Appraiser I
County of Sonoma - Santa Rosa, CA

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The County of Sonoma's Clerk/Recorder/Assessor Office is seeking enthusiastic and capable individuals to join their team in the Assessor's Division as an Appraiser I.
This recruitment is being conducted to fill three (3) full-time Appraiser I vacancies in the Assessor's Division of the Clerk/Recorder/Assessor Office. The employment list established from this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur during the active status of the list. (County employees who wish to be considered for future vacancies should consider applying to this recruitment.)
The position of Appraiser I is the trainee level in the Appraiser classification series. An Appraiser I is trained in making market value appraisals of single family residential, modest residential income, neighborhood, commercial, light industrial and rural properties, utilizing the market, cost, and income approaches to total property value. In addition, they assist an Appraiser II or III in more complex real property appraisals.
THE TENTATIVE DATE FOR THE WRITTEN EXAMINATION IS FEBRUARY 21, 2013.

Minimum Qualifications:
Education: Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with major work in business administration, public administration, economics, political science, mathematics, agriculture, engineering or related fields; OR graduation from high school or possession of a G.E.D. certificate and four years of relevant experience.
(Relevant experience is defined to mean employment experience within the last ten years in accounting, appraising, building cost estimating, or engineering, or, for real estate licensee licensed by the California Department of Real Estate, engaged in buying, selling, leasing, or managing real estate, or, successful completion of an Appraiser's Aide or Trainee program in a California Assessor's Office, or an employee, other than an appraiser or an appraiser aide, of an assessor's office or of the property tax department of the State Board of Equalization, except that only 2/3 of such employment time shall be deemed qualifying employment experience.)
Four years of relevant experience or any combination of four years of relevant experience and of education in an accredited institution of higher education can be substituted for the four year college requirement.
Experience: No additional experience is required.
License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level, including special endorsements as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.
A temporary certificate or an Appraiser's Certificate is required by the State of California in order to perform value judgments for tax purposes. Temporary certificates are issued by the State Board of Equalization to candidates meeting the minimum requirements and receiving a job offer by the County. Within one year from the date of employment, candidates are expected to obtain an Appraiser's Certificate.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of: basic principles of land economics, general concepts of property appraisal, and current trends relating to social, political, economic and scientific developments.
Ability to: read, interpret and apply the rules, regulations, policies and procedures that relate to the Assessor's Office; assemble and analyze data, prepare written reports, maintain records and make mathematical computations; speak and write effectively and establish and maintain cooperative relations with the public and fellow employees; obtain an Appraiser's Certificate within one year from the date of employment.

Selection Procedure:
The information contained in the application and responses to the supplemental questions will be evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the employment process. Applicants should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions. You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, please list each position separately. Failure to comply with these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
For more detailed information about examination steps and the hiring process, you are encouraged to go to http://hr.sonoma-county.org/content.aspx?sid=1024&id=1464 and review the Hiring Process Overview.
APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS REQUIRE THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE BE COMPLETED.
The selection procedure will consist of the following examinations:
1. An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (pass/not pass) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's combination of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge and abilities which relate to this position to ensure satisfaction of the minimum qualifications for this position.
2. A multiple-choice Written Examination (pass/not pass) will be conducted to further evaluate each candidate's qualifications as they relate to this position. The written examination will measure the core knowledge, skills and abilities for this position such as:
Logic, Reasoning and Reading Comprehension
Property Appraisal and Maps
Mathematics and Geometry
Public Contact and Interpersonal Skills Applicants must attain a minimum passing grade of at least 70% on the written examination to be considered for the next step in the selection process. The minimum passing score may be an adjusted score based on such factors as difficulty of the examination for this group of candidates, natural breaks in the scores achieved by this group of candidates, number of candidates, anticipated vacancies, and past practice in order to be considered for the next step in the selection procedure.
THE TENTATIVE DATE FOR THE WRITTEN EXAMINATION IS FEBRUARY 21, 2013.
3. An Application and Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (weight 100%) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's application and supplemental questionnaire for educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge and abilities which relate to this position. Each applicant will be scored based on the following criteria:
Relevance of work history, related experience, and achieved level of education and/or training as described in the application and responses to the supplemental questions.
Scores may be adjusted based on factors as number of candidates, anticipated vacancies, past practice, and natural breaks in the scores achieved by this group of candidates. APPLICANTS MUST ATTAIN A MINIMUM PASSING SCORE OF AT LEAST 70% ON THE APPLICATION AND SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE APPRAISAL EXAMINATION TO BE PLACED ON THE EMPLOYMENT LIST.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.
Additionally, a pre-employment medical examination, including a drug screening, will be required prior to employment.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications are accepted on-line at www.yourpath2sonomacounty.org . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.
The County of Sonoma is committed to a policy and actively pursues a program of equal employment and non-discrimination. More information can be found at: http://hr.sonoma-county.org/content.aspx?sid=1024&id=1304
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