City of Norwalk

Job Title: Assistant Assessor

Salary: $118,054 - $128,790

Hours: Full-time

Application Deadline: April 3, 2024


Description of Work

Position Definition: Performs appraisal and administrative work in the valuing of taxable property to establish the Grand List; provides technical and administrative assistance to the Assessor; and assumes responsibility for the office in the absence of the Assessor.

General Duties:  Receives oral or written instructions from the Assessor.  Plans and organizes work according to standard office procedures.  Establishes priorities in the performance of tasks.  Allocates work to Office staff as needed.  Participates in identifying and valuing taxable property to establish the Grand List.  Inspects existing real and personal properties, improved properties and properties in construction to determine value.  Makes periodic review of business and commercial sites to test reliability of personal property reporting system.  Audits property appraisal work performed by private firms for accuracy and conformance to City standards.  Supervises the maintenance of assessment maps, records and lists.  Prepares and enters data into automated assessment records system.  Analyzes methods of collecting and retaining assessment data.  Assists in the development and design of information systems’ improvements.  Prepares statistical and narrative reports for submission to State and Federal Governments.  Prepares reports for Mayor and City Council at the direction of the Assessor.  Provides technical information and assistance to property owners, attorneys and bankers.  Prepares information releases to assist the public in understanding assessment procedures, regulations, exemptions and related matters.  Performs related reviews of applications and/or properties for verification purposes.  Maintains State Sales Assessment Ratio file and determines sales usability.  Coordinates assessment appeal matters with Office of Corporation Counsel. Oversees data processing of assessment information.  Analyzes computer system applications and recommends changes as needed.  Reports work accomplished to Assessor.

Additional Duties: Provides technical information and assistance to City Departments, Boards and Commissions.  Assists in the preparation of specifications for periodic revaluation of all taxable properties.  Provides over-all technical back up for the Assessor’s office.  Assists in the preparation of department budget recommendations.

Supervised By: This position is appointed by the Mayor and receives general supervision from the Assessor.

Note:  The above is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities.  It is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task or responsibility.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of property evaluation and assessment. Knowledge of Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal (CAMA), Geographic Information System (GIS), statistical software systems and related assessment administration computer  applications.  Ability to develop and implement changes in computer applications. Administrative ability to organize and follow through on municipal assessment programs. Ability to supervise and train employees.  Ability to deal effectively with members of the public, attorneys and real estate developers and construction personnel.  Ability to present ideas and policies to individuals and groups.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in  Business, Accounting or some closely related field and four years of increasingly responsible experience in real and personal property appraisal work including two years of municipal assessment work.  Relevant work experience in real and personal property appraisal work may be substituted for the aforementioned college training on a year-for-year basis.

Special Licenses/Certifications AND/OR Supplemental Information

Certified Connecticut Municipal Assessor I (CCMA I) or equivalent from other states.  Certified Connecticut Municipal Assessor II (CCMA II) or equivalent is preferred and must be obtained within 2 years of hire. All Certifications must be maintained, including Continued Education Credits. Motor Vehicle Operator’s license is required.

This position is a Grade 7.

The City of Norwalk is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer


City of Norwalk
125 East Avenue
P.O Box 5125
Norwalk, Connecticut, 06851-5125
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