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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 1343 - Senior Appraiser

Job Description

GRADE: 312

Under general supervision; performs work of considerable 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 supervises clerical personnel and the work of Appraisers. A senior Appraiser acts without direct supervision and performs duties in accordance with general guidelines received from the Supervisor of Assessments.

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.

• Checks lands used for agricultural purposes and follows through yearly until property is no longer used agriculturally and institutes roll back bills
• Keeps in formed on market trends, costs and other factors affecting values of real property
• Interviews taxpayers to explain basis for current assessments
• Accepts and processes applications for agricultural valuation
• Performs a variety of technical tasks related to the above responsibilities
• Supervises work and aids in training and educating Appraiser
• Recommends hires and promotions, directs and evaluates employment decisions for all assigned positions
• 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
• Laws and regulations pertaining to local tax assessment
• Appraisal methods
• Leadership principles
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• Preparing concise, factual reports
• Reading and understanding building construction plans and specifications, photographs and blueprints
• Supervising the work of others
• Appraising real property
• 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
• Monitor and evaluate employees
• Prioritize and assign work
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
• 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
• Provide leadership to effectively resolve issues
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality

Exercises supervision of personnel in related area of responsibility.

Completion of a High School Diploma or GED equivalent and three years 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.