• Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 18, 2019
Full Time Clerical and Administrative Support Legal Services Real Estate
  • Salary: $71,676.00 - $94,008.00 Annually

Job Description


FILING START DATE: 6/24/2019, 8:00 A.M. (PT)
FILING END DATE: 7/22/2019, 5:00 P.M. (PT)



This opportunity is restricted to permanent employees of the Office of the Assessor who have successfully completed their initial probationary period.

We are the Los Angeles County Office of the Assessor and we strive to be the premier property assessment agency in the nation. We believe in exceptionalethics in the work environment. We are dedicated professionals committed to serve our Assessor employees and the public. We A.S.P.I.R.E. forAccountability, Service Perfection, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Equity.

Recognized by Forbes as one of America's Best Large Employers , Los Angeles County offers broad career growth, outstanding benefits, and competitive salaries. We are the largest employer in Southern California, with opportunities for you to make a difference in the lives of our 10 million residents.

We are Looking for Individuals Who are/have:
  • Ambitious
  • Committed
  • Highly Capable
  • Dedicated
  • Integrity
  • Conscientious
  • Self-starters

Does this sound like you? Make a positive change, take control, and apply.

Where You Will Work

Location is adjacent to Grand Park at theKenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 W. Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Take advantage of the many benefits that come with being located at the Civic Center, where you can partake in the following:
  • Food trucks
  • Coffee shopsincluding Starbucks
  • Free weekly yoga classes
  • In-house Wellness Center
  • Calm walking paths
  • $70 Civic Center Allowance (may be usedto offset parking/transportation cost)
  • Alternative work schedule
  • Health Fairs and numerous events throughout the year

Our downtown location includes easy access to all forms of public transportation and parking options, including low-fare local buses to shuttle you around the city. Did we mention that we are within walking distance to museums such as The Broad, MOCA, the Disney Concert Hall, Ahmanson Theater, and gourmet restaurants that round out this rare working environment? When your workday is over you can stay, play, and explore.

Current employees in unclassified service in the County of Los Angeles Department of the Office of the Assessorwho meet the following criteria also qualify to participate in this exam:
  • Unclassified employees who have attained permanent County status on a classified position by successful completion of the initial probationary period, with no break in service since leaving the classified service; OR
  • Full-time employees in the unclassified service with at least six months of full-time experience in the unclassified service by the last day of filing.

Permanent employees who have completed their initial probationary period and hold a qualifying payroll title may file for this examination if they are within six (6) months of meeting the experience requirements by the last day of filing. However, the names of such employees will be WITHHELDfrom the certification list until the required experience is fully met.

Essential Job Functions

Positions allocable to this journey-level class are located in the Office of the Assessor and receive administrative and technical supervision from a higher-level Property Assessment Specialist or supervisor. Incumbents are responsible, under general direction, for making determinations on the reappraisal of difficult property transfers and analyzing State legislation and court case law affecting assessment operations in Los Angeles County. Incumbents must possess a broad specialized knowledge of State laws, regulations and case law relating to the appraisal of property, a thorough knowledge of County appraisal and related tax policies and procedures, and the ability to independently conduct studies and investigations requiring the application of legal knowledge and principles. Incumbents must also possess skill in effectively communicating with staff and the public on the interpretation and impact of property appraisal laws, regulations, and policies.

Analyzes complicated conveyances for the Department, such as issues arising from change in ownership, possessory interest, exemptions, etc., and the purchase or transfer of ownership interests in corporations, partnerships, or other legal entities in order to determine reappraisal status of real and personal property using Westlaw, Findlaw, the State Board of Equalization (BOE) website, and other relevant materials in accordance with established standards and procedures.

Interprets changes in ownership provision of the Revenue and Taxation Code for the Department in order to determine whether a transfer results in a re-assessable event or a legally recognizable exclusion in accordance with the law; utilizing departmental databases (i.e., PDB, AS400, and Titan), internet search engines, Westlaw, Findlaw, BOE website, and other relevant materials in accordance with established procedures.

Provides explanation and clarification on difficult questions arising from the reappraisal of properties to executive management, staff, members of the public, and outside agencies to determine the accuracy and consequences of the Department's action(s); utilizing all available legal resources and search engines in accordance with departmental guidelines.

Advises appraisal, engineering, and clerical staff on issues regarding the reappraisal of properties to complete processing according to the law and established procedures; utilizing management instruction and guidance, PDB, Titan, AS400, Imaging, and AMP.

Meets with attorneys, property owners, and representatives of public agencies at the public counter, during hearings, and as directed by supervisors/management, to answer questions, resolve issues or disputes, or explain the Department's action(s) about properties deemed to be re-appraisable, in accordance with the Revenue and Taxation Code and pertinent laws; utilizing verbal and technical skills.

Prepares written reports and presents oral expert testimony before the Assessment Appeals Board in support of the Department's position regarding change of ownership, using the Assessment Appeals Manual, Appraiser Handbook, Revenue and Taxation Code, and pertinent laws.

Analyzes BOE regulations, case law, statutes, etc., for the Department by researching and collecting necessary information to explain the impact of legislation to the public and to the Office of the Assessor's operations; utilizing web-based research tools, law-library resources, court databases and departmental databases, in order to recommend policy changes or amendments.

Analyzes current legislation and policies to conduct legal research by collecting information on assessment issues to propose new legislation impacting assessment practices.

Prepares cases for presentation before the Assessment Appeals Board including the collection and preparation of necessary documents, and the analysis and preparation of the Department's position on issues to be heard; utilizing Microsoft Word, internet resources, and available document resources.

Advocate on behalf of the Office of the Assessor at administrative hearings such as the Assessment Appeals Board hearings or Board of Equalization hearings to present the Department's position, preserving objections in the event of an appeal, and preparing proposed fact findings; utilizing Microsoft Office applications.

Arranges for witnesses to be present at depositions or court hearings on the Department's behalf by contacting them via email or telephone, in accordance with subpoenas and management directives, in order to support the Department's decision.

Acts as the custodian of records to coordinate the collection and production of records within established timeframes in response to subpoenas, Public Records Act Requests (PRAs), and other requests by phone, e-mail, and interdepartmental correspondence.

Confers with County Counsel to develop strategy to defend the Office of the Assessor in lawsuits by applying case law, Revenue and Taxation Code, Property Tax Rules, and Assessor Policies.


Graduation from an accredited college or university* - AND - One year of experience holding the title of Los Angeles County Assistant Property Assessment Specialist** assisting in researching and analyzing laws, statutes, and legal matters regarding the assessment and conveyance of real property.

In order to receive credits related to the Desirable Qualifications, applicants must include the information on their application and/or supplemental application questionnaire. Applications and all the documents submitted with the applications will be fully reviewed. Each candidate's background will be evaluated on the basis of information submitted at the time of filing to determine the level and scope of the candidate's preparation for this position.
  • Meets the selection requirements plus one (1) year or more of experience holding the title of Assistant Property Assessment Specialist.
  • Graduation with a Juris Doctor degreefrom a law school accredited***by the Committee of Bar Examiners or approved by the American Bar Association.
  • Be an active licensed attorney.

* Transcripts/Diploma: You MUS T include a photocopy of your official transcripts or diploma with your application. Your transcripts/diploma must indicate that you meet the Selection Requirements . Applications submitted without the required documentation will be rejected as incomplete.

**To qualify, applicants must currently hold the payroll title of Assistant Property Assessment Specialist. Out-of-class experience will NOT be accepted.

***ACCREDITATION:Accredited institutions are those listed in the publications of regional, national or international accrediting agencies, which are accepted by the Department of Human Resources. Publications such as American Universities and Colleges and International Handbook of Universities are acceptable references. Also acceptable, if appropriate, are degrees that have been evaluated and deemed equivalent to degrees from United States accredited institutions by an academic credential evaluation agency recognized by The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc .(AICE).

Physical Class II - Light: Light physical effort which may include occasional light lifting to a 10-pound limit, and some bending, stooping, or squatting. Considerable walking may be involved.

A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions. License must not be currently suspended, restricted, or revoked.

Additional Information


Part I(weighted 50%):AnEvaluation of Training and Experiencebased on the completed application and Supplemental Application Questionnaire submitted at the time of filing; and

Part II(weighted 50%):AnAppraisal of Promotabilityevaluating demonstrated knowledge and skills, writtenand oralcommunication, work skills andproductivity, adaptability, dependability, and ethics.

Candidates must achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on each part of the exam in order to be placed on the eligible list.

The names of candidates receiving a passing grade in the examination will be placed on the eligible list in the order of their score group for a period of 12 months following the date of promulgation.

A background check of successful candidates will be conducted before appointment becomes final.

The resulting eligible list for this examination will be used to fill vacancies in theLegal Services Division of the Office of the Assessor.


Apply online by clicking thebutton above this bulletin that reads "Apply" during the application filing period. You can also track the status of your application using this system.

The acceptance of your application and Supplemental Application Questionnaire will depend on whether you haveclearlyshown that you meet the Selection Requirementsand you completely filled out your application. Please fill out your application and Supplemental Application Questionnaire completely and correctly so that you will receive full credit for your related education, training, and job experience. Please be sure your application shows complete information, including dates for education and jobs held which relate to this position. In the space provided for:

  • E ducation , include the name and address of schools/colleges attended, degree(s) earned, titles of courses completed, dates, and number of credits and/or certificates earned.
  • Job(s) held, give the name and address of your employer, your job title, beginning and ending dates, number of hours worked per week, anddescription of work performed.

We MUST receive your completed application and Supplemental Application Questionnaire online by 5:00 p.m., (PT), on the last day of filing.

Note:Candidates who apply online must upload any required documents as attachments during the application submission. If you are unable to attach the required documents, you may fax them to (213) 617-3009 or email them to within fifteen (15) calendar days of filing your application. Please include your name, exam number, exam title, and daytime telephone number.Failure to submit the required documentation will result in the rejection of your application.

Applicants must complete all questions including the supplemental questions presented through the application process. Comments such as "see resume, application, and/or Supplemental Application Questionnaire" will not be considered as a response. Answers must match information provided on the application and documents.


Please note that ALL information included in the application materialsis subject to VERIFICATION at any point during the examination and hiring process, including after an appointment has been made.


Utilizing VERBIAGE from Class Specifications and/or Selection Requirements serving as your description of duties, WILL NOT be sufficient to meet the requirements. Doing so may result in an INCOMPLETE APPLICATION and you may be DISQUALIFIED .

Applications can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County for those candidates who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet.

All applicants must file their application online using their own user ID and password. Using a family member or a friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.

Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes. Federal law requires that all employed persons have a Social Security Number.

ADA Coordinator Phone: (213) 974-3161
Teletype Phone: (800) 325-0778
California Relay
Services Phone: (800) 735-2922
Department Contact Name:Joe Alvarez
Department Contact Phone: (213) 974-3161
Department Contact email:

Closing Date/Time: 7/22/2019 5:00 PM Pacific