YAKIMA COUNTY, WASHINGTON
CLASS SPECIFICATION
CLASS TITLE:  Lead Appraiser

BAND:

B/

B

GRADE:

2/

3

SUBGRADE:

5/

1

CLASS CODE:

2225

DEPARTMENT:

Assessor

ACCOUNTABLE TO:

Assessor

 

OVERTIME STATUS:

 Non-Exempt

JOB SUMMARY: 

Incumbents are responsible for performing a variety of technical appraising activities including: completing property value finalization; reviewing assessments and sales for market analysis and studies; developing and applying schedules and tables in mass appraisal process; and performing lead work.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:

The Lead Appraiser classification is the third level of a three level appraisal classification series. The Lead Appraiser classification is distinguished from the Appraiser and Commercial Appraiser classifications by responsibility for performing greater technical appraisal activities and by assigning and reviewing work of  Appraisers and/or Commercial Appraisers. 

DUTY

NO.

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

BAND/

GRADE

1.

Assigns, reviews and checks work; ensures training, resolves conflicts; reviews and signs time cards and leave requests; interviews applicants; and conducts performance reviews and evaluations.

B2/B3

2.

Collects, reviews and validates market data for market analysis and ration studies;  establishes factors of cost, depreciation, functional and economical obsolescence, and market value; develops capitation rates; and makes income projections. Establishes value for ad valorem tax by analyzing land and improved sales; and correlates cost to market value to determine the final value.

B2

3.

Researches and applies financial taxpayer data to draw value conclusions; uses cost manuals, economic and financial data, trends and depreciation schedules.

B2

4.

Performs field inspections of residential, agricultural, and /or commercial property to inventory the improvements and the physical attributes of the site.

B2

5.

Provides assistance to property owners and answers petitions from taxpayers.  Performs appraisal reviews of contested property and appears in court hearings as an expert witness for valuation of properties in litigation.

B2

6.

Prepares field maps, plat maps and aerial maps by determining area; reads aerials for boundaries, topography and permanent crops.

A1

7.

Analyzes agricultural land rentals by determining current use and removal; conducts agricultural and rural property appraisals.

B2

8.

Interviews owners; inspects property; and performs sales analysis to prepare appeals to the County Board of Equalization and the Board of Tax Appeals.

B2

9.

Plans, organizes and implements the annual appraisal schedule for the County involving properties to be physically appraised and inspected; prepares and projects timelines by determining the allocated hours to each project.

B2

10.

Performs other duties as required.

 

Knowledge of: (position requirements at entry):

Knowledge of:

·         Appraisal techniques;

·         Laws and regulations pertaining to appraisal practices;

·         Constructions techniques;

·         Land classification and typical crop yields;

·         Field inspection techniques;

·        Land description measurement methods; and

·        Customer service techniques.

Skills (position requirements at entry):

Skill in:

·        Assigning, reviewing and evaluating the work of staff;

·        Using a personal computer and related software applications;

·        Generating and interpreting maps;

·        Recognizing and interpreting physical features from aerial photography;

·        Calculating area with engineering / architectural scales;

·        Inspecting property for soil quality, topography, water rights and hazards;

·        Determining market value;

·        Calculating depreciation;

·        Organizing and planning schedules and projects;

·        Preparing reports;

·        Giving presentations;

·        Interpreting laws , statutes and regulations;

·        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):

Associates’ Degree and three 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):

·         Washington State Certification for Assessors.

·         Valid Washington State Driver’s License.

·         Uniform Standards of Profession Appraisal Practice Certification, upon appointment.

Physical Requirements: 

Positions in this class typically require:  reaching, standing, mobility, fingering, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions. 

Incumbent may be subject to travel or exposure to potentially hostile individuals or hazardous conditions.

Medium Work

Classification History:

Draft prepared by Fox Lawson and Associates LLC  Approved 1/1/99  Physical Req. update 11/21/02 ; Minimum Req. update 11/27/02; Class series update 4/1/03