Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Job Title:Assessor-Recorder Technician III (Open and Promotional)
Closing Date/Time:Mon. 06/25/18 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$25.15 - $31.44 Hourly
$4,359.33 - $5,449.60 Monthly
$52,312.00 - $65,395.20 Annually
Job Type:Full-Time
Location:San Mateo County, California
NOTE: This recruitment schedule was amended on June 18, 2018 to extend the closing date. Final Closing Date will be June 25, 2018.

The Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder for San Mateo County is seeking applicants for the position of Assessor-Recorder Technician III.
The enthusiastic and energetic individual hired for this position will perform specialized, technical, and difficult office support duties related to the assessment of real or personal property, changes in ownership, exemptions, the examination and indexing of recordable documents, and the filing of fictitious business name statements, marriage licenses, professional registrations, and other legal documents.
There is currently one permanent Assessor-Recorder Technician III (ART III) vacancy in the Clerk-Recorder's division.  There will also be extra-help positions available.  This is a flexibly staffed position which can be assigned to either the Clerk-Recorder's division or the Assessor's division.  The ART III staff assigned to these positions may have the opportunity to be cross-trained in all functions of the Assessor, County Clerk and Recorder's Offices. The eligible list established from this recruitment may be used to fill future regular, limited term, and/or extra-help ART III vacancies.

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.
  • Has experience providing support in an Assessor, County Clerk, or Recorder's office.
  • Is knowledgeable about business and professional registration procedures and practices.
  • Works well independently and in a team environment, with little or no supervision.
  • Thrives working under pressure and is efficient in meeting deadlines.
  • Can lead and give direction to others.
  • Possesses solid written and verbal communication skills.
  • Has the ability to work effectively throughout all levels of the organization, including with Managers, Line Staff, and with personnel from other County departments.
  • Possesses excellent customer service and interpersonal skills.
  • Is proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Office.

 Examples Of Duties:
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Receive, examine, research, and analyze a wide variety of recorded and/or legal documents, property statements, questionnaires, and/or claim forms for sufficiency, completeness, jurisdiction, appropriateness, and/or changes in ownership.
  • Review and apply state code sections and local ordinances.
  • Provide information to the public, business owners, and legal professionals.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Education and Experience: Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is:
  • Two years of experience providing office support in an Assessor, County Clerk, or Recorder's Office.

Knowledge of:
  • Policies, procedures, practices, and terminology related to the assigned areas of work.
  • Revenue and Taxation Code.
  • Laws, ordinances, and regulations related to the assigned areas.
  • Standard office practices and procedures.
  • Basic data processing principles and practices.
  • Correct English usage including grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Record keeping principles and practices.
  • Basic arithmetic.

Skill/Ability to:
  • Review, analyze, record, and interpret complex information.
  • Explain and apply policies, procedures, forms, and concepts.
  • Complete complex assignments.
  • Organize and maintain files and records.
  • Prioritize work and perform multiple activities.
  • Type letters, forms, and other documents and prepare correspondence and reports.
  • Make arithmetic computations.
  • Use various office automation tools, e.g., to create and maintain large databases.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relations with others.
  • Operate proficiently in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Office.

  • The state has passed Assembly Bill 1534. As a result of the bill being passed, it may become a requirement that Assessor-Record Technicians become certified if the Technician will be making decisions regarding exemption applications or change in ownership decisions. 

Anyone may apply. Current San Mateo County employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help, or 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 (weight: 100%).  A written examination component may accompany the panel interview process.

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 Online" button above or below. 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:  June 25, 2018
Application Screening (tentative):  TBD
Panel Interview (tentative):  TBD

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 (060418) (Assessor-Recorder Technician III - E323)

Application Instructions

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