CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies


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CompGeo Occupation Group: Finance
Job Family: Tax
Benchmark Title: Assessors
Summary Job Description Tasks
Appraise real and personal property to determine its fair value. May assess taxes in accordance with prescribed schedules. Determine taxability and value of properties, using methods such as field inspection, structural measurement, calculation, sales analysis, market trend studies, and income and expense analysis.
Inspect new construction and major improvements to existing structures to determine values.
Explain assessed values to property owners and defend appealed assessments at public hearings.
Inspect properties, considering factors such as market value, location, and building or replacement costs to determine appraisal value.
Prepare and maintain current data on each parcel assessed, including maps of boundaries, inventories of land and structures, property characteristics, and any applicable exemptions.
Identify the ownership of each piece of taxable property.
Conduct regular reviews of property within jurisdictions to determine changes in property due to construction or demolition.
Complete and maintain assessment rolls that show the assessed values and status of all property in a municipality.
Issue notices of assessments and taxes.
Review information about transfers of property to ensure its accuracy, checking basic information on buyers, sellers, and sales prices and making corrections as necessary.
Maintain familiarity with aspects of local real estate markets.
Analyze trends in sales prices, construction costs, and rents, to assess property values or determine the accuracy of assessments.
Approve applications for property tax exemptions or deductions.
Establish uniform and equitable systems for assessing all classes and kinds of property.
Write and submit appraisal and tax reports for public record.
Serve on assessment review boards.
Hire staff members.
Provide sales analyses to be used for equalization of school aid.
Calculate tax bills for properties by multiplying assessed values by jurisdiction tax rates.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Finance
Job Family: Tax
Benchmark Title: Assessors
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Geography Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
Economics and Accounting Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Finance
Job Family: Tax
Benchmark Title: Assessors
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Finance
Job Family: Tax
Benchmark Title: Assessors
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
CompGeo Occupation Group: Finance
Job Family: Tax
Benchmark Title: Assessors
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Akanda field operations collaborative user system FOCUS software Project management software
Apex IV Assessor Map creation software
Apex IV Fee Appraiser Map creation software
Apex MobileSketch Map creation software
Ascend Property Assessment Data base user interface and query software
Bradford ClickFORMS Graphics or photo imaging software
Bruno Realty eNeighboorhoods Data base user interface and query software
Business Management Systems Municipal Geographic Management System MGMS Data base user interface and query software
Compass Municipal Services CAMAlot Analytical or scientific software
Computer assisted mass appraisal CAMA software Analytical or scientific software
Concierge Systems Report Concierge Word processing software
CustomCAMA software Analytical or scientific software
Emerald Data Deed-Chek Map creation software
FBS Data Systems Flexmls Data base user interface and query software
GCS Property Assessment and Tax Billing Data base user interface and query software
Geomechanical design analysis GDA software Map creation software
Govern Software GovMap Data base user interface and query software
Govern Software Land and Permits Management System Calendar and scheduling software
Greenbrier Graphics Deed Plotter Map creation software
HP 49G+ Appraiser Fee Calculator Financial analysis software
Hansen CAMA Analytical or scientific software
HomeValue Plus software Financial analysis software
Howard and Friends Computer CMA Plus Financial analysis software
Informatik MapDraw Deed Mapper Map creation software
Manatron MVP Tax Tax preparation software
Manatron ProVal Plus Analytical or scientific software
Mass appraisal records system MARS software Analytical or scientific software
MicroSolve CAMA Analytical or scientific software
Midwest Appraisal Network software Financial analysis software
Modellium PariTOP Data base user interface and query software
Multiple listing service software Data base user interface and query software
Online title search and property report software Information retrieval or search software
ProMatch software Financial analysis software
REI Wise Commercial Financial analysis software
RPIS Silent CMA Financial analysis software
Real Edge Software Financial analysis software
RealData Comparative Lease Analysis Financial analysis software
Realty Tools Toolkit for Market Share Financial analysis software
Softree Technical Systems Terrain Tools Data base user interface and query software
ValueTech Report Builder Word processing software
Visual PAMSPro Data base user interface and query software
Web browser software Internet browser software
Wilson's Computer Applications RealEasy Appraisals Analytical or scientific software
Wilson's Computer Applications RealEasy Photos Plus Graphics or photo imaging software
WinGap software Analytical or scientific software
a la mode Pocket TOTAL Analytical or scientific software
a la mode WinTOTAL Analytical or scientific software
atValue Narrative Report Software Word processing software
eTrac software Data base user interface and query software
Appraisal, mapping, and comparison data reporting systems Electronic charts or maps or atlases
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Electronic flood maps Electronic charts or maps or atlases
Electronic maps Electronic charts or maps or atlases
Flood Insights Electronic charts or maps or atlases
Handheld distance meters Laser measuring systems
Laptop computers Notebook computers
Laser measuring devices Laser measuring systems
Mapping and geographic analysis systems Electronic charts or maps or atlases
Mapping or location-based analysis systems Electronic charts or maps or atlases
Personal digital assistants PDA Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
Real estate mapping and property description systems Electronic charts or maps or atlases
Ultrasonic distance measurers Laser measuring systems
CompGeo Occupation Group: Finance
Job Family: Tax
Benchmark Title: Assessors
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Related Work Experience None
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
CompGeo Occupation Group: Finance
Job Family: Tax
Benchmark Title: Assessors
Alternate Job Title(s)
Auditor Appraiser
Certified General Mass Real Estate Appraiser
City Assessor
Commercial Appraiser
Commercial Real Estate Appraiser
County Assessor
Deputy Assessor
Director of Assessing
Easement Man
Easement Worker
Field Appraiser
Field Assessor
Licensed Mass Real Estate Appraiser
Multi-Township Assessor
Personal Property Appraiser
Personal Property Assessor
Real Estate Appraiser
Real Estate Assessor
Real Property Appraiser
Real Property Evaluator
Residential Appraiser
Tangible Personal Property Appraiser
Tax Appraiser
Tax Assessor
CompGeo Occupation Group: Finance
Job Family: Tax
Benchmark Title: Assessors
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