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Appraiser - Senior

Recruitment #2017-14607-01

Salary:$40.84 - $49.64/hour; $7,078.54 - $8,603.92/month
Department:Assessor
Job Type: Open
Date Opened:9/29/2017 8:00:00 AM
Filing Deadline:10/13/2017 5:00:00 PM
Employment Type: Permanent/Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Work Location: Auburn Area (Applegate, Auburn, Colfax, Foresthill, Meadow Vista, Penryn)
South Placer (Granite Bay, Loomis, Lincoln, Rocklin, Roseville)
HR Analyst: Lori Janssen

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POSITION INFORMATION

This current vacancy is located in the Commericial Appraisal Division of the Assessor's Office. 

The  eligible list created by this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies as they arise.

DEFINITION

To perform, for tax purposes, the most difficult and complex appraisals of income producing properties by applying the full range of assessment techniques, including the sales comparison approach, direct and indirect income approach and the cost approach, or act in a supervisory capacity assigning, directing and reviewing the work of a residential appraisal team; and to prepare and present documentation and testimony for the most complex and difficult reviews and appeals of assessments related to area of assignment.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

This is the advanced journey level class in the Appraiser series.  Positions at this level are distinguished from other classes within the series by the level of responsibility assumed, complexity of duties assigned, independence of action taken, by the amount of time spent performing the duties and by the nature of the public contact made.  Employees spend the majority of their time performing the most difficult and complex appraisals of income producing properties by applying the full range of assessment techniques, including the sales comparison approach, direct and indirect income approach and the cost approach, or act in a supervisory capacity assigning, directing and reviewing the work of a residential appraisal team.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED

Receives general direction from management staff or a Supervising Appraiser.

Exercises direct supervision over professional, technical and clerical staff.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Perform, for tax purposes, the most difficult and complex appraisals of income producing properties by applying the full range of assessment techniques, including the sales comparison approach, direct and indirect income approach and the cost approach.
  • Assign, direct and review the work of a residential appraisal team; provide staff training; conduct employee performance evaluation process; recommend discipline as appropriate.
  • Prepare documentation necessary for the most complex and difficult assessment reviews and appeals related to area of assignment; prepare and present testimony on such appeals before the Assessment Appeals Board/Board of Supervisors and when necessary the courts.
  • Conduct large, unusual, or specialized appraisals such as cable television franchises, ski resorts, and golf courses.
  • Investigate and analyze data, income and expense statements, leases and deeds; conduct and maintain proforma financial analysis; derive internal rates of return, return on investment, analysis of legal documents such as leases, lease options, and contract of sales; conduct cash flow analysis; determine stabilization rates and conduct absorption analysis.
  • Estimate replacement cost, obsolescence, construction cost, resale value and other pertinent factors needed to establish appraised values.
  • Work closely with the public on complex issues; prepare assessment roll correction documents when warranted by the situation; discuss property records and related information with property owners who visit the Assessor's Department.
  • Establish taxable values for newly constructed real property and properties which have had a change in ownership.
  • Prepare verbal and written reports and make recommendations based on field investigations.
  • Communicate with property owners through correspondence, meetings and telephone discussions regarding the valuation process, regulations and laws governing appraised values.
  • Monitor market changes to measure market-driven value changes in geographic areas of responsibility.
  • Explain appraisal policies, procedures and laws to taxpayers and other interested persons.
  • Provide advanced training to other Appraisers in the more difficult appraisal techniques.
  • Respond to and resolve inquiries from taxpayers and other agencies.
  • Correct errors to the tax roll for Board Order Changes.
  • Prepare various statistical and administrative reports.
  • Attend training; read reports, journals and periodicals to obtain current information on changes in tax laws, procedures and economic trends.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Act on behalf of assigned management staff in his/her absence.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

It is the responsibility of applicants to identify in their application materials how they meet the minimum qualifications listed below.

Experience: Two years of responsible journey level experience in appraisal work performing duties similar to an Associate Appraiser in Placer County or other experience and training per requirements set forth in the Revenue and Taxation Code.

Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in business administration, public administration, economics, accounting, or a related field. Training must be consistent with the requirements of Property Tax Rule 283 of the Revenue and Taxation Code or the Successor section.

License or Certificate:

  • May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.

  • Possession of a valid Appraiser's Certificate issued by the State Board of Equalization must be obtained within six months from date of hire.  Failure to obtain this certificate will be cause for termination of employment in this class.

NOTE:  Relevant, equivalent experience (performing the same or similar job requiring similar knowledge, skills, and abilities) may be substituted for the required education as determined by the Human Resources Department.

NOTE:  Applicants receiving their degree outside the United States must submit proof of accreditation by a recognized evaluation agency.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of difficult and complex appraisals of income producing property using the full range of assessment techniques, including the sales approach, direct and indirect income approach and cost approach.
  • Methods and techniques for the appraisal of commercial and industrial properties, as well as other large, unusual, or specialized appraisals such as cable television franchises, ski resorts and golf courses.
  • Property tax laws and regulations.
  • Principles and techniques of residential property appraisal.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
  • Organization and procedures of an Assessor's office.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job.  Intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and solve problems in appraisal activities; sit at desk for long periods of time; and stand for long periods of time to answer questions of the public.
  • Intermittently, walk, stand, kneel, climb and bend in the field; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling and fine manipulation; intermittently write or use a keyboard to communicate and occasionally lift light weight.
  • Investigate and analyze data, income and expense statements, leases and deeds.
  • Prepare and present testimony on appeals before the Assessment Appeals Board/Board of Supervisors and when necessary the courts.
  • Use the full range of assessment techniques, including the sales approach, direct and indirect income approach and cost approach.
  • Operate a personal computer in an on-line processing environment; utilize software application programs commonly used in the Assessor's Office.Supervise, train and evaluate the work of assigned staff performing assessment activities.

SELECTION PROCEDURE

Training & Experience Rating (100%)

Based upon responses to the supplemental questionnaire, the applicant’s education, training and experience will be evaluated using a pre-determined formula.  Scores from this evaluation will determine applicant ranking and placement on the eligible list.

All applicants who meet minimum qualifications will be required to respond to an online Conviction History Questionnaire, which will be sent as a link on their notification that minimum qualifications have been met.  Failure to respond to this questionnaire within (3) three calendar days of the minimum qualification notification will result in disqualification from the examination.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT

Prior to the date of hire, applicants must undergo a fingerprint test by the Department of Justice, pass a medical examination, which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation, sign a constitutional oath and submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S.  For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, undergo a background investigation and/or be bonded.

MODIFIED AGENCY SHOP

All new permanent employees, with the exception of sworn law enforcement and those in management and confidential groups, shall be required to join the employee organization or pay an 'Agency Fee' as a condition of employment.

SUBSTITUTE LISTS

The eligible list(s) resulting from this recruitment may be certified as a substitute list for a substantially similar classification.  For this purpose, a substantially similar classification is one at a lower level in the same classification (example: entry level vs. journey) and/or a similar classification (similar work performed, similar training and experience qualifications required). If you are contacted for an interview by a County department, you will be informed of the classification and other relevant information. If you choose not to interview for a substantially similar classification, you will remain on the eligible list for which you originally applied.

EMPLOYEES OF OTHER PUBLIC AGENCIES

Placer County offers an expedited process for qualifying certain applicants for interviews. Candidates currently employed, or employed within the last year, by a public agency operating under a personnel civil service or merit system may be eligible to be placed on a Public Agency Eligible List and certified as eligible for appointment to a similar job assignment without going through the examination process. For more information on the Public Agency Eligible List, to download forms, or to apply, please visit our website at:
http://www.jobaps.com/placer/sup/abfreenames.asp.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment, discrimination and retaliation are prohibited and that all employees, applicants, agents, contractors, and interns/volunteers shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, transfer and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, physical disability (Including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over), marital status, military and/or veteran status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Please contact the Human Resources Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.

BENEFITS

The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change.  It is advisable that applicants inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department.

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SELECTION PLAN

10/20/17    Minimum Qualifications Screening (tentative)

10/25/17    Training and Experience Rating (tentative)

10/27/17    Establish Eligible List (tentative)