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Douglas County  4590
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Pay Range GC21


This classification assumes responsibility to plan, appraise, negotiate, monitor and complete the process of acquisition and/or disposal of real property for the Land Department.  Employee performs specialized duties including appraisal of real property; negotiation with property owners; and preparation of tax foreclosed and surplus properties for sale.


(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples.)

1. Prepare real property appraisals for public works and forestry projects; review appraisals submitted by outside appraisers.

2. Negotiate with property owners for the acquisition of property needed by the county for projects of road construction, building sites, etc.; prepare options, deeds and other documents necessary for the acquisition or use of properties by the county.

3. Provide information to the public and other agencies regarding county-owned real property.

4. Identify, inventory, describe and perform on-site inspections of tax foreclosed properties; identify hazards, liabilities and potential uses of tax foreclosed properties and make recommendations.

5. Prepare tax foreclosed and surplus properties for sale including valuation, descriptions and marketing; solicit bids and supervise contract execution with title companies, appraisers, public, etc.

6. Review and analyze market rental and lease data.

7. Serve as staff representative at various meetings; provide appraisals and opinions of value for county departments to use in long range project planning.

8. Prepare and maintain records, reports and statistical data; participate in establishing and maintaining policy and procedures.

9. Coordinate maintenance and other real property management activities for tax foreclosed and surplus County properties, including securing properties, arranging for site cleanup and weed abatement.


Knowledge of:  Thorough knowledge of principles, practices and procedures of real estate appraisal practices; considerable knowledge of procedures and techniques regarding real property legal document preparation including deeds, contracts and leases; considerable knowledge of laws, regulations, policies, and procedures pertaining to management and acquisition of real property; considerable  knowledge of contract administration.  Skill in:  Writing clear and concise reports, records, contracts and statistical data.  Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; establish and maintain records, reports, and statistical data; read and interpret real estate related documents such as legal descriptions, deeds, easements, contracts, maps, plot plans, construction plans, etc.; make decisions independently in accordance with established policy and procedures, and use a considerable degree of initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; efficiently organize time and meet established deadlines; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, other agency representatives, real estate related agencies, property owners and the public.

Education, experience and training:  Associate's degree in business administration or related field and four years progressively responsible work experience in property acquisition and real estate appraisal OR any satisfactory equivalent combination of education, experience and training.  At time of appointment, must possess a valid Oregon driver's license.


Work is performed under the general supervision of the land director who gives general verbal or written instructions concerning the results to be accomplished.  Employee jointly establish with supervisor goals, objectives, priorities, and standards of programs.  Employee is responsible for organizing their own work and handling assignments independently in conformance to accepted real estate appraisal and department standards.  Periodic reviews of work performance are conducted in terms of management requirements and expected results.


Work is performed within established department policy and procedures; federal, state, and county statutes, rules, regulations and ordinances; professional appraisal standards; real estate acquisition guides; contract administration guidelines.  Employee uses considerable degree of judgment in interpreting guidelines and contributes to modification of existing guidelines by recommending changes or adapting guidelines to problems encountered.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed in both an office and field setting; may require bending, hearing voice conversation, walking rough, sometimes brushy, terrain.  A moderate amount of driving is required.

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