Audit Appraiser- Assessor's Office (0618)

Coconino County Flagstaff, AZ
Nature of Work

As an award-winning organization with high regard for cultural diversity and the positive contributions of the many thriving cultures within our county, our nation, and our society, Coconino County leads a variety of initiatives that celebrate diversity; from our Annual Diversity Day, and monthly Heritage Lunch & Learns, to book clubs, and professional development academies which target diverse workforce segments, Coconino County's respect for diversity is shared throughout the organization.

Under limited supervision, is responsible for processing business personal property statements, performing audits of financial statements and accounting records for assessment of businesses and personal property for tax assessment purposes. Must communicate professionally with customers, business representatives, commercial firms and other agencies.

Note: This position is pending Board approval.

Typical Duties


* Appraises property in accordance to state statute and state regulatory directives

* Audits new and existing account records to determine accuracy of Personal Property rendition and ensures accuracy of the status of property, can include desk or physical audit.

* Defends Personal Property Values at Assessor, County Board of Equalization level appeals, conducts informal meetings with taxpayers in attempt to resolve property owner issues; prepares recommendations for Tax Court Appeals.

* Works with Personal Property Appraisers to coordinate working audits and renditions to meet the statutory deadline.

* Determines the appraisal method to be used for various property types, whether the property should be tax-exempt and if filings are timely or if statutory penalties apply

* Prepare correspondence and schedule audit appointments.

* Examine, reconcile and audit financial records with other valuation data, verifying that all personal property is reported and determining an estimate of market value.

* Researches various reports to determine new and existing taxable personal property and compares with existing personal property records

* Responds to internal and external customer inquiries by providing technical information for internal office divisions and other county departments; answers taxpayer inquiries.

* Verifies accuracy of data entry and performs a quality control audit on the top 200 accounts by assessed valuation to determine accuracy prior to NOV mailing

* Estimates value of the personal property of non-filing taxpayers based on known facts and circumstances using all available appraisal information to include determining whether businesses are still in operation or change of ownership has occurred

* Efficiently use all applicable computer hardware, software and office equipment

Essential functions of this position include; driving; hearing and speech to communicate with others; finger dexterity for measuring, Minimum Qualifications


Three years of experience in property appraisal as applied to the assessment field; OR, any combination of education, training and experience which demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position.


Must possess a Level 2 certification from the Arizona Department of Revenue or have the ability to get Level 2 certificate one year from start date in the position. Must obtain an Arizona driver's license by date of hire and maintain it throughout employment.

The ideal candidate is someone with verifiable accounting, auditing, or business personal property tax experience. A self-motivated and professional worker, who is used to handling customer service issues with taxpayers, establishing priorities out of multiple assignments, and has a proven track record of meeting deadlines.

Preferred qualifications include three years of verifiable professional level accounting or auditing experience in the appraisal and assessment of personal property, including experience reviewing and verifying the accuracy of accounting reports; OR equivalent combination of education and previous experience in project management; and Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, or business.

This position is non-exempt from overtime.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Strong working knowledge of:

* Principles, practices and theories used in property assessment valuation

* Statutes and rules affecting property assessment

* Multiple specialized computer applications

* Methods and practices used in auditing accounting and financial records

* Using mapping technologies such as GIS systems

* Ability to:

* Apply accounting and auditing techniques when analyzing financial and account data

* Prepare reports and present facts clearly, orally and in writing

* Audit and appraise business property following office and statutory guidelines

* Make public presentations

* Ability to work out of doors in varying weather conditions or other potentially hazardous conditions

* Work safely and support the culture of workplace safety

* Establish and maintain cooperative and effective relationships with employees, other agencies and the public

AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.