CLASSIFICATION: DIRECTOR, PROPERTY APPRAISAL DIVISION
Class Code: 3549-31 Date Established: 07-01-72
Occupational Code: 7-5-7 Date of Last Revision: 09-16-08
BASIC PURPOSE: To administer all aspects of property assessments as Assessor-in-Chief for the State
of New Hampshire regarding statewide property tax administration, and to plan, manage and administer the objectives of the Property Appraisal Division and direct the Division’s financial planning, budgeting and appropriation requests.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
· Plans, manages and administers Division objectives, to include the certification of property values, the monitoring of appraisal practices, the performance of ratio studies, the issuance of an annual equalization survey, the certification of municipal tax rates, and the provision of training and technical assistance to municipal officials.
· Represents the Commissioner as delegate for the following legislatively mandated administratively attached boards: Equalization Standards Board, Assessing Standard Board, and Current Use Board, and provides testimony at administrative agency hearings before the Board of Tax and Land Appeals regarding appraisal and assessment laws.
· Meets with municipal officials and property owners to explain, interpret, and ensure compliance with State law, rules, and Department policies governing assessment and taxation practices, and acts as the official Department representative to explain and defend statewide ratio studies, municipality assessments, state equalization standards, and current and long-range goals or objectives.
· Identifies legislative requirements, develops proposed legislation, implements necessary legislative changes, and testifies on legislative bills to explain and defend agency and statewide objectives and goals.
· Authorizes the development of policies and procedures for the long term administration of property appraisal programs including processing of the Statewide Low and Moderate Relief Program.
· Monitors and controls operational activities, evaluates programs, and implements systems to insure that appraisal errors are detected prior to finalization of projects.
· Formulates appropriate program, financial, and special reports, and conducts studies for the Assessing Standard Board and the Equalization Standards Board.
· Supervises, directs and evaluates the work performance of a professional staff involved with highly visible and controversial subject matter and ensures that all programs are carried out in conformance with policy, regulation, and law.
· Authorizes the development of public information and projected data for budget preparation affecting local, county, and state budgets.
Skill: Requires skill in evaluating, planning, or integrating analysis of data to formulate current and long-range solutions, strategies, or policies of a specialized or technical nature.
Knowledge: Requires logical or scientific understanding to analyze problems of a specialized or professional nature in a particular field.
Impact: Requires overall administrative responsibility for achieving agency objectives by directing all aspects of operations management. Errors at this level result in disruption of systemwide programs and services as well as long-term adverse impact on agency image and the future success of organizational operations.
Supervision: Requires delegating supervisory or program responsibilities to subordinate managers, with overall accountability for hiring employees or approving program policies. The supervisor in this position assumes responsibility for an organizational unit, including developing long-range plans, analyzing staffing requirements, and formulating systemwide policies and procedures.
Working Conditions: Requires performing regular job functions in a controlled environment with minimal exposure to disagreeable job elements and little risk of hazard to physical or mental health.
Physical Demands: Requires light work, including continuous walking or operating simple equipment for extended periods of time as well as occasional strenuous activities such as reaching or bending.
Communication: Requires acting as the official representative of the agency, including explaining and defending current and long-range goals or objectives which directly affect public policy decisions regarding major state programs and services.
Complexity: Requires evaluating a combination of wide-ranging job functions to determine work procedures, to solve problems, and to reach conclusions by applying analytical, technical, or scientific thinking. This level also requires planning policies and long-term strategies, drawing conclusions based on available criteria, and evaluating the effectiveness of program objectives.
Independent Action: Requires administrative decision-making in authorizing and monitoring the implementation of major departmental policies and procedures.
Education: Bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university with major study in business administration, accounting, or engineering. Each additional year of approved formal education may be substituted for one year of required work experience.
Experience: Eleven years’ experience in the field of property appraisal, five years of which must have been in a management level position involving administrative or supervisory duties concerned with program administration, program planning and evaluation, business management or related management experience. Each additional year of approved work experience may be substituted for one year of required formal education.
License/Certification: Valid driver’s license required for statewide travel.
RECOMMENDED WORK TRAITS: Thorough knowledge of laws applicable to property appraisal. Thorough knowledge of appraisal principles and methods, and their application to all types of property. Extensive knowledge of current values of urban and rural property. Considerable knowledge of building types and construction, use values and timber stands. Knowledge of mathematics applicable to appraisal work. Ability to supervise. Ability to make decisions. Ability to perform mathematical calculations. Ability to communicate effectively. Ability to testify in court. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, municipal officials, property owners and other members of the public. Must be willing to maintain appearance appropriate to assigned duties and responsibilities as determined by the agency appointing authority.
DISCLAIMER STATEMENT: This class specification is descriptive of general duties and is not intended to list every specific function of this class title.