County of CalaverasSan Andreas 95249
Full Time
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Assistant Assessor

County of Calaveras
Full Time Upper Floor, 891 Mountain Ranch Rd building d, San Andreas, CA 95249, United States


Position Description

Calaveras County Assessor's Office is seeking an Assistant Assessor to join our team.  Working in our rural county you will find the beauty of the mountains and many lakes to spend your time visiting.  Enjoy weekends off, alternative work schedules, and working with a team that values a work-life balance, while serving the property owners of Calaveras County.

Under general direction of the County Assessor, assist in planning, organizing, managing, and providing direction and oversight for all functions and activities of the Assessor's Office; incumbents are responsible for the administration, management, policy, and program planning of the Assessor's Office; acts on behalf of the Assessor during absences; and provide highly complex staff assistance to the Assessor.

This is an Assistant Department Head, single position classification that provides management direction for implementation of the Department’s programs and projects. The incumbent may be delegated responsibilities for the overall administration and management of the department. As such, the incumbent uses considerable independent judgment and discretion in department administration and management. This class differs from the Chief Appraiser or Chief of Assessment Services in that those classes are more directly concerned with coordination and review of work performed by staff in their division, rather than with the overall management of the office.  Successful performance of the work requires an extensive professional background as well as skill in coordinating departmental work with that of other county departments and public agencies.

Example of Duties

Management reserves the rights to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Assist the Assessor in managing and directing the Office.
  • Ensures compliance with State law and Office policies in the production of the assessment roll.
  • Assist the Assessor in the development and implementation of the department work plan; assign work activities, monitor workflow; review and evaluate work products, methods, and procedures.
  • Recommend the appointment of personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; recommend discipline; implement discipline procedures as directed; maintain discipline and high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the department
  • Recommending policies, planning long-term programs.
  • Discuss problems, develop alternative strategies for dealing with those problems, and assist in implementation of solutions as necessary.
  • Assist in the preparation of the department budget; assist in budget implementation; participate in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; administer the approved budget.
  • Delegate project tasks based on junior staff members' individual strengths, skill sets and experience levels.
  • Perform a variety of special assignments and prepare complex analytical and statistical reports as assigned.
  • Act as the Assessor in his/her absence; and perform related duties as assigned. 
  • Represents the Assessor in testifying before the local Board of Equalization and courts of law and at meetings, speaking engagements, and in contact with the public, taxpayers’ associations and real estate groups. 
  • Perform related work as needed.
Minimum Qualifications
Knowledge of:

Philosophy and principles of property appraisals for tax assessment purposes; California revenue and taxation laws and tax appraisal procedures and standards; laws, regulations and court decisions affecting the appraisal of land, timber, buildings, structures and personal property; economic, environmental and related factors involved in valuation of properties; principles and practices of modern management, supervision and training; organization and procedures of local assessor's offices; modern office methods, practices and equipment; practical application of computers and peripheral equipment; Microsoft Access, Excel, and Adobe Acrobat [or their equivalent] to develop queries and forms; basic data processing applications and uses.

Ability To:

Analyze, evaluate and modify appraisal methods and standards; supervise, train and evaluate the work of staff; interpret, assemble, analyze and summarize information relating to assessments and appraisals for tax assessment purposes; exercise initiative, ingenuity and good judgment in decision-making and in solving problems, including problems of a sensitive or political nature; prepare a variety of complex analytical reports and documentation; effectively and persuasively communicate both orally and in writing; and establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties; lead by positive example by promoting positive, collaborative and professional working relations among staff; Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with the public, departmental personnel and public and private organizations.

Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university, preferably with a major in business administration, public administration, or other field closely related to the assignment AND either four years of progressively responsible appraisal and/or assessment experience in a California County Assessor’s Office or the California State Board of Equalization OR four years of progressively responsible experience managing programs, budgets, and people in a state or local agency.

Special Requirements

Possession of a valid California driver’s license.

Incumbents will have one year from the date of employment to obtain a valid Appraiser's certificate from the California State Board of Equalization. Failure to obtain the certificate within one year may result in terminations of employment. Evidence of continued compliance with annual training requirements is required.