YAKIMA COUNTY, WASHINGTON

CLASS SPECIFICATION

CLASS TITLE:† Appraiser

BAND:
B

GRADE:
2

SUBGRADE:
3

CLASS CODE:
2223

DEPARTMENT:
Assessor

ACCOUNTABLE TO:
Varies

 

OVERTIME STATUS:
Non-Exempt

JOB SUMMARY:†

Incumbents are responsible for inspecting, listing and confirming property characteristics; performing analysis to calculate and render an opinion of value on residential, agricultural and/or commercial property; reviewing sales for market analysis and studies; developing models and updating schedules and tables for the mass appraisal process; and responding to and explaining appraisal methods and valuation of property to owners, Board of Equalization and State Board of Tax Appeals.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:

The Appraiser classification is the first level of a three level appraisal classification series. The Appraiser classification is distinguished from the Commercial Appraiser class by primary assignment of commercial and/or industrial appraisal work to the latter.† It is distinguished from the Lead Appraiser classification which has responsibility for assigning, monitoring and reviewing work.

DUTY

NO.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES: (These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.)

BAND/GRADE

1.

Collects, verifies and analyzes property sales information to draw conclusions in determining the appropriate cost, income and market adjustments used in valuation.† Determines market influence factors such as: physical depreciation, or functional and economic obsolescence.†† Determines the effect of view, size, access and water availability on land sales and the effect that quality, age, condition and square footage have on property sales.

B2

2.

Inspects and confirms property characteristic changes.† Measures, photographs, draws, takes pictures, and gathers related information on new construction properties.† Updates computer and hard copy information and finalizes residential, agricultural and commercial property information.† When inspecting property due to a segregation or merge, determines new land values and location of improvements. Calculates property values using cost, market and income methods to appropriate neighborhoods.† Reviews calculations in inspection cycle to market sales to determine adjustments required to come to market value.

B2

3

Appraises agricultural property and prepares documentation; classifies land, improvements, and relevant crop information.

B2

4.

Collects, reviews and validates sales data for market analysis and ration studies; creates models from sales database to be applied to residential improved properties.† Determines values used on home improvement exemptions.

B2

5.

Organizes field maps, plat maps and aerial maps.† Reads aerials for boundaries, topography and permanent crops.† Maintains current and historical records.† Processes destroyed property forms by determining amount of destruction and effect on value.†

B2

6.

Responds to and explains appraisal methods and valuation criteria to property owners, Board of Equalization, and State Board of Tax Appeals; presents the possible options and determines the correct data to use.† May appear in court hearings as an expert witness for valuation of property.

B2

7.

Performs other duties as required.

 

Knowledge of: (position requirements at entry):

Knowledge of:

∑         Appraisal techniques;

∑         Laws and regulations pertaining to appraisal practices;

∑         Constructions techniques;

∑        Customer service techniques.

Skills (position requirements at entry):

Skill in:

∑        Using a personal computer and related software applications;

∑        Reading and interpreting maps and aerial photographs;

∑        Determining quality of materials and workmanship;

∑        Analyzing value of property;

∑        Determining parcels from maps;

∑        Reviewing appraisals to determine accuracy;

∑        Analyzing cost and market approaches to value;

∑        Calculating depreciation;

∑        Preparing appraisal reports;

∑        Collecting and analyzing data;

∑        Using telephones and cameras;

∑        Establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal relationships with County and other officials, at all organizational levels and with the public; and

∑        Communications, oral and written, sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.

Training and Experience (position requirements at entry):

Associateís Degree and one year related experience in real estate, surveying, engineering or construction; or an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides knowledge, skills and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.

Licensing Requirements (position requirements at entry):

∑         Valid Washington State Driverís License.

In addition:

∑         Washington State Certification for Assessors required within one year of appointment.

∑         Continuing education to maintain license will be required of 15 clock hours every two years.

∑         Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice within three years of certification.

Physical Requirements:†

Duties are performed approximately 50% of the time in an office setting with the other 50% being field inspections of properties. Positions in this class typically require seeing, speaking, hearing, walking, bending, climbing, standing, mobility, repetitive motions, lifting, and sitting; use of hands to finger, handle, feel or operate tools and equipment; reach with hands and arms and ability to operate an automobile.† The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop; kneel, crouch or crawl.† Incumbent may be subject to travel or exposure to potentially hostile individuals or hazardous conditions.† Rated as Medium work.†

Classification History:

Draft prepared by Fox Lawson and Associates LLC

Date: 5/98†† Revised: 1/6/99; Revised 4/03 (Series definition and Physical requirement rating only)