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Pay Range GC21


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 senior-level in the property appraiser series and serves as a working supervisor of a section of high level property appraisers or performs advanced level appraisal of complex industrial and commercial property including land, yard improvements, structures, machinery and equipment. These appraisals require a high degree of expertise specific to these areas, the ability to gather necessary data not readily available, and the knowledge and seasoned judgment necessary to analyze and establish reliable data. Employees may supervise and review a section of high level appraisers, perform valuation of unusual or complex commercial and industrial property through data collection and analysis, conduct ratio studies, interpret economic influences that affect complex industrial or commercial properties, update assessment information, prepare and defend appraisals in the capacity of an expert witness for properties which are appealed and conduct special studies and projects. This classification may supervise appraisers and is accountable for work performed by those appraisers.

This classification is distinguished by performing supervision of a section of high level property appraisers or performing advanced level appraisal of complex industrial and commercial property. 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 or complex commercial and industrial appraisals.


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

1. Appraise complex industrial and commercial property including land, yard improvements, structures, machinery, and equipment. Define the process; conduct preliminary survey; perform physical inspection of buildings and land; measure and classify buildings; gather all necessary basic data, frequently from several sources; determine market value using various approaches such as market data, income, and cost; observe physical, functional, and economic factors; prepare and present final narrative appraisal report or appraisal form.

2. Determine local cost index; develop and maintain cost data banks; develop and maintain economic data reference material; develop rates, charts and spreadsheets for appraisers in lower classifications.

3. Conduct ratio studies; research, gather, compile, edit, and analyze sales data; verify sales information and analyze terms of sales.

4. Enter and review data in department automated system.

5. Interpret appraisal facts to the public and individuals/agencies relating to property taxation and explain procedures of appraisal and assessment.

6. Defend appraisals 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 court; assist county counsel in preparation of litigations.

7. Oversee, assign work to, coordinate, review and supervise work of appraisers in section of high level appraisers; provide training for new employees; train staff in new methods or procedures; keep staff informed of changes in laws relating to 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 procedures.

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

9. Conduct special studies and reports as requested. Prepare and maintain appraisals, records, reports and statistical data as required by departmental policy, federal, state, county and local laws, regulations and ordinances.


Knowledge of: Thorough knowledge of theories, principles, practices and techniques of property appraisal including property description and measurement, building construction practices, materials and costs and appeal procedures; considerable knowledge of Oregon Revised Statutes and Department of Revenue guidelines, laws, rules, regulations and ordinances relating to appraisal; considerable knowledge of machinery and equipment and related characteristics and costs; considerable knowledge of program/section management including supervision and operational coordination; considerable knowledge of ratios and statistics as it relates to appraisals and state statutes and regulations; considerable knowledge of building construction and local zoning/planning regulations as related to property values. Skill in: Skill in the 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, appraisal reports, appeal responses, reports and statistical data. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; analyze effects of social and economic trends on property values; plan a logical approach to an appraisal problem, to analyze and evaluate data, and to reach sound conclusions; perform research and prepare written appraisal reports that present the conclusions and supporting data in a clear and concise manner; 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, establish new policies when applicable, 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, other agency representatives, property owners, boards, courts, real estate and title companies, fee appraisers, businesses, professionals, committees, vendors 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 four years progressively responsible work experience in an assessor's office as a commercial or industrial property appraiser which includes two years in supervision or management or two years performing complex commercial/industrial property appraisals. Experience may consist of 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 mechanical, civil or structural engineering.


Work is performed under the general direction of the chief deputy assessor or a supervising appraiser. 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 established department policy and procedures; federal, state, county and local statutes, rules, regulations and ordinances; appraisal reference materials and handbooks; various equipment catalogs and manuals; appraisal principles and practices. Employee uses considerable judgment in interpreting guidelines and contributes to modification of existing guidelines by recommending changes or adapting guidelines to problems encountered.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed in the office and in the field and may require bending, climbing, crawling, hearing voice conversation, keyboarding, lifting up to 30 pounds, pushing, pulling, 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 reasonable amount of driving is required.

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