The Clerk of the Board of Appeals/Equalization is a management position responsible for the efficient and effective processing and adjudication of appeals concerning various determinations made by certain King County Agencies. The Clerk organizes and processes a large volume of appeals filed with two independent citizen Boards; plans, organizes, and manages three support staff members.
The type of appeals filed with the two Boards include: assessed valuation disputes involving real property valuations (95 percent of the workload); assessed valuation disputes of personal property; other determinations made by the King County Assessor; King County Animal Services code violations; King County Licensing taxi licensing violations; and work-related grievances brought about County employees.
This position reports to the Chair of the Board of Appeals and Equalization.
WHO MAY APPLY: This job is open to anyone who meets the position requirements. The King County Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer. FORMS AND MATERIALS REQUIRED: A King County paper application, resume and a letter of interest detailing your background and ability to perform the functions of this job. Please submit your completed application materials via mail or email to the following address by 4:30 p.m., May 10, 2012 . Board of Appeals & Equalization Attn: Dave Goff 500 4th Ave, Room 510 Seattle, WA 98104 Email: David.Goff@kingcounty.gov Paper applications can be downloaded from the King County Human Resources website by right clicking on this link; King County Job Application and selecting, "job application." If you are not able to open the link, please paste the link into your internet browser; http://www.kingcounty.gov/employees/HumanResources/forms.aspx#apps WORK LOCATION: King County Administration Building, 500 4th Ave Room 510, Seattle, WA 98104. WORK SCHEDULE: This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and is not overtime eligible. The workweek is normally Monday through Friday. TESTING INFORMATION: A written test, to be determined by the hiring authority, may be required of finalists.
Establishes and coordinates the process of reviewing and adjudicating a high volume of appeals.
Prepares and proposes policies and procedures designed to expedite and assure fairness in the adjudication of appeals.
Provides orientation and training of citizen Board members on the laws, regulations, policies, procedures, and decision-making processes used for extending decisions. Provides information to appellants on the appeal process and operations of the office.
Develops schedules and routines that maximize the efficiency of Board members in making decisions. Provides support to the Boards to enhance their ability to exercise the duties for which they were appointed.
Receives and follows up on the most complex calls, visits, and other communications from active and potential petitioners. Responds to inquiries and complaints in a timely manner and in compliance with applicable laws and Board procedures. Responds on hearing procedures, complex and confrontational hearing issues, and other matters.
Provides active and potential petitioners and other citizens with thoughtful and responsive answers, solutions, explanations, and assistance so the Boards can fulfill their needs.
Oversees the efficient operation of the office. Oversees and screens initial petition filings and scheduling. Oversees, reviews, and may edit or suggest proper wording of Board orders.
Oversees the computer-aided databases that store appeal information. Ensures that the office has up-to-date, accessible databases that support the activity of the office.
Periodically evaluates the scheduling and decision processes in light of ever increasing volumes. Designs and implements processes that make for efficient scheduling and handling of documents, and enhanced resources to enable faster hearings.
Responds to media inquiries, seeking advice from others on matters of extreme sensitivity.
Prepares and proposes changes to the annual budget for the office. Projects staffing and material needs and costs. Presents budget requests to the Council. Administers approved budgets.
Oversees and updates the Board’s communications materials, brochures, forms, and web site information.
Performs other duties as assigned that support the overall objective of the position.
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills:
Knowledge and Skills:
The position requires a working knowledge of state and local laws, court decisions and other legal requirements applicable to the conduct of quasi-judicial administrative hearings processes, including rules of evidence and the determination of findings of fact and conclusions of law.
Requires in-depth knowledge of property tax laws, appraisal and assessment processes.
Requires in-depth knowledge of the laws, rules, codes, and procedures governing administrative appeals to governmental actions.
Requires knowledge of the principles and practices associated with supervision, leadership style, team building, and performance management.
Requires knowledge of and well-developed skills at using personal computers, including common desktop applications and specialized databases.
Requires advanced knowledge of the English language to write reports requiring the utmost choice of grammar and syntax to deal with complex, sensitive issues.
Requires well-developed human relations skill to gain trust while working with others in difficult situations, employ lines of questioning for fact finding, deliver reports in formal or legal settings.
Requires sufficient math skills to prepare budgets, account for expenditures, and develop and interpret statistical and operating information. Abilities:
Requires the ability to carry out the functions of the position.
Requires the ability to organize and facilitate decision-making processes that are capable of handling a high volume of petitions.
Requires the ability to learn, interpret, and apply relevant sections of the King County Code, and local, state and federal legislation.
Requires the ability to setup and sequence steps in conducting research and analysis.
Requires the ability to remain objective with decisions and to properly handle private and confidential communications.
Requires the ability to present facts and recommendations in a clear, concise, interesting, and logical manner, both orally and in writing.
Requires the ability to develop and maintain positive work relationships with peers, other committees, county organization units, communities, and agencies.
Requires the ability to give full attention to what other people are saying, take time to understand facts and points being made, ask appropriate questions, and not interrupt at inappropriate times.
Requires the ability to prioritize workload to meet deadlines.
Requires the ability to work varying schedules and travel to remote locations.
Requires consistent attendance and punctuality. Education and experience: The position requires a Bachelor’s degree in public administration, urban planning, real estate valuation, or related field and over eight years of progressive local government administration experience in conducting or assisting in conducting administrative hearings or interpreting or adjudicating matters governed by laws and codes.
Licenses and certificates: May be required to travel throughout King County or surrounding areas in a timely manner. Working conditions: Work is performed indoors where minimal safety considerations exist. *Salary will be determined based on the applicant’s experience and qualifications.
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