Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Appraiser III

Recruitment #20-2620-01


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 Alameda County Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Failure to submit the Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.

Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires will only be accepted on-line.






The Assessor’s Office is currently seeking an Appraiser III 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 full‐time 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 re-appraisability 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.  To learn about other major functions of the Assessor's Office please visit the Assessor’s website at:


The incumbent, under direction, will collect and analyze data for the appraisal of commercial and industrial real property,  appraise and perform real property valuation analysis of commercial and industrial properties for ad valorem tax purposes. The incumbent will conduct field investigations and studies pertaining to commercial and industrial real property valuation and assist  appraisal technical specialist in the development of Assessor’s standards and staff training procedures; and to do related work as required.  

For a detailed listing of the essential responsibilities and core competency requirements for this position, please click  here for the full Appraiser III job description.




The equivalent of two (2) years of full-time experience in the class of Appraiser II in the Alameda County Assessor’s Office,  



Possession of a current, valid permanent appraiser’s certificate or an inactive/permanent appraiser’s certificate issued by the California State Board of Equalization.



The equivalent of two (2) years of full-time experience in the office of a California County Assessor or the office of the California State Board of Equalization at the level equivalent to Appraiser II in the Alameda County Assessor’s Office, which included the appraisal of real property for ad valorem tax purposes,



Possession of a current, valid permanent appraiser’s certificate or an inactive/permanent appraiser’s certificate issued by the California State Board of Equalization.



Possession of a four-year degree from an accredited college or university.  

(Additional qualifying experience gained within the last ten years may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis up to a maximum of four years.  Additional qualifying experience for this purpose includes real estate appraisal, mortgage lending, title work, real property management, building construction, structural cost estimating, right-of-way agent, and/or experience as a real estate licensee engaged in buying, selling, leasing or managing real estate.)



Three (3) years progressively responsible, full-time work experience performing property appraisals for acquisition, loan, and/or tax purposes.  Experience appraising income producing properties is desirable.


Be eligible to be issued a temporary appraiser’s certificate by the State Board of Equalization upon hire.  In addition to qualifying for a temporary appraiser’s certificate at the time of appointment, appointees must pass the appraiser’s permanent certification examination administered by the California State Board of Equalization.  Incumbents must obtain a permanent appraiser’s 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.



Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.      

Physical Requirements:  

Incumbents must be able to climb stairs and hills.

Incumbents must be able to distinguish between the colors red, blue and green.  


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:

  • The theory, methodology, practices and procedures involved in the appraisal of commercial and industrial real property for ad valorem tax purposes, and the principles underlying the appraisal process.
  • Property values and the effect of economic trends on value and the cost of new construction.
  • Techniques of estimating replacement or reproduction costs for residential, commercial, industrial and special purpose improvements.
  • Provisions of real estate law, the California State Constitution, the California Revenue and Taxation Code, Administrative Rules, Property Tax Rules of the California State Board of Equalization, appraisal sections of the Assessor’s Handbook, California statutes, local rules and regulations pertaining to the appraisal of commercial and industrial real property for ad valorem tax purposes.

Ability to:

  • Appraise all types of commercial and industrial real property for ad valorem tax purposes.
  • Estimate construction costs and depreciation for commercial and industrial real property.
  • Assemble, analyze and draw logical conclusions from data of the sort used in valuation of commercial and industrial real property for ad valorem tax purposes.
  • Analyze the factors influencing the value of commercial and industrial real property.
  • Perform mathematical calculations, including arithmetic and plane geometry.
  • Make and understand scale drawings, charts and diagrams reflecting the size, shape, dimensions and physical characteristics of commercial and industrial real property and improvements thereto.
  • Read and interpret assessor’s maps and architectural plans.
  • Keep accurate, detailed records.
  • Prioritize multiple assignments to meet deadlines.
  • Interview and elicit information from individuals by telephone and in person.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Follow written and oral instructions.
  • Work effectively with the public and co-workers.
  • Organize and plan time for workload.
  • Work independently.


The examination will consist of the following steps:

  1. A review of candidates' application to verify possession of minimum requirements.  Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.
  2. A review of the supplemental questionnaire to determine the best qualified.
  3. An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidates' final examination score.  The oral interview may contain situational exercises.

Candidates must attain a qualifying rating on each portion of this recruitment. 


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

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via e-mail 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:  5:00 p.m., Thursday, March 18, 2021
 Review of Minimum Qualifications:  by Friday, March 26, 2021
 Review of Supplemental Questionnaire for Best Qualified:   by Friday, April 16, 2021
 *Oral Examination:  Week of May 3, 2021

*The combined oral examination/hiring interview, in addition to establishing an eligibility list, may serve as the final selection interview for vacancies in this classification.


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 statues.  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 statues.


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) 
  • 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
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • 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.



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Erika Beams, Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services Division, County of Alameda


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