Chief, Assessment Services Division

Promotional

Recruitment #23-2650-01

Introduction

THIS IS A PROMOTIONAL EXAMINATION

TO APPLY, YOU MUST BE A CURRENT ALAMEDA COUNTY EMPLOYEE  


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

Qualified applicants must be current county employees and have completed the equivalent of six months of continuous service following a regular appointment in the Alameda County classified service by the last day of filing.  A regular appointment does not include Provisional, TAP (Temporary Assignment Pool), or STEP-UP appointments.


Applications must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing.

APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED ONLINE.

DESCRIPTION


THE AGENCY

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.

The Assessor’s Office mission is 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 POSITION 
Under general direction, the Chief, Assessment Services Division will plan, organize and direct the technical and administrative work of all appraisal support services, including the Assessor's Services Unit of the Assessor's Office; to act for the Assessor in his absence in all technical support matters; and to do related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES

Along with the Chief, Appraisal Division, this is the highest classified position in the Assessor's Department; it's incumbent is responsible for administering, planning, directing, coordinating and integrating all internal support services, as well as public services. The scope and responsibility and discretion allowed the Chief, Assessment Services Division, is great and the decisions made, or actions taken, are normally subject to review only by the Assessor. This class differs from the next lower classes of Principal Appraiser and Principal Auditor-Appraiser by the latter classes having responsibility for the day-to-day operation of major segments of real property appraisals or business personal property appraisal.

For more detailed information about the job classification, visit: Chief, Assessment Services Division (#2650)

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Either I

The equivalent of three years of experience in the class of Principal Appraiser or Principal Auditor-Appraiser.

Or II

The equivalent of four years’ experience in the class of Supervising Appraiser II or Supervising Auditor-Appraiser II or an equivalent or higher-level class in the Alameda County Assessor's Office.

Or III
Education:

Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university,

And
Experience:

The equivalent of five years’ experience in the appraisal of major complex real properties for tax assessment purposes or the equivalent of five years’ experience working with assessor's property systems doing program development that included three years of appraisal-administrative experience at a level comparable to that of Principal Appraiser or Principal Auditor-Appraiser in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.) (Experience in real estate sales or transfers will not be considered as qualifying under this requirement.)

License: Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

Special Requirement: Must qualify for a temporary appraiser's certificate issued by the State of California Board of Equalization; and within one year of appointment, incumbent must pass a certification examination administered by the California State Board of Equalization.

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

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:
  • Principles of organization, administration, and management.
  • Duties and responsibilities of the County Assessor's Office.
  • Provisions of relevant State laws and local ordinances and regulations.
  • The methods and practices of property appraisal for tax assessment purposes.
  • Modern property record-keeping systems and practices particularly as related to computer data systems.
Ability to:
  • Assist in planning, organizing and directing a comprehensive property appraisal program, particularly as related to computer data systems.
  • Interpret and explain property appraisal and assessment techniques and evaluate assessment practices to ensure proper application and organization of work standards.
  • Evaluate and recommend long-term program needs.
  • Speak and write effectively.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with employees, agencies and departments and the general public.

EXAMINATION COMPONENTS

THE EXAMINATION WILL CONSIST OF THE FOLLOWING STEPS:

  1. A review of the 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. 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. 

WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE ANNOUNCED EXAMINATION STEPS.

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, www.acgov.org/hrs.

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:

TENTATIVE SELECTION PLAN
Deadline for Filing:                                              5:00:00 p.m., Thursday, April 6, 2023
Review of Applications for Minimum Qualifications:                              by week of April 17, 2023
Oral Examination*:  Week of May 22, 2023
*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.

WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE ANNOUNCED RECRUITMENT & SELECTION PLAN

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, www.acgov.org/hrs

BENEFITS

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
  • 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.

Conclusion

All notices related to County recruitments for which you have applied will be sent/delivered via email. Please add @jobaps.com, acgov.org, Noreplyalamedacountyhr@acgov.org, and Noreply@jobaps.com as accepted addresses to any email blocking or spam filtering program you may use. If you do not do this, your email blocking or spam filtering program may block receipt of the notices regarding your application for recruitments. You are also strongly advised to regularly log into your County of Alameda online application account to check for notices that may have been sent to you. All email notices that will be sent to you will also be kept in your personal online application account. You will be able to view all of your notices in your online application account by clicking on the 'My applications' button on the Current Job Openings page.

Please take the steps recommended above to ensure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.

NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box Noreply@jobaps.com or Noreplyalamedacountyhr@acgov.org are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions, please go to our website at www.acgov.org/hrs. You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.

Erika Beams, Human Resources Analyst 
Human Resource Services Division, County of Alameda
Email Address Link: ERIKA.BEAMS@ACGOV.ORG | Phone: 510-272-6393
www.acgov.org/hrs


DISASTER SERVICE WORKER

All Alameda County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law.  Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect.  Employees are required to report to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Alameda County has a diverse workforce, that is representative of the communities we serve and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  All aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance and business need. Alameda County does not discriminate in employment on the basis of, race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors protected under federal, state and local law. Alameda County celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive, and welcoming workplace environment.