This is a Permanent, Full-time position.
Province: Vancouver, British Columbia
Position: Property Coordinator 1 (Junior Paralegal)
Deadline: October 8, 2021
Posted: September 25, 2021
Job Description / Duties
* Examines, researches, and analyses requests and proposals from internal and external sources regarding existing or new BC Hydro property interests and makes decisions if the proposal/request warrants further technical and engineering review. Reviews legal terms and conditions of BC Hydro’s property interests, searches titles, reviews maps, plans, legal surveys, etc. in order to make decisions. Prepares recommendations for review by senior staff or management. Completes property referrals and clearances as required. Follows up and arranges for or independently prepares documentation to implement approved recommendations.
* Acquires (secures) and renews Crown Land tenures in support of BC Hydro’s operational requirements; reviews, negotiates, and co-ordinates fees, costs, and ensures documentation is in accordance with BC Hydro’s standards.
* Independently prepares standard documents related to the acquisition, disposition, lease and management of BC Hydro’s property interests. Drafts non-standard clauses for review by Property Coordinator 2 and/or Solicitors. Checks executed documents for completion and accuracy for registration and forwards for registration. Compiles relevant property information including property taxes, water charges, legal fees, mortgage payments etc., in support of property transactions. Records and reports registration particulars to the owners/solicitors, and internal BC Hydro personnel.
* Performs field checks and inspections of BC Hydro fee owned properties and rights of way related to proposals/requests and permitted uses granted by BC Hydro.
* Provides management services for BC Hydro properties: includes arranging for advertisement for leases, sales or rentals; monitors sales completion and lease renewal dates; reviews tenant applications, obtains credit checks, explains lease terms and recommends the most suitable tenant; responds to tenant issues and arranges for approved repairs and maintenance; initiates changes or collection action if necessary; issues rental invoices; monitors payment of tenants rental and property tax billings; drafts account adjustment requests, tracks operating expenses and prepares account reconciliation; identifies accounts in arrears, and initiates collection action by contacting tenants, lessees and others to collect accounts and/or discuss payment arrangements for rental or lease fees; refers collections beyond assigned authority level to senior staff or management.
* Prepares financial documents and reports including EARs, Payment Requisitions, AofTs, RPAs and CRAs in support of various Property functions; processes payments for property transactions, ensures transactions are correct, handles problems and identifies financial or processing issues to senior staff.
* Prepares line lists, identification of deficiencies and or dropped property rights and participates in special studies and projects; utilizes various databases to undertake property research and analysis including EGIS, BC Online, Corporate Online, GATOR, LIMS, PeopleSoft and PReSS in support of major capital projects and requests from BC Hydro's operational groups.
* Operates a PC and related word processing, spreadsheet, and other common desktop applications. Maintains, manages, and updates several property related databases.
* Provides province-wide Properties Help Desk service, answering requests for Properties information and services; handles contentious trouble calls and rush inquiries from members of the public over property issues. Interacts with customers to understand customer’s needs and requirements for their projects and to communicate Hydro’s needs and requirements for public safety and electrical system integrity.
* Performs duties of a minor nature related to the above duties that do not affect the rating of the job.
Qualifications / Required Skills
* Knowledge of Property Law, Principles of Real Estate, Legal descriptions/survey/mapping/formal registration systems, commercial Real estate sales and leasing, the BC Land Titles system of land registration and procedures and customer service. Knowledge is typically acquired through High school graduation plus completion of a one-year Community College program as a Legal Administrative Assistant and/or completion of 2 years of the 4-year Urban Land Economics diploma program or equivalent. Computer skills are typically acquired through use of various internal and external databases and IT systems plus BC Hydro’s in-house courses.
* A minimum of 12 months of practical Real Estate Properties or property legal experience. Satisfactory performance on this job requires up to 2 additional years to acquire the knowledge and skills to perform the full scope of the job. Well developed oral, written, teamwork and interpersonal skills are required.
* Please note this is a re-bulletin and previous candidates do not need to re-apply
This position is affiliated with the Movement of United Professionals union (MoveUP/COPE). http://moveuptogether.ca
* This role reports into the Indigenous Land Services team.
* The position’s primary focus is on assisting our team in obtaining property tenures for all of BC Hydro's (BCH) assets in order to ensure that BCH has the ability to operate and maintain its electrical system on reserve and Treaty settlement lands. The candidate will prepare various research reports, binders and line lists, and they will work on Project Information Questionnaires and other referral requests that come to our team. They will also assist our team in the representation and management of BC Hydro interests and assets on all First Nations lands, including preparing documentation for the sale and lease of property and the acquisition of tenure and rights-of-way.
* Experience with First Nations, Crown - Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, and Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation will be an asset.
* Additional assets: demonstrated understanding and familiarity of First Nations properties matters and in particular, working knowledge of the legal requirements under Indian Act, Federal Indian Lands Tenure system, Indian Land Registry system, Natural Resources Canada Indian Lands Mapping requirements, the First Nations Land Management Act Initiative and First Nations Land Management Act Registry system, and an understanding of the Provincial Treaty Process.
How to Apply
Interested candidates should submit their applications online at https://app.bchydro.com/careers/current_opp.html by October 8, 2021.
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