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Date: Sep 16, 2021

Location: Durham, NC, US, 27701

Company: Durham County

Durham County Government employs approximately 1,900 employees that work towards providing needed services throughout the community. With a wide array of services, Durham County Government is at the heart of a rapidly growing and diverse area offering residents, employees and visitors exciting opportunities to live, work, grow and play. For more information about Durham County Government, visit



Tax Administration

DATE POSTED:            

August 18, 2021

CLOSING DATE:           

Open until filled





POSITION NUMBER:            







The purpose of this job is to perform responsible technical work in the appraising of commercial/industrial properties for assessment purposes.

This position works under general supervision, independently developing work methods and sequences. 




  • Audits and corrects property record cards as it relates to commercial improvements and commercial land.
  • Makes field inspections of real property and inspects exterior of improvements and describes the property.
  • Takes measurements of buildings, collects data relative to number of rooms, types of construction, age and other conditions affecting values, makes calculations and applies such data to appraisals of specific buildings.
  • Verifies field data by determining exterior measurements utilizing measuring tools, or geographic information systems software, apply proper Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal codes.
  • Collects data relative to land calculations and applies such data in appraising parcels of land.
  • Reviews work orders, building permits, listing forms, and meets with owners, realtors, builders and developers for new construction.
  • Interviews persons familiar with property, searches public record of sales, leases, assessments and other transactions to determine proper value.
  • Determines base land rates for property classification from qualifying sales and adjusts for location and size.
  • Interprets sales ratio analysis within commercial neighborhood groups to determine necessity for modifying market factors and/or model adjustments.
  • Consults deeds, tax and other maps, zoning ordinance and other documentation and resources to resolve discrepancies.
  • Performs related duties as assigned. 
  • Performs field inspections of all real property, measuring the exterior, observing the interior, observing depreciation, and establishing grade.
  • Collects conditional data relative to land calculations and applies such data in the appraisal of land parcels.
  • Must be able to defend value before the Board of Equalization and Review and the North Carolina Property Tax Commission.
  • Must perform CAMA data entry as it relates to appraisal field work.




  • Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of real estate appraising for assessment purposes;
  • Considerable knowledge of building construction;
  • Working knowledge of the State laws relating to real property assessing;
  • Ability to read and understand building construction plans and specifications;
  • Ability to analyze factors which tend to influence the value of property and to exercise judgment in the determination of property values;
  • Ability to train other personnel;
  • Ability to write clear and concise reports;
  • Ability to deal effectively with the public and other employees.




Requires any combination of education and experience equivalent to an associate’s degree and three years of experience in real property appraisal.




  • Must possess and maintain a valid state Driver’s License and an acceptable driving record.
  • Requires certification as a Real Property Appraiser from the North Carolina Department of Revenue within two (2) years of employment.
  • Requires certification as a Personal Property Appraiser from the North Carolina Department of Revenue within two (2) years of employment.
  • Must obtain the Real Property Appraiser certification from the North Carolina Association of Assessing Officers within one year of eligibility.




  • IAAO Professional Designation and NC Department of Revenue class III certification strongly preferred.


Durham County Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Nearest Major Market: Durham
Nearest Secondary Market: Raleigh