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Supervising Land Agent (Supervisory) (4994)

Supervising Land Agent (Supervisory)

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: KS30
  • Class Code: 4994
  • Established: 10/20/1960
  • Revised: 01/06/1987
  • Title Changed: 04/17/1984


Under general direction, to (1) plan, organize, and direct an agency's large and extensive real property acquisition program in a major geographical area of the State; or (2) in a smaller program, to have charge of the entire land acquisition function of a State depart ment; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

Plans, organizes, and directs the work of a staff in appraising and negotiating for the acquisition of real properties and rights of way; reviews and recommends on acceptability of title to properties proposed for acquisition; advises the land acquisition staff on appraisal and negotiation procedures and may personally participate in the most com plex negotiations or appraisals; advises departmental management on budgetary requirements, rules, and policies pertaining to land acquisi tion and land management; directs the review and approval of appraisals and negotiations of other State agencies, except the Division of High ways; consults with members of the Attorney Ceneral's Office and directs the staff in assisting in the preparation of condemnation cases and on other aspects of real property transactions; appears before interested groups to explain the land acquisition program; coordinates property and rightofway acquisition activities with the Department of General Ser vices and other State agencies as required; supervises the preparation, execution, and keeping of all documents, reports. records, files, and statistics necessary to secure clear title to acquired properties and to transact rightofway work; supervises the management, operation and maintenance of properties acquired by the State; confers with repre sentatives of governmental and private organizations on matters per taining to the land acquisition and management program; assigns and directs the training of the land acquisition staff; prepares or directs the preparation of reports and makes recommendations on special studies on condemnation matters, proposed legislation, and other aspects to the land acquisition program; determines qualification of and establishes a roster of independent appraisers and reviews their appraisals; serves as an expert valuation witness in condemnation trials; dictates correspondence.

Minimum Qualifications

Either I

Two years of experience in the California state service performing negotiation duties in a class with a level of responsibility not less than Senior Land Agent (Specialist) or Senior Land Agent (Supervisory).


Experience: Five years of experience in acquisition of real property or rights of way for public use, two years of which must have been in a supervisory capacity with responsibility for all phases of real property acquisition. and


Education: Equivalent to graduation from college. (Additional qualifying experience, or experience in real property management, title work, or in a real estate practice may be substituted for the required education on a yearforyear basis.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Principles and techniques of real property appraisal and negotiation for acquisition; real property and condemnation law and of the nature and effect of docu ments and other factors which affect the sufficiency and validity of title to real property; policies, procedures, and practices of land acquisition in the California state service; the effect on property values of economic trends, restrictions, easements, leases, concession, and encroach ments; principles and procedures of land management; prin ciples of effective organization and management, bud geting, and supervision; department's Affirmative Action Program objectives; a manager's role in the Affirmative Action Program and the processes available to meet affir mative action objectives.


Ability to: Plan, organize, and direct the work of a technical staff; establish and maintain cooperative relationships with persons and organizations contacted in the course of the work; conduct negotiations with property owners; make accurate appraisals of real property; address audiences effectively; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; write effective letters and reports; effectively contribute to the department's affirmative action objectives.

Special Personal Characteristics

Sales ability and ability to make effective oral presentations before the public.

  Updated: 2/27/2015
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