Oakland County, MI (pop. 1,251,000) County Seat: Pontiac/Waterford.  Oakland County is located in southeast Michigan, immediately north of Detroit. With a population of 1.2 million and covering over 900 square miles, Oakland County offers cosmopolitan urban centers, lakefront living, historic town centers, and natural country settings within close proximity of an array of employment and education opportunities. Providing the diversity of choice vital to attracting and retaining a skilled workforce and high quality of life: 38,000 businesses, 1,100 foreign-owned firms from 39 countries, call Oakland County home. The county blends the State’s most robust economy with an unmatched quality of life. This diversity makes Oakland County unique and competitive.  Oakland County’s annual gross domestic product (GDP) is $100 billion, which represents 23% of the state of Michigan’s total GDP.

The County is governed by an elected County Executive, David Coulter, and a 21-member Board of Commissioners who are elected by district for a two-year term of office.  The Equalization Officer is a merit position and reports to the Director of Management and Budget.  The Equalization Division is responsible for equalizing the assessed value of each class of property in all 52 assessing jurisdictions of Oakland County.  The Division includes assessing, equalization, and mapping.  The Equalization Division also provides contracted assessing services for several Oakland County taxing jurisdictions, including maintenance of the assessment rolls, homestead applications, property transfer affidavits, and tax tribunal appeals.

The Equalization Officer is responsible for the day-to-day business of the Division, including management of an annual budget of $10 million and a staff of approximately 80 individuals.

It is vital for the individual in this position to be confident, a problem solver and a consensus builder committed to the tenets of transparency, collaboration, and inclusiveness.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to effectively lead and direct a professional staff.
  • Considerable knowledge of the general property tax laws of the State of Michigan.
  • Considerable knowledge of the methods and practices of real and personal appraisals and assessing.
  • Considerable knowledge of the methods and practices of auditing and accounting.
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing and make presentation in a public forum.
  • Commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives within the Division and as an overarching county government priority.
  • A customer service orientation, with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and use good judgment, initiative, and resourcefulness when dealing with employees, professional contacts, elected officials, and the public in both cooperative and contentious situations.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Business Administration, Public Administration, Accounting, or a related field.
  • Have had six (6) years of full‑time professional experience in one or both of the following areas: real property appraisal and assessment; including four (4) years in a supervisory capacity.
  • Possess a Michigan Master Assessing Officer certification from the State Tax Commission.
  • Possess a Personal Property Examiner certificate from the State Tax Commission.
  • Pass the complete examination, including the employment medical established for this classification.

Salary range is $103,241 to $138,323.

Apply online at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/oakgov/jobs/3335401/equalization-officer.  Oakland County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity, equity and inclusion and seeks candidates who represent a variety of backgrounds and perspectives.  Questions regarding the position may be directed to the attention of Susan Locke, Recruitment Manager, [email protected].

Candidates will be reviewed upon receipt of application, with preliminary reviews to be completed by January 5, 2022.


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