County of Alameda

Chief, Appraisal Division (#2645)

Bargaining Unit: ACMEA - General Mgmt (R15)
$68.23-$82.90 Hourly / $5,458.40-$6,632.00 BiWeekly /
$11,826.53-$14,369.33 Monthly / $141,918.40-$172,432.00 Yearly

Under general direction, to plan, organize and direct the technical and administrative work of the Appraisal Division of the Assessor's Office; to act for the Assessor in his absence in all technical appraisal matters; and to do related work as required.


Along with the Chief, Appraisal Services Division, this is the highest classified position in the Assessor's Department; its incumbent is responsible for administering, planning, directing, coordinating, and integrating land and total property appraisal and business personal property appraisal throughout Alameda County. The scope of responsibility and discretion allowed the Chief, Appraisal Division, is great and the decisions made, or actions taken are normally subject to review only by the Assessor. This class differs from the next lower classes of Principal Appraiser and Principal Auditor-Appraiser by the latter classes having responsibility for day-to-day operations of business personal property appraisal, or major segments of real property appraisals.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Plans, organizes, and directs the work of the Appraisal Division, which consists of sections engaged in auditing-appraisal, and total property appraisal; reviews and coordinates the work of the Division; helps establish departmental policy, and acts for the Assessor in his absence on all technical appraisal matters.

2. Assigns and reassigns personnel among the sections according to needs; evaluates progress of personnel with subordinate supervisors.

3. Reviews the procedures, practices, and standards followed by the Appraisal Division and conducts or participates in staff meetings; explains and interprets rules, policies and procedures to the staff.

4. Studies real estate development in the County and keeps abreast of general developments in appraisal and assessment throughout the State; explains and interprets appraisal and assessment policies to the public.

5. Works with the Chief, Appraisal Services Division, to develop methods of appraisal and assessment data processing as required by the Appraisal Division; explains and interprets appraisal and assessment policies and data to the public.

6. Attends local and State meetings and conferences to represent the department and attends Assessment Appeals Board hearings on the most complex cases and explains or defends assessments; confers with representatives of other departments and agencies to discuss and coordinate the County appraisal program.

7. Attends State Board of Equalization meetings as representative of the Assessor.

Either I

The equivalent of three years of experience in the class of Principal Appraiser or Principal Auditor-Appraiser.


The equivalent of four years’ experience in the class of Supervising Appraiser II or Supervising Auditor-Appraiser II or an equivalent or higher level class in the Alameda County Assessor's Office.


Education: Possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university;



The equivalent of five years’ experience in the appraisal of major complex real properties for tax assessment purposes or the equivalent of five years’ experience working with assessor's property systems doing program development that included three years of appraisal-administrative experience at a level comparable to that of Principal Appraiser or Principal Auditor-Appraiser in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.) (Experience in real estate sales or transfers will not be considered as qualifying under this requirement.)


Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

Special Requirement:

Must qualify for a temporary appraiser's certificate issued by the State of California Board of Equalization and within one year of appointment, incumbent must pass a certification examination administered by the California State Board of Equalization.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Principles of organization, administration, and management.
• Duties and responsibilities of the County Assessor's Office.
• Provisions of relevant State laws and local ordinances and regulations. The methods and practices of property appraisal for tax assessment purposes.
• Modern property record-keeping systems and practices.


• Assisting in planning, organizing, and directing a comprehensive property appraisal program.
• Interpreting and explaining property appraisal and assessment techniques, and evaluating assessment practices to ensure equity in applying work standards.
• Evaluating and recommending long-term program needs.
• Speaking and writing effectively.
• Establishing and maintaining effective relationships with employees, agencies, and the general public.

Old document: HCW:tb
Revised 2/2/77
Revised: 11/81
Revised: 1/91
Revised: 8/95
New document: Jobspecs/2645


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.

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