Senior Appraiser

  • San Jose, California
  • Nov 05, 2022
Full Time Accounting and Finance Real Estate
  • Salary: $101,849.28 - $123,246.24 Annually USD

Job Description


Under general direction, to perform research and valuation work in the appraisal of complex residential, agricultural, commercial, and industrial properties for tax assessment purposes, and to review the work of and provide lead supervision to staff appraisers.

COVID -19 Risk Tier - Lower Risk or Intermediate Risk

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Typical Tasks

The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.
  • Coordinates and reviews the work of Appraisers engaged in appraising a wide variety of real property;

  • Assigns special projects and provides training for a section's appraisal staff;

  • Consults with property owners, contractors, real estate agents, bankers, and others as a representative of the Assessor;

  • Explains appraisal techniques and County policies;

  • Performs difficult, complex appraisals of high value or unusual property, including industrial, manufacturing, commercial, and agricultural;

  • Assists Supervising Appraiser in establishing workloads, evaluating personnel, and appraising the district's largest industrial accounts;

  • Researches, collects, and analyzes data concerning all aspects and techniques of appraisal, including data for appraisals performed for the resolution of appeals;

  • Prepares and presents appeals before the Assessment Appeals Board;

  • Prepares stipulations for the resolution of appeals;

  • Keeps abreast of latest market trends, land values, and construction costs;

  • May be assigned as a Disaster Service Worker (DSW), as required*;

  • May perform other related duties, as required.

Employment Standards

Sufficient education, training, and experience to demonstrate the ability to perform the above tasks, plus the possession and direct application of the following knowledge and abilities:

Training and Experience Note: The required knowledge and abilities are attained through possession of permanent certification by the California State Board of Equalization (or equivalent State entity) as an appraiser for property tax purposes


Possession of one of the following professional designations: Member, Appraisal Institute (MAI), Certified Assessment Evaluator (CAE), Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA), or Certified General Appraiser (AG), issued by a professional appraisal organization or government entity, and qualify for certification by the California State Board of Equalization as an appraiser for property tax purposes


Two (2) years of journey level experience as a real estate appraiser.

Special Requirements
  • Must acquire and maintain permanent certification by the California State Board of Equalization as an appraiser for property tax purposes within one (1) year of appointment or vacate the position.

  • *As a condition of employment, pursuant to California Government Code Sections 3100-3109 and Local Ordinance, all County of Santa Clara employees are designated Disaster Service Workers (DSWs). A DSW is required to complete all assigned Disaster Service Worker-related training, and in the event of an emergency, return to work as ordered.

  • Possession of a valid California driver's license prior to appointment and the ability to qualify for and maintain a County driver authorization.

Knowledge of:
  • Economics, business administration, and laws pertaining to the Office of the Assessor;

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

  • Laws and court decisions affecting the appraisal of land and buildings;

  • Technical and professional knowledge of appraisal methods and procedures for real property;

  • Training methods, procedures, and requirements;

  • Lead supervision principles and practices;

  • State Board of Equalization appraisal guidelines;

  • Business arithmetic and statistical measures;

  • Correct English usage, including spelling, grammar, and punctuation;

  • Record keeping principles and procedures;

  • Common computer systems and applications.

Ability to:
  • Evaluate and summarize factors relating to values and reach accurate and impartial appraisals;

  • Interpret and apply verbal and written instructions;

  • Communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing;

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, at all levels, including colleagues, the public, and representatives of other agencies;

  • Prepare written correspondence and reports;

  • Train, assign, and review the work of others;

  • Make effective presentations and defend values to the Assessment Appeals Board.

Benefit and Retirement information may vary from bargaining unit to bargaining unit.Due to changes in State Law, current pension provisions described in the union contracts are not automatically applied. Specific pension benefits for new hires who start on or after January 1, 2013 may be different than indicated in the union contracts.

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Closing Date/Time: 2/3/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

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