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Real Estate Specialist II or III - Greeley

This position is only open to Colorado state residents.

This posting has been re-opened. If you applied previously, no need to re-apply.

  • This position is covered by the Partnership Agreement between the State of Colorado and Colorado Workers for Innovative and New Solutions (COWins). 
  • New employees to the State will be paid biweekly. There are 26 biweekly pay periods in a year.

One position will be filled at either the Real Estate Specialist II or III level. 

Hiring Salary Ranges:
Real Estate Specialist II - $46,296 - $57,012 annually
Real Estate Specialist III -$53,484 - $65,868 annually

About CDOT 
Do you want to make a difference in Coloradans’ lives? Do you have a passion for helping people and keeping them safe? At the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), you’ll have the opportunity to do just that. The work our people do contributes to keeping Coloradans and visitors safe and provides freedom, connection, and experience through travel. Please visit our careers page to learn about CDOT and how we are making Colorado a great place to live, work and play, now and for the future! Also, check out our excellent benefits package!

CDOT for All
CDOT’s strength is our people, and our commitment to our people is to shape, support, and sustain the employee experience, and ultimately, create a supportive workplace where everyone, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship status, education, disability, socio-economic status, or any other identity, has the opportunity to thrive. 

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The eligible list created from this announcement may be used to fill one or more positions. 


Description of Job
About the Work Unit
This Real Estate Specialist II or III works in the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT’s) Region 4 Right-of-Way Unit. The Right-of-Way team exists to define, acquire, and manage real property for the construction, operation, and maintenance of the State transportation system in Region 4 and provide relocation services in compliance with the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Act of 1970. It also is to provide guidance, support and oversight of local agency projects.

About the Position
As a Real Estate Specialist II or III, you will provide real estate acquisition, relocation and property management services to engineering residencies working on construction projects throughout northeast Colorado. You will adhere to CDOT's policy and procedural directives, the Uniform Relocation and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, federal regulations and state rules and standards. The level of independence and complexity of assignments will vary, depending on the level at which the position is filled.

Your duties and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Responsible in communicating with others any observed effects of property acquisition and relocation, and how these disciplines may affect schedule and budget;
  • Research, analysis and preparation of waiver valuations to estimate the fair market value of property to be acquired; notifying, offering just compensation, negotiating, and concluding eminent domain property transactions; 
  • Participate in project meetings with both internal and external stakeholders to stay apprised of project status and informed about potential right-of-way issues, and offers assistance and right-of-way updates to project, traffic, and utility engineers, right of way team, and environmental personnel regarding acquisition and relocation matters;
  • Prepare justification for administrative settlements; and work with title companies and owners to coordinate and complete transaction closings and post-closing activities;
  • Prepares waiver valuations, negotiates with property owners, tenants, or their representatives to acquire real estate interests needed, and to assist in resolving potential construction problems; 
  • Maintain the environmental schedule and provide continuous schedule validation for various construction packages;
  • Perform basic and complex relocation of personal property and displacees affected by projects to include the preparation of necessary forms, delivery of required notices and advisory services;
  • Provide expertise and oversight to consultant agents in the performance of negotiation, contracting, and closing of real property acquisitions and the relocation of personal property being affected by projects;
  • Act as a technical guide, consultant and advisor for the Right-of-Way Unit and other Region personnel in the fields of real estate acquisition and relocation assistance;
  • Other duties as assigned. 
Work Environment: 
  • Your schedule will primarily be 8:00 am – 5:00 pm work hours, Monday-Friday, but we are flexible to meet your work/life balance needs while ensuring CDOT business needs are met.
  • You will likely work a hybrid schedule with a combination of in-office and remote work.
  • Travel required during daytime work hours to meet with land owners, members of the public, potential lessees and to project sites
  • Occasional overnight travel throughout Colorado 
  • Required to operate CDOT vehicles
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights
Minimum Qualifications 

Real Estate Specialist II
  • A bachelor's degree from a U.S. accredited college or university (a copy of your transcript or NACES evaluation must be submitted to verify this requirement).
  • AND one year of full-time professional experience in real estate abstracting/title work, right of way plan development, property management for a public entity, property appraisal, right of way negotiations, land acquisition, relocation and/or land surveying.
  • Additional work experience that provided the same kind, amount and level of knowledge acquired in the required education, may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required bachelor’s degree but not for the specific experience. 
  • A graduate degree in Real Estate, Business Administration, Public Administration, Accounting, or Finance will substitute for the required professional experience on a year-for-year basis.

Real Estate Specialist III
  • A bachelor's degree from a U.S. accredited college or university (a copy of your transcript or NACES evaluation must be submitted to verify this requirement).
  • AND two years of full-time professional experience in real estate abstracting/title work, right of way plan development, property management for a public entity, property appraisal, right of way negotiations, land acquisition, relocation and/or land surveying.
  • Additional work experience that provided the same kind, amount and level of knowledge acquired in the required education, may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required bachelor’s degree but not for the specific experience. 
  • A graduate degree in Real Estate, Business Administration, Public Administration, Accounting, or Finance will substitute for the required professional experience on a year-for-year basis.

Please Note: The required experience must be substantiated within the work experience section of your application. “See Resume” statements on the application or resumes in lieu of a complete application may not be accepted. Additional information submitted after the closing date of this announcement will not be considered in the review of your application. In addition, part-time work will be prorated.

College Transcripts: If you are using education to qualify, a legible copy of your official or unofficial college transcript(s) or a foreign credential evaluation report must be submitted with your application. Transcripts must show the name of the school and that a degree was conferred. Transcripts from colleges or universities outside of the United States must be assessed for U.S. equivalency by a NACES educational credential evaluation service. Failure to provide a transcript or foreign credential evaluation report may result in your application being rejected and you will not be able to continue in the selection process for this position.

Conditions of Employment
  • Must pass a pre-employment screening which may include social security number trace, criminal records check, public court records check, educational records, and driving records checks. More information in the supplemental information section.
  • A current valid driver license is required for all Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) positions which require operating a state or personal motor vehicle to perform one or more essential functions of the position. 

Preferred Qualifications
The exceptional applicant will be an experienced Real Estate Specialist and will possess the proven ability or accomplishment in the following:
  • Demonstrated success with the duties listed in the Description of the Job section;
  • Years of State service experience related to the duties of this position;
  • Highest work/personal ethics and integrity;
  • Working knowledge and understanding of real estate law, principles, practices and values, including document preparation, acquisitions, closings, appraisals, and property leasing and management;
  • Experience reading and interpreting transportation design drawings and right of way plans;
  • Experience in forecasting and providing input on possible need and uses of Real Property;
  • Acquisition experience in a transportation context;
  • Experience performing relocation services according to applicable state and federal regulations;
  • Proven ability to manage multiple assignments, priorities, and projects in a demanding environment;
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines and be adaptable to changing assignments;
  • Ability to take initiative to solve problems in an innovative manner;
  • Partnering with public and private organizations, special interest groups, elected and appointed officials, in situations which may be politically sensitive;
  • Working with general public, professional, consultants, and staff, with sensitivity to their needs, priorities, promises made and commitments;
  • Negotiating mutually acceptable solutions; building consensus through give and take;
  • Interpersonal and relationship building skills;
  • Strong time and project management skills, including prioritization and multi-tasking ability;
  • Excellent reasoning, investigative, analytical, and problem solving ability;
  • Excellent facilitation, presentation, and communication skills, both written and oral;
  • Strong attention to technical detail and accuracy;
  • Passion for safety;
  • Working effectively in both independent and team situations;
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access), Gmail, SAP, and the ability to quickly learn other software systems. 
Supplemental Information
Applicant Checklist 

Complete Applications must include the following documents:
  1. A complete CDOT Application for Announced Vacancy (please submit online using the green 'APPLY' button at the top of this announcement)
  2. A complete Supplemental Questionnaire (The questionnaire is part of the online application. You will be prompted to answer them as you are completing your online application.)
  3. A cover letter that describes your interest in this position, how your experience aligns with the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position. Cover letters must be uploaded as an attachment to your online application. Cover letters will not be accepted after the closing date and time of the announcement. 
  4. A detailed chronological resume. Resumes must be uploaded as an attachment to your online application. 
  5. If you are using education to qualify, a copy of your official or unofficial transcript showing that your degree has been conferred and the name of your school, or your NACES accreditation. Please submit this as an attachment to your online application.
  6. If you are a veteran, a copy of your DD214. Please submit this as an attachment to your online application.

Only complete applications submitted by the closing date for this announcement will be given consideration. Every effort must be made to submit all application materials by the announcement close date. Where unusual circumstances prevent timely acquisition of transcripts, they must be submitted within five business days of the announcement close date. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. Failure to submit properly completed documents by the closing date of this announcement may result in your application being rejected.

All correspondence regarding your status in the selection/examination process will be via email. Include your current working email address on your application and check your email frequently as you could receive time sensitive correspondence regarding this position. We highly recommend that you set up your email to accept messages from "" and "" addresses. It is your responsibility to ensure that your email will accept these notices and/or review your junk mail and spam filtered email. Immediately after you submit your application you should receive an email that confirms that you successfully submitted an application for this position. If you do not, try submitting again until you receive the confirmation email. Be sure to also check your junk folder for email communications from the State of Colorado's website.

The Hiring Process: 
  1. All applications that are received by the closing of this announcement will be reviewed against the minimum qualifications in this announcement. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications proceed to the next step. 
  2. Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted based on merit and fitness through a comparative analysis process.
  • Part, or all, of the comparative analysis for this position may be a structured application review, which involves a review of the information you submit in your application materials by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) against the preferred qualifications.
  • Be sure your application materials specifically address your qualifications, experience, work products, and accomplishments as they relate to the Major Duties, Minimum Qualifications, and Preferred Qualifications sections as listed above. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the deadline for application may result in your application not being accepted for this position and may affect your inclusion as a qualified candidate in any step of the selection process and placement on the eligible list. 
  1. A top group, up to six candidates, will be invited to schedule an interview with the hiring manager.

Transfer, Non-Disciplinary Demotion or Reinstatement 
If you believe that you are eligible to be considered as a transfer, non-disciplinary demotion, or reinstatement to this vacancy, you must submit a completed application following the directions in this job announcement and you will be included in the selection process along with other qualified applicants. If you are the finalist for this position after the selection process, Human Resources will confirm your eligibility to be appointed as a transfer, non-disciplinary demotion, or reinstatement applicant.   

Employment Screening
If an applicant reaches the finalist stage of the hiring process, the Colorado Department of Transportation may procure a consumer report and/or investigative consumer report on the applicant in connection with his/her application for employment purposes, as defined under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. These reports may be obtained at any time after receipt of the applicant's authorization. As part of the employment screening an applicant will be requested to disclose any deferred judgments and convictions as well as an explanation of the circumstances around any arrest or conviction. In the event that a screening returns information that the applicant believes is not accurate, he or she will have an opportunity to dispute the information with “Info Cubic”.

Info Cubic, a consumer reporting agency, will obtain the report for CDOT. Further information regarding Info Cubic, LLC, including its privacy policy, may be found online at Info Cubic is located at 116 Inverness Drive East, Suite 206, Englewood, CO 80112, and can be reached at 877.360.4636.

The report may contain information bearing on the applicant's character, general reputation, personal characteristics, and mode of living. The information that may be included in the report includes: social security number trace, criminal records check, public court records checks, educational records, and driving records checks. CDOT will only request credit reports insofar as they relate to the position for which the applicant is applying. The information contained in the report will be obtained from private and/or public record sources. The applicant will have the right, upon written request made within a reasonable time after receipt of a notice, to request disclosure of the nature and scope of any investigative consumer report.

Appeal Rights
If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for this position, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board or request a review by the State Personnel Director. An appeal or review must be submitted on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative. This form must be delivered to the State Personnel Board by email (, postmarked in US Mail or hand delivered (1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203), or faxed (303.866.5038) within ten (10) calendar days from your receipt of notice or acknowledgement of the department’s action. For more information about the appeals process, the official appeal form, and how to deliver it to the State Personnel Board go to; contact the State Personnel Board for assistance at 303.866.3300; or refer to 4 Colorado Code of Regulations (CCR) 801-1, State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, Chapter 8, Resolution of Appeals and Disputes, at under Rules.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

Discrimination and/or harassment against any person is prohibited because of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, political affiliation, veteran’s status, marital status, gender identity or any other protected class recognized under the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA). This applies to all employment decisions.

ADAAA Accommodations 
CDOT is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to HR Specialist Name at Email Address or call Phone Number.

Former State Employees
Former employees of the Colorado Department of Transportation System or any other State of Colorado Department or Agency, who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination, must disclose this information on his/her application.