Assessment Specialist

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Oct 07, 2020
Full Time Other
  • Salary: $54,160.76 - $65,827.76 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Information

Expand your career with the County of Sonoma!
Become an Assessment Specialist with the Clerk-Recorder-Assessor-Registrar of Voters Office!

Starting salary up to $31.54/hour ($65,827/year), plus a cash allowance of approximately $600/month*

Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to excellent benefits* including:
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $500 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
Assessment Specialists perform complex, technical work requiring the review, research, and analysis of legal documents and property appraisal records. They learn to apply rules and regulations, legal instruments, and the Revenue and Taxations Code sections pertaining to property transfers, tax exemptions, exclusions, and valuation. Specialists also take initiative in working directly with Appraisers to update data, resolve problems, and explain procedures related to property tax assessments.

Ideal candidates will possess:
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, in order to work effectively with staff and the public by phone, in person, and in writing
  • The ability to work independently and exercise sound judgment
  • Experience analyzing and interpreting legal documents to perform complex evaluations based on property tax laws
  • Attention to detail, and a capacity to make accurate mathematical calculations
  • Experience working in the office of an assessor, appraiser, surveyor, and/or title company
*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can found in the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 Memorandum Of Understanding (SEIU MOU).
This recruitment is being conducted to fill twofull-time Assessment Specialists for the Clerk-Recorder-Assessor-Registrar of Voters Office. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help vacancies as they occur during the active status of the list. Qualified County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: Any combination of education and work experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed herein. Normally, this would include the successful completion of thirty units of college level math, algebra, or related technical training in property and one year of experience as an equivalent to that of a Clerk-Recorder-Assessor Specialist II with experience working in a County assessment assignment or two years of full-time clerical experience working with appraisal, assessment, or property records in an appraiser's office, surveyor's office, or title company.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position

Certification: Upon approval by the Board of Supervisors, incumbents in assignments with responsibility for processing change in ownership transactions and exemptions applications are required to obtain the applicable Assessment Analyst certification from the California Board of Equalization, and once obtained, are required to maintain the certification while working in applicable assignments. Incumbents working in the classification as of the date of adoption, are required to obtain the certification within one year of the County's adoption, and employees newly hired into applicable assignments in this classification are required to obtain certification within the probationary period.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: the organization and functional responsibilities of each division; the use of electronic information equipment and specific systems as used within the office; property tax laws, rules, guidelines, policies and procedures, and of the terminology, processing codes, and work practices used in property tax assessment.

Working knowledge of: methods used in the assessment, conveyance, and transfer of property; modern office methods and procedures; legal descriptions of real property and the methods and documents used to convey and transfer title or real property; methods and techniques used in researching, organizing, and evaluating data including laws as defined in revenue & taxation code, civil, family, corporate, and probate codes; rules and procedures relating to real property ownership and exemptions; including property law, real estate terminology, and the Revenue and Taxation Code.

Ability to: read and comprehend various types of legal documents relating to real property including Property Tax Rules, Revenue and Taxation Code, annotations, Article XIII A of the California Constitution as dictated by the California State Board of Equalization; read and understand legal descriptions and maps; understand changes of ownership, potential reappraisal of real property, and eligibility of various property tax exemptions and exclusions; perform complex analytical evaluation of legal documents; research title for property ownership and reappraisability; make independent decisions on interpretations of law; utilize calculators, computer systems and programs, and other office equipment; accurately prepare and maintain department forms and records; utilize electronic information systems and analyze and interpret such information; post and make arithmetical computations rapidly and accurately; use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing; use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy and legal guidelines in politically sensitive situations; establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; interact effectively with persons of different social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds; organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines; communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, and successfully communicate and explain complex and technical information to the public; make basic mathematical calculations at a level for successful job performance.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit Getting a Jobwith the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department selection processes.

Responses to supplemental questionswill be scored using position-specific criteria. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient and therefore may not be scored.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (weight 100%) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's application and supplemental questionnaire for satisfaction of minimum qualifications (pass/not pass); and for educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position. Each applicant will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
  • Relevance of work history, related experience, and achieved level of education and/or training as described in the application and responses to the supplemental questions.
Candidates demonstrating possession of the minimum qualifications will be placed on an employment list in order of most qualified to least qualified based on the achieved score received in the Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination. Scores may be adjusted based on such factors as number of candidates, anticipated vacancies, past practice, and natural breaks in the scores achieved by this group of candidates.


A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.


Applications are accepted on-line at . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.
The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people.Please view the County's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for further information.

HR Analyst: AK
HR Technician: RR

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