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Appraiser IV

Newton County Board of Commissioners

Listing Summary

Purpose of Classification:

The purpose of this classification is to appraise property values via mass appraisal for the purpose of assessing taxes. Incumbents in this class assess the most complex properties, defend their appraisals to oversight boards, and possess and maintain Appraiser IV certification.  Additionally, they serve as the most experienced in the Appraiser series and provide lead guidance, direction, and training to assigned staff.

Essential Functions:

The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.

Leads and coordinates daily work activities of assigned co-workers: confers with supervisor to obtain direction regarding work assignments and priorities; organizes tasks in order to complete assigned work; monitors status of work in progress and inspects completed work; confers with co-workers, assists with complex/problem situations, and provides technical expertise; assists with training and instructing co-workers regarding operational procedures and proper use of equipment; assists with supervision of co-workers by reporting employee problems and providing input on disciplinary action and employee performance evaluations.

Conducts complex or difficult appraisals: identifies problem areas and works with supervisor to develop effective solutions; appraises properties throughout the County, including vacant properties, historical properties, commercial and industrial properties, etc.; appraises properties involved in division or combination, including new properties; and appraises properties of unusually high value.

Updates County data: performs data collection to record map changes, property splits or combinations, and new construction; updates property descriptions; measures new construction and additions or renovations; reviews and verifies property sales, including field work to develop sketches or photographs; and assists in compiling annual Tax Digest.

Assists in responding to formal appeals related to property valuations: provides information and documentation; verifies records; conducts additional research and field reviews; attends meetings, conferences, hearings, and court as needed to testify regarding valuation processes and procedures.              

Assists property owners, tax representatives, and the general public with routine tax-related matters: and provides information and answers questions regarding appraisal methodology, appeals process, parcel ownership, parcel mapping, land characteristics, physical improvement data, and current or historical valuation.

Processes a variety of documentation associated with department/division operations, within designated timeframes and per established procedures: receives and reviews various documentation; reviews, completes, processes, forwards or retains as appropriate; prepares or completes various forms, reports, correspondence, and other documentation; compiles data for further processing or for use in preparation of department reports; and maintains computerized and/or hardcopy records.

Operates a personal computer to enter, retrieve, review or modify data, utilizing word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, Internet, e-mail, or other software; and operates general office or other equipment as necessary to complete essential functions.

Communicates with supervisor, other County employees, builders, real estate agents, outside agencies, the public, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems.

Additional Functions:

Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in Real Estate, Property Appraisal, Business/Public Administration, or a related field required; supplemented by five years of increasingly responsible property appraisal experience; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.

Specific License or Certification Required: Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license. Must possess and maintain Appraiser IV certification.

Specific Knowledge, Skills, or Abilities: Must be able to demonstrate proficiency in performance of the essential functions and learn, comprehend, and apply all County or departmental policies, practices, and procedures necessary to function effectively in the position.

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