City of Ann Arbor
  • Assessors
  • Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  • $60,000 to $71,000
  • Salary
  • Full Time


Senior Appraiser

Salary Range = $60,000 to $71,000

Mission Statement

The City of Ann Arbor's mission is to deliver exceptional services that sustain and enhance a vibrant, safe and diverse community.

Benefits offered with this position include:

  • Defined Benefit Pension, Plus an optional 457 Deferred Compensation plan
  • Retiree health reimbursement account
  • Very generous medical/dental/vision/pharmacy plans
  • Paid vacation, personal time, floating holiday, plus sick days. Unused vacation and sick time rolls over
  • Short-term and long-term disability, life, and AD&D insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • You can earn up to $500 annually by participating in our Wellness Incentive Programs. These dollars will be deposited into a health reimbursement account (HRA), which can be used toward eligible health care expenses
  • Tuition reimbursement up to $5000 per year, must be employed 1 year to be eligible
  • Employee assistance program
  • Voluntary benefits like accident coverage, critical illness, LegalShield, and Identify Theft

Role Summary

Appraise Real and Personal Property throughout the City of Ann Arbor


Duties are performed under the direct supervision of the Assessor, Deputy Assessor, or designee and may include the following:

 Essential Duties

  • Appraise/Analyze/Review real and personal property records;
  • Perform Property Splits; Combinations and Annexations
  • Inspecting new construction and omitted property
  • Assisting in the maintenance of the assessment roll.
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of commercial property valuation models
  • Provide technical assistance to appraisers, clerical staff and internal/external customers
  • Auditing and inspecting Board of Review appeals
  • Defending assessments appeals at the Michigan Tax Tribunal and State Tax Commission. 

Related Work

  • Processing and mailing real and personal property statements and assessment notices:
  • Canvassing Personal Property by conducting annual street survey.
  • Performing splits, combinations, and annexations
  • Explaining assessments, procedures, policies, and tax laws to internal/external customers
  • Performing related work as assigned.

Knowledge of (position requirements at entry)

  • General auditing and accounting principles and procedures
  • Property tax laws
  • Michigan Tax Tribunal rules
  • State Tax Commission rules and regulations
  • Computer applications (e.g., Microsoft Office, Microsoft Outlook)
  • General construction materials and methods
  • General appraisal/assessment practices and procedures

Skills (position requirements at entry)

  • Apex Sketch
  • BS&A assessing software
  • Reading maps and blueprints
  • Interpreting and writing legal descriptions
  • Communicating through oral and written instruction
  • Establishing and maintaining effective public relations
  • Analyzing and solving complex problems
  • Working independently
  • Planning and organizing


Computer, measuring tape, miscellaneous office equipment, engineering scale, automobile, camera, tape recorder and protractor.

Training and Experience (position requirements at entry)


  • Experience in appraisal: at least five years
  • High School Diploma or G.E.D.Preferred:

Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, business, engineering or a related field, preferred

Licensing Requirements (position requirements at entry)

  •      Valid driver's license
  •      STC Certified MAAO "Michigan Advanced Assessing Officer"


Certified Personal Property Examiner

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

Positions in this class typically require: Climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, talking, seeing, and repetitive motions. 

Incumbent will be required to travel throughout the City of Ann Arbor approximately 50% of the time.

May be required to climb a ladder and go on a roof to conduct an inspection of type of roof or AC units.

Move and lift light objects less than 20 lbs. such as mail, files, and supplies. Operating office equipment requiring continuous or repetitive hand/arm movements. The ability to remain in a sitting position for extended periods of time.

We are proud of our diverse workforce and our commitment to equal opportunity.  We do not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived age, arrest record, color, disability, educational association, familial status, family responsibilities, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, height, HIV status, marital status, national origin, political beliefs, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, source of income, veteran status, victim of domestic violence or stalking, or weight in any aspect of our hiring or employment process. 

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