Job: Senior Appraiser (Open and Promotional)

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Job Title:Senior Appraiser (Open and Promotional)
Closing Date/Time:Thu. 09/14/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$37.51 - $46.90 Hourly
$3,000.80 - $3,752.00 Biweekly
$6,501.73 - $8,129.33 Monthly
$78,020.80 - $97,552.00 Annually
Job Type:Full-Time
Location:San Mateo County, California
The Office of the Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder and Chief Elections Officer of San Mateo County, is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Senior Appraiser.

In general, Senior Appraisers:
  • Obtain, process, and analyze data for timely completion of the valuations of the most complex and specialized residential, commercial, industrial, manufacturing, technological, agricultural, institutional, mixed-use and special-use real and personal property for tax assessment purposes
  • Present appraisals before the Assessment Appeals Board
  • Perform lead work and train new workers

The ideal candidate for this position will be a certified appraiser with at least five years of experience performing both residential and commercial appraisals for assessment purposes, or with six years of experience appraising real property with three years of experience valuing commercial properties and will:
  • Appraise all types of tangible and taxable property, particularly high-value, multi-unit income producing residential properties, large commercial and industrial properties, possessory interest in government-owned and agricultural properties
  • Have good knowledge of Revenue and Taxation Code and property tax rules
  • Analyze appraisal-related information
  • Successfully present appraisal reports at the Assessment Appeals Boards
  • Review assessments for possible decline in value as well as appear as an expert witness before the Assessment Appeals Board as to property value
  • Review other assessment issues, including but not limited to, Change in Ownerships, Exemptions, etc., in compliance with the Revenue and Taxation Code
  • Interact with other county departments and governmental agencies
  • Interact with and engage in discussion with property owners, and their agents
  • Assist in training of new appraisers and perform related duties as required
  • Have excellent computer skills, including advance working knowledge of MS Office, specifically Excel and Word

Senior Appraisers may act as lead workers within a group of other appraisers and must be able to operate in a rapidly changing technological environment. Knowledge of personal computers in a Windows environment is highly desired. Possession of or ability to obtain a valid driver license is also desired.

The ideal candidate will possess a permanent Property Tax Appraiser Certificate issued by the California State Board of Equalization (BOE). All employees must obtain this certification within one year of appointment to this position. The person hired into this position may be required to obtain the Advanced Appraiser Certificate issued by State Board of Equalization within two years of appointment.

The Assessor's Office is currently involved in several major projects, including the development of a new Automated Property Assessment and Tax System, and the appraisal and assessment of several large-scale commercial, manufacturing, research and development, and mixed-use developments being built throughout San Mateo County.  This is an exciting time to join our team of experienced and committed professionals.

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; 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 236,000 assessments and $ 206 billion local property tax roll;
  • The maintenance of County birth, death, and marriage records;
  • The maintenance of over 3,000,000 recorded land records;
  • The conduct of local elections; and
  • The maintenance of the voter registration rolls representing over 390,000 County voters.
The Department is also responsible for a budget of $20 million, election billing to all jurisdictions, and 15 governmental trust funds.

NOTE:  There are currently three full-time, permanent vacancies and one unclassified vacancy in the Assessor's Office for a Senior Appraiser.  The department is anticipating additional permanent and temporary vacancies. The hiring list established by this recruitment will be used to fill this vacancy and could be used to fill future permanent, limited term, extra-help and/or unclassified Senior Appraiser vacancies. If you are an experienced appraiser and are interested in working for the County of San Mateo, you are strongly encouraged to participate in this recruitment process.


Under the Revenue and Taxation Code any person performing the duties of an appraiser for property tax purposes as an employee of the state, any county, or any city and county, must hold a valid appraiser's certificate issued by the California State Board of Equalization (Board). 
As part of employment with the County, new employees will apply for a temporary appraiser certificate.  Possession of a temporary appraiser certificate allows one to perform the duties of an appraiser until permanently certified.  A temporarily certified appraiser must obtain permanent certification within the one-year period in order to continue performing appraisal duties.
As part of the training program for new appraisers, the County will assist new employees with the preparation for permanent certification.  However, taking and passing the certification exam is the ultimate responsibility of the employee.
To be eligible for a temporary appraiser certificate, an applicant must be able to meet the employment experience and/or education requirements outlined by the Board of Equalization as described below:
Education and Experience:
  • Have a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year institution of higher learning; or
  • Be a high school graduate (or equivalent) and have four years of relevant experience; or
  • Possess a combination of education and relevant experience totaling four years.

Additional qualifications include the following:

Knowledge of:
  • California Property Tax laws
  • State Board of Equalization guidelines
  • Court decisions affecting assessment procedures
  • Policies and procedures related to the department
  • Technical and professional appraisal methods and procedures for real, personal, and intangible property
  • Training methods, procedures, and requirements
  • Basic supervisory principles and practices
  • Business arithmetic and statistical measures
  • Correct English usage, including spelling, grammar, and punctuation
  • Record keeping principles and procedures

Skill/Ability to:
  • Appraise complex property interests
  • Act as an expert witness before the Assessment Appeals Board
  • Train in proper techniques and procedures of appraising property
  • Direct and review the work of others
  • Select and make appropriate adjustments to property
  • Travel to a variety of geographic locations throughout the County according to regular schedules as well as on demand
  • Read, interpret and apply rules, policies, and procedures
  • Accurately determine historic, reproduction, and replacement costs
  • Accurately identify and measure depreciation and obsolescence
  • Measure income producing characteristics of property and appropriately capitalize the income stream into value
  • Produce effective presentations
  • Maintain complete, accurate, and uniform records
  • Prepare written appraisal reports
  • Operate standard office equipment, including departmental applications
  • Use initiative and sound independent judgment within established guidelines
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work

Anyone may apply. Current San Mateo County and San Mateo County Superior Court employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help/term position prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination.

The examination process will consist of an application screening (weight: pass/fail) based on the candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to a panel interview, which could include a brief written/problem solving exercise before the interview (weight: 100%).

Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations, or further evaluation of work experience may be conducted to group applicants by level of qualification. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California, and applicants must participate at their own expense.

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the 'Apply' button above. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply.

Responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.

Final Filing Date: September 14, 2017 (Thursday)
Screening (Tentative): September 20, 2017 (Wednesday)
Panel Interview (Tentative): October 11 and/or 12, 2017 (Wednesday – Thursday)
 County of San Mateo is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Analyst: Arlene Cahill(08312017) (Senior Appraiser - U068)

Keywords: appraisal, property assessment, assessor's office, appeals board, analysis, commercial, residential, real property, taxable property

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