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Chief Appraiser

  • County Of Sonoma
  • Santa Rosa, CA, USA
  • Jul 20, 2019

Job Description

Chief Appraiser $8,649 - $10,513/Monthly

Apply by 8/08/19 

Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to a competitive, total compensation package including:

  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $1,700 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • County paid premium contribution to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range

About the Position

The Chief Appraiser directs and administers activities within the Clerk-Recorder-Assessor's Office Valuations Division which is responsible for appraising business, commercial, industrial, mining, rural, and residential properties. Responsibilities include directing a large staff in the appraisal of real and personal property for tax assessment purposes; analyzing and implementing new legislation; and representing the Assessor at meetings, speaking engagements, and in public contacts. Additionally, this position assists in the preparation of the Division's annual budget; and prepares, monitors, and analyzes management and statistical information and reports.
The ideal candidate for Chief Appraiser brings a proven record of successful leadership and possesses:

  • An Advanced Appraiser certificate issued by the California State Board of Equalization
  • An in-depth knowledge of modern valuation and assessment principles, practices, and techniques, and California property tax laws and administrative rules
  • Extensive experience motivating successful teams in a public sector environment
  • Experience overseeing assessment appeals and appeal presentations
  • The ability to work collaboratively to analyze problems and identify resolutions
  • An understanding of County governmental operations, policies, and procedures

Please note: The Board of Equalization (BOE) is responsible for the certification of state and county assessors' personnel performing appraisals for property tax purposes. Statutes require the BOE to certify Appraisers before they perform these duties. The certifications include an initial evaluation of the candidate's education and experience, and the successful completion of a qualifying examination. To meet the qualifications for this recruitment, candidates must fulfill the current BOE requirements. Please visit the BOE's website for the certification requirements: https://www.boe.ca.gov/proptaxes/pdf/lta15049.pdf (Download PDF reader)

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Any combination of education and/or training which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with major work in business administration, public administration, economics, accounting, engineering or related fields; OR Graduation from high school or possession of G.E.D. certificate and recent experience in the appraisal of property, building cost estimating, engineering, accounting or auditing, which may be substituted for the required college or university education on a year-for-year basis would provide such opportunity. (Experience in real estate sales or transfers will not be considered as experience in real property appraisals.)

Experience: Any combination of experience which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, at least five years of progressive, responsible experience in performing appraisal or audit-appraisal duties including two years of experience supervising an appraisal or audit-appraisal staff, would provide such opportunity.

Special License: Possession of a permanent certificate issued by the California State Board of Equalization as an appraiser for property tax purposes (OR must obtain this certificate within twelve months from date of hire.) Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including necessary special endorsements, as required by the State of California to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: modern managerial principles and practices; modern valuation and assessment principles, practices and techniques; California property tax laws and administrative rules.

Working Knowledge of: the principles and practices of personnel management, employee supervision and training; accounting, auditing and personal property valuation, practices and techniques; departmental type computers and related software.

Ability to: plan, organize, coordinate and direct the work of the Valuation Division; select, train, supervise, and evaluate the work of subordinates; analyze and interpret the factors affecting property values; develop, evaluate, and analyze operational policies and procedures; communicate verbal and written ideas clearly and logically and make public presentations; analyze problems and complaints and identify solutions; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, public officials, other agencies and the general public; prepare, interpret, and evaluate a variety of narrative and statistical data and reports.



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