Job Descriptions

The statements contained in the job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job requirements or duties performed. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

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Title: Deputy Director
Department: Equalization Updated: 01/2018
Division: Equalization FLSA Status: Exempt
Bargaining Unit: CANUE Wage Range: Not Available

Primary function of the Deputy Equalization Director is to serve as the sole deputy and second in command and to assist in all activities, functions and policies including contractual assessing services, budget and supervision of staff to the Director in the day-to-day operation of the Equalization Department.

To assist in the preparation, implementation and presentation of programs to equalize property assessments and determine the relative valuations of real property within the County.


·         Directs and schedules equalization studies and reappraisal projects.

·         Assists in preparing for the Board of Commissioners, the annual Equalization Report and other reports in accordance with applicable Michigan General Property Tax Laws.

·         Assists local assessors on complex real property appraisals.

·         Prepares and supervises the preparation of information for use in various state and local reports.

·         Coordinates various data processing systems used by the Equalization Department.

·         Develops and implements new real property reporting systems, and provides technical guidance and procedural planning for Real and Personal Property systems implementation by user agencies.

·         Under the supervision of the Director, directs surveys of assessments and provides information necessary to adopt the annual Equalization report to the Board of Commissioners, and to provide assistance and expertise to appraisal staff, including training and responding to questions, reviewing and evaluating work projects and coordinating timelines for various equalization studies. 

·         Assists Director in evaluating staff performance, recommends employee work plans, corrective action and discipline.

·         Reviews local assessment studies; ascertains which County properties should be studied or sampled for equalization purposes, confers with local governmental units, and develops and administers a program to obtain the necessary data to fairly establish the total valuation of real property within the County.

·         Provide technical assistance to assessing officers of local governmental units for special purposes property and/or complex projects in those instances where the local official requests assistance.

·         Analyzes land value and ECF data used to create appraisal files.

·         Ability to analyze rental data, expenses, sales and other information relating to the income approach technique for use in evaluating income producing property.

·         Other duties as assigned.


Work is performed under the direct supervision of the Director of Equalization.


Supervision to be exercised over subordinate personnel as directed by the Director of Equalization. Ability to perform the duties of the Director in his or her absence, or when circumstances may demand.


·         Graduation from an accredited high school, supplemented by courses in real estate appraisal, law and accounting.

·         Several years of experience in the appraisal or equalization of various types of real and personal property.

·         Certification by the State Assessors Board at MAAO certification level.

·         Considerable knowledge of the principles, laws, methods and practices of appraising the value of land, buildings and personal property.

·         Knowledge of the general property tax laws of the State of Michigan.

·         Basic knowledge of BS&A software “The Equalizer” Assessment/Equalization, GIS  software applications, and computer databases

·         Manage and direct departmental operations, including budgeting, strategic planning. Knowledge of and interpret applicable federal, state and local regulations. Develop, apply and explain department and County procedure and policies. Plan and coordinate work staff activities, prioritize, instruct, set deadlines, objectives, measure success, and make recommendations and resolve issues. Methods of research, planning, conducting and implementing major studies or projects. Design and recommend new forms, reports or procedures. Ability to understand and work in complex data processing system, analyze data and exercise sound financial judgment. Analyze administrative problems, evaluate alternatives and implement sound solutions. Prepare and present reports, speeches or training programs to groups. Provide training and guidance in handling difficult or complex problems or resolving escalated complaints or disputes. Work independently with limited direct supervision. Coordinate activities with other departments.                     

·         Writing, reading, mathematical principles; proficient computer skills-Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook; exercise sound judgment and decision making in accordance with policies and procedures; ability to research and problem solve independently; knowledge of County operations and functions; ability to prioritize and time manage; handle stressful situations, provide effective and friendly customer service; support the County's mission and values; ability to think critically where necessary.    

·         Knowledge or understanding of basic administrative tasks: operate standard office equipment; document management; prepare and maintain records, various correspondences and reports; answer general inquiries and refer as necessary; answer telephone calls, process mail, order supplies/equipment; prepare meeting agendas, attend meetings, record/transcribe/distribute minutes; entering, transcribing, recording, storing or maintaining information in written or electronic form with speed and accuracy; maintain calendars, arrange meetings, schedule rooms and equipment as necessary.    

·         Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently with management, co-workers and clients; obtain and communicate accurate information; apply common sense understanding to complex instructions and respond accordingly;  communicate complex ideas through graphs, charts, presentations, reports or other professional correspondence.


·         Ability to demonstrate predictable, reliable, and timely attendance.                

·         Ability to read, write & communicate in English; follow written and verbal instruction and understand basic mathematics and figure checking.              

·         Ability to interpret and apply procedures, rules, technical information, instructions, manuals to complete tasks accurately and on schedule.                                     

·         Ability to learn from directions, observations, and mistakes; and apply procedures using good judgment.                                                                        

·         Ability to use discretion and maintain sensitive and confidential information.     

·         Ability to work independently or part of a team; ability to interact appropriately with others such as County officials, employees, vendors and the general public.

·         Ability to work under supervision, receiving instructions/feedback, coaching/counseling and/or action/discipline.                                             

·         Adaptability to change in the work environment, managing competing demands and ability to deal with frequent changes, delays or unexpected events.

·         Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services including customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction

·         Proficient skills using Microsoft Office programs including, but not limited to: Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook required.  Proficiency may be tested.      

  • Prior to starting employment, the candidate must complete a satisfactory background check.  The background check is understood to encompass all forms of pre-employment screening, including but not limited to: drug screen, physical, criminal background, driving record, sex offender registry, education, training and licensing verification, employment history, credit check, and professional and personal references.
  • Must possess a valid State of Michigan operator license and maintain this license throughout employment in this position.
  • Maintain required licensure throughout employment.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job with or without accommodations.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to:

·         Speak to others to convey information effectively.

·         Read, interpret and understand procedures, rules, technical information, instructions and manuals.

·         Hear and understand information presented through spoken words and sentences.

·         Specific vision requirement includes close vision, distance vision, color and depth perception.

·         Use hands to operate a computer, handle materials and operate equipment.

·         Push or pull carts, reach with hands and arms forward, above and below shoulder level.

·         Lift, move or carry objects, equipment and supplies weighing up to 25 pounds.

·         Sit, bend, stoop, crouch, crawl and kneel in an ergonomically correct manner.

·         Stand and walk, climb stairs.

·         Works in normal indoor office conditions; may involve outdoor work and year round travel to locations throughout the county on a regular or irregular basis; noise level in the work environment is quiet to moderate; use of telephone -  frequently; copier -  occasionally; computer -  frequently.

·         Due to the nature of this work, hours are flexible, although normal office hours are from 8:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.




Disclaimer: The statements contained in this job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job requirements or duties performed.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.




It is the policy of St. Clair County not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability that does not prevent performing essential job functions or because he or she is a protected veteran.


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200 Grand River Avenue, Ste. 206
Port Huron, MI 48060

Phone: (810) 989-6910
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