Sunday, May 27, 2018

Supervising Auditor-Appraiser II

Recruitment #18-2720-01


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION.  The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.


Supplemental Questionnaire:  A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application.  Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing.


Applications will only be accepted online.




The Assessor’s Office is currently seeking a Supervising Auditor-Appraiser II to contribute enthusiastically to its mission to provide timely and accurate appraisal services in a manner resulting in fair and equitable treatment for all Alameda County taxpayers.  With a proposed staffing level of 175.47 fulltime equivalent positions, this team of professionals provides mandated assessment services performed in accordance with the California Constitution, Revenue and Taxation Code, Government Code, and State Board of Equalization guidelines and directives.

The primary mandated services of the Assessor's Office include: locate and identify the ownership of all taxable property in Alameda County; determine the taxability of all property; determine the reappraisability of property changing ownership or having new construction added; annually assess all real estate in accordance with the provisions of Article XIIIA of the State Constitution (Proposition 13); annually assess all taxable personal property at its fair market value; determine and apply all legal exemptions against these assessments; and surrender an accurate assessment roll to the Auditor's Office prior to July 1st each year.

For more information about the agency, visit:  Alameda County's Assessor's Office



Under direction, to plan, supervise, and review the work of subordinates performing audits of books and records, and appraisals of personal property and fixtures for assessment purposes and preparation of assessment appeals; and to perform related work as required.


For more detailed information about the job classification, visit:  Supervising Auditor-Appraiser II (#2720)




In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications listed below, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated a track record of success in the following areas:


·       An experienced manager with strong supervisory skills who is capable of instructing, focusing, and guiding others in accomplishing performance, and work goals and objectives.


·       A highly knowledgeable professional who keeps up with terminology and current developments and trends related to the Business Personal Property Section of the County Assessor’s Office and who has extensive technical skill and knowledge in the performance of Business and Personal Property Appraisal.


·       A competent decision maker with a demonstrated ability to logically and strategically problem solve, plan, compare data from different sources, take initiative and react calmly under pressure to arrive at sound conclusions.


·       An effective communicator who clearly conveys information and ideas and interacts with others by relating well to people from varied backgrounds and in different situations.


·       A technically strong professional with exceptional Audit/Appraisal skills and through knowledge of governmental accounting and audit standards and practices.







The equivalent of two years’ full-time experience in the class of Auditor-Appraiser III in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)



The equivalent of three years recent, full-time professional experience in accounting, business property appraisal or auditing work in a capacity equivalent to Alameda County’s class of Auditor-Appraiser III of which one year is in a supervisory capacity.



Qualification to perform audits for property tax purposes under California Revenue and Taxation Code Section 670(d) by one of the following means:

1. Possession of a Bachelor's degree with a major in accounting from an accredited 4-year college or university, or

2. Possession of a Bachelor’s degree in another subject, with a minimum of 18 units in accounting that included 6 units of basic/introductory accounting and 6 units of intermediate accounting, together with 3 units of auditing, and/or 3 units of federal/state tax and/or 3 units of cost accounting and/or 3 units of advanced accounting. (The unit requirements herein are expressed as semester units. Equivalent quarter units are acceptable. Courses in business law, economics or related areas do not satisfy the requirements of R&TC Section 670[d]), or

3. Possession of a current, valid license to practice as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California.


Meet the eligibility requirements for issuance of a temporary auditor-appraiser’s certificate by the State Board of Equalization upon hire. Incumbents must obtain a permanent certificate within one year from the date of appointment. Failure to obtain the permanent certificate within one year will be cause for termination of employment.

Special Requirements:

Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license. Employees are required to furnish their own auto to use on the job (reimbursement for such use will be made).

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:

• Methods and practices used in the appraisal of business, personal property and fixtures.
• General accounting, auditing principles and procedures.
• Principles, methods, and techniques of training and personnel supervision.
• Sections of the California Revenue and Taxation Code pertaining to the assessment of business personal property for ad valorem tax purposes; and the administrative rules and regulations of the California State Board of Equalization.
• Assessor’s Handbook 504: Assessment of Personal Property and Fixtures

Ability to:

• Supervise the operation of the business personal property audit-appraisal unit.
• Make business personal property appraisals of the most difficult and complex property types.
• Organize and supervise an effective training program for all levels of technical subordinates.
• Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with representatives of businesses and others.
• Speak effectively before a governmental board and other groups.
• Analyze and problem-solve situations accurately using effective decision making and judgment in adopting effective courses of action.
• Prepare effective correspondence and write reports.
• Plan and organize time to meet workload.
• Provide leadership to meet goals; exhibit management control.


The examination will consist of the following steps:

  1. A review of candidates' applications to verify possession of minimum requirements.
  2. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process; review of candidates’ Supplemental Questionnaires to select the best qualified applicants to continue in the process.
  3. Those candidates selected as best qualified will move on to the next step in the examination process, an oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises.


We reserve the right to make changes to the announced examination components.

Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position. Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position. Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work. 

To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website,

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:


Deadline for Filing:

Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 5:00 PM

Review of Applications for Minimum Qualifications and Supplemental Questionnaires:

Friday, March 9, 2018

Oral Examination:

Week of April 2, 2018



Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statutes. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes.

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.


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NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions please go to our website at You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.


Elaine Lemi | Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda
(510) 272-6434 |


Alameda County is an Equal Opportunity Employer