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Job Title: Chelan County Assessor's Office - Real Property Appraiser
Department: County of Chelan Assessor
Job Type: NonExempt
Salary: $ 3,395.01 - $ 3,930.23 / Monthly  
Posted: April 09, 2018
Position open until filled.

Job Location

County of Chelan Assessor
350 Orondo Ave, 2nd Level
Wenatchee, WA 98801


Job Summary:
The responsibilities of the Real Property Appraiser include determining the true and fair market value on technically complex and varied residential properties, orchards, farms, land, condominiums, manufactured homes and other properties as needed to establish fair market value for assessment purposes in accordance with Washington State law. Acts as the Assessor’s official representative to answer questions and explain valuation methods on assessment issues. Must meet strict office and Department of Revenue deadlines, and be available to support assessments before the County Board of Equalization and State Board of Tax Appeals.
Essential Job Functions:
Perform a systematic revaluation of residential and rural property for tax purposes
o Locate property according to legal descriptions, maps and surveys,
o Conduct mass appraisal of assigned properties
o Must be able to use building permits, analyze blue prints, and understand zoning codes
 Classify properties according to quality and condition standards and identifying characteristics
 Calculate land area and square footage based on complex legal descriptions, divisions, surveys, boundary adjustments and revalue as needed
 Appraise and maintain files on all exempt property
 Contact property owners to verify sales information, including sales price, type of financing, and other pertinent information; discuss changing values and explain methods of calculation and valuation with property owners and others
 Utilize the computer to perform a variety of analyses and to maintain current data base; input valuation information; analyze recorded sales using parcel data and spreadsheets to qualify and quantify sales; complete statistical comparisons of similar properties
Respond to inquiries, complaints, or requests for information from other departments, agencies, and the general public by phone, in person, or in writing
 Set values and change them without management approval when appropriate
 Maintain values and defend values to the property owner, general public, Chelan County Board of Equalization, and/or the Washington State Board of Tax Appeals

 Appraise new construction for tax purposes each year
 Research and prepare full appeal for Board of Equalization, make presentation and personally defend value to Board of Equalization if needed
Research and prepare full appeal for State Board of Tax Appeals, and present appeal to Board if needed
 Understand and meet all office, RCW and WAC deadlines when doing assigned appraisal work
Be able to use and explain the cost approach and understand and use the Marshall & Swift residential cost handbook as needed.
 Provide assistance to the public in locating parcels on maps and answering questions
Performs other duties as assigned
Supervisory Responsibilities:
This position has no supervisory responsibilities.
Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of:
 Knowledge of principles of real and personal property appraisal
 Knowledge of construction characteristics, quality, and standards
 Knowledge of and the ability to explain basic legal documents
 Knowledge of laws, rules, and regulations applicable to real and personal property
Skills in:
 Excellent computer skills are necessary. Use of Word, Excel, Outlook, GIS, CAMA (Computer Aided Mass Appraisal) system, drawing program
 Basic and advanced math skills: add, subtract, multiply and divide, understand analysis and statistics
 Effectively communicate with people who may be emotionally charged by issues and information being presented
 Problem solving techniques
Ability to:
 Perform significant number or data manipulation for valuation purposes
 Calculate land area and square footage based on complex legal descriptions, divisions, surveys, boundary adjustments and revalue as needed
Independently prioritize and organize work assignments, perform work in an independent environment with good discretionary judgment
 Follow oral and written instructions and keep accurate records of inspections and work activities
 Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, agencies, property owners, and the general public
Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
 Physically perform the essential functions of this position

 Position requires the ability to perform essential job functions throughout the year
 Must be able to drive/walk and physically visit and appraise each assigned parcel
 Manual dexterity required for the operation of a keyboard for data entry, calculations, word processing/spreadsheets etc. and tape measures for calculating sizes
 Driving and riding in a vehicle or sitting at a computer for long periods of time
 Bending, stooping and twisting during the normal course of performing required functions, lifting up to 25 pounds waist high on occasion
 Travel by foot over all types of terrain and on construction job sites in all types of weather conditions
 Sight and hearing of acceptable standards
Working Conditions:
 Work is performed primarily in the field with the remainder in an office environment. Periods of driving, walking, sitting, standing, bending and kneeling are required.
 Exposure to a variety of weather conditions and improved/semi-improved or unimproved roads while driving.
 Exposure to a variety of weather conditions, topography and hazardous surfaces while on foot.
 Occasionally exposed to animals when doing site visits.
 Work schedules other than traditional 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday may be required.
 Night meetings and attending training, including overnight classes may be required.
Recruiting Requirements:
 Associates degree in business, accounting, real estate or related field. Three years’ experience in real estate, real estate appraisal, residential construction, building inspection or related fields or any combination of education and experience which would provide the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the job.
Washington State Real Property Appraiser Accreditation required within 1 year of employment. The following classes are required for accreditation:
o IAAO Class 101 – Fundamentals of Real Property Appraisal
o USPAP – Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice
 Ongoing education is required to maintain State Accreditation
 A valid Washington State Driver’s License is required
 A background security check may be required if a job offer is made

Closing Statement:
 This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job

Additional Information

To apply, please send cover letter, resume and completed Chelan County Application to: Erin Fonville , Chelan County Assessor's Office, 350 Orondo Street, Wenatchee,  WA  98801 or emai to:



Job is open until filled.