and of acquiring property for public purposes; federal, state, and local laws and regulations related to easements, rights-of-way, and relocation assistance, the procedures involved in relocation assistance programs; leasing property management practices; the function of legal instruments that are used in real property ownership and transfer; the effect on property values of deed and tract restrictions, zoning ordinances, setbacks, tax and improvement assessments, easements and encroachments; the California government code as related to real property management and the law governing condemnation proceedings; rental and lease agreements and procedures for the proper negotiation and completion of such agreements; budgeting terminology, practices, and procedures.

Ability to: plan, organize, assign, prioritize, and delegate work of self and others; read and understand legal descriptions, engineering drawings, property maps, and the various legal documents used in right-of-way and real property actions; establish and maintain effective relationships with subordinates, colleagues, customer departments, property owners and the public; represent the department with tact and diplomacy; write technical material such as legal descriptions and right-of-way agreements in a clear and concise manner; learn and apply principles and practices of performance-based budgeting; make presentations before groups of people; negotiate effective agreements; influence and persuade superiors and clients on real property issues.

Desirable Qualification:

Experience supervising professionals engaged in the appraisal and acquisition of real property.

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