Photo of Municipal Services Building CITY OF PHILADELPHIA
invites applications for:
Director of Assessments
Exam Number: 10Q12D08

SALARY: $77,766 - $99,981 Annually
  (Negotiable)
OPENING DATE: 07/27/2009
CLOSING DATE: 08/28/2009
COMPETITION: Open-Competitive
  
Pending Ad Board Approval
Applicants who previously applied for examinations #
09Q12D08 and 09Q42D08 do not have to re-apply.
DESCRIPTION:

This is management level real property tax assessment work directing, through subordinate managers, a large administrative and technical staff engaged in a city-wide real property mass appraisal, evaluation and assessment program for tax assessment purposes. Work includes responsibility for formulating intermediate and long-range program plans, directing the achievement of departmental objectives, and development of projections of the Real Estate Market and goals for the real estate market value, assessment and tax base. Work also includes review of special real property appeals filed by property owners, performing appraisals and assessments on high value properties, and meeting with City administrators, City Council, and other city and county officials to define assessment policy, trends, program goals and objectives. Responsibility for implementing appraisal and assessment mandates is a significant aspect of the work. The employee in this class works under the direction of the Executive Director of the Board of Revision of Taxes.


MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests.  Candidates must meet requirements within 30 days after the last date for filing applications.

  1. EDUCATION
    Completion of a bachelor's degree program at an accredited college or university, with major coursework in Government or Business Administration, or Real Estate ora related business field. AND;

  2. GENERAL EXPERIENCE
    Six years of experience, two years of which have included supervising the appraisal and assessment of real property for tax purposes, including high value commercial, industrial, investment and apartment properties. AND;

  3. SPECIFIC EXPERIENCE
    Four years of experience at the level of a director or deputy director of assessments directing real property appraisal and assessment work of for a large city or county government.

Or any equivalent combination of acceptable education and experience, which has included a bachelorís degree and the specific experience listed above.

PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Ability to meet the physical and medical standards approved for this class.

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND/OR CERTIFICATES
Candidates must possess any one of the following:

  • Certification as a C.A.E. (Certified Assessment Evaluator) from the IAAO (International Association of Assessing Officers).
  • General Appraiser Certificate issued by the Pennsylvania Board of Certified Appraisers.
  • Certification as a (CPE) Certified Pennsylvania Evaluator issued by the Pennsylvania Board of Certified Appraisers.
  • Equivalent certification issued by the official licensing agency of any other state.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT
Philadelphia residency is not required at the time of application.  Once hired, employees have six (6) months to move into the City Of Philadelphia.


EXAM INFORMATION:

EXAMINATION PARTS AND WEIGHTS
Oral Examination - 100%

PROJECTED EXAM SCHEDULE
This examination is tentatively scheduled for the week of October 12, 2009. Please note that this examination date is subject to change.

ELIGIBLE LIST
OPEN-COMPETITIVE. Only an open competitive eligible list will be established as a result of this examination.  Permanent City employees will recieve no promotional preference in this examination.

U.S. VETERAN'S PREFERENCE
Ten points for veteran's preference will be added to the scores of eligible veterans who apply for open competitive tests and pass the examination.  You must be honorably discharged from the U.S. armed forces.  Attach a DD214, member 4, to your application if you wish your eligibility to be reviewed.  Spouses of disabled or deceased veterans may also be considered.

LEGACY PREFERENCE
The children of Philadelphia Firefighters or Police Officers who were killed or died in the line of duty shall be accorded a preference in open competitive civil service entrance examinations.  Candidates who qualify for this preference and who take and pass open competitive civil service examinations shall have ten points added to their final score.  the candidate must successfully pass all parts of the examination before points are awarded.

TEST REVIEW
In accordance with Civil Service Regulation 9.091B, candidates will have 30 days after the results have been mailed to review their test.  Call 215-686-0880 if you wish to schedule a test review.


APPLICATION PROCEDURES:

When applying by U.S. mail, the application should be sent to:

City of Philadelphia
Office of Human Resources
1401 J.F. Kennedy Boulevard, Room 1640
Philadelphia, PA 19102

To apply in person, please visit the Employment Application Center on the Concourse Level of the Municipal Services Building, 1401 J. F. Kennedy Boulevard in Center City Philadelphia, Monday through Friday, 12:00 PM (Noon) to 4:00 PM.

ALL Applications must be received by the close of business or postmarked no later than August 28, 2009..