Title:  Commercial Appraisal and Litigation Assistance Program Manager

Application Deadline Date:  03/07/2024
Req ID:  48866
Department:  Taxes
Location: 

Montpelier, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $30.39

Overview

There has never been a better time to bring your values and talents to the collaborative team at the Vermont Department of Taxes. The rewarding work we do supports this brave little state and helps shape its future. We work with proven, dynamic technologies to fund initiatives that preserve the environment, build vibrant communities, strengthen families, and so much more. Discover new opportunities, learn new skills, and solve problems with our dedicated and supportive team.


The Department of Taxes seeks a detail-oriented, organized commercial appraiser to fill a new position in the Property Valuation and Review Division, managing the statewide Commercial Appraisal and Litigation program, created by Act 163 of 2022. This position, one of two for the program, will support Vermont municipalities in appraising commercial properties to establish fair and defensible values. They may participate in the appeals process as a subject matter expert on the appraisals. This position does not directly supervise but will oversee contracted appraisal firms and work with a high degree of independence and authority.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • Significant experience in commercial appraisal
  • Familiarity with Vermont or New England appraisal practices, regulations, statutes and property types
  • Project management experience
  • Additional responsibilities

 

Under the established responsibilities, the incumbent will create an appraisal assistance program for a limited number of unique commercial and complex properties, working with a new Staff Attorney position to provide legal advice and valuation support. This program will provide expertise that is either unavailable or too costly for municipalities to obtain, including contracting with private appraisal firms to assess the value of unique properties. The Department aims to offer a statewide perspective on property values, which can be challenging for individual municipalities. By centralizing these services, the Department believes it can secure more favorable terms and higher quality services compared to individual municipal contracts.


The program is expected to support ~10-15 commercial properties statewide each year with an annual budget of $500,000.

Additional Information

PVR provides support to municipalities in developing and administrating property tax policies and related programs and provides training and a certification program, available to municipal listers and assessors. PVR conducts annual ratio studies which estimates fair market value and equalizes the grand list for education liability purposes and administers the Use Value Appraisal Program (Current Use) which creates over $65 million in tax savings to landowners. PVR is currently implementing a new integrated property tax management system, and is planning modernization, making NOW the opportune time to join the team.

 

Telework: The Tax Department permits eligible employees to request voluntary participation in the State of Vermont telework program. Telework eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis and is consistent with state and Department policies.


IAAO: PVR staff working in property valuation are provided membership and trainings from the International Association of Assessing Officers.


Background Checks
This position will primarily support the Department of Taxes. Candidates must agree to be fingerprinted and pass a background check to be eligible for this position, which will involve access to sensitive federal tax information. Background checks are required by the Internal Revenue Service and are authorized under Vermont law. 3 V.S.A. § 241. In accordance with VDT Standard Operating Procedure 2018-01, Background Investigations, Vermont and national criminal record checks will be conducted on all candidates. Candidates will have the right to withdraw their application before fingerprinting or a background check is conducted.

Who May Apply

This position, Commercial Appraisal and Litigation Assistance Program Manager (Job Requisition #48866), is open to all State employees and external applicants.


If you would like more information about this position, please contact Jill.Remick@vermont.gov.

Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.


Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.

Environmental Factors

Work is performed in a standard office setting. Some in- and out-of-state travel may be required.

There may be some degree of interaction with irritated taxpayers, landowners, lawyers, or other constituents.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree or higher in public or business administration, economics, accounting, or related field AND four (4) or more years of experience in accounting, economics, statistics, real estate, finance or related field.

 

OR

 

Six (6) or more years of experience in accounting, economics, statistics, real estate, finance or related field.
 

Preferred Qualifications

Master's degree in relevant field.

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits, including:
•    80% State paid medical premium and a dental plan at no cost for employees and their families
•    Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan
•    State Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FMLI)
•    Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
•    Tuition Reimbursement
•    Flexible spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
•    Low cost group life insurance
•    Incentive-based Wellness Program
•    Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.
 

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont celebrates diversity, and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The State does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status. The State’s employment decisions are merit-based. Retaliatory adverse employment actions by the State are forbidden.


Nearest Major Market: Barre
Nearest Secondary Market: Montpelier