Right-of-Way Agent 2 - Lands Asset Management - Telecommunications Franchise Program

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Why It's a Great Opportunity:
Become part of the Lands Asset Management team which manages lands and property rights for Planning and Public Works. The workload will vary in nature and will be unique with each project or assignment. This position will negotiate and manage telecommunications franchises on County property and rights of way, which involves coordination with other divisions and executive and legislative branches of the County. The position will be a variety of office and field work including negotiations for real property and property rights, lease development and negotiation, coordination with other divisions, field inspections, and various property management tasks. It is a senior role that will have an amount of autonomy and will rely on solid judgement along with leadership and problem-solving skills.  This position will play a key role with developing the County’s telecommunication franchise program.
Why It's a Great Department: 
The Planning and Public Works Department has an excellent reputation for being an employer that is committed to providing top-notch service to its customers.  The Lands Asset Management team is focused on strong project and asset management, using technology, and being good stewards of our property. This is a department that is customer service oriented, with a wide scope of work and a supportive management team. The department values training and peer mentorship, and continuous professional development.

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Position Summary
How to Be Successful In the Role:
The successful candidate will jump into a variety of property-related work as well as getting up to speed on the County's broadband connectivity goals. Come with your knowledge of right of way and property management processes, as well as your ability to engage and present to a wide variety of customers and stakeholders. Use your negotiation skills to improve broadband access, execute leases, and obtain easements.  The idea candidate will have strong negotiation, coordination, research, communications, and facilitation skills.  The ideal candidate will be experienced in telecommunications and/or utility industries and acquisition or granting of rights for each. The candidate should have strong knowledge of real estate law, property management experience as well as experience with the acquisition and disposition of real property and property rights.  
Your Future In the Role:
In this position you will join a team of knowledgeable right of way professionals who will help you acclimate to Pierce County's code and processes. This position will work closely with a governance board who will lead the County’s telecommunication franchise efforts.  The  County is a member of Washington Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors which provides a knowledge base for members. Your role and participation will further enhance your knowledge related to telecommunication franchise issues.   The department also supports participation in the International Right of Way Association (IRWA) and its continuing education and certification programs.


  • Developing a telecommunications franchise program
  • Negotiating and finalizing telecommunication franchises
  • Negotiations for real property rights
  • Disposition of real property
  • Coordination with other divisions and departments within the County
  • Fielding requests from private companies and individuals interested in County properties
  • Negotiate for purchase or lease of land parcels.
  • Prepare and present resolutions and ordinances.
  • Prepare real property value estimates.Effect claim settlements with property owners for the acquisition of land and improvements; inform owners of their rights, applicable laws, and regulations. 
  • Review right of way strip maps, commissioners' records, plat books, engineers' reports and other records or materials. Make, or acquire, title searches.
  • Inspect property to be acquired; contact property owners and obtain permission for a variety of County activities. 
  • Read and understand legal property descriptions
  • Prepare and review exhibits and documents for presentation to elected officials and the public; represent department's position at council and public meetings.
  • Arrange for the maintenance, protection, sale and removal of buildings within acquired rights of way; provide relocation assistance to individuals affected by proposed construction.
  • Conduct extensive research efforts, using all government and private resources available.
  • Provide extensive research assistance to the public and other government entities. 
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

This announcement is not intended to reflect all duties to be performed by our next team member but shall present a descriptive list of the range of duties that may be performed.  To view the complete classification, click here.  



  • Graduation from a four-year college or university with major course work in real estate or related discipline
  • One year of related experience is required.  
  • Additional experience or education may be substituted for the recruiting requirement.


  • Requires satisfactory physical condition, as evidenced by a County-approved physical examination, may be required prior to appointment to the position.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Washington State Driver's license and Washington State Notary Public Commission within thirty days of employment.
  • Must be able to traverse uneven terrain.
  • Successful completion of a Pierce County background investigation.

Supplemental Information

To be considered for this opportunity please:
Complete and submit an online Pierce County Employment Application.
If you do not have internet access, you may visit your local public library or any WorkSource location and use their computers.

Individuals needing accommodation in the application, testing process or need this job announcement in an alternative format you may call Human Resources at (253) 798-7480, at least two days prior to the need.  
This is a competitive selection process.  Your application form will be reviewed and evaluated for the quality and quantity of education/experience in the areas listed.   Applicants whose qualifications most closely correspond to the County's needs will be eligible for further consideration.  Notification of application status normally occurs 4 to 6 weeks after the closing date.   Short notice may be given to applicants to participate in further selection processes which may include written, oral and performance examinations, and final interviews.  

As a condition of employment, the applicant will need to authorize and complete a background check. Information received from the background check is reviewed case-by-case and will not necessarily remove an applicant from consideration.
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