YAKIMA COUNTY, WASHINGTON

CLASS SPECIFICATION

CLASS TITLE:  Commercial Appraiser

BAND:

B

GRADE:

2

SUBGRADE:

4

CLASS CODE:

2224

DEPARTMENT:

Assessor

ACCOUNTABLE TO:

Varies

 

OVERTIME STATUS:

 Non-Exempt

JOB SUMMARY:  Performs field inspections and monitors sales and statistical data used to set the value basis for multi-family and commercial properties for tax purposes.  Serves as a resource for residential appraisers and personal property administrators and the general public to explain procedures and answer questions pertaining to values established.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:

The Commercial Appraiser classification is the second level of a three level appraisal classification series. The Commercial Appraiser classification is distinguished from the Lead Appraiser classification which has responsibility for assigning, monitoring and reviewing work, and from the Appraiser class which has responsibility for residential appraisal.

DUTY

NO.

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

BAND/

GRADE

1.

Researches and analyzes local market data such as comparable sales, construction costs, depreciation schedules, maps and zoning requirements, flood areas and city limits to prepare written commercial property and multi-family dwelling appraisals with supportive documentation to be submitted to the data processing system.

B2

2.

Works with local property managers, owners and legal representatives to collect information and advise on current market rent levels, occupancy rates, income and expense statements and types of leases appropriate to the specific geographical and economic areas. 

B2

3

Locates, inspects and analyzes multi-family and commercial structures and land in assigned area to determine fair market value as a basis for tax assessment.

B2

4.

Uses and interprets maps, legal descriptions and aerial photographs to determine boundaries.  Updates records, maps, tax assessments, accounts and data files using information gathered during course of duties to assure the accuracy of future assignments.

B2

5.

Responds to citizen inquiries regarding assessments and reassessments.  Provides information regarding appraisal techniques and methods and explains how values are established and computed.

B2

6.

Prepares appraisal cases for presentation before the County Board of Equalization and Board of Tax Appeals.

B2

7.

Performs other duties as required.

 

Knowledge of: (position requirements at entry):

·            Statistical calculation procedures and statistical theory as applicable to the appraisal process;

·            Residential and commercial real estate appraisal methods;

·            Public relations practices;

·            Building materials, equipment, workmanship and general construction quality as applied to all classes of buildings; 

·            Standard appraisal methods and techniques including the cost, income and market methods of  commercial and multi-dwelling property appraisal;

·            Laws, regulations and court decisions affecting appraising;

·            Legal descriptions; and

·            Customer service techniques.

Skills in: (position requirements at entry):

·         Using basic data processing equipment and software programs;

·         Applying appraisal principles and techniques;

·         Reading and interpreting maps, aerial photos and property descriptions;

·         Exercising sound judgment in developing and analyzing information;

·         Giving presentations in support of appraisal determinations;

·         Paying attention to detail and accuracy;

·         Preparing and processing documents related to property appraisal;

·         Performing a variety of calculations;

·         Using office equipment such as phones, copies, calculators and fax machines;

·         Using a personal computer and related software applications;

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

·         Communication, both oral and written, sufficient to exchange or convey information and to give or receive work direction.

Training and Experience (position requirements at entry):

Associate’s Degree and two years appraisal experience; 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 Driver’s License and Washington State Certification for Appraisers (Accreditation by State Dept. of Revenue) at time of appointment or must have passed the “Real Property Appraiser Accreditation Examination” or equivalent.

Preferred at entry:  computer appraisal software and spreadsheet/database experience

Successful completion of IAAO course 101 and 102 or equivalent, and IAAO course 301.

 

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: New Class approved 4/1/03