Metra Right of Way Administrator in Chicago, Illinois

Right of Way Administrator


Please do not use the browser back button while completing the application.

Date Posted:


Posting End Date:



Non Unions






United States of America


Administrative Support(Including Clerical and Sales)

FLSA Status:


Salary Mid Point:


Salary Range:




Metra is one of the largest and most complex commuter rail systems in North America, serving Cook, DuPage, Will, Lake, Kane, and McHenry Counties. The agency is linking communities in Northeastern Illinois by providing safe, reliable, and efficient commuter service.

The Real Estate and Contract Management Department is responsible the leasing and administration of Metra-owned property and real estate assets. The department participates in real estate property acquisition for station and parking areas, managing station and vendor facilities and ensuring that utility easements placed on Metra property are in compliance with Metra’s engineering standards.

Reporting directly to the Real Estate Manager, the Right of Way (ROW) Administrator will coordinate requests for third-party utility installation on and/or access to Metra's properties, the dissemination of information needed for various projects such as grade crossing, grade separation, and signal improvements, and updates of other ROW information and fee schedules. Upon request, research Metra's property ownership rights, respond to inquiries related to encroachments, and ensure signal locates and flagging protection are provided to coincide with ROW access or construction requests. Ensure property use requests are within property ownership limits. Create applicable exhibit prints to identify the premises associated with the request, including aerial maps, as well as provide all pertinent information and supporting documentation needed by the Law Department to draft agreements. Coordinate with various departments to secure signatures of approval or denial on all ROW project agreements. Serve as liaison between Metra and local, state, and federal agencies to obtain annual funding for grade crossing improvement, grade separation and signal improvement projects. Prepare detailed information packages for filing. Draft Board and CEO memos, statistical and revenue reports, and other documents related to ROW requests as needed by the department. Perform other related duties as assigned to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

Candidates can expect salary offers that range from the minimum to the mid-point of the salary range. Metra provides full pay ranges so candidate can consider their growth potential. Metra is a railroad employer subject to the provisions of the Railroad Retirement Tax Act, not the Social Security Administration.


  • Bachelor's degree in business or public administration, real estate, surveying management, or related field, or in lieu of degree, any combination of education and experience may be substituted for the required degree that equals four (4) years in real estate, contract development and management, surveying, or right of way.

  • Working knowledge of contract terminology, legal descriptions, aerials, surveys, property tax, railroad maps, and utility installation plans.

  • Knowledgeable in a variety of research methods used to interpret and analyze ROW projects.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Must be Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Excel and Word, to maintain documents and produce reports.

  • Proficient in analyzing situations, identifying problems, and recommending solutions.

  • Ability to communicate effectively with all employee levels, vendors, and industry stakeholders.

  • Ability to read and analyze utility drawings, ROW plans, maps, legal descriptions, and deeds to determine ownership and property boundaries.

  • Able to utilize a variety of tools to interpret and extract data from ROW request documents for agreements.

  • Must possess a current valid driver's license.

  • Must be willing to travel within Metra’s 6-county region.


  • Experience in surveying, including topography, boundary, ALTA, platting, and preparation of legal descriptions, preferred.

Metra is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is our policy to fill vacant positions with qualified candidates without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, gender identity, disability, or any protected categories, assuming an individual can perform the essential functions of the job with or without accommodation.

Apply Now

  • Back to Results

  • Save this Job

  • Refer this Job

Apply Now