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January 17, 2011 Written by 

Career Opportunities

The Santa Clara County Assessor’s Office possesses a diverse and highly skilled workforce committed to its mission of accurately producing the annual assessment roll in an efficient manner and within a professional and harmonious environment.  We seek the best and brightest candidates to join our team.  We value candidates with a proven reputation for professionalism, performance, and integrity and who are committed to providing the best service to the citizens of Santa Clara County.  We offer competitive wages and excellent benefits, including health, dental, life insurance, and a defined benefit pension.  This page provides an overview of career opportunities within our office.
The Assessor’s Office possesses approximately 250 authorized positions engaged in the following primary functions:  property appraisal, business auditing, assessment processing, information systems, and administration.

How do I apply?

Candidates who currently do not work for the County of Santa Clara (as well as internal candidates) may apply online for open-competitive job opportunities listed with the County’s Employment Services Agency at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/santaclara/default.cfm The Assessor’s Office posts job opportunities as vacancies occur.  Please note, job postings often have brief application periods, so check the employment website regularly.

Jobs open to the public

The Assessor’s Office accepts open-competitive job applications for the following positions, as vacancies occur:


Appraiser I

This position serves as the training classification to our Appraiser professional series.  Incumbents receive significant classroom and field training on appraisal fundamentals including how to inspect measure, classify, analyze, and value property.  Appraiser I’s also learn how to apply laws and regulations governing public-sector appraisals.   Candidates who successfully complete one year as an Appraiser I may be promoted to the Appraiser II classification.  Minimum qualifications for this position include possession of a four-year degree OR four years of relevant experience. 
Detailed information, including requirements and the current salary range and benefits, can be found at:
http://agency.governmentjobs.com/santaclara/default.cfm?action=viewclassspec&classSpecID=9676&agency=554&viewOnly=yes

Senior Appraiser

Senior Appraisers perform research and valuation work in appraising complex commercial, industrial, manufacturing, and agricultural properties.  Senior Appraisers perform the most varied, complex, and specialized appraisals requiring a high level of independent judgment and interpretive ability utilizing alternate appraisal methods and techniques.  These positions may coordinate and review the work of Appraiser I/II/III positions. 
Detailed information, including requirements and the current salary range and benefits, can be found at:
http://agency.governmentjobs.com/santaclara/default.cfm?action=viewclassspec&classSpecID=9408&agency=554&viewOnly=yes

Auditor – Appraiser

Auditor-Appraisers conduct audits of businesses for tax assessment purposes.  Auditor-Appraisers work independently to audit small and medium-sized businesses.  Typical tasks include performing field inspections and interviews, processing personal property statements, computing replacement costs and depreciation, examining financial documents, preparing reports with recommendations, and defending audits before the Assessment Appeals board.  Minimum requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business Administration or related field and one to two years of relevant experience. 
Detailed information, including requirements and the current the current salary range and benefits, can be found at:
http://agency.governmentjobs.com/santaclara/default.cfm?action=viewclassspec&classSpecID=9726&agency=554&viewOnly=yes

Office Specialist II/ III

Office Specialists work throughout the Assessor’s Office in customer service, data processing, and other assessment roll support functions.  This classification serves as the entry level position to specialized promotional support positions such as Assessment Clerk.  Office Specialists are critical to our organization, providing assistance and technical expertise in the areas of assessment, appraisal, standards, exemptions, and administration.  Minimum requirements include a high school diploma and one to two years of relevant experience.
Detailed information, including requirements and the current salary range and benefits, can be found at:
http://agency.governmentjobs.com/santaclara/default.cfm?action=viewclassspec&classSpecID=10320&agency=554&viewOnly=yes
http://agency.governmentjobs.com/santaclara/default.cfm?action=viewclassspec&classSpecID=10318&agency=554&viewOnly=yes

Property Transfer Examiner

Property Transfer Examiners perform examine title documents to legally determine the reappraisability of property and function as subject matter experts on reappraisibility.  These positions utilize their knowledge of laws and regulations to examine complex titles to determine if a complex property transaction will result in a reappraisal.  Minimum requirements include two years of related work experience or certification as a paralegal technician and one year of relevant experience. 
Detailed information, including requirements and the current salary range and benefits, can be found at:
http://agency.governmentjobs.com/santaclara/default.cfm?action=viewclassspec&classSpecID=9319&agency=554&viewOnly=yes

Other Positions

For positions not listed, or if you are an internal candidate, please contact the Assessor’s Office Administration Unit at (408) 299-5574.
For questions regarding executive positions, please contact the Assessor’s Office Administrative Services Manager at (408) 299-5566.


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