Charter Township of Meridian Appraiser II in Okemos, Michigan

Appraiser II

October 18, 2016 - November 01, 2016

Location:Okemos, MI

Salary Range:$48,709-$56,124

Benefits:Paid Time Off, 401a, Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance; Life Insurance, Paid Leave, EAP, Flex Spending Account, Retiree Health Savings Account, etc.

Employment Type:Full Time


Description:Under the general supervision and direction of the Assessor, appraises commercial, industrial, residential, and personal property to determine true cash value and property assessments. Performs field inspections, analyzes sales and financial data, applies quantitative methodologies, develops assessment findings and reports, and ensures that property owners receive fair and equitable assessments in accordance with all applicable rules and regulations.

Duties:An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the following essential functions. These examples do not include all of the duties which the employee may be expected to perform. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.

  1. Performs physical inspections of new construction and existing structures. Obtains physical measurements and evaluates construction qualities and features to determine class and value of property for assessment purposes.

  2. Monitors real estate market activity and property improvements through ongoing review of documentation such as real estate transfer affidavits, deeds, building permits, and other information related to property transfer or improvements as well as physical inspections.

  3. Audits personal property statements and performs on-site inspections. Examines property records, tax returns, physical equipment, and other criteria, and determines true cash value of property.

  4. Employs complex assessing techniques and utilizes a variety of ratios and factors to develop property appraisals. Prepares related reports, which substantiate the estimating process.

  5. Assists in developing or maintaining departmental records. Inputs data into related files, reconciles various data and calculations, prepares or updates assessment rolls, and develops summary reports.

  6. Responds to public inquiries by phone, by email, or in person as operational needs dictate. Assists the public, real estate interests, municipal professionals, and other governmental agencies with researching and understanding assessment policies, procedures, and records.

  7. Works cooperatively with other governmental agencies, exchanging and developing reports and information pertaining to appraisals and assessments.

  8. Keeps abreast of current issues, changing legislation and policies, new administrative techniques, and developments in the field through continued education and professional growth. Attends conferences, workshops, and seminars as appropriate.

  9. Establishes and maintains cooperative relationships with coworkers, departments, citizens, elected officials, community and business interests, peer agencies, and related interests.

  10. Performs related work as required.

Qualifications:The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and minimum qualifications necessary to perform the essential functions of the position. A qualified individual with a disability must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

Requirements include the following:

  • An Associate-s degree or equivalent level of specialized training in property appraisal, assessment techniques, or a related field.

  • Three or more years of property assessment/appraisal experience.

  • State certification as a Michigan Certified Assessing Officer (MCAO).

  • Personal Property Examiner-s Certification.

  • A State of Michigan Vehicle Operator-s License.

  • Thorough knowledge of the laws, regulations, policies, and techniques of real and personal property appraisal.

  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of compiling regular and special assessment tax rolls.

  • Knowledge of municipal operations, tax roll administration, and property-related records management.

  • Knowledge of the principles of appraising commercial, industrial, residential, and personal property.

  • Knowledge of property inspection techniques, comparison, adjustment, and reconciliation processes, and assessment and tax roll preparation.

  • Knowledge of the tax assessment practices of the Township.

  • Skill in the calculation of figures, evaluation of conditions and values, and making determinations based on appraisal standards.

  • Ability to perform visual inspections and take measurements and determine value of property, equipment, and new or existing structures.

  • Ability to utilize a personal computer as well as related word processing and spreadsheet software packages for report generation, drafting correspondence, and accurate data entry.

  • Ability to critically assess situations, problem solve, and work effectively under stress, within deadlines and changing work priorities.

  • Ability to establish effective working relationships and use good judgement, initiative, and resourcefulness when dealing with builders, architects, planners, property owners, the public, other professional contacts, and municipal officials.

  • Ability to communicate and present ideas and concepts verbally and in writing.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing 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 regularly required to communicate with others and visually inspect written documents. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is required to travel to other locations to view and/or assess property or structures. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move items of light to moderate weights.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in a business office setting and visits various indoor and outdoor locations throughout the Township. As a result, the employee may be exposed to adverse weather conditions and various property environments that may expose the employee to loud noises, dust, or airborne particles. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet, but may become loud in field situations.