Deputy Assessor

Job Description:

CITY OF MILFORD
OPEN COMPETITIVE NO. 21-32
DEPUTY ASSESSOR
RE-POSTING DATE: March 8, 2021 CLOSING DATE: March 26, 2021

NOTICE TO ALL APPLICANTS: This opening is available to all City employees and the general public. The City of Milford is seeking a qualified candidate to serve as the Deputy Assessor for this vibrant community.

SALARY RANGE: The position provides for a weekly salary as follows:
Minimum 1,293.07
Step 1 1,356.68
Step 2 1,420.08
Step 3 1,483.89
Step 4 1,547.16
Maximum 1,643.23
Note: Governing Collective Bargain Agreement expired on June 30, 2019. Wages subject to any newly- negotiated GWI increases.
GENEROUS BENEFITS: The City offers the following benefits:

o Medical & Dental insurance effective 1st day of hire
o Traditional Pension Plan/Defined Benefit Plan (5-year vesting)
o 457 Saving Plan
o Free Life Insurance
o Weekly Pay
o Additional Compensation after 7.5 hours of work per day
o Paid Time Off – Separate Vacation Pay, Sick Pay, Personal Business Pay, Bereavement Pay
o Paid Holidays – 13 days per year
o Employee Assistance Program
o Free Access to Employee Fitness Center
o Wellness Initiatives

SUMMARY OF POSITION: This is skilled and technical appraisal work in assisting with the administration of the City’s assessment program. An employee of this class participates in appraisal inspections of real estate for assessment purposes and oversees the computation, valuation and office work pertaining to appraising and fixing the assessment on real and personal property within the City. An employee of this class must use considerable discretion and judgment in the establishment of fair assessments based upon field appraisals. Assessment practices follow prescribed procedures which, to be properly applied, require good judgment and knowledge of property values. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Assessor.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Possess a four-year college degree in business or public administration or equivalent experience. Background and/or courses in real estate, accounting, bookkeeping, and assessment desirable. Considerable knowledge of basic mapping skills, general assessment practices and valuation techniques. Must have knowledge and skills in word processing and spreadsheet software applications in addition to familiarity with CAMA (computer assisted mass appraisal) software and assessment administration software applications. Prefer 2 to 4 yrs. experience in assessment or an assessment related profession. Possession of a valid State of Connecticut motor vehicle driver’s license required. Possession of Certified Connecticut Municipal Assessor (CCMA) I Certification required at time of application OR ability to obtain CCMA I Certification within four (4) years of appointment.

SCOPE OF EXAMINATION: Oral examination weighted 60%. Qualified applicants who receive a passing score of at least 70% on the oral examination will also be ranked according to their education, training, and experience as indicated on Employment Application and Application Supplement #21-32, weighted 40%. Applicants are urged to carefully complete the application form and supplement, listing all related training and/or work experience.
FILING REQUIREMENTS: Applicants are required to submit a fully completed Employment Application, Application Supplement #21-32, resume and cover letter to the Human Resources Department, , Parsons Government Complex, 70 W. River St., Milford, CT or HRrecruit@milfordct.gov. For forms and detailed application instructions, go to www.ci.milford.ct.us/hr/pages/jobs then select Deputy Assessor.

CITY OF MILFORD – AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER
The City of Milford is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.

DEPUTY ASSESSOR

GENERAL SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

This is skilled and technical appraisal work in assisting with the administration of the City’s assessment program. An employee of this class participates in appraisal inspections of real estate for assessment purposes and oversees the computation, valuation and office work pertaining to appraising and fixing the assessment on real and personal property within the City. An employee of this class must use considerable discretion and judgment in the establishment of fair assessments based upon field appraisals. Assessment practices follow prescribed procedures which, to be properly applied, require good judgment and knowledge of property values. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Assessor.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
(The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the Position.)

• Participates in field inspections for assessment purposes; measures new buildings, alterations and repairs; lists all data pertinent to the assessments.
• Assists Assessor in the processing, listing, and discovery of personal property.
• Appraises real estate, industrial, commercial and personal properties, motor vehicles, and trailers.
• Investigates complaints of taxpayers and assists in correcting inequalities discovered in the field.
• Transfers information secured in the field to property street cards; determines classification of both land and buildings; calculates assessments and prepares cards for clerical work.
• Reads property transfer cards taken from City Clerk’s records to determine if sales are complete and partial transfers; notes on partial transfer cards information relating to account number, lot number, location, assessor’s map number; and searches City Clerk’s records to ascertain if a survey map has been recorded.
• Changes assessor’s maps in accordance with deeds or subdivision maps; makes necessary changes such as assessing new tracts, adjusting the assessment on the balance of the old tract; makes up new field sheets in the proper sequence to be assigned new account numbers.
• Prepares apportionments for partial sales of property so purchasers can make tax payments.
• Acts as Assessor as to administrative but not statutory matters in the absence of both the Assessor and the Director of Finance. In the event of the absence of the Assessor, the Director of Finance may, if he so desires, designate the Deputy Assessor as Acting Assessor.
• Attends Board of Assessment Appeals hearings and assists in explaining to the public various methods of valuation used.
• Assists the Assessor in the supervising and compiling of the Grand List.
• Performs related work as required.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

• Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of assessing real and personal property.
• Working knowledge of the types and methods of construction of dwellings and commercial buildings.
• Ability to analyze the various factors affecting property values.
• Ability to meet and deal tactfully with property owners and the public and to maintain cooperative working relations with other employees.
• Ability to prepare concise reports of studies and findings.
• Ability to supervise field and office employees in performing assessment functions.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

• Candidate should possess a four-year college degree in business or public administration or equivalent experience.
• Background and/or courses in real estate, accounting, bookkeeping, and assessment desirable.
• Considerable knowledge of basic mapping skills, general assessment practices and valuation techniques.
• Must have knowledge and skills in word processing and spreadsheet software applications in addition to familiarity with CAMA (computer assisted mass appraisal) software and assessment administration software applications.
• Preferable two to four years’ experience in assessment or an assessment related profession.
• Possession of a valid State of Connecticut motor vehicle driver’s license required.
• Possession of Certified Connecticut Municipal Assessor (CCMA) I Certification required at time of application OR ability to obtain CCMA I Certification within four (4) years of appointment.

JOB ENVIRONMENT

This job operates in a professional office environment. Routinely uses standard office equipment such as computer, phones, photocopiers, scanners, filing cabinets and fax machines. The incumbent is located in a busy, open area office. The incumbent is faced with constant interruptions and reporting deadlines. Makes frequent contact with the other City departments, City employees, vendors, contractors and members of the public. Contacts are in person, in writing, and by telephone.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various types of tools and equipment. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, prolonged visual concentration and the ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand, walk, talk, and hear; use of hands and fingers to handle, feel, or operate objects, tools or controls and reach with and arms. Occasionally required to bend, crouch or kneel. Occasionally must lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EEO STATEMENT

The City of Milford, CT is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. It is the policy of the Company to prohibit discrimination of any type and to afford equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.

Rev. 10/2008
Updated: 8/2015 Revised: 3/2021

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Job Location

Parsons Government Building, 70 W River St, Milford CT 06460