Business Property Auditor-Appraiser I

County Of Sonoma   Santa Rosa, CA   Full-time     Accounting
Posted on August 20, 2021
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Starting Salary Up to $38.17/hour ($79,665/year) plus a cash allowance of approximately $600/month*
As Business Property Auditor-Appraiser I, you will gain experience auditing accounting records based upon data contained in the accounting records and from physical inspections. Additionally, you will learn how to explain business assessment auditing procedures and methods to the general public, businesses, and commercial firms. You will also learn to apply auditing and appraisal theories and techniques to assess valuations of businesses' assets and improvements, as well as personal items like boats and aircrafts. Other responsibilities include:
  • Verifying the accuracy of property statement data submitted to the Assessor's Office
  • Assisting taxpayers with property statements and property tax matters
  • Verifying that property improvements are accurately assessed and classified by reviewing building records
  • Inspecting and comparing property statements to determine if all property is reported
  • Determining the proper classification of personal property or improvement
  • Preparing assessment appeal cases and testifying before the Assessment Appeals Board
The ideal candidate will possess:
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively interact with internal and external customers
  • A detail-oriented, analytical mindset
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • The ability to research, plan, organize, and make timely decisions to meet project and task deadlines
  • Good decision-making abilities
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office software 
Please note: The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) is responsible for the certification of state and county assessors' personnel performing appraisals for property tax purposes. Statutes require the BOE to certify Auditor-Appraisers before they perform these duties. The certification includes an initial evaluation of the candidate's education and experience, and the successful completion of a qualifying examination. Please visit: for the certification requirements.

What We Offer
Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to a competitive total compensation package* including:

  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $500 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
  • With time and good performance, the opportunity for advancement to Auditor-Appraiser II

The Civil Service Title is Auditor-Appraiser I.  This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help openings as they occur during the active status of the list. Qualified County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.  

* Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can found in the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 Memorandum Of Understanding (SEIU MOU).



Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience*: Any combination of education, training and/or work experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally this would include a Bachelor's degree, or equivalent from an accredited four year college or university with major course work in accounting and auditing, or an active licensed accountant in the State of California; AND one year of recent, professional experience in accounting or auditing.

*The qualifications for this classification are subject to the California State Board of Equalization's current standards.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Certificate: Incumbents are required to obtain an Appraiser's Certificate within the one year probationary period. Temporary certificates will be issued by the State Board of Equalization to applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and receive a job offer from the County.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Working knowledge of: personal computers and commonly available software.

Knowledge of: the methods and practices used in auditing the accounting and financial records of businesses.

Ability to: read, interpret and apply the rules, regulations, policies and procedures that relate to the Assessor's Office; analyze financial and accounting data and draw logical conclusions from this review; speak and write effectively and establish and maintain cooperative relations with the public and with other employees; apply accounting and auditing techniques to practical field problems; obtain an Appraiser's Certificate within one year from the date of employment.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying


  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.