Thursday, December 3, 2020

Auditor-Appraiser I

Recruitment #20-2705-01


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION.  The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

Supplemental Questionnaire: A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application. Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of Alameda County Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Failure to submit the Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.

Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires will only be accepted on-line.







The primary mandated services of the Assessor's Office include: locate and identify the ownership of all taxable property in Alameda County; determine the taxability of all property; determine the re-appraisability of property changing ownership or having new construction added; annually assess all real estate in accordance with the provisions of Article XIIIA of the State Constitution (Proposition 13); annually assess all taxable personal property at its fair market value; determine and apply all legal exemptions against these assessments; and surrender an accurate assessment roll to the Auditor's Office prior to July 1st each year.

The Assessor’s Office is currently seeking to fill two Auditor-Appraiser I vacancies to contribute enthusiastically to its mission to provide timely and accurate appraisal services in a manner resulting in fair and equitable treatment for all Alameda County taxpayers. With a proposed staffing level of 175.47 full‐time equivalent positions, this team of professionals provides mandated assessment services performed in accordance with the California Constitution, Revenue and Taxation Code, Government Code, and State Board of Equalization guidelines and directives.

To learn about other major functions of the agency, please visit: Assessor's Office.


Under supervision will perform audits, as required under California Revenue and Taxation Code (hereinafter R&TC), Section 469, of the books and records of businesses, to make appraisals of business personal property and trade fixtures for assessment purposes; and to perform related work as required.

For a detailed listing of the essential responsibilities and core competency requirements for this position, please click here for the Auditor-Appraiser I  job description.

In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications listed below, the ideal candidate will encompass the following attributes, and have demonstrated a successful track record as:

  • Someone capable of self-direction who possesses the ability to effectively manage one’s time and resources to ensure that work is completed in an efficient manner and on time.
  • A collaborative spirit eager to actively participate as a member of a team contributing successfully to the completion of goals and objectives aligned with the mission, vision and values of the Assessor’s Office.
  • Someone comfortable acting on their own initiative to achieve goals beyond expectations, someone who can identify opportunities and issues, takes prompt action to accomplish objectives, and proactively follows through on work activities to capitalize or resolve them.
  • A continuous learner who regularly creates and takes advantage of learning opportunities and readily applies newly gained knowledge and skill on the job; someone open to differing and new perspectives, attitudes, and behaviors, who takes steps to continuously evaluate and improve performance.
  • Someone with the capacity to quickly assimilate and apply new job-related information in a timely manner.
  • An effective communicator who clearly conveys information and ideas and interacts with others by relating well to people from varied backgrounds and in different situations; and who exemplifies understanding, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness.
  • Someone with a sufficient level of accounting, auditing and appraising knowledge and skill that would prepare one for a trainee level professional opportunity; someone driven to learn who can keep up with current developments and trends in the field.
  • Someone with a keen attention to detail and the ability to accomplish tasks by considering all pertinent information, accurately checking processes and tasks, and consistently performing and monitoring work overtime.



Both qualifications “I” and “II” below must be met in order to satisfy the minimum qualifications for this classification.

I.    Educational requirement

As specified in R&TC, Section 670(d), to perform audits under R&TC, Section 469.

  1. Possession of a Bachelor’s degree with a major in accounting from an accredited college or university; or
  2. Possession of a Bachelor’s degree, with a specialization in accounting defined as a minimum of 18 units in accounting courses that included 6 units of basic/introductory accounting and 6 units of intermediate accounting, together with 3 units of auditing and/or 3 units of federal/state tax and/or 3 units of cost accounting and/or 3 units of advanced accounting.  (The unit requirements herein are expressed as semester units.  Equivalent quarter units are acceptable.  Courses in business law, economics or related areas do not satisfy the requirements of R&TC, Section 670[d]), or
  3. Possession of a license to practice as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California.

II.    Possession, or Qualification for Possession, of a California Appraiser’s Certificate

  1. Possession of a current, valid, permanent, or an inactive permanent appraiser’s certificate issued by the California State Board of Equalization; or
  2. Be eligible for issuance of a temporary appraiser’s certificate by the State Board of Equalization upon hire.  A Bachelor’s degree with a major in accounting or a Bachelor’s degree with a specialization in accounting meets the educational requirement under R&TC Section 670 & 673 for issuance of a temporary appraiser’s certificate.

Special Requirements:

  1. Continued employment in this classification beyond the twelve months and advancement to Auditor-Appraiser II, is contingent upon the appointee passing the certification examination and obtaining a permanent appraiser’s certificate as hereinabove described.  Failure to obtain the permanent certificate within one year will be cause for termination of employment.
  2. As to appointees who do not already possess a current, valid, permanent or temporary appraiser’s certificate issued by the California State Board of Equalization, continued employment after appointment to this classification is contingent upon (a) the California State Board of Equalization’s acceptance of the appointee’s qualifications and the Board’s issuance of a temporary appraiser’s certificate, and (b) upon the Board’s acceptance of the individual’s qualifications to perform audits under R&TC, Section 469.
  3. In addition to qualifying for a temporary appraiser’s certificate issued by the California State Board of Equalization at the time of appointment, appointees must pass an appraiser’s certification examination administered by the California State Board of Equalization within twelve months of appointment to this classification.


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

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


The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:

  • General accounting and auditing principles and procedures.

Ability to:

  • Establish and maintain cooperative and professional relationships with others.
  • Assemble, analyze and draw logical conclusions, including the ability to do so with respect to data of the sort used in appraisal of business personal property and fixtures.
  • Identify, assess, evaluate and solve problems.
  • Make appropriate decisions and judgments.
  • Prepare clear, concise audit reports, letters and other written communications.
  • Organize and plan time for workload.
  • Learn and use computers and computer equipment, software and programs used by the Assessor’s Office, including computer workstations, personal computers and peripheral devices, independently or as a part of a networked information system, for the purpose of entering, storing, retrieving, updating and working with data relevant to the appraisal and assessment of business personal property and trade fixtures for ad valorem tax purposes.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Follow written and oral instructions.
  • Work effectively with the public and co-workers.
  • Work independently.


 The examination will consist of the following steps:

  1. A review of candidates’ application to verify possession of minimum requirements.  Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.
  2. A review of candidate’s supplemental questionnaire to verify further minimum requirements.
  3. An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of candidate’s final examination score.  The oral interview may contain situational exercises.

Candidates must attain a qualifying rating on each portion of this examination. 


Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit.  Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness, and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position.  Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position.  Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.

To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website,

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance.  The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:


 Deadline for Filing:

 by 5:00 p.m., Friday, November 6, 2020

 Review of Minimum Qualifications:

 by Friday, November 20, 2020

 Oral Interviews*:

Week of January 4, 2021 

*The combined oral examination/hiring interview, in addition to establishing an eligibility list, may serve as the final selection interview for vacancies in this classification.


The Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate qualified individuals with mental and physical disabilities, and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and Alameda County Resolution No. R-83-773.  To request an accommodation due to a disability during this or other phases of the selection process, please contact the Human Resource Services Department at (510) 272-6472 before the final filing deadline. Alameda County Human Resources Services will require documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a permanent disability pursuant to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's statute of the Americans with Disability Act of 1990, as amended, and/or the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) Act.

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,


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) 
  • 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

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • 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.



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Erika Beams, Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services Division, County of Alameda

Alameda County has a diverse workforce, that is representative of the communities we serve and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  All aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance and business need. Alameda County does not discriminate in employment on the basis of, race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors protected under federal, state and local law. Alameda County celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive, and welcoming workplace environment.