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Title Supervisor
The Opportunity:

WSDOT is looking for a Title Supervisor to oversee the title staff and ensure that all acquisitions meet Federal, State and WSDOT regulatory and policy requirements. As the lead Title Examiner, this position is responsible for obtaining all necessary title reports and recorded documents for the project engineers and other support groups. They will assign acquisition document preparation tasks to title examiners and advise acquisition and title staff on a broad spectrum of real estate issues.

Additional duties include the preparation of acquisition and title clearing documents, legal descriptions, and Real Property Vouchers, as well as reviewing acquisition and condemnation transmittals. They will also coordinate and perform final reviews and revisions to legal documents. Concerning condemnation, this position is responsible for scheduling the final action meetings and coordinating the publication of meeting notices in local newspapers.

The successful candidate will be self-motivated, detail-oriented, and a hands-on manager who leads by example. With excellent communication skills (oral and written), the incumbent will successfully interact with internal staff, consultants, and the public. If you would like to work in real estate with a flexible, day shift schedule, in a cooperative, team-oriented environment, this may be a perfect opportunity for you!

WSDOT offers outstanding benefits, a generous amount of paid time off (true work-life balance), choice of state retirement programs including a defined benefit pension plan, advancement opportunities, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information regarding our comprehensive benefits package. At WSDOT, we honor diversity in the workplace and support one another with respect and trust. To learn more, please watch the following video: Why WSDOT?

Responsibilities:

Supervise, train, and direct the Northwest Region title examiners on a broad spectrum of real estate issues; provide technical guidance and resources for complex files, offer advice and training on title issues such as clauses, access issues and clearing of encumbrances
Complete a comprehensive title review of each acquisition transmittal file to ensure that it complies with federal rules, state laws, and WSDOT policies and procedures prior to acceptance and approval by the Region Real Estate Services Manager (RESM); when necessary, initiate corrective action to address deficiencies or errors
Act as a liaison between WSDOT and the title company to resolve title questions and questions Participate in strategic and business planning activities, work groups, and quality improvement teams
Prepare acquisition documents, legal descriptions, and Real Property Vouchers for acquisition staff; write or review Property Management legal descriptions, and prepare any title clearing paperwork necessary to clear title or complete the transaction
Prepare documents, acquire rights from local agencies, and prepare transmittal packages related to Turnback Agreements and right of way dedications
Provide necessary documentation and support to assist design offices with the development of right of way plans and/or Exhibit Maps
Other duties as assigned

An ideal candidate for this position will have:
Bachelor's degree plus a combined 4 years of experience as a title examiner, title officer, escrow officer or Limited Practice Officer (including 2 years in public sector title and acquisition activities) OR Associate's degree plus a combined 6 years of experience as a title examiner, title officer, escrow officer or Limited Practice Officer (including 2 years in public sector title and acquisition activities) OR a combined 8 years of experience as a title examiner, title officer, escrow officer or Limited Practice Officer (including 2 years in public sector title and acquisition activities) OR 1 year as a PAS 5 Title Examiner OR 2 years as a PAS 4 Title Examiner
Knowledge of applicable state and federal laws, policies, and procedures
Detailed knowledge of Washington State real property and eminent domain laws (RCWs and WACs) The ability to provide technical assistance, guidance and training on federal aid projects to ensure completion in accordance with applicable laws and regulations governing federal certification
Proven ability to lead the team, manage expectations, and develop schedules and budget Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to successfully communicate, negotiate and work effectively with a variety of people including WSDOT staff, public agencies, consultants, contractors, and the general public
Proficiency with computer software including but not limited to MS Office Suite and WSDOT applications
Willingness to travel when necessary
Licensed Notary Public
Valid driver's license

How to Apply: Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Please hit the large green APPLY button at the top of this announcement. Note that you may need to set up an account profile first. To be considered for this position, you will need to attach a resume and provide a letter of interest with this application. Applications without these documents will not be considered. Be prepared to provide references at the time of interview.

Contact us: For inquiries about this position, please contact Josefina Mutascu at MutascJ@wsdot.wa.gov. Please reference recruitment number 18DOT-NWR-11631.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is an equal opportunity employer. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, and disabled and Vietnam era veterans are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may call the Talent Acquisition Unit, Office of Human Resources, at 360.705.7996 or email at jobinfo@wsdot.wa.gov.

Posted on: Thursday, March 22, 2018
This listing expires on: Friday, June 22, 2018

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