February 13, 2020
San Jose, CA
Job Type



Real Estate Unit (Position Code 0349)

The Senior Engineering Technician is an integral position within Valley Water's Real Estate Services Unit assisting the Real Estate Agents in gathering important Right of Way data. The Senior Engineer Technician position works closely with and serves as a liaison to the Information Technology (IT) group to support a software application developed in-house which is used to manage real estate transactions. Tasks include identifying software issues and developing solutions, helping IT implement new software functionalities and design enhancements, evaluating and closing requisitions in the software, entering updated documents and information to the software, tracking and following up on due dates and prerequisites for documents, troubleshooting erroneous legacy real estate transactions related to mapping of acquired land areas when property boundaries are incomplete or inconclusive.

The Senior Engineering Technician position administers software and tracks all workflow related to real estate acquisitions, property management, invoices, title reports, appraisal functions and GIS locations in connection with recorded land transactions.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Evaluate new requisitions and close out requisitions; which includes entering updated information and documents into the database tracking system and follow up on due dates and prerequisites for each document.
  • Troubleshoot erroneous database real estate acquisitions.
  • Work with Survey/GIS/Community Projects Review Unit to assist in correcting inaccuracies with acquired land areas when property boundaries are incomplete or inconclusive.
  • Create new polygons for properties that are acquired and put them into the GIS system.
  • Correct errors from the database support notification via internal customer e-mail system.
  • Provide technical support in interpreting and reviewing new legal descriptions to ensure completeness, accuracy and compliance with laws, policies and procedures.
  • Provide assistance in analyzing deed history related to current real estate transactions.
  • Review title reports to determine existing property rights and encumbrances.
  • Act as a liaison between Real Estate Services and the Land Surveying Management Unit.
  • Work closely with Senior Real Estate staff to collect public information requests related to the Freedom of Information Act.
  • Assist Senior Real Estate staff to identify areas of improvement in documentation quality control and function management for the unit.
  • Provide technical assistance on special real estate research projects that require analytical decision-making support and provide recommendations for quality improvements in organizational performance and operational product service delivery.
  • Generate performance reports, charts and spreadsheets related to the Real Estate Unit performance and communicate results at meetings or presentations.

Ideal Candidate's Background Includes:
Applicants whose experience and background best match the ideal experience, knowledge, skills, abilities and education are considered ideal candidates for the position. To determine the top candidates, each applicant will be assessed based on the ideal candidate criteria listed below.

Ideal Experience:

  • 3+ years of responsible technical engineering support experience.
  • 3+ years of experience with using software applications related to real estate.
  • Experience using GIS, AutoCAD and/or similar software.
  • Experience reading and understanding Title Reports.
  • Experience making clear and convincing oral presentations.
  • Experience generating reports, spreadsheets, and exhibits.
  • Experience reviewing technical documents, including drawings and Plat and Legal Descriptions.
  • Technical engineering support experience is desirable
  • Land Surveying experience is a plus.

Ideal Skills and Abilities:

  • Written and oral communication skills required.
  • Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed and pays close attention to detail.
  • Strong interpersonal skills: treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect, considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.
  • Shows a commitment to serve the public. Ensures that actions meet public needs; aligns organizational objectives and practices with public interests.
  • Flexible; is open to change and new information; rapidly adapts to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.
  • Resilient; deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity and recovers quickly from setbacks.
  • Team player; inspires and fosters team commitment, spirit, pride, and trust.
  • Facilitates cooperation and motivates team members to accomplish group goals.

Ideal Knowledge:

  • Principles, practices, methods and techniques of GIS, GPS and CADD.
  • Methods and techniques of drafting, design, and engineering drawing.
  • Engineering office, design and fieldwork practices.
  • Familiarity with rules and regulations governing the review and processing of land permit applications.
  • Principles and practices of research and report preparation.
  • Principles and practices of cartography.
  • Principles and procedures of creating graphic presentations as assigned, including composition and printing.
  • Hydrologic terminology.
  • Principles and practices of surveying as assigned, including global positioning systems.
  • Understanding of database design and management.

Ideal Training and Education:

  • Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by twelve (12) college semester units in engineering, geography, mathematics, or a related field.
  • Ideal certifications and/or licenses: Land Surveyor in Training Certificate (LSIT) is desirable.

Required License or Certificate

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license. Individuals who do not meet the driver's license requirement due to a disability will be considered for a reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis.

To review the Classification Specification, please click here

Selection Process

(1) The selection process may include one or more of the following:application review, application assessment, performance exercise, written exercise and/or interview.
(2) The Employment Application, Qualifying Information Questions and/or Supplemental Questions will be evaluated based on the ideal candidate criteria listed above.Resumes are highly recommended.

NOTE:Position and start date is subject to availability of funds. Valley Water retains the right to repost this position as deemed necessary.
Consideration may be given to existing applicant pools within the same classification.

Valley Water's Equal Opportunity Non-Discrimination Policy is available for review upon request.

Valley Water will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities.Please advise the Office of Talent and Inclusion in advance of any special needs by calling 1-408-630-2260.

Please be aware that once submitted all application materials become the property of Valley Water and will not be returned.The Office of Talent and Inclusion staff are not authorized to make copies of application materials for applicants.
Closing Date/Time: 2/14/2020 11:59 PM Pacific

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