Kootenai Electric Cooperative is located in scenic North Idaho, the heart of abundant recreational opportunities. Settled in a beautiful lakefront mountain setting, it is a favorite destination for tourists. Just outside our back door are national forests, lakes, rivers, and trails offering plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking, boating/water sports, fishing, hunting, golfing, snow sports, and much more. The four distinct seasons offer recreational opportunities year-round. The Coeur d’Alene/Hayden metropolitan area also offers a variety of entertainment and shopping venues and is a short 45-minute drive to Spokane, Washington and access to domestic and international air travel.
The purpose of this position is to research, negotiate, and finalize real estate transactions; maintain documentation and changes to KEC’s real estate agreements. Oversee permitting process.
Safety: Adhere to all workplace and trade safety laws, regulations, standards, rules, and practices. Use of Personal Protective Equipment as required. Take individual responsibility in managing safety risks and reporting unsafe conditions or unsafe work practices. Respond positively to safety-oriented feedback. Contribute to a culture of safety.
Quality of Work: Produce thorough, high quality work with minimal errors. Seek feedback, make corrections as needed. Identify problems and solve them. Strive to improve processes. Work collaboratively with team members to implement systemic changes.
Productivity: Complete assigned work in a timely fashion. Utilize slow periods productively. Produce amount and volume expected, at accepted speed.
Technical Skills/Job Knowledge: Demonstrate appropriate level of understanding of technical skills in area of expertise, technology, products, and/or processes involved. Perform assigned duties. Keep current on changes. Competent with all technology and industry best practices necessary to perform job. Maintains necessary certification(s).
Communication: Oral and written communication clearly convey information. Keep others informed of activities and problems in timely manner. Listen well. Respond appropriately and respectfully.
Teamwork/Ability to Work With Others: Demonstrate ability to work in positive manner with co-workers and/or customers with differing backgrounds, opinions, capabilities, etc. Willingly share skills, competencies, and knowledge with others. Establish and maintain strong, effective working relationships. Contribute effectively to group efforts. Promote harmony. Agree to disagree without damaging relationships.
Accountability: Maintain excellent attendance and punctuality. Arrive on-time and be prepared to work. Accept responsibility for work and actions. Be reliable.
Integrity: Demonstrate honesty, high ethical standards, and respect for all team members, co-workers, and KEC members.
Professionalism: Always address internal and external customers with courtesy and respect. Dress in work attire appropriate to the position. Communicate business information in timely fashion, using means of communication appropriate to the situation.
Support of Cooperative Goals, Policies, and Procedures: Support Cooperative goals. Adhere to all Cooperative policies and procedures. Understand that internal customer and external member focus is always top priority. Contribute effectively in support of that priority.
Problem-Solving: Use sound logic and methodology to solve problems. Explore multiple sources for answers, as required. Able to identify hidden problems. Propose solutions.
Job Responsibilities/Essential Functions
Researches, negotiates, and finalizes real estate transactions, including but not limited to securing rights-of-way for distribution and transmission facilities, documenting, mapping, and maintaining all documentation and changes to KEC’s real estate agreements.
Works with Operations and Engineering personnel on residential and commercial developments, system improvements, and jobs for government agencies.
Acquires permits, licensing, easements, contracts, and agreements and assists with land acquisition. Oversees applications with local municipal or county jurisdiction for land use or road crossings.
Prepares, secures, and notarizes easements.
May assist in county agency review research.
Works with agencies on plat approvals, road vacations, variances, road work, and requests to move facilities. Negotiates payment if needed.
Researches, advises, and answers questions pertaining to existing easements and land use rights.
Researches and analyzes available survey history, records, and legal documents; applies appropriate laws and regulations to ascertain property rights, property lines, and survey control lines.
Interprets deed descriptions, weighs evidence, and makes decisions based on professional knowledge, experience, and sound judgment.
Arranges for property and timber appraisals and title searches.
Works with other departments as needed to prepare documents for management approval and signatures.
Keeps management informed of changes in easements, rights-of-way, and/or real estate laws and regulations that pertain to our business practices.
Reviews parcel and property ownership.
Works with Project Engineering Technicians to plan and site electrical facilities.
Coordinates with Business Development Coordinator on new subdivisions.
Manages agreement and permitting documentation for railroad, highway districts, and other entities.
May prepare and deliver presentations during public or regulatory hearings.
Assists with condemnation activities.
Manages related project files, records, and reports.
Manages easement releases and land transfers.
Oversees digitizing related records.
Performs other duties as assigned or needed.
High school diploma or equivalent.
Five or more years of experience in easement acquisition, permitting, land and rights of way acquisition and land rights maintenance.
Bachelor’s degree in land surveying, land use, urban planning, real estate law, or related field preferred.
Experience with GIS systems.
Experience with engineering design, staking, and construction activities associated with electrical facilities.
Knowledge of real estate law, appraisal, and negotiation.
Proficient in all aspects of right of way easements including researching, preparing, negotiating, acquisition, vacation, and legal determination.
Strong computer skills and ability to effectively use current KEC computer systems.Competency with Microsoft Office programs.
Excellent interpersonal skills.Effective written and verbal communication skills.
Good negotiating skills.
Valid driver's license.
Working conditions may require being in an outside environment in all types of weather for extended periods of time. From time to time, this position deals with irate and/or verbally abusive people both on the phone and in person.
Extensive travel driving to member locations. Travel may be required for training or other purposes.
Work after normal business hours may be required.
Interested candidates must complete a KEC employment application at www.kec.com. Position will remain open until February 7, 2021.
Kootenai Electric Cooperative, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their disability or protected veteran status.
About Kootenai Electric Cooperative
Kootenai Electric Cooperative is located in scenic North Idaho, the heart of abundant recreational opportunities. Settled in a beautiful lakefront mountain setting, it is a favorite destination for tourists. Just outside our back door are national forests, lakes, rivers, and trails offering plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking, boating/water sports, fishing, hunting, golfing, snow sports, and much more. The four distinct seasons offer recreational opportunities year round. The Coeur d’Alene/Hayden metropolitan area also offers a variety of entertainment and shopping venues and is a short 45 minute drive to Spokane, Washington and access to domestic and international air travel.