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Pay Range GC19


All classifications within this four-level series perform duties supporting valuation appraisal of real property at a fair and accurate market value for the assessment of ad valorem taxes in accordance with the laws of Oregon. This classification is advanced-level in the property appraiser series and serves as a working supervisor of a section of lower level property appraisers or performs advanced-level appraisals requiring a high degree of expertise in at least one area. Employees generally have experience in two or more classes of appraisal, but is assigned to a specific area which requires advanced appraisal skills. Employees may supervise/review a section of appraisers, perform valuation of unusual or more difficult property through data collection and analysis, conduct ratio studies, update assessment information, prepare and defend appraisals which are appealed and conduct special studies/projects; may supervise lower level appraisers and is accountable for work performed within the section.

This classification is distinguished by performing supervision of a section of lower level property appraisers or performing advanced-level appraisals requiring a high degree of expertise in at least one area. Employees exercise a greater degree of independence and judgment and perform duties holding a greater degree of accountability than lower level appraisers. Typically, work assignment areas are supervision, commercial and industrial appraisals, special assessments and/or department sales/ratio analysis.


(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples. Any one position may not perform all listed tasks.)

1. Organize, assign work to, monitor work performance and supervise a section of appraisers performing appraisals for tax assessment including reappraisals, maintenance of valuation of property, appeals, local cost modifier studies, sales data analysis and benchmark establishment; advise and assist with unusual problems or difficult phases of appraisal. Ensure work is in compliance with appropriate regulations. Assume accountability for work performed within the section. Participate in establishment and interpretation of policy and procedure.

2. Review and spot check the work of appraisers in a lower classification and provide training for new employees; train staff in new methods or procedures. Participate in establishment and interpretation of policy and procedure.

3. Conduct or assist with unusual or more difficult property appraisals including reappraisals and maintenance of valuation of property; enter and review data in the department automated system.

4. Prepare pre-appraisal studies such as time trend analysis, local cost modifier, depreciation schedules, market benchmarks, income and expense data analysis, gross income multipliers, capitalization rate studies, land lease studies, etc.

5. Direct ratio and adjustment program; research, gather, compile, edit and analyze sales and assessment data; produce certified ratio study document.

6. Direct special assessment programs; evaluate applications; field questions and send out questionnaires; inspect special assessment property to verify program qualification; determine farm-use values.

7. Interpret appraisal facts to the public and explain procedures of appraisal and assessment.

8. Assist in development of section and departmental policies and procedures.

9. Prepare for and defend appraisals, farm use disqualifications and exemption denials in the capacity of an expert witness at the board of property tax appeals, department of revenue, board of ratio review, small claims and tax courts.

10. Keep informed of changes in law and court decisions relating to appraisal; attend appropriate continuing education courses/workshops.

11. Conduct special studies and reports as requested. Prepare and maintain appraisals, records, reports and statistical data.


Knowledge of: Thorough knowledge of theories, principles, practices and techniques of property appraisal including property description and measurement, building construction practices, materials and costs, appeal procedures; considerable knowledge of Oregon Revised Statutes and Department of Revenue guidelines, laws, rules, regulations and ordinances relating to appraisal; considerable knowledge of program/section management including supervision and operational coordination; considerable knowledge of special assessment programs such as farm use and designated forest land; reasonable knowledge of agricultural and forest practices and procedures; considerable knowledge of ratios and statistics as it relates to appraisals and state statutes and regulations; considerable knowledge of general building construction, local zoning/planning regulations as related to property values. Skill in: Operation of office equipment including calculators, cameras, copy machine, microfiche reader and automated equipment and systems; reading maps and aerial photos; use of reference manuals for valuation purposes; performing mathematical and statistical calculations; preparing and presenting statistical data; writing clear and concise records, appeal responses, reports and statistical data. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written form; perform research, prepare and present reports; lead, motivate, supervise and review work of support staff; review the work of others for quality, judgment and timeliness of completed work; perform effectively at appeal hearings; make decisions independently in accordance with established policies and procedures and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; make sound judgment in making decisions regarding property values; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; gather and analyze sales data and compile into meaningful reports; establish and maintain records and statistical data; understand and interpret deeds, legal property descriptions and maps; work independently; effectively manage time to meet deadlines; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, property owners, boards, courts, real estate and title companies, fee appraisers, other agency representatives, professionals and the public.

Education, experience and training: Must meet the State of Oregon requirements to be certified as a Property Appraiser 1 (ORS 301.010) and have three years experience in an assessor's office as a property appraiser OR a satisfactory equivalent combination of education, experience and training. At the time of appointment, must possess and maintain a valid Oregon driver's license.

Desirable qualification: Specialized experience, knowledge and skills for specific positions such as supervision and statistical analysis.


Work is performed under the general direction of the chief deputy assessor or an appraiser in a higher classification. The employee receives general instructions regarding the scope and approach to projects or assignments, but procedures and problem resolution are left to employee discretion and interpretation. Employee estimates and manages time efficiently. The employee independently assigns or performs work to meet established deadlines. Work is reviewed based on conformance to policy at the end of completed assignment with meetings and occasional spot checks to determine progress of assignment.


Work is performed within department policy and procedures; federal, state and county statutes, rules, regulations and ordinances; Department of Revenue guidelines, cost factor manuals; appraisal principles, practices and manuals and various reference manuals. At this level the employee may suggest alternative guidelines to achieve desired objectives and may recommend new guidelines.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed in the office and in the field and may require bending, climbing, hearing voice conversation, keyboarding, lifting up to 30 pounds, pulling, pushing, walking rough terrain and reaching. Work performed in the field is in an environment which involves everyday risks and discomforts and sometime adverse weather conditions requiring safety precautions. A considerable amount of driving is required.

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