ORANGE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROPERTY APPRAISER
Orange County, Florida is located in central Florida and is home to more than 1.4 million residents. Orange County includes the cities of Orlando, Apopka, Bay Lake, Belle Isle, Eatonville, Edgewood, Lake Buena Vista, Maitland, Oakland, Ocoee, Windermere, Winter Garden and Winter Park. Hospitality and Tourism fuel the economy with more 75 million visitors annually.
Orange County is governed by a strong mayor form of government with a Mayor elected at large and six Commissioners elected from districts. The County has a $6.2 billion budget.
The Property Appraiser, Amy Mercado, is a Constitutional Officer and was elected to a four-year term in 2020. The Office is responsible for identifying, locating, and assessing all property, both real and personal, within the county for tax purposes. The Orange County Property Appraiser’s Office tracks ownership changes; maintains maps of parcel boundaries; keeps descriptions of buildings and property characteristics up to date; accepts and approves applications from individuals eligible for exemptions and other forms of property tax relief; and analyzes trends in sales prices, construction costs, and rents to best estimate the value of all assessable property. The 2022 total market value of real property in Orange County was $-over $258 billion.
The Property Appraiser’s Office has approximately 160 employees assigned to five departments that include Operations, Information Technology, Valuations, Tax Roll Services, and Legal.
The Deputy Property Appraiser is a full-time exempt position, overseeing a staff of approximately 70 and is responsible for directing and supervising the Commercial Real Estate, Residential Real Estate, and Tangible Personal Property Divisions, developing appraisal standards and practices for the Commercial Valuations, Residential Valuations, and Tangible Personal Property Valuations Divisions.
Other essential job functions include:
- Review and oversee the assessment and classification of real and personal property ensuring accuracy and compliance with all applicable Florida Statutes, Administrative Code Rules, and appraisal standards.
- Oversee the calibration of mass appraisal models in compliance with Florida Department of Revenue requirements.
- Ensure compliance with Florida Department of Revenue tax roll approval deadlines,requirements, and studies.
- Supervise the establishment of personal property tables and performance of personal property market studies, as necessary.
- Assist staff in all aspects of the assessment of complex real and personal properties.
- Conduct training on appraisal methodology and other topics, as necessary.
- Work closely with the Chief Deputy Property Appraiser & General Counsel and outside legal counsel in connection with administrative, circuit court, and appellate proceedings.
- Represent the agency at Value Adjustment Board hearings and circuit court proceedings, including mediations, depositions, and trial, as necessary.
- Assist in implementing legislative changes that are pertinent to the operation of the Valuations Department.
- Act as liaison with the Florida Department of Revenue and other government agencies as directed by the Property Appraiser or her designee.
- Discuss property assessments with owners, professionals, and other governmental agencies, as necessary.
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in business administration, real estate, or related field and ten (10) years of experience appraising real property and/or personal property and at least seven (7) years of experience in a management-level position or Master’s degree in Business or Public Administration, or related field, may substitute for three (3) years of relevant management-level experience.
A commercial real estate designation, such as an MAI from the Appraisal Institute or the CAE Designation from the International Association of Assessing Officers, is required. A State-Certified General Real Estate Appraiser license is preferred.
Must obtain a Certified Florida Evaluator (CFE) designation from the Florida Department of Revenue within two (2) years of employment. Enrollment in classes required to obtain CFE designation is contingent upon class availability and departmental needs.
Must possess or have the ability to obtain a valid Florida driver’s license and a safe driving record.
The hiring range for the position is $152,000 to $187,000. The Property Appraiser offers excellent benefits which include: State retirement, a generous paid time-off program, medical/prescription insurance, dental vision, life & long term disability insurance and a hybrid work environment.
The office is trying to fill this position soon. While the position will remain open until filled, resumes will be reviewed as they are received. If you are qualified and interested in being considered, please email your cover letter, resume, and current salary without delay to:
Robert E. Slavin, President
SLAVIN MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS
3040 Holcomb Bridge Road #A1
Norcross, Georgia 30071
Phone: (770) 449-4656
Fax: (770) 416-0848
Orange County is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employer