City of Ann Arbor
  • Finance
  • Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  • $90,000 - $120,000
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Role Summary

To oversee the operations and procedures of the Assessing Service Unit. To plan and direct the City's real and personal property appraisal systems so as to satisfy requirements of the State of Michigan.


This is a full-time opportunity with the salary range of $90,000 to $120,000.  Benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance, paid vacation days, personal days and holidays, life insurance, and a hybrid pension.


Incumbent may be responsible for the following duties, listed in order of frequency and importance:


Essential Duties

  • Direct and supervise the preparation of the real and personal property assessment rolls
  • Prepare narrative appraisals of commercial and industrial property for submission to the Michigan Tax Tribunal including traveling and conducting on-site site reviews of various properties, taking pictures and reviewing comparable properities
  • Review and critique appraisals prepared by other appraisers (both internal and external)
  • Defend complicated assessment appeals at Michigan Tax Tribunal and State Tax Commission
  • Analyze information and data provided by attorneys, property tax consultants, or property owners, including rent rolls, income and expense statements, sales data, and cost data; and preparing annual budget requests
  • Administratively supervise Assessing Office staff
  • Perform all duties required by the General Property Tax Act and State Tax Commission Guidelines
  • Responsible for development of and management within departmental budget

Related Work

  • Explain the assessment process and individual assessments to taxpayers, administration, City Council, Board of Review, various groups, and media
  • Attend various professional organization meetings to stay informed of all changes in the property tax laws of the State of Michigan and guidelines of the State Tax Commission pertaining to the assessment and equalization process
  • Provide assistance to other divisions and departments within the City regarding real estate valuation issues and the determination of special assessments on individual properties
  • Serve as a secretary to the Board of Review
  • Administer the Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) program for low-income and elderly housing
  • Support tax abatement applications and policy development/implementation
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

Knowledge of (position requirements at entry)

  • Specific auditing and accounting principles and procedures relevant to municipal governments
  • Property tax laws
  • Michigan Tax Tribunal rules
  • State Tax Commission rules and regulations
  • Computer applications (e.g., Microsoft Office, Microsoft Outlook, BS&A Assessing)
  • Specific construction materials and methods relevant to municipal governments
  • Specific appraisal/assessment practices and procedures relevant to municipal governments
  • Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
  • Outstanding customer service principles

 Skills and Ability: (position requirements at entry)

  • Ability to understand, follow and communicate oral and written policies, procedures and instructions.
  • Set priorities, coordinate multiple assignments, and meet critical deadlines under pressure, in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Develop and administer departmental goals, objectives, and procedures
  • Provide effective customer service for internal and external customers
  • Analyze and solve complex problems
  • Lead others
  • Read maps and blueprints
  • Interpret legal descriptions
  • Plan and organize
  • Maintain effective, non-partisan working relationships with fellow employees and the public
  • Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of assessing staff


  • Computer, measuring tape, miscellaneous office equipment, engineering scale, automobile, camera, tape recorder, and protractor.
  • Training and Experience (position requirements at entry)
  • Bachelor's degree in property appraisal, accounting, finance, business, engineering, public administration, or a related field
  • Experience in property appraisal: at least 7 years
  • Experience in assessment administration: at least 7 years
  • Experience in supervision: at least 5 years

Licensing Requirements (position requirements at entry)

  • Michigan Master Assessing Officer, Valid Driver's License

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.

  • Driving, walking, standing, climbing, reaching, lifting, pushing, pulling, grasping, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.
  • Ability to safely maneuver in and around stairways and attics. The incumbent may be expected to walk on rough, uneven terrain, as well as wet and slippery surfaces.
  • Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle as incumbent will be subject to local travel. While in the office, the ability to move and lift objects up to 20 pounds such as mail, supplies and files and the ability to remain in a sitting position for extended periods of time. Ability to operate office equipment requiring continuous or repetitive hand/arm movements.
  • Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the 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. The City of Ann Arbor has earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Municipal Equality Index (MEI), which assesses lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality in more than 500 cities across the nation.

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