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Overall Job Objective

Job Title:Appraiser I/II - Open and Promotional
Closing Date/Time:Mon. 07/23/18 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$30.79 - $42.55 Hourly
$5,336.93 - $7,375.33 Monthly
$64,043.20 - $88,504.00 Annually
Job Type:Full-Time
Location:San Mateo County, California
The Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder and Chief Elections Officer for the County of San Mateo is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Appraiser I/II

This is an exciting time to join a hard-working, high-functioning team of appraiser and assessor professionals. The Assessor's Office is currently involved in several major projects, including the development of a new Assessor Property Assessment 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.
The County offers a comprehensive training program for those interested in making a career of Appraisal and Assessment Services.  A career ladder exists with promotional opportunities from the Appraiser I level to the Appraiser II, Senior Appraiser, and Principal Appraiser levels.  Executive management positions include Chief Appraiser and Deputy Appraiser. 
In general, Appraisers make site visits to properties to obtain, process, and analyze data for timely completion of the valuations of real and personal property, for tax assessment purposes.  Appraisers may be required to prepare appraisal cases for assessment appeals and should be willing to attend, and if necessary, present at appeals hearings. 
Appraiser I is the entry level in the Appraiser series. Initially under close supervision, incumbents are trained in making appraisals of single family residential, modest residential-income, neighborhood commercial, light industrial, simple rural, and routine personal properties. As experience is gained there is greater independence of action and decision making within general guidelines. This class is flexibly staffed with Appraiser II and incumbents are expected to advance to the higher level after gaining experience and demonstrating proficiency. 

At the Appraiser II level, a qualified applicant will be fully competent to independently complete appraisals of all types of property and interests. While commercial appraisal experience is not required, it is a plus.
Generally, two years of experience completing property appraisals and performing audits of tangible and taxable property for tax assessment purposes is expected for the advancement from Appraiser I to Appraiser II.  However promotions may occur before two years with the recommendation and approval of managers and the department head.  

The ideal candidate for this opportunity will:
  • Have a positive, "never-say-never" attitude.
  • Challenge themselves.
  • Add to the team.
  • Be competent in using computers and computer software in accordance with the duties of the job.
  • Complete their work efficiently, thoroughly and confidently.
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Actively participate in process improvement projects.

In addition, the ideal candidate will be:
  • A fast learner.
  • Adaptable to a rapidly changing work environment.
  • Interested in professional growth and development.
  • Organized and decisive.
  • An analytical thinker.
  • Open to feedback, supervision and training.
  • Technologically savvy.
  • Excited about the job.

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 236,000 assessments and a local property tax roll of over $200 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 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.
 Examples Of Duties:
  • Obtain, process, and analyze data for the timely completion of valuations of real and personal property for tax assessment purposes.
  • Perform appraisals of single-family residential, modest residential-income, neighborhood commercial, light industrial, simple rural, possessory interest and routine personal properties in assigned areas.
  • Process change in ownership, and process new construction actions and documents, and determine accessibility.
  • Conduct research and write appraisal reports.
  • Review appraisals with property owners and their agents.
  • Use market, cost, and/or income approaches for determining property value.
  • Make site visits and conduct reviews of records to investigate and analyze appropriate data affecting the valuation for the site, structures and personal property to determine the elements affecting value.
  • Gather, process, record, and analyze cost, sale, income, and expense data.
  • Evaluate market and economic trends affecting property values.
  • Select and make appropriate adjustments to comparable property.
  • Accurately calculate historic, reproduction and replacement costs and accurately identify and measure depreciation and obsolescence.
  • Appraise and properly classify land, structural improvements, fixtures and personal property.
  • Measure income-producing characteristics of property and appropriately capitalize the income stream into value.
  • Perform a high volume of appraisal work involving the more typical residential, commercial, industrial, manufacturing, agricultural and personal properties.
  • Appraise typical total property interests including real and personal property.
  • Process business property statements and identify personal property accounts for direct assessment.
  • Prepare appraisal cases for assessment appeals and be willing to attend, and if necessary, present cases before the Assessment Appeals Board.
  • Use computers and computer software applicable to the duties of the job.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


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 describe 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
  • Business arithmetic.
  • Correct English usage, including spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Record keeping principles and procedures.
  • Technical and professional appraisal procedures.
  • California Property Tax laws.
  • State Board of Equalization guidelines.
  • Court decisions affecting assessment procedures.
  • Methods to appraise and assess typical real and personal property interests.

Skill/Ability to
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.
  • Read, interpret and apply rules, policies and procedures.
  • Travel to a variety of geographic locations throughout the County according to regular schedules as well as on demand.
  • Operate standard office equipment, including departmental applications.
  • Use initiative and sound independent judgment within established guidelines.
  • Select and make appropriate adjustments to comparable property.
  • 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.
  • Identify and classify various types of land, sites, buildings, structures, manufactured homes, vessels, aircraft, trade fixtures and personal property interests in an accurate and uniform manner.
  • Prepare written appraisal reports.

Open & Promotional. Anyone may apply. Current employees of San Mateo County and the Superior Court of California in the County of San Mateo 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 a standard, multiple-choice Civil Service Written Examination (weight: pass/fail), an Application Screening (weight: pass/fail), and an Interview (weight: 100%), which may include the evaluation of a brief writing exercise given immediately preceding the interview.  Applicants must successfully pass the written examination in order to move to the Application Screening, and must successfully pass the Application Screening in order to move forward to the interview.  Candidates must successfully pass the interview in order to be placed on the eligible (hiring) list. 

Depending on the number of applications, a screening committee may select those applicants whose education and/or experience appear to best meet the needs of the position. For that reason, not all applicants with the minimum qualifications are guaranteed to advance through the recruitment.

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 Online" button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply.

In addition to completing the standard Employment Application form, responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire (attached to the application form) must also be provided.

We encourage you to apply now for this exciting career opportunity!

Recruitment Opens: June 27, 2018
Final Filing Date: July 23, 2018
Written Exam: August 11, 2018
Application Screening: August 16, 2018
Panel Interview:  August 28, 2018 and August 29, 2018 

At the County of San Mateo, we take pride in the way our employees bring together their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to serve our community's needs. The County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Analyst: Arlene Cahill (Appraiser II - U074 / U076) (062718)


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