The Office of the Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder and Chief Elections Officer is seeking well-qualified candidates for the position of Principal Appraiser. Principal Appraisers must have thorough knowledge of Property Tax and the Revenue and Taxation Code as it relates to Real Property Valuation, Change in Ownership reassessment or exclusion requirements, New Construction valuation, Decline in Value valuation, Property Classification, etc.
The department currently has two vacancies in the areas of appraisal and Change in Ownership for assessments.
The Principal Appraisers share a critical role in assisting the Chief Appraiser and Deputy Assessor in the completion of the Office's mission to determine the assessed value of all taxable property located in San Mateo County, the creation of the official record of taxable property (approximately 240,000 assessments each year in the local assessment roll), and the sharing of this information with the County Controller and Tax Collector and making it publicly available.
This is an exciting time for seasoned Principal Appraisers to join our dynamic team of Appraisal professionals. The Assessor's Office is currently involved in several major projects, including the development of a new Assessor's Property Assessment System (APAS), and the appraisal and assessment of several large-scale new generation commercial, manufacturing, research and development, and mixed-use developments being built throughout San Mateo County. Principal Appraisers may be called upon to provide subject matter expertise in the development of the Assessor's Property Assessment System.
The technically-savvy and experienced individuals hired for these positions will have the responsibility to supervise appraisal, auditor, and/or Change in Ownership and exemption staff in the timely collection, processing, and analysis of valuation data for real, personal, tangible, and intangible property for tax assessment purposes, and to manage the impact of the new regulations.
Additional responsibilities and duties of these Principal Appraisers will include (but are not limited to):
Planning, organizing, training, supervising, reviewing, and evaluating the work of appraisal staff
Providing advanced support in the most difficult, specialized, or high-value or high-risk appraisals
Fostering professional growth and effective working relationships
Managing, analyzing, and evaluating special projects
Providing subject matter expert (SME) advice to IT analysts/team in the development of the new Assessor Property Assessment System
The ideal candidates will possess:
Knowledge of supervisory principles and practices, including work planning, scheduling, assignment, and review, and employee training, evaluation, and corrective action
Technical and professional knowledge of appraisal procedures for real, personal, and intangible property
Understanding of California Property Tax laws, State Board of Equalization guidelines, and Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice; and the ability to read, interpret, and apply these rules, policies, and procedures
Familiarity with systems, technology, and desktop applications
Ability to appraise and assess complex property interests as per California statutes and Property Tax Rules and Regulations
Skill in analyzing information and using sound independent judgment to make decisions and determine appropriate courses of action, including recommending legal actions
Effective communication skills in both oral and written formats, including formal presentations
Capability to be adaptable and resourceful
Team building skills and effective ways of motivating and leading others to meet the challenges of a changing work environment
Leadership skills, the ability to be a team player, and the ability to build strong interpersonal relationships
Training experience to train new staff and develop appraisal and property tax assessment skills in all employees
Ability to manage a heavy workload, including reviewing hundreds of appraisals and assessments per week and providing the appropriate feedback to staff
THE DEPARTMENT AND DIVISION
The mission of the Office of the Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder and Chief Elections Officer is to ensure equitable treatment of County property owners by accurate and fair valuation of land, improvements, and businesses; to create an accurate public record of recorded transactions relating to people and property within San Mateo County; and to register County citizens to vote and efficiently conduct honest elections.
The Department is responsible for:
The maintenance of 240,000 assessments and a local property tax roll of over $238 billion.
The maintenance of County birth, death, and marriage records.
The maintenance of over 3,000,000 recorded land records.
The facilitation of local elections.
The maintenance of the voter registration rolls representing over 330,000 County voters.
The Department is also responsible for a budget of $20 million, election billing to all jurisdictions, and 15 governmental trust funds.
NOTE: The hiring list established by this recruitment could be used to fill current and future permanent, limited term, extra-help, and/or unclassified Principal Appraiser vacancies.
Licensure/Certification: Acquisition within one year of appointment of a permanent Property Tax Appraiser Certificate issued by the California State Board of Equalization.
Education and Experience: Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying.
The preferred qualifications include:
A Bachelor's degree, and
Six years of experience performing a full range of appraisals of tangible and taxable property, of which three years are for tax assessment purposes preferably with an Assessor's Office in California, and
Experience appraising and assessing at least 3,000 or more residential properties, and
Three years of experience with Assessment Appeals
Additional preferred qualifications include:
Previous completion of advanced level courses offered by the California Board of Equalization and/or the Appraisal Institute
Advanced Appraiser Certification issued by the State Board of Equalization.
Three years of experience as a Sr. Appraiser with San Mateo County Assessor's Office is considered qualifying experience.
The preferred and most highly-qualified candidates will have experience in both the commercial and residential areas.
Specialized knowledge of Property Tax Rules and Regulations and Revenue and Taxation Code as they relate to Change in Ownership, Transfers, Assessments, etc., is a plus.