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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 1342 - Appraiser

Job Description

GRADE: 311

Under general supervision; performs work of moderate difficulty in the appraisal of real property; performs related work as required.

This is technical work which requires knowledge of the classification and mechanics of appraising all types of real estate and in which the employee exercises sound judgment and utilizes a general knowledge of the functions of the Assessment Department. An employee in this class may supervise clerical personnel. An Appraiser performs his duties in accordance with general guidelines received from the Supervisor of Assessments and Senior Appraiser.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Discovers, identifies, estimates value, confirms use of, and lists real estate
• Performs field work as requested by the Board of Review and assists Township Assessors at request of the Supervisor of Assessments
• Gives testimony at request of the Board of Review; confers with taxpayers, their attorneys and/or agents in reference to assessments
• Balances and verifies the abstracts of the County Real Estate assessment Books
• Lists and mails applications for Open Space Valuation
• Inspects and recommends the approval or rejection of such applications
• Assists in establishing Open Space Values and in applying the valuations once granted, or in determining Roll Back Tax Bills if rejected
• Evaluates and verifies Real Estate Transfers
• Accounts for the number of deeds received and used in Sales Ratio Studies
• Analyzes mean and median levels of assessments, average deviation and coefficient of dispersion of sales
• Supplies the valuation reports necessary in determining the equitable level of assessments within the County
• Inspects exempt properties by going into field and verifying it is actually in exempt usage
• Assists in updating Tax Code maps
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Building construction practices and of building and land values
• Appraisal methods
• Laws and regulations pertaining to local tax assessment
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• Reading and understanding building construction plans and specifications, photographs and blueprints
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc.
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office

Ability to:
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality


Completion of a High School Diploma or GED equivalent; one year of experience in property appraisal, assessment work and/or real estate sales; attainment of certification as Illinois Assessing Officer or licensed as real estate sales person or broker; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, climb, and crouch or stoop. The employee spends a majority of the time either standing or walking.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position is typically working in outside weather conditions.

This position requires a valid Illinois driver’s license.