Director of Assessment/Chief Assessor

TITLE: Director of Assessment/Chief Assessor

DEPARTMENT: Assessment

SALARY: $45,000

LOCATION: Susquehanna County Courthouse

REPORTS TO: Chief Clerk

SUPERVISES: Assessment and Mapping

POSITION STATUS: Non-Union, Full-Time, Supervisory

General: 

The Director of Assessment, under the administrative direction of the Chief Clerk, will be responsible for the ongoing implementation, administration, operation and related duties associated with the functions of the Susquehanna County Assessment Office. This position is responsible for the assignment, oversight and review of the work of the Assessment Office, Mapping Employees, Field Appraisers, and Real Estate Clerks. They shall maintain and update County tax rolls, and prepare reports in accordance with applicable State and County regulations.  Work is performed independently and guided by established laws, technical standards and regulations. This is an administrative and supervisory position, managing the county property assessment process. Work involves planning and developing the processes and procedures for carrying out the functions of the office, and directing the work of a staff of technical and clerical employees. Work is guided by all applicable laws and technical standards.

 

Minimum Requirements:

A degree from an accredited institution is desired, but experienced individuals will be considered, if their resumes meet or exceed the desired experience and qualifications expected to meet the responsibilities of the position.

Possesses excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Demonstrated strong leadership, project and time management skills.

Certified Pennsylvania Evaluator Certification from the State Bureau of Professional and Occupation Offices is required.

Minimum 3 years experience in the field of Tax Assessment.

Minimum 5 years experience supervising the work of others.

Any combination of education and experience, which indicates possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities, listed below.

 

Work Hours Required/Availability

This position is a minimum of 40 hours per week.

 

Required Knowledge and Skills:

Knowledge of physical, social, and economic factors affecting property values.

Knowledge of laws affecting property assessment.

Knowledge of formulas and procedures used in evaluating real property.

Ability to prioritize work effectively.

Ability to properly and consistently apply formulas and policies to produce property evaluations.

Ability to effectively supervise and review work of others.

Ability to analyze and evaluate technical and administrative policies and procedures and make effective changes.

 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Supervises staff, assigns and reviews work, and handles all related personnel issues.

Plans, assigns, coordinates, and reviews the work of the technical and clerical staff for accuracy and adherence to the standards and laws applicable to property tax assessment.

Develops annual budget and oversees all expenditures within the department.

Develops office policies and procedures for the approval of the County Commissioners and the Board of Assessment Revision.

Oversees the formulation and implementation of programs, policies, and procedures related to the Assessment and Mapping departments.

Ensures office policies and procedures comply with the laws and professional standards of ad valorem taxation.

Reviews difficult or unusual appraisal and assessment decisions with Assessment office staff to arrive at fair and equitable determinations.

Works with technical consultants to develop improved work methods.

Publishes real estate tax base figures and statistics to determine how much revenue is generated from real estate and occupation/per capita assessments.

Assures monthly and yearly reports are prepared properly and sent out in a timely manner.

Assures that assessment information is delivered to outside vender for printing of County/ Municipality tax bills.

Interacts with the public to resolve conflicts and to explain the process of developing and reporting property assessments.

Local travel is required. Some travel required for training.

All other duties as assigned.

 

Certifications:

Certified Pennsylvania Evaluator

 

Special Requirements:

The applicant must have passed the Susquehanna County Background Check with no record of criminal convictions.

The applicant must meet and comply with Susquehanna County’s Employment Policies.

The applicant is expected to maintain Certification of Property Evaluator during employment, as is required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Part of the position functions involves the handling of confidential data, the disclosure of which is protected by law.

 

Physical Requirements:

The applicant must be able to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position in a normal office environment as well as the duties performed outside during site visits.

Office work will typically involve long periods of sitting and standing.

Site visits are often performed during active phases of building construction and may include climbing stairs and/or step ladders, walking over uneven terrain, working in inclement weather including rain, snow, and high temperatures, and driving for extended periods of time.

 

 

Disclaimer:

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of and level of duties being performed by a person assigned to this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties and skills required to perform this position.

 

I HAVE READ THE ABOVE POSITION DESCRIPTION AND FULLY UNDERSTAND THE REQUIREMENTS SET FORTH THEREIN. I HEREBY ACCEPT THIS POSITION AND AGREE TO ABIDE BY THE REQUIREMENTS AND DUTIES SET FORTH. I WILL PERFORM ALL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY.

 

Date: _______________                                __________________________________________

Signature of Employee

 

Date: _______________                                __________________________________________

Signature of Department Head

 

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Employer will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourage both prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the Employer.

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