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Assessment Supervisor

Salary: $31.63-$38.61 hourly / $5,501-$6,715 monthly / Range: 6258

DEFINITION: Under direction, supervises and plans the work of staff engaged in the transfer of ownership and assessment of residential, commercial, and business properties for tax purposes; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Incumbents in this class are responsible for supervising a unit of Appraisers, Auditor-Appraisers, and related support staff. Assessment Supervisor is distinguished from Appraisal Division Manager in that it is primarily responsible for the day-to-day operations of a property appraisal unit, rather than long-range planning and policy-making for a division.


  1. Plans, directs, organizes, reviews, and evaluates the work of professional, technical, and clerical staff responsible for the appraisal and/or auditing of residential, commercial, business, mineral, and agricultural properties and title transfer and exemption claim review; supervises the preparation of complex appraisals, appeals, and audits; reviews and approves property cost estimates; develops and maintains listings of current market values of rural properties, airplanes, and boats; and reviews segregation, exemptions, and cancellations of properties from the assessment rolls.
  2. Within area of assignment: develops goals and objectives; monitors progress through data compilation and team meetings; establishes procedures to standardize operations; makes operational changes to achieve optimal efficiency; reviews work to ensure compliance with technical and legal standards; and provides guidance and assistance in resolving difficult problems or complaints referred by staff.
  3. Prepares a variety of narrative and technical reports using word-processing and spreadsheet applications and provides information to management regarding the progress towards unit goals and objectives.
  4. May testify before the Assessment Appeals Board to serve as an expert witness; participates on teams to review existing departmental policies and procedures and recommend improvements in property tax administration methods; and collaborates with information systems staff and other County departments on the design and implementation of automated property tax systems and related projects.
  5. Selects candidates for hire; identifies training needs; completes employee evaluations; and evaluates the need for and recommends disciplinary actions for subordinate staff.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Possession of a valid Appraiser's Certificate issued by the State of California; and,

  1. Two years of advanced journey level experience in appraising and/or auditing property for tax assessment purposes; or,
  2. two years of experience performing duties equivalent to Appraiser III or Auditor-Appraiser III with Santa Barbara County; or,
  3. equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.

Knowledge of: appraisal and/or auditing techniques and methods; state and local laws governing property assessment; methods used in the valuation of all types of real and personal property; current economic trends of real and personal property; methods of work planning and project management; building construction, including materials, quality, cost, and quantities; current automated assessment systems and personal computer applications such as word-processing, databases, and spreadsheets; and English grammar and usage.

Ability to: apply appraisal and/or audit techniques; interpret and apply state and local laws governing the transfer of ownership and appraisal of real and personal property; learn supervision and training techniques; plan, organize, prioritize, and delegate work; prepare narrative and statistical reports; establish and implement procedures to maintain operational efficiency; gather and analyze data and make recommendations; interpret and explain technical information to management, staff, and the public; interpret blueprints, property descriptions, plot maps, and related documents; use current personal computer applications; train and motivate staff; establish and maintain working relationships with staff and the public; make accurate computations; and make presentations to a group.

Desirable Qualification: Possession of a valid Advanced Appraiser's Certificate issued by the State of California.

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