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Business Property Auditor-Appraiser

Company: County of Sonoma
Location: Santa Rosa
Posted on: November 20, 2022

Job Description:


$67,330.49 - $81,835.98 Annually


Santa Rosa, CA

Job Type



Clerk-Recorder-Assessor-Registrar of Voters Department (CRA)

Job Number


Position Information
Do you have an accounting degree?Are you interested in growing a career with the County of Sonoma?If so, apply today to become a Business Property Auditor-Appraiser!

Starting Salary Up to $39.21/hour ($81,835/year) plus a cash allowance of approximately $600/month, and a competitive total compensation package!*
As a Business Property Auditor-Appraiser, you will gain experience auditing accounting records based upon data contained in the accounting records and from physical inspections. Additionally, you will learn how to explain business assessment auditing procedures and methods to the general public, businesses, and commercial firms. You will also learn to apply auditing and appraisal theories and techniques to assess valuations of businesses' assets and improvements, as well as personal items like boats and aircrafts. Other responsibilities include:

  • Verifying the accuracy of property statement data submitted to the Assessor's Office
  • Assisting taxpayers with property statements and property tax matters
  • Verifying that property improvements are accurately assessed and classified by reviewing building records
  • Inspecting and comparing property statements to determine if all property is reported
  • Determining the proper classification of personal property or improvement
  • Preparing assessment appeal cases and testifying before the Assessment Appeals Board
  • Performing computer searches of data for property ownership, valuations, and other information and providing customer service via phone and in person
    The ideal candidate will possess:
    • Knowledge of California Revenue and Taxation Code and accounting and auditing principles and procedures
    • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively interact with internal and external customers
    • Experience tracking fixed assets and preparing depreciation schedules, and bank and general ledger reconciliations
    • A detail-oriented, analytical mindset with good decision-making abilities
    • Strong oral and written communication skills
    • Familiarity with completing Business Property Statements and Agricultural Property Statements, as well as creating financial statements and related reports
    • Intermediate/Advanced Microsoft Office skillsPlease note: The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) is responsible for the certification of state and county assessors' personnel performing appraisals for property tax purposes. Statutes require the BOE to certify Auditor-Appraisers before they perform these duties. The certification includes an initial evaluation of the candidate's education and experience, and the successful completion of a qualifying examination. Please visit: for the certification requirements.
      What We Offer

      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 flexible work arrangements and excellent benefits* including:

      • A hybrid telework schedule that meets the needs of our staff, department operations, and the communities we serve
      • 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
      • With time and good performance, the opportunity for advancement to Auditor-Appraiser II
      • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
      • County paid 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan options
      • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance of up to $500 and ongoing education/training opportunities
      • 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*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 a Business Property Auditor-Appraiser in Clerk-Recorder-Assessor-Registrar of Voter's office. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help openings 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. The Civil Service Title is Auditor-Appraiser I.
        Minimum Qualifications
        Education and Experience*: Any combination of education, training and/or work experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally this would include a Bachelor's degree, or equivalent from an accredited four year college or university with major course work in accounting and auditing, or an active licensed accountant in the State of California; AND one year of recent, professional experience in accounting or auditing.

        *The qualifications for this classification are subject to the California State Board of Equalization's current standards.

        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.

        Certificate: Incumbents are required to obtain an Appraiser's Certificate within the one year probationary period. Temporary certificates will be issued by the State Board of Equalization to applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and receive a job offer from the County.

        Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
        Working knowledge of: personal computers and commonly available software.

        Knowledge of: the methods and practices used in auditing the accounting and financial records of businesses.

        Ability to: read, interpret and apply the rules, regulations, policies and procedures that relate to the Assessor's Office; analyze financial and accounting data and draw logical conclusions from this review; speak and write effectively and establish and maintain cooperative relations with the public and with other employees; apply accounting and auditing techniques to practical field problems; obtain an Appraiser's Certificate within one year from the date of employment.
        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 Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.

          APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS REQUIRE THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE BE COMPLETED.Responses to supplemental questions will be scored using position-specific criteria. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for a thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses that 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%). Each application and supplemental questionnaire will be thoroughly evaluated for satisfaction of minimum qualifications and relevance of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities that relate to this position. Candidates possessing the most appropriate job-related qualifications will be placed on an employment list and referred to the department for selection interviews.


          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 is 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.

          HOW TO APPLY

          Applications are accepted online 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 values diversity and is dedicated to creating a workplace environment that provides individuals with a sense of belonging. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. The County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.

          HR Analyst: JT
          HR Technician: RR

Keywords: County of Sonoma, Santa Rosa , Business Property Auditor-Appraiser, Other , Santa Rosa, California

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