Washington State Department of Transportation
Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure that 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.
WSDOT is eager to hire a real estate professional to supervise our Northwest Region (NWR) Appraisal team in support of State and Federal laws requiring appraisals to estimate just compensation for property rights to be acquired for WSDOT projects. As the Appraisal Supervisor, this position also supervises appraisals required to estimate market value for disposal of real property that is surplus to WSDOT’s needs. The successful candidate appointed to this position will ensure that appraisals, appraisal waivers, and reviews comply with WSDOT’s Right of Way Manual and all regulatory requirements including the Uniform Act and USPAP.
What to Expect
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Appraisal Supervisor will:
Assign work and monitor staff completion of scoping estimates, project funding estimates, appraisals, appraisal waivers, and review work.
Engage external vendors for appraisal and review services as needed, based on staff capacity and experience constraints.
Maintain appraisal staffing through recruitment efforts.
Provide valuation related guidance to Real Estate Services (RES) managers and personnel in other WSDOT RES disciplines to include Title, Acquisition/Relocation, Property Management, Sound Transit Liaison, as well as other NWR programs and personnel to include project designers, engineers, and managers.
Provide appraisal status updates on various task boards and in meetings on all projects in process as requested.
Guide and mentor current and new appraisal staff, including individual development plans, recommending training, and encouraging staff to learn and grow.
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 and five (5) years of experience in real property appraising. OR
Three (3) years of experience as a Property and Acquisition Specialist 5 and experience in appraising a wide range of commercial, industrial, and residential properties.
In addition to:
Washington State General Real Estate Appraiser certification or equivalent certification or license.
Current driver’s license
Knowledge of:Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP)
Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, including amendments.
Unform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions.
Eminent domain real estate appraisal principles and procedures, including understanding of right of way plans.
It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
Bachelors degree involving major study in business or public administration, real estate, economics, or a related field and six (6) years of experience in appraisal or four (4) years in eminent domain appraisal.
Professional designation from the IRWA or Appraisal Institute.
Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 357-16-197 mandates that all employees who work for executive cabinet agencies (which includes the Department of Transportation) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Compliance with this mandate is a condition of employment with WSDOT. Exemption may be granted for religious or medical purposes; however, accommodations will be subject to approval based on the essential functions required of the position.
This position offers flexible/hybrid work options, with options to work up to 100% remote depending on staff needs.
The salary listed includes the legislative approved 5% salary premium for positions in King County
The recruiting efforts for this position may be extended beyond the displayed closing date for as long and until a sufficient candidate pool has been established. The Appointing Authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time thereafter. It is to your benefit to submit your application as soon as possible.
WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit www.uscis.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 for eligible positions.
Paid Leave – In addition to 12 paid holidays, full-time employees earn a minimum 14 paid vacation days per year!
Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options, and free dental coverage! Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information.
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.
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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 details your qualifications, and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
Contact information to be included in the “References” section of the online application for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, knowledge base, and job-related competencies.
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WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. We value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees can feel respected, included and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, as well as people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.
For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Eric Saniatan, at SaniatE@wsdot.wa.gov. Please be sure to reference 22DOT-NWR-10985 in the subject line.
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