Principal Appraiser (#RB4306)
$55.40-$67.34 Hourly / $9,603.41-$11,673.01 Monthly / $115,240.98-$140,076.14 Yearly


Under general direction, assists in administration and evaluation of comprehensive real property appraisal programs in the office of the County Assessor; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the first management level class in the Appraiser series. An incumbent of this class directs and oversees the work of supervisory, professional and technical staff in the Valuation Division. The incumbent plans and directs real property appraisals and evaluations, including audits and establishes procedures to maintain program quality.


  • Plans, organizes, coordinates and directs real property appraisal programs; selects, schedules, assigns, directs, and evaluates subordinate supervisory, professional and technical staff.
  • Analyzes and interprets new and impending legislation affecting the Assessor’s functions; reports changes and recommends action and methods to effect implementation; monitors implementation to assure that legislative mandates are being met.
  • Develops and recommends new policies and procedures; reviews and analyzes procedural problems; confers with subordinate staff regarding procedural effectiveness; revises operations manuals as required; assists in the preparation and distribution of administrative directives; reviews and approves requests for new forms and modification of existing forms; prepares, edits, and approves final proof copies of new and revised forms.
  • Performs internal audits of assigned programs and functions to determine adherence to departmental policies and operating procedures; analyzes work systems to determine efficiency and effectiveness of the systems; audits a representative sample of property appraisals to determine the quality of the appraisals performed by the valuation staff.
  • Prepares training programs as needed to develop staff competencies and disseminates training information to staff.
  • Assists in preparing and monitoring unit and division budgets; analyzes staffing requirements, equipment and supply needs; prepares correspondence and reports, including statistical reports; assists in responding to inquiries or complaints; may represent the Assessor at local or State Board of Equalization hearings and civil and professional functions.



Experience: Two years as an Appraiser IV, Auditor-Appraiser IV, or Senior Appraiser in San Joaquin County service.


Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in business administration, mathematics, economics, accounting, engineering, or related field.

Experience: Six years (within the last ten years) as a real property appraiser or auditor-appraiser in a California County Assessor’s office, including two years of supervisory experience at a level equivalent to Appraiser IV or Auditor-Appraiser IV in San Joaquin County.

Substitution: Additional experience in accounting, auditing, appraising, building cost estimating or engineering may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis. (Experience in real estate sales or transfers will not be considered as real estate appraisal experience.)


License: Possession of a valid California driver’s license.

Certificates: A permanent Appraiser’s Certificate issued by the State Board of Equalization must be obtained by an employee in this class within the first year of employment.

Special Requirement: Successful completion of: 1) an advanced income course offered by either the State Board of Equalization or the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers; and 2) one additional advanced State Board of Equalization or equivalent appraisal course.


Principles and practices of management, supervision, and training; standard business practices; property appraisal principles, and procedures; accounting and auditing principles and practices; laws, rules, and regulations relating to assessment of real and personal property for tax purposes in California.


Plan, organize and direct work flow of the division; develop office procedures; analyze and present facts and recommendations clearly and concisely, orally and in writing; plan, assign, and supervise the work of subordinate employees as required; establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public and other appraisers.


Mobility - Frequent operation of keyboards, sitting for extended periods, standing for long periods, walking; Lifting – Frequently 20 pounds or less; Vision – Good vision; frequent reading and close-up work; normal hand and eye coordination; Dexterity – normal dexterity with frequent writing and repetitive motion; Hearing/Talking – Frequent hearing and talking on the telephone and in person; Emotional/psychological – Frequent public contact and decision making; frequent concentration required; Special conditions – May require occasional overtime, weekend or evening work.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RB4306; EST: 2/15/1984; REV: 9/11/2013;