JOB SUMMARY: This is an exempt full-time position that involves complex appraisal duties in the preparation and certification of a county-wide real property tax roll.
Appraise, analyze, and review all commercial real property types within Palm Beach County using standard appraisal practices and procedures. This includes a thorough understanding and application of the income, sales, and cost approaches to value.
Interpret legal descriptions, read blueprints, and analyze statements or records of individuals, partnerships or corporations to aid in the determination of market value; review appraisals submitted by various entities for validity.
Input commercial property information into the CAMA system (Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal). Utilize other software as needed, included GIS applications, and Microsoft Office suite.
Understanding of the responsibilities of the various departments in the Property Appraiser’s Office. Understanding of generally accepted appraisal practice and Florida Statute 193.011.
Research, review, and verify vacant and improved sales. Review deeds, listings, sale surveys and other documents to determine if sales should be qualified. Determine and apply appropriate sale qualification codes.
Manage more difficult appraisal problems, projects and analysis. This may include managing specific commercial property types and/or geographical areas.
Defend and support values at Value Adjustment Board hearings and other legal proceedings as required; work additional hours if required. Possess the skills to interact with the public, tax agents, and attorneys in sometimes difficult and adversarial situations.
Assist with litigation of commercial properties.
Perform the duties and function of a supervisor where required. Train less experienced co-workers.
Plan, organize, and administer assigned appraisal areas to ensure compliance with all policies and timely completion of work.
Consult with taxpayers and other representatives to resolve advanced appraisal and administrative problems; explain assessment criteria; answer questions regarding property values, appraisal techniques, and statutory requirements.
Develop, update and maintain commercial property valuation models including income modeling and CAMA adjustments.
Establish effective working relationships with staff and act professional and courteously when dealing with the public, staff of other agencies, and co-workers.
Maintain and update work area files and records.
Operate modern standard office and field equipment.
Perform other related work as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Possess advanced knowledge and experience in the application of all three approaches to value for all types of commercial properties.
Thorough understanding of highest and best use theory and feasibility analysis.
Ability to exercise independent judgment and make decisions consistent with office policies, practices, and procedures.
A high level of proficiency in the use and operation of computers, databases, word processing, and spreadsheets is required. Knowledge of mapping (GIS), statistical analysis software, and ESRI products is beneficial.
Thorough understanding and interpretation of legal descriptions, public records, abstracting, and planning and zoning concepts.
Ability to generate market studies and reports.
Ability to perform required functions in IAS World independently.
Ability to use MS Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) with expertise.
Ability to represent the office at Value Adjustment Board hearings and other legal proceedings.
Ability to work effectively under stress and with changing work priorities; exercise diplomacy in contentious situations.
Ability to work independently or as a member of a team with minimal supervision. This includes prioritizing assignments and working overtime when required to meet established deadlines.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Graduation from high school or recognized equivalent. Master or Bachelor degree in Business Administration, Real Estate, Finance, Accounting or Economics preferred.
A minimum of seven (7) years of commercial appraisal experience and a CFE or related professional appraisal designation or state certification.
Must have a valid Florida driver's license, automobile, vehicle insurance and good driving record and maintain all while employed in this position.
About Palm Beach County Property Appraiser
The Palm Beach County Property Appraiser is responsible for determining the taxable value of more than 640,000 parcels and nearly 60,000 tangible personal property accounts in Palm Beach County, applying tax exemptions to properties that meet certain qualifications, and maintaining the county's official map and property ownership records.
The Property Appraiser’s Office employs more than 200 staff at five service centers throughout Palm Beach County, and has more credentialed appraisal professionals than any other jurisdiction in the United States. More than 67 percent of its employees are Certified Florida Evaluators. There are 38 designees from the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO), 12 from the Appraisal Institute and 40 Florida State licensed appraisers. The office is also a recipient of the distinguished IAAO Public Information Program Award, in recognition of its successful public education initiatives.
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