TOWN OF WINCHESTER
$31.95 - $41.28/hr. DOE
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
WINCHESTER – CITY OF WINSTED
Town Hall – 338 Main Street
WINSTED, CONNECTICUT 06098
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.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
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.
KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS:
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.
TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:
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.
LICENSES AND CERTIFICATES:
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
Must possess a valid Driver’s License.