Arlington County, Virginia
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Jun 10, 2022
Jun 24, 2022
Full Time
Position Information
This employee will be hired at either the full-performance or entry/trainee level depending on qualifications.

The Department of Management and Finance is seeking a Commercial Real Estate Appraiser for the Office of Real Estate Assessment Division. This employee will work on a team responsible for developing and defending annual assessments of real estate property throughout Arlington County utilizing Direct Sales Comparison, Income, and Cost Approach to valuation.

The Real Estate Appraiser at the full performance level is responsible for actively managing a commercial mass appraisal assignment throughout the year which includes, defending assessments before the Board of Equalization (BOE), collecting data in the field, inspecting all new construction and permit work within assigned trend area, assisting the public with questions and explaining policies over the phone, in the office or in the field.

The entry/trainee level Appraiser will be responsible for working under the Supervisor and other Appraisers to learn all processes, procedures and software needed to conduct and maintain a commercial mass appraisal assignment and actively participate in managing their own mass appraisal assignment

Both full performance & entry/trainee level Appraisers must have the ability to work remotely and be able to maintain a productive work schedule and manage one's time and assignments in a flexible remote work environment. They must be able to meet the requirements of having days in the field for inspections of properties, days working remotely online and days in the office providing availability and coverage for the public.

Specific duties include:
  • Reviewing assessment appeals, preparing for BOE presentations and presenting the findings of appeals before the BOE and Circuit Court;
  • Meeting with tax payers, property tax representatives and attorneys to discuss property appeals;
  • Entering and analyzing data gathered from Income and Expense documents and utilizing that data to develop guidelines to value commercial property;
  • Reviewing and researching commercial sales that are recorded in the Land Records;
  • Reviewing commercial permits and new construction to ensure accuracy;
  • Using Computer-Assisted Mass Appraisal and Mobile Assessor software to collect, input, analyze and retrieve appraisal data and make recommendations for valuation; and
  • Providing real estate assessment information to the public verbally or by written correspondence, over the phone or in person at the County office.

Selection Criteria
Full Performance:
  • Bachelor's degree in Real Estate, Business, or related field and
  • Considerable experience in real estate appraisal including experience appraising properties for tax assessment purposes.

Entry/trainee Level:
  • Bachelor's degree in Real Estate, Business, Communication, Public Service or a related field and

Additional experience in real estate appraisal may substitute for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Preference may be given to applicants with one or more of the following:

For both Entry and Full Performance level:
  • Experience explaining real estate assessment policies and/or procedures;
  • Skill in using Excel, dBase, Word, Access or similar software; and/or
  • Experience working remotely utilizing Microsoft Teams.
Full-Performance Level:
  • Real Estate Appraisal designation from IAAO or similar professional organization;
  • Virginia Appraisal license;
  • Experience collecting and analyzing technical data; and/or
  • Experience with CAMA software and mass appraisal.
Entry/trainee Level:
  • Experience or training in providing technical information to the public verbally or by written correspondence; and/or
  • Real Estate experience.

Special Requirements
Applicant must possess, or obtain by time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence or be willing to use alternative means of transportation. The applicant must provide or authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment will be contingent upon favorable review of the applicants driving record.

A pre-hire background check will be made on all candidates who are prospective employees. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit history. You may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.

Completion of the Commonwealth of Virginia Statement of Economic Interest form will be required of the successful candidate upon hire and annually thereafter.

Covid-19: Arlington County Government is committed to the health, safety and wellness for all staff. In support of that commitment, all current and newly hired employees are required to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination. For those qualified employees with a disability or sincerely held religious belief which prohibits them from receiving a vaccine, you will be able to contact the Office of Human Rights to request a reasonable accommodation. Adherence to this policy is a condition of employment.

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