Alexandria, VA
$49,101.00 - $80,707.64 Annually
Jul 11, 2019
Jul 25, 2019
Full Time

The City of Alexandria is located in northern Virginia and is bordered by the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington and Fairfax counties. With a population of approximately 150,000 and a land area of 15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Alexandria has a charming waterfront and is a unique and historic place to live and work. About one-quarter of the City's square miles have been designated as a national or local historic district. We proudly embrace our rich history and seize the endless opportunities that lie ahead. If you are interested in working for the vibrant City of Alexandria, we invite qualified candidates to apply for Appraiser position.

An Overview
The City of Alexandria's Finance Department is looking for a detail-oriented, self-starting, and tenacious Appraiser to join our team. As a member of the Real Estate Division, the Appraiser performs mass appraisals of residential and small commercial land and property for assessment purposes. This work is done through in-the-field inspections and in-the-office review of relevant documents and records. Appraisers utilize a variety of software when performing their work, including RealWare to manage appraisal data, Apex to sketch floor plans, and ArcGIS to read and manipulate maps. The day-to-day work of the Appraiser is performed under the direction of an Appraiser Supervisor.

What You Should Bring
The ideal candidate possesses a working knowledge of property valuation principles, building construction practices, and real estate transactions and markets and the physical ability and willingness to perform both independent, on-site physical inspections of real property and to collaborate in-office as a member of a team on group projects. Additional skills and abilities include:
  • General knowledge of the major components of residential architecture and building construction, materials, and techniques;
  • General knowledge of political, legal, social, and economic factors affecting property values;
  • Skill with Microsoft Office, particularly Excel (e.g. tables, SUM functions) and Word (e.g. writing reports, formatting);
  • Ability to read and understand building construction plans;
  • Ability to develop expertise using professional appraisal and assessment software packages to create accurate, timely, and complete data;
  • Ability to perform internet-based research;
  • Ability to organize long-term, multi-step processes in such a way as to make regular, consistent progress and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to meet with members of the public and explain the basics of current assessments in an accurate, courteous, and professional manner;
  • Ability to deliver professional presentations in front of an audience.

The Opportunity - Examples of Work
  • Performs mass appraisals of residential and some small commercial properties in the City of Alexandria in accordance with the Code of Virginia, the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), and International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) standards;
  • Utilizes professional appraisal software (RealWare, Access databases) to develop accurate, timely, and complete valuation data for assigned properties;
  • Utilizes professional geospatial mapping software (ArcGIS) to read and understand maps of neighborhoods and properties in the city;
  • Performs physical inspections of properties in the city, as needed;
  • Utilizes professional floor plan sketching software (Apex) to translate field property measurements into accurate drawings;
  • Evaluates the performance of the Division's assessment model using a variety of statistical and qualitative analysis techniques;
  • Meets with property owners and members of the public to answer assessment questions;
  • Prepares oral, visual, and written presentations to defend assessments before the Board of Equalization and in the administrative appeal process;
  • Maintains and updates property tax record and sales data;
  • Performs related work as required.

About The Department
The City of Alexandria's Finance Department is a fast-paced, diverse, and customer service focused operation that serves both members of the public and the other departments of the City itself. The Finance Department has seven divisions and in fiscal year 2020 is operating with a total budget of $13.9 million and 108.75 FTE positions. The main responsibilities of the Finance divisions are as follows:
  • The Revenue Division assesses personal property (car tax), meal sales, transient lodging and other taxes, and also issues business and professional licenses;
  • The Treasury Division bills, collects, invests, and manages all City monies;
  • The Real Estate Division appraises each parcel of real estate in the City, the value of which is used to bill for the real estate tax;
  • The Purchasing Division is responsible for centralized City procurement;
  • The Accounting Division maintains records on the financial operations of the City and prepares the City's monthly and annual financial reports;
  • The Pension Division manages pension plans for City employees; and
  • The Administration Division provides executive-level strategy and direction via the Director and Deputy Director and also administers the department's budget, human resources, and performance management. This division also provides risk management services for the City and manages the City's enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, Munis.

Minimum & Additional Requirements

Bachelor's degree and one to two years of experience in appraisal of real property or in a related field, such as: appraisal data collection, architecture, construction, real estate development, real estate consulting and/or real estate sales; or a combination of education, experience and training which are equivalent to the minimum requirements.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor's degree; general knowledge of the major components of residential architecture and building construction, materials, and techniques; experience conducting internet-based research on real estate (e.g. MRIS, CoStar); experience utilizing a computer to create architectural drawings (e.g. Apex, CAD, etc.).


This position requires the successful completion of pre-employment background checks including but not limited to drug testing, criminal background.

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