Director, Personal Property, State Income And License

Fairfax, Virginia
$94,050.94 - $156,750.67 Annually
Jul 17, 2021
Aug 13, 2021
Full Time
Job Announcement

Are you a motivational leader with a passion for excellence and ready to make a difference in the workplace and in your community? Do you have what it takes to thrive under pressure in a complex governmental environment? Have a passion for public service, competitive streak, enjoy change, ready to lead the best? If this sounds like you, please apply! This position works as the director of the Personal Property and Business License Division. We are seeking a talented and committed individual willing to lead a diverse team of highly motivated, professional level staff, and be an instrumental part of the day-to-day responsibilities related to the assessment of all personal property, business license, and other miscellaneous local taxes. The position reports to the DTA Director and is a key member of the senior leadership team. The ideal candidate must possess effective leadership skills, comprehensive Virginia Local Taxation knowledge/experience, and a passion for excellent customer service. What you will need:

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills that facilitate building a solid team excited to work together County-wide to fairly, timely, and accurately assess personal property, business license, and miscellaneous local taxes.
  • Excellent state & local tax knowledge including Department of Taxation rulings, case law, and attorney general opinions and their applicability to routine and unique tax liability situations.
  • Experience with and desire to furthering taxpayer service by implementing technology projects using tax & financial application experience and project management skills.
  • Substantial customer service experience and orientation working in a large full-service organization.
  • Extensive experience managing a large staff.
What you will do:

  • Provide personnel management: Hire, coach, mentor, advise, and provide guidance to the Personal Property Division team. The team requires leadership that understands how to motivate them.
  • Oversee the administration of one of the County's primary revenue producing programs ensuring the timely, uniform, and accurate assessment of business license, business tangible, personal property, and other miscellaneous taxes as directed by the Code of Virginia and the Fairfax County code.
  • Direct the analysis, documentation, and projection of revenue trends for major revenue sources (i.e., Business and Individual Personal Property Taxes and BPOL Taxes) and analyze complex variables and technical issues (e.g., migration of vehicles through the county, gross receipts tax, business trends, collection percentages, etc.).
  • Manage the process of accurately forecasting annual revenues on a quarterly basis.
  • Provide oversight and policy guidance for all discovery and enforcement programs.
  • Ensure systems and processes are designed to appropriately and effectively maximize business and personal tax compliance.
  • Draft the final determinations of tax liability in unique or large impact cases.
  • Review and/or respond (in conjunction with the County Attorney) to appeals to the Tax Commissioner or Circuit Court.
  • Coordinate with other DTA divisions to ensure completion of Department statutory mission and provide quality customer service to taxpayers.
  • Memorialize exceptional customer service as the guiding principle.
  • Ensure staff at all levels feel compelled to learn all aspects of tax administration to effectively serve the public.
  • Create and maintain an appropriate process for handling referrals from the Board of Supervisors offices and senior county leaders.
  • Correspond and meet with individual and business taxpayers, as well as accountants, attorneys and other taxpayer representatives.
  • Institutionalize process improvement and change management as the norm within the division.
  • Identify and maintain a core group of users able to do ad-hoc queries to test system results and identify anomalies and patterns in the data.
  • Analyze proposed state and local legislation, draft local ordinance amendments and write special reports for the Board of Supervisors and senior county management.
  • Develop, evaluate, and manage division's budget.

Employment Standards

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in taxation, finance, accounting, or public or business administration with major work in accounting, assessment or taxation, plus six years of progressively responsible managerial experience in the fields of property assessment and taxation, and four years of supervisory experience. A Master's degree may be substituted for one year of experience.


Master's degree in public administration, financial management or other related areas. Substantial progressive management and hands-on experience in tax or related financial management programs. Coursework in property valuation and/or Virginia tax law and tax policies. Working knowledge of state and county tax laws. Excellent communication skills. Ability to work well with other divisions in a team environment.

The appointee to the position must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check and a credit check.

Work is generally sedentary in nature. However, employee may be required to do some walking, standing, bending and carrying of items over five pounds in weight. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodation.

Panel interview, may include practical exercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or status as a veteran in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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