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Property Tax Appraiser - Worcester

Company: State of Massachusetts
Location: Chelsea
Posted on: June 10, 2021

Job Description:

Property Tax Appraiser - Worcester

Division and Bureau Missions:

The Division of Local Services helps Massachusetts cities and towns achieve sound and efficient fiscal management through technical assistance, training and oversight. We are responsible for ensuring the fairness and equity of local property tax assessments, the accuracy and quality of local accounting and treasury management, interpreting state laws that affect local finances and governance, distributing local aid and maintaining a comprehensive databank on local finances.

The Bureau of Local Assessment is responsible for the regulation, oversight, training, and technical assistance to cities and towns in the areas of real and personal property valuation and tax classification.

Position Description:

The Bureau of Local Assessment is seeking appraisers to provide technical assistance to municipalities in property tax administration, mass appraisal, data quality, tax base growth, and local finance. The position will be located in our Worcester regional office and the territory is expected to be in Worcester County and parts of Middlesex County.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Review local assessors appraisal methodologies and assessments, statistical review, and providing guidance.
  • Provide instructions and training to local officials at programs of the Department of Revenue/Division of Local Services or professional associations of municipal officials.
  • Evaluate and/or appraise real and personal property for state statutory programs, such as equalized valuation, Chapter 61A farmland valuations, and central valuation of certain telephone, telegraph and gas pipeline companies.
  • Assist in liaison duties between the office and the many field functions under the jurisdiction of the Division, including technical assistance to municipal finance officers and other local officials, along with providing instruction to Division personnel.
  • Use software technology, including but not limited to Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and web-based systems, in carrying out assignments. Prepares Excel spreadsheets and related graphs in a professional-looking manner.
  • Analyze community mass appraisal reassessment programs to ensure compliance with Department of Revenue standards and accepted mass appraisal methods.
  • Audit community-wide appraisal programs using statistical parameters, field review and valuation spreadsheet review.
  • Appraise real and personal property for statutory mandated programs.
  • Provide technical assistance and training to local officials in property tax administration and assessment. Assistance may include interpretation of applicable laws, rules, regulations and procedures. Training may include on-the-job instruction, teaching classes and workshops.
  • Assist in preparation for and testifies at the Appellate Tax Board.
  • Develop appraisal courses and teaches workshops and classes.
  • Assist in special projects or assignments, along with staff from other bureaus of the Division, when assigned by management.
  • Travel frequently on assignments, including overnight travel, upon the request of management.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Applicants should have strong analytical and writing skills, knowledge of real and personal property appraisal, knowledge of mass appraisal valuation systems and Massachusetts certification standards and statutes.
  • Candidates should be proficient in the use of electronic spreadsheet applications, such as Excel, and have effective interpersonal communication skills.
  • Professional appraisal designation and/or appraisal license is desirable.

An external candidate recommended for a position with the Department of Revenue will be subject to a background check that includes checks for: state and federal tax compliance; child support compliance; education verification; Massachusetts CORI checks; criminal background checks in state(s) of current and previous residence/employment; validation of eligibility to work in the United States; and national fingerprint-based criminal background checks.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Minimum Entrance Requirements:

Applicants must have at least (A) four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience in accounting or auditing, of which at least (B) one year must have been in a supervisory, administrative or managerial capacity, or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.

Substitutions:

I. A Bachelor's degree with a major in accounting, business administration or business management may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required (A) experience.

II. A Graduate degree with a major in accounting, business administration or business management may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience.

  • Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

NOTE: Educational substitutions will only be permitted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience. No substitutions will be allowed for the required (B) experience.

Special Requirements: None.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Keywords: State of Massachusetts, Chelsea , Property Tax Appraiser - Worcester, Other , Chelsea, Massachusetts

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