Monday, November 20, 2017

Appraiser III

Recruitment #17-2620-01

Introduction

THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION.  The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

 Application and Supplemental Questionnaire:  A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application.  Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Failure to submit the Application or Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.

 Applications will only be accepted on-line.

DESCRIPTION

THE DEPARTMENT

The Assessor’s Office is currently seeking an Appraiser III to contribute enthusiastically to its mission to provide timely and accurate appraisal services in a manner resulting in fair and equitable treatment for all Alameda County taxpayers.  With a proposed staffing level of 175.47 full‐time equivalent positions, this team of professionals provides mandated assessment services performed in accordance with the California Constitution, Revenue and Taxation Code, Government Code, and State Board of Equalization guidelines and directives. The primary mandated services of the Assessor's Office include: locate and identify the ownership of all taxable property in Alameda County; determine the taxability of all property; determine the re-appraisability of property changing ownership or having new construction added; annually assess all real estate in accordance with the provisions of Article XIIIA of the State Constitution (Proposition 13); annually assess all taxable personal property at its fair market value; determine and apply all legal exemptions against these assessments; and surrender an accurate assessment roll to the Auditor's Office prior to July 1st each year.  To learn about other major functions of the Assessor's Office please visit the Assessor’s website at: http://www.acgov.org/assessor/

THE POSITION

Under direction, to collect and analyze data for the appraisal of commercial and industrial real property, to appraise and perform real property valuation analysis of commercial and industrial properties for ad valorem tax purposes; to conduct field investigations and studies pertaining to commercial and industrial real property valuation; to assist as an appraisal technical specialist in the development of Assessor’s standards and staff training procedures; and to do related work as required.

 Under direction, to collect and analyze data for the appraisal of commercial and industrial real property, to appraise and perform real property valuation analysis of commercial and industrial properties for ad valorem tax purposes; to conduct field investigations and studies pertaining to commercial and industrial real property valuation; to assist as an appraisal technical specialist in the development of Assessor’s standards and staff training procedures; and to do related work as required.

This classification is found only in the Office of the Assessor.

Appraisers III are technical specialists in the Appraiser series. Appraisers III work independently in the field and in the office with minimal supervision, performing the full range of commercial and industrial property appraisal functions as to both land and improvements, or they assist in the development of procedures, forms or training methods. Incumbents are assigned to the Appraisal Division of the Office of the Assessor and report to Supervising Appraiser II crew leaders, or are assigned to a technical section such as the Assessor’s Standards and Training Section. Positions in this classification differ from those in the next lower class of Appraiser II in that positions in the latter class are responsible for appraisal of residential and rural, as opposed to commercial and industrial, property. Appraisers III differ from the next higher class of Supervising Appraiser II in that the latter class has full supervisory responsibility of appraisal units.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

EITHER I
Experience:

The equivalent of two years of full-time experience in the class of Appraiser II in the Alameda County Assessor’s Office,

AND
Certification:

Possession of a current, valid permanent appraiser’s certificate or an inactive/permanent appraiser’s certificate issued by the California State Board of Equalization.

OR II
Experience:

The equivalent of two years of full-time experience in the office of a California County Assessor or the office of the California State Board of Equalization at the level equivalent to Appraiser II in the Alameda County Assessor’s Office, which included the appraisal of real property for ad valorem tax purposes,

AND
Certification:
Possession of a current, valid permanent appraiser’s certificate or an inactive/permanent appraiser’s certificate, issued by the California State Board of Equalization.

OR III
Education:

Possession of a four-year degree from an accredited college or university.

(Additional qualifying experience gained within the last ten years may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis up to a maximum of four years. Additional qualifying experience for this purpose includes real estate appraisal, mortgage lending, title work, real property management, building construction, structural cost estimating, right-of-way agent, and/or experience as a real estate licensee engaged in buying, selling, leasing or managing real estate.)

AND

Experience:

Three years progressively responsible, full-time work experience performing property appraisals for acquisition, loan, and/or tax purposes. Experience appraising income producing properties is desirable.

AND
Certification:

Be eligible to be issued a temporary appraiser’s certificate by the State Board of Equalization upon hire. In addition to qualifying for a temporary appraiser’s certificate at the time of appointment, appointees must pass the appraiser’s permanent certification examination administered by the California State Board of Equalization. Incumbents must obtain a permanent appraiser’s certificate within one year from the date of appointment. Failure to obtain the permanent certificate within one year will be cause for termination of employment.


License:

Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.

Special Requirements:

Incumbents are required to furnish their own automobile to use on the job. Mileage reimbursement for such use will be made consistent with County policy.

Physical Characteristics:

Incumbents must be able to climb stairs and hills.
Incumbents must be able to distinguish between the colors red, blue and green.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

 

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed in the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of: 

• The theory, methodology, practices and procedures involved in the appraisal of commercial and industrial real property for ad valorem tax purposes, and the principles underlying the appraisal process.
• Property values and the effect of economic trends on value and the cost of new construction.
• Techniques of estimating replacement or reproduction costs for residential, commercial, industrial and special purpose improvements.
• Provisions of real estate law, the California State Constitution, the California Revenue and Taxation Code, Administrative Rules, Property Tax Rules of the California State Board of Equalization, appraisal sections of the Assessor’s Handbook, California statutes, local rules and regulations pertaining to the appraisal of commercial and industrial real property for ad valorem tax purposes.


Ability to:

• Appraise all types of commercial and industrial real property for ad valorem tax purposes.
• Estimate construction costs and depreciation for commercial and industrial real property.
• Assemble, analyze and draw logical conclusions from data of the sort used in valuation of commercial and industrial real property for ad valorem tax purposes.
• Analyze the factors influencing the value of commercial and industrial real property.
• Perform mathematical calculations, including arithmetic and plane geometry.
• Make and understand scale drawings, charts and diagrams reflecting the size, shape, dimensions and physical characteristics of commercial and industrial real property and improvements thereto.
• Read and interpret assessor’s maps and architectural plans.
• Keep accurate, detailed records.
• Use computers and computer equipment, software and programs used by the Assessor’s Office, including computer workstations, personal computers and peripheral devices, independently or as a part of a networked information system, for the purpose of entering, storing, retrieving, updating and working with data relevant to the appraisal and assessment of commercial and industrial real property for ad valorem tax purposes.
• Prioritize multiple assignments to meet deadlines.
• Interview and elicit information from individuals by telephone and in person.
• Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
• Follow written and oral instructions.
• Work effectively with the public and co-workers.
• Organize and plan time for workload.
• Work independently.

EXAMINATION COMPONENTS

  The examination will consist of the following steps:

  1. A review of candidates' application to verify possession of minimum requirements.  Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.
  2. A review of the supplemental questionnaire to determine the best qualified.
  3. An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidates' final examination score.  The oral interview may contain situational exercises.

Candidates must attain a qualifying rating on each portion of this recruitment. 

 WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE ANNOUNCED EXAMINATION STEPS.

Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit.  Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position.  Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position.  Other recruitments many be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work. To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website, www.acgov.org/hrs.

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:

TENTATIVE SELECTION PLAN

Deadline for Filing:                                Monday, June 12, 2017

Review of Minimum Qualifications:    Monday June 19, 2017

Screen for Best Qualified:                    Friday, June 30, 2017

Panel Interviews:                                  Thursday, August 17, 2017

*The combined oral examination/hiring interview, in addition to establishing an eligibility list, may serve as the final selection interview for vacancies in this classification. 

WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE ANNOUNCED RECRUITMENT & SELECTION PLAN*

 Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statutes. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes. For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website, www.acgov.org/hrs

BENEFITS

Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Welfare Benefits

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Insurance
  • Dental – PPO & DHMO Insurance  
  • Vision
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage) 
  • County Allowance
  • Health Flexible Spending Account
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
  • Accident, Critical Illness & Hospital Indemnity
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Short-term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Retirement Plan – (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Group Auto/Home
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.

Conclusion

All notices related to County recruitments for which you have applied will be sent/delivered via email. Please add @acgov.org and alamedacountyHR@acgov.org as accepted addresses to any email blocking or spam filtering program you may use. If you do not do this, your email blocking or spam filtering program may block receipt of the notices regarding your application for recruitments. You are also strongly advised to regularly log into your County of Alameda online application account to check for notices that may have been sent to you. All email notices that will be sent to you will also be kept in your personal online application account. You will be able to view all of your notices in your online application account by clicking on the 'My applications' button on the Current Job Openings page.

Please take the steps recommended above to insure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.

NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box alamedacountyHR@acgov.org are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions please go to our website at www.acgov.org/hrs. You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the bulletin for the recruitment for which you have applied.

Anna Montoya, Human Resources Analyst III
Human Resource Services Division, County of Alameda
510-272-6459
www.acgov.org/hrs

ALAMEDA COUNTY IS AN EQUALOPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER