CLASSIFICATION NO. 335
Under general direction, to plan, organize, manage and direct the activities of the Appraisal Division; to supervise technical and supervisory appraisal personnel; and to do other work as required.
The Assessor's Office is responsible for the mapping and appraisal of properties in the County, the preparation of property assessment and taxation rolls and the collection and distribution of property taxes. This department provides services to all government jurisdictions in the County, including schools, cities and special taxing districts.
The Appraisal Manager is responsible for the appraisal of urban, rural, real, personal and commercial properties for tax assessment purposes. The Appraisal Manager maintains the County's appraisal program in compliance with State tax laws and Administrative Rules.
The Appraisal Manager differs from the Appraisal Supervisor which plans, organizes and coordinates a specific appraisal section and supervises technical and clerical personnel.
Duties may include but are not limited to the following:
- Oversees the appraisal of new construction for urban, rural, personal and commercial property within prescribed time limits and legal guidelines; monitors appraisals for uniformity and equity; provides input to the Sales Data Analysts about the annual reappraisal program.
- Hires and directs supervisory and technical staff to provide quality service to citizens and County staff; prepares performance evaluations; recommends and administers progressive discipline; conducts and/or facilitates staff training and development programs; promotes cooperative team efforts among staff and with other County departments.
- Develops, recommends and implements policies and procedures to ensure accurate appraisal records and property values; designs new appraisal forms and reports; makes recommendations to the Sales Data Analyst who coordinate with Information Services to select, revise, recommend and implement software applications.
- Resolves citizen questions, complaints and claims; explains and justifies assessed values for property; interprets state laws, rules and regulations, and department policies and procedures; examines documentation prepared for defense of appraisals prior to submittal to the Magistrate Division or State Tax Court.
- Researches, analyzes and completes annual program for the appraisal of new construction properties within County; schedules and coordinates section work plans and completion deadlines; reviews field progress reports; prepares production records; adjusts work plan for special or unscheduled projects.
- Provides input to the Sales Data Analyst regarding replacement cost estimates, economic trends and related information; recommends cost differences for various sections of the County.
- Monitors current legislation, trends and developments; maintains contacts with lending agencies, realtors, construction companies, government agencies and associations concerned with real estate.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
Thorough knowledge of: Principles and practices of real and personal property appraisal and taxation; Oregon State property tax laws; technical appraisal practices and procedures; construction methods and costs; real estate law and the legal aspects of mortgage instruments; quantitative analysis; variations in property values throughout the County.
Working knowledge of: Principles and practices of personnel management; participative management theories; farming operations, techniques and management; fundamental economic principles of taxation as applied to property; computer applications related to assessment and taxation practices.
Skill to: Interpret and apply laws, rules, regulations and procedures regarding appraisal of real and personal property; oversee, plan and coordinate activities of the sections within the appraisal division; read and interpret blueprints; plan and supervise the work of appraisal and related support personnel; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; prepare and present clear and concise reports and recommendations relating to appraisals and valuation activities; direct staff in continuous efforts to improve quality productivity and effectiveness; incorporate team participation in decision making; respond to changes desired by citizens and County staff; establish and maintain effective working relationships with County employees, government officials, private businesses and the public.
Possession of a valid Appraiser's Certificate issued by the State of Oregon.
Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.
MINIMUM RECRUITING STANDARDS
Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.