Dorchester County, SC


JOB DESCRIPTION                                                        

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to execute each essential job function satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary job functions herein described.  Since every duty associated with this position may not be described herein, employees may be required to perform duties not specifically spelled out in the job description, but which may be reasonably considered to be incidental in the performing of their duties just as though they were written out in this job description.


Department:           Assessor

Pay Grade:               320

FLSA Status:             Exempt


The purpose of the class is to plan, direct and supervise the operations of the Assessor’s Office charged with ensuring that all County real estate is identified, mapped, appraised and assessed at the proper ratio in accordance with state law. The class plans, organizes and implements programs within major organizational policies; reports program progress to executive-level administration through reports and conferences.


  • Plans, organizes and directs all programs and activities of the Assessor’s Office, ensuring compliance with all applicable policies, procedures, laws and regulations.
  • Plans and implements a County-wide reassessment every five years.
  • Develops and implements department policies, procedures and work standards; evaluates operations and makes changes as necessary to maintain operational efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Supervises support staff.  Supervisory duties include instructing; assigning, reviewing and planning work of others; maintaining standards; coordinating activities; selecting new employees; acting on employee problems; recommending and approving employee discipline; and recommending discharge as appropriate.
  • Supervises the operation of the Assessor’s Office; assigns workloads and establishes work schedules.
  • Reviews the work of subordinates for completeness and accuracy; evaluates and makes recommendations as appropriate; offers advice and assistance as needed.
  • Provides for the adequate training and development of department staff.
  • Develops and administers the department budget; controls expenditures and ensures effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities and time.
  • Maintains knowledge of current and pending legislation  affecting  appraisal  policies;  recommends changes in County policy and procedures as appropriate.
  • Personally, performs or assists subordinates with the more difficult appraisal work, including commercial and other properties in which the appraisal involves unique or difficult problems.
  • Addresses and resolves property tax appeals.
  • Approves agricultural exemptions.
  • Ensures the maintenance of accurate and up-to-date assessment records.
  • Provides a variety of information to the public regarding property appraisal procedures, policies and methods; answers the more technical questions regarding assessments;  and monitors  and  evaluates customer service.
  • Compiles and analyzes data; prepares a variety of studies and reports for decision-making purposes.
  • Prepares periodic and special reports as required by the County and other agencies.
  • Coordinates department activities and functions with those of other County departments, municipalities and outside agencies as appropriate.
  • Conducts and attends various staff meetings as required; attends meetings and represents the County to various professional/community/civic organizations and agencies.
  • Receives and responds to inquiries, concerns, complaints and requests for assistance from County personnel, elected officials and citizens regarding areas of responsibility.
  • Attends training courses and seminars to maintain state licensing requirements and to enhance job knowledge and skills.
  • Performs other related job duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:

Bachelor's degree in business, real estate or closely related field.

Requires at least five (5) years of related work experience.


Special Qualifications:

Must possess a valid state driver’s license.

Must possess state certification as a licensed property appraiser.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of and understanding of operating policies and procedures and the ability to apply these to complex administrative problems.
  • Skill in negotiating, exchanging ideas, information and opinions with others to formulate policy and programs or arrive jointly at decisions, conclusions or solutions.
  • Skill in handling or using machines requiring moderate instruction and experience such as computers as well as skill in using software programs such as word processing, spreadsheets or custom applications.
  • Skill in using mathematics involving the practical application of fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions; or measurements, logarithmic or geometric construction. May use algebraic solutions of equations and inequalities; descriptive statistics; deductive geometry (plane and solid) and rectangular coordinates; and mathematical classifications or schemes.
  • Skill in reading journals, manuals and professional publications; speaking informally to groups of co- workers, staff in other organizational agencies, the public, and people in other organizations; presenting training; composing original reports; developing training and other written materials using proper language, punctuation, grammar, and style.
  • Skill in performing professional level work requiring the application of principles and practices of a wide range of administrative or managerial methods in the solution of administrative or technical problems.
  • Ability to apply principles of logical thinking to diagnose or define problems, collect data and solve abstract problems with widespread unit or organizational impact.
  • Ability to synthesize or integrate analysis of data or information to discover facts or develop knowledge or interpretations; changes policies, procedures or methodologies based on new facts, knowledge or interpretations.
  • Ability to perform duties requiring continuous, close attention to detail for accurate results with frequent exposure to unusual pressures.


The work is sedentary work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body.  Additionally, the following physical abilities are required:


Work is performed in a safe and secure work environment that may periodically have unpredicted requirements or demands.


Dorchester County has the right to revise this job description at any time. This

 description does not represent in any way a contract of employment.


Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position; typical work hours and days are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Some flexibility in hours is allowed, but employees must be available during the “core” work hours of 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and must work 40 hours each week to maintain full-time status. Must be available to work anytime during emergencies.


E.O.E.  Dorchester County does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability or military service in employment or the provision of services.