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Position: Assessor
Municipality:Town of Winchester
Close Date:11/27/2020


$31.95 - $41.28/hr. DOE



The Town of Winchester is seeking applications for Assessor. Must possess or obtain a C.C.M.A. (Certified Connecticut Municipal Assessor), but will accept candidates with experience outlined in the job description who are willing to attend classes to achieve this certification as required by the job description. Complete job description and application available from the office of the Town Manager, Town Hall, 338 Main Street, Winsted, CT 06098 or online at www.townofwinchester.org/our-town/pages/job-postings.  The position being requested must be clearly marked on the front of the envelope. Only Civil Service Applications will be considered and must be postmarked no later than November 27, 2020 and mailed to the Civil Service Commission, P. O. Box 41, Winsted, CT 06098.  EEO/AA/M/F/D/V




Town Hall – 338 Main Street








The primary responsibilities of this position are to insure accurate and timely assessments of real and personal property and to maintain comprehensive records of assessed valuations and methods. Working under the general direction of the Director of Finance, the incumbent must insure the work complies with the Conn. General Statutes, accepted practices of the Connecticut Association of Assessment Officers, and policies of the Town. The incumbent is expected to maintain an office operation that is dedicated to maintaining a positive public image and responsive citizen relationships through effective and convenient services and communication, consistent and fair assessments and processes, and maintenance and distribution of accurate and timely information.




Works under the supervision of the Finance Director.




Determines the market value for tax purposes of all real and personal property including motor vehicles per State Statutes and CT. Association of Assessment Officers (C.A.A.O.) practices and insures the proper classification of exempt property.  Appraises the value of new buildings or new additions to old buildings; inspects and appraises real estate; classification and cancellation of Forest Land; exemptions for elderly, veterans and disabled persons; re‑appraises all parcels of land improvements where changes in size or improvements where changes in size or improvement in street or land pattern have occurred and assesses all tax exempt property.  Manages Town revaluation process including work performed by private firms for accuracy and conformance to Town standards. Assists in preparation of specifications and quality control of contractor's valuations for periodic recalculation of all properties.  Manages a Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal (CAMA) System. Assists in the development and design of information system improvements. Analyzes computer system applications, recommends changes as needed and implements opportunities to automate processes to increase office productivity and improve customer service. Manages the maintenance of assessment data on aerial maps, records, and lists.  Insures the Grand List is compiled and prepared in a timely and accurate manner, signs the Grand List.  Prepares statistical and narrative reports for submission to State and Federal governments. Produces special or extended reports as requested by the Board of Assessors and/or the Director of Finance.  Supervises professional, and clerical staff including making recommendations on hiring decisions, allocation and review of work assignments. Manages implementation of department budget by authorizing approved expenditures.  Determines office methods and procedures; and established professional appraisal policies and performance standards for staff members.  Identifies opportunities and implements continuous improvements to customer service including the accuracy, timeliness and availability of information to customers and clearly understands customer expectations.  Provides information and testimony at appeals hearings based on the request of the Board of Assessment Appeals.  Confers with property owners, administrators, attorneys on assessment issues and tax appeals. Provides technical information and assistance to Town departments, Boards, and Commissions.  Maintains an accurate listing of property owners and addresses; coordinates with Tax Collector on the preparation of tax bills.  Performs job responsibilities in the work environment as described above.  Manages and coordinates multiple priorities adhering to established time frames. Has frequent interactions with people who, at times, may be agitated. Spends extended periods with personal computer and work at a video display terminal. Required to work a schedule outside and in excess of normal business hours.




Detailed knowledge of state statutes relating to the assessment of real and personal property, considerable knowledge of the modern principles, practices, and methods of estimating property values for assessment purposes, knowledge of how to effectively utilize a computerized appraisal system and manage an automated office, ability to make accurate estimates of real and personal property values for assessment purposes, ability to operate personal computer and related equipment with speed and accuracy.




Five years of progressively responsible experience in property assessment work; and experience in supervising clerical staff; or a combination of education and professional work experience deemed equivalent by the Director of Employee Services. Knowledge of assessment law and methods, and appraisal techniques. Ability to interpret assessment law. Knowledge of the statutory requirements of the Assessor's Office.




Must possess or obtain State of Connecticut designation as a Certified Municipal Assessor.

Assessor's must have continuing education after certification. Certification shall be valid for 5 years from the date of issuance. The Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management shall verify any qualified candidate recommended by the Certified Connecticut Municipal Assessor Committee.


Must possess a valid Driver’s License.



We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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