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Burns & McDonnell Right of Way Practice Lead - Environmental Services (Multiple Locations) in Austin, Texas


Burns & McDonnell’s regional operation in Houston is looking for a Right of Way Practice Lead to oversee project execution and team development of Right of Way and land acquisition services in Texas and the surrounding region. Burns & McDonnell is a 100% employee-owned firm ranked numerous times on FORTUNE’s List of 100 Best Companies to Work For and voted as a Best Place to Work in cities across the United States.

Join a well-established Houston regional Environmental Services team where you will lead major Right of Way/Real Estate utility infrastructure improvement projects, and mentor and direct less experienced staff as you grow an outstanding team around you.

  • Facilitate land acquisitions, negotiations, property research, titles and surveys. This will include leading permitting activities, construction coordination and restoration on Right of Way projects in a variety of locations.

  • Lead project planning, budgeting, scheduling and establishing project objectives.

  • Quality review Land and Right of Way related agreements, deeds, easements, leases, permits, and licenses.

  • Quality review real property related project documents.

  • Quality review Right of Way documents in the stakeholder management database.

  • Quality review of stakeholder management database entries from Right of Way field agents.

  • Present technical data to Right of Way project team and stakeholders.

  • Prepare and submit permit applications for the project team.

  • Prepare project status, technical, and acquisition reports for the project team and/or client management.

  • Responsible for document preparation and control, meeting agendas and other various project related activities.

  • Manage subcontractor relationship including, contracts, invoices and change orders.

  • Present in public involvement meetings.

  • Perform project planning, budgeting, scheduling activities and establishing critical project objectives within project parameters.

  • Manage marketing efforts and identify key pursuits.

  • Train and mentor staff.

  • Responsible for overall QA/QC process adherence.

  • Ensure compliance with company and site safety policies.

  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration or related field. Applicable experience may be substituted for the degree requirement.

  • Minimum of 8 years Right of Way acquisition, relocation, and eminent domain experience, project management and/or real estate experience preferred.

  • SR/WA designation from the international Right of Way Association (IRWA) preferred.

  • Real Estate Broker or Sales license preferred.

  • Knowledge and experience working in Texas and having electric/gas utility experience a preferred.

  • Ability to read and understand title and appraisal reports and land surveys.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of general real estate law.

  • Demonstrated understanding of real estate title work.

  • Demonstrated ability to work as an effective team member.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to work independently.

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines.

  • Expert presentation skills.

  • Attention to detail and ability to multi-task.

  • Experience with database system management.

  • Must be proficient in the use of computer software (i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

  • Valid driver's license required. Must meet standards to qualify for and maintain the Company's vehicle driving privileges as outlined in the Company's Motor Vehicle Safety Policy.

This job posting will remain open a minimum of 72 hours and on an ongoing basis until filled


Job Land Use/Acquisition

Primary Location US-TX-Houston

Other Locations US-TX-Austin

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Req ID: 233273

Job Hire Type Experienced #LI-JJ #ENS