Auditor-Appraiser I

County of Sonoma - Santa Rosa, CA4.2

Position Information
Join the Clerk-Recorder-Assessor's Office as an Auditor-Appraiser I!

Starting Salary Up to $33.24/hour (69,375/year) plus a cash allowance of approximately $600/month*

Auditor-Appraiser I's learn how to explain personal property assessment auditing procedures and methods to the general public, businesses, and commercial firms. Auditor-Appraiser I's are also responsible for:
Auditing accounting records for small business firms and farm operations
Verifying the accuracy of property statement data submitted to the Assessor's Office
Analyzing and appraising property owned by taxpayers, based upon data contained in the accounting records and from physical inspection
Assisting taxpayers with property statements and property tax matters
Verifying 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 appeals cases and testifying before the Assessment Appeals Board

The idea candidate will possess:
Experience analyzing financial and accounting data to draw logical conclusions and/or arguments
Proven customer service skills, including excellent verbal and written communication skills
Experience preparing, reviewing, and compiling detailed financial and operational records and reports
Working knowledge of, and ability to use, Microsoft Office computer software
A college degree, including completion of major auditing and accounting coursework and/or license as a Certified Public Accountant

The Board of Equalization (BOE) is responsible for the certification of state and county assessors' personnel performing appraisals for property tax purposes. Statues 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.

Note: Auditor-Appraiser I's serve a one year probationary period.

Working at the Clerk-Recorder-Assessor's Office 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 excellent benefits* 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
County paid premium contribution 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
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

When you join the County of Sonoma, you'll also have the freedom to explore the beauty of our county; with its picturesque coastline, majestic redwoods, historic towns, fine dining, award winning wineries, and a wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities. Please visit and for additional information about the community.

This recruitment is being conducted to fill two Auditor-Appraiser I positions in the Clerk-Recorder-Assessor's Office. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) openings as they occur during the active status of the list.

  • Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice.
Minimum Qualifications
Education and Experience: Normally any combination of education, training and/or experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with major course work in accounting, including courses in basic, intermediate and advanced accounting and auditing; OR recent, full-time, paid professional experience in accounting or auditing may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for two years of college, provided the accounting and auditing courses listed have been completed at an accredited college, would provide such opportunity.

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

Applicants are required to obtain an Appraiser's Certificate within one year from the date of employment. 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.
Please visit Getting a Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department selection processes.


Responses to supplemental questions will be scored using position-specific criteria. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient and therefore may not be scored.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (weight 100%) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's application and supplemental questionnaire for satisfaction of minimum qualifications (pass/not pass); and for educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position. Each applicant will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

Relevance of work history, related experience, and achieved level of education and/or training as described in the application and responses to the supplemental questions.

Candidates demonstrating possession of the minimum qualifications will be placed on an employment list in order of most qualified to least qualified based on the achieved score received in the Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination. Scores may be adjusted based on such factors as number of candidates, anticipated vacancies, past practice, and natural breaks in the scores achieved by this group of candidates.


A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.


Applications are accepted on-line at: Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people. Please view the County's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for further information.

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