DEFINITION: Under general direction, researches, analyzes, and
develops real and personal property appraisal systems, standards,
and procedures within the Assessor division of the County
Clerk-Recorder/Assessor's Office; serves as a technical consultant;
and performs related duties as required.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a single-position. This
position is responsible for evaluating appraisal standards,
guidelines, techniques, and methods for conformance with policies,
procedures, and applicable laws and regulations; developing work
standards; writing policy, procedure, handbooks, and manuals; and
serving as an advisor to appraisal staff and technical consultant to
departmental executive staff members.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
1. Researches, compiles, and analyzes information regarding office
and field appraisals, work methods and techniques to determine the
need for new programs, policies, procedures, and guidelines;
analyzes existing or proposed legislation to determine the impact on
valuation and appraisal functions; develops and implements new or
revised appraisal procedures and systems to ensure compliance with
technical standards and legal requirements; audits appraisals
prepared by staff for consistency, accuracy, and to determine
conformance to work standards.
2. Prepares reports and makes recommendations to management
regarding new or revised operational procedures or automated
systems; writes departmental policies and procedures and updates
manuals and other technical documents.
3. Appears as the department representative and expert witness
before the Boards of Equalization and Assessment Appeals, or court
to present and justify appraisals; acts as a resource and internal
consultant to staff on assessment matters; provides guidance and
assistance to staff in the interpretation of policy and procedure;
explains appraisals and assessment procedures to property owners,
attorneys, and other involved parties or groups; keeps abreast of
technical developments in the appraisal field; advises the Assistant
County Clerk-Recorder/Assessor on appraisal questions and office
procedures; assists in or may personally perform complex or unusual
appraisals; participates in the design, development, and
implementation of automated systems for property tax valuation
appraisal, geographic land use information, or mapping systems.
4. Prepares and conducts technical training for staff on appraisal
techniques, methods, and departmental policies.
EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Possession of a valid Appraiser's Certificate
issued by the State of California, and:
1. Seven years experience in appraising property for tax assessment
2. two years of experience performing duties equivalent to the
classes of Appraiser III; Assessment Supervisor; or Appraisal
Division Manager with Santa Barbara County; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is
equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that
provides the required knowledge and abilities.
Additional Requirements: Possession of a valid California Class C
Driver's license is required.
Knowledge of: California Revenue and Taxation Code; property
appraisal theory, practices, and techniques; appeals process; report
writing; automated systems and personal computer applications.
Ability to: interpret and apply state and local laws governing the
appraisal of real property; research and collect technical and
statistical data; analyze data, draw conclusions, formulate
strategies, and make recommendations; develop and implement
programs, procedures, and policies; identify and resolve operating
problems; understand and interpret technical information to
management, technical staff, and the public; prepare narrative and
statistical reports, manuals, and policies and procedures; identify
training needs; train staff; make presentations to groups and
individuals; establish and maintain working relationships with staff
and the public; work independently.