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Job Title: Real Property Analyst/GIS Specialist/Appraiser
Department: Chelan County Assessor
Job Type: NonExempt
Salary: $ 3,634.00 - $ 4,207.00 / Monthly  
Posted: March 29, 2017
Position open until filled.

Job Location

Chelan County Assessor
350 Orondo Ave
Wenatchee, WA 98801


Job Summary:

The mass appraisal modeling team shall specialize in, and assist in, mass appraisal analysis, including GIS functionality, to develop, test, implement and verify multiple regression analysis and mass appraisal models for real property using SPSS, PACS or other appropriate software program while assuring that the required assessment level and uniformity are maintained.

Essential Job Functions:


  • Develop, test and document mass appraisal models, including market analysis and software programs, for land, single and multi-unit residential market values

  • Produce and analyze summary mass appraisal statistics reports

  • Prepare pre appraisal statistical reports documenting expected model performance for use by the Chief Appraiser and/or Assessor

  • Analyze and modify as necessary model results

  • Provide technical assistance and/or preliminary analysis to appraisers for sales analysis, mapping, BOE/BTA presentation materials, and other assistance as requested

  • Performs sales verification and validation, including the use of written and oral communication with sources for the purpose of analyzing real estate sales, market trends and economic factors, land acquisition costs, property acquisition costs, property value influences, etc., in order to estimate the value of real property using mass appraisal techniques

  • Performs quality assurance inspections of real property as part of research and analysis, along with performing cyclical physical inspections and/or appraisals as assigned by the Chief Appraiser

  • Creates and/or calibrates, annually, valuation models to solve complex valuation problems for properties as assigned by the Chief Appraiser

  • Assures that calibrated models produce appraised values that meet Assessor standards, Washington State Department of Revenue Standards (DOR) and International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) standards as to assessment level and uniformity

  • Prepares post appraisal ‘Mass Appraisal Reports’ documenting the performance of the valuation models, including preparation for the annual Ratio Study report to be reviewed by the Chief Appraiser

  • Explains results of market analysis, modeling methods and techniques to appraisal department and public

  • Communicates with staff, property owners and the general public the appraisal methods used in valuing property for assessment purposes

  • Develops, updates and maintains the mass appraisal system, including (but not limited to) statistical analysis, valuation reports, sales maps, neighborhood/neighborhood subset maps, and other requested GIS functions/databases.

  • Ability to perform all duties of a Real Property Appraiser as assigned

  • Ability to perform various GIS functions as assigned


  • Locates and inspects residential, commercial, and farm structures and property, unimproved properties, and manufactured homes in a managerial mode for audit and performance standards verification and for any other purpose deemed necessary by circumstances or at the direction of the Assessor or Chief Deputy.

  • Classifies properties according to quality and condition standards and identifying characteristics.

  • Contacts property owners to verify sales information, including sales price, type of financing, and other pertinent information; advises owners of changing values and explains methods of calculations and valuations.

  • Utilizes the computer to perform a variety of analyses and to maintain current data base; input valuation information; analyzes recorded sales using parcel data and spreadsheets to qualify and quantify sales; completes statistical comparisons of similar properties.

  • Responds to inquiries, complaints, or request for information from other departments, agencies, and the general public by phone, in person, or in writing, providing information or.

  • Prepares necessary reporting to DOR or other agencies as needed.

Performs other related duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Supervised by:

Chief Deputy.  The work is performed with considerable independence and is reviewed through meetings, reports and by evaluation of the results obtained.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Knowledge of principles of real and personal property appraisal valuation theory and practice
  • Knowledge of construction characteristics, quality, and standards
  • Knowledge of and the ability to explain basic legal documents
  • Knowledge of standard appraisal methods and techniques applicable to mass appraisal and statistical update

  • Knowledge of state laws, rules, and regulations applicable to real property, mass appraisal and statistical updates
  • Knowledge of IAAO standards for mass appraisal

  • Knowledge of Office practices and procedures

Skills in:

  • Intermediate to advanced skills in personal computer processing and terminology

  • Intermediate to advanced skills in personal computer based spreadsheets

  • Intermediate to advanced skills in PACS mass appraisal program

  • Intermediate to advanced skills in GIS, map making, neighborhood selection and designation

  • Effectively communicate with people who may be emotionally charged by issues and information being presented

  • Problem solving techniques

    Ability to:

  • Proficiently utilize personal computers and software;

  • Proficiently utilize statistical software packages such as SPSS or PACS for mass appraisal

  • Proficiently apply multiple regression appraisal techniques

  • Proficiently utilize computer aided mass appraisal system and assessment administration system;

  • Proficiently create and manipulate neighborhoods, and neighborhood subsets

  • Maintain necessary records and prepare required reports

  • Analyze and solve technical appraisal problems

  • Function in a mass appraisal environment with minimal supervision

  • Apply principles of logical thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw conclusions to determine the value of property using mass appraisal techniques

  • Independently prioritize and organize work assignments, perform work in an independent environment.

  • Follow oral and written instructions and keep accurate records of inspections and work activities.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, other employees, agencies, property owners, and the general public.

  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

  • Physically perform the essential functions of this position.

Physical Requirements:

  • Position requires the ability to perform essential job functions throughout the year.

  • Manual dexterity required for the operation of a keyboard for calculations and word processing/spreadsheets and tape measures for calculating sizes, driving and riding in a vehicle or sitting at a computer for long periods of time.

  • Bending, stooping and twisting during the normal course of performing required functions, lifting up to 25 pounds waist high on occasion.

  • Travel by foot over all types of terrain and on construction job sites in all types of weather conditions. Possible exposure to hazardous conditions on construction sites.

  • Sight and hearing of acceptable standards.

Recruiting Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business, finance, real estate, statistics, or other field directly related to professional mass appraisal, OR any combination of training and/or experience which provides the required knowledge and abilities previous appraisal experience working for a governmental agency responsible for ad valorem tax assessments is preferred.Previous experience in using statistical analysis and multiple regression analysis for mass appraisal purposes is preferred.

  • Washington State Real Property Appraiser Accreditation required

  • Must have successfully completed/passed the following within one (1) year

    • IAAO course 101 – Fundamentals of Real Property Appraisal, OR Equivalent

    • USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices) Basic (15 hr) course

  • Must have successfully completed/passed the following within three (3) years

    • IAAO course 102 – Income Approach to Value, OR equivalent

    • IAAO course 300 – Fundamentals of Mass Appraisal, OR Equivalent

  • Must have successfully completed/passed the following within four (4) years

    • IAAO course 201 – Appraisal of Land, OR Equivalent

    • IAAO course 310 – Applications of Mass Appraisal Fundamentals, OR Equivalent

    • IAAO course 311 – Residential Modeling Concepts; OR Equivalent

    • IAAO course 320 – Multiple Regression Analysis; OR Equivalent

    • IAAO course 322 – Application of Residential Modeling Concepts; OR Equivalent Modeling computer program such as SPSS

  • Ongoing education is required to maintain State Accreditation

  • A valid Washington State Driver’s License is required

  • A background security check may be required if a job offer is made

Closing Statement:

  • This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Additional Information

Position open until filled, with first review on April 6th.

To Apply:

Submit Chelan County Employment Application, resume and letter of interest to: