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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 179K
Category: Financial Services

Class Series Concept

See Property and Acquisition Specialist 1.


Positions typically perform complex duties relating to vacant, residential, commercial, agricultural, public utility, exempt, recreational, and/or industrial properties. Areas of responsibility include negotiations, acquisitions, relocation assistance, property management, title examination, leasing, appraisals, audits, disposal, inspections, and/or lands and access maintenance. Some positions may be responsible for administering a statewide program such as senior citizen tax deferral or public utility district privilege tax.

At this level, complex assignments involve extensive title clearance, severance issues and/or benefits, follow-up to negotiations which have reached an impasse; investigation and disposition of claims involving unconstitutional takings; relocations involving more complex issues (i.e. retail businesses, farms, last resort housing); preparation or review of relocation plans, benefit computations; moving cost estimates; dual-premise appraisals, and/or appraisal of income producing properties.

Positions performing property tax audits work a majority of time on valuation of commercial, agricultural, light manufacturing, industrial, public utility property, or exempt property. Some appraisal positions require at least fifty percent of their time on commercial or public utility appraisals which include high-rise apartments, condominiums and office buildings; motels, hotels and restaurants; shopping centers; strip malls; warehousing and shipping terminals; medical centers; hospitals, light manufacturing plants such as soft-drink bottling plants; clothing; boat and mobile home manufacturers; or secondary private car and public utility companies. Positions are normally assigned to a region, major metropolitan area, or headquarters.

Typical Work

Negotiates real estate acquisitions;

Negotiates the sale or rental of department properties;

Prepares legal descriptions and documents for the acquisition, disposal, and rental of real property;

Participates in pre-trial proceedings and testifies in court including testimony as expert valuation witness;

Negotiates with groups such as corporate representatives, tribal groups, and railroad representatives requiring an understanding of real estate documents and cost and income value analysis;

Determines relocation eligibility and calculates benefits;

Performs housing inspections;

Initiates corrective action when errors or insufficiencies are found;

Writes appraisal reports for all types of real estate interests in accordance with Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP);

Plans, organizes, and conducts a district audit/appraisal program for determining market value of personal property;

Appraises complex commercial, manufacturing and industrial machinery and equipment as found in large or specialized industries;

Selects and applies appropriate audit/appraisal methods and techniques necessary to accurately and defensibly determine market value;

Prepares comprehensive audit/appraisal reports;

Advises and assists county assessors, their staff, and the general public on ad valorem taxation and valuation and assessment procedures of personal and exempt property;

Develops and presents methods, procedures, laws, and regulations pertaining to tax exemption/deferral programs to county personnel/public interest groups;

Prepares and teaches audit and appraisal methods and techniques;

Works closely with higher level appraiser on discovery and valuation of industrial or public utility complexes;

Testifies at county boards of equalization, Board of Tax Appeals and judicial proceedings as an expert on personal and exempt property laws and valuation techniques;

May assume lead responsibility on specific project assignments;

Investigates and negotiates difficult and complex transactions with land owners for purchase, lease, rental or use of real property and property rights; within price limits, concludes transactions and agrees to be included in the contract;

Conducts specialized and complex real estate acquisition, primarily by lease, under direct supervision;

Determines, by consultation with other staff, specific qualities of property and property rights needed; assists in determining desirability and priority of need for property to be acquired;

Investigates and analyzes space facilities, negotiates terms and conditions of leases or remodeling and closing transactions, subject to review by supervisor and attorney general;

Confers with regional staff regarding land need determinations and land area suitability; prepares region plan for real property acquisition and surplus property disposal; writes acquisition proposal statements;

Develops and presents grant proposals for acquisition and/or development of habitat and water access sites;

Conducts title searches and draws scale maps for project use;

Develops and monitors lands program and/or subprogram budget;

May assist in law enforcement activities as a commissioned officer;

Plans and implements the regional public access area program;

May lead or supervise lower level staff.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Positions typically require a Bachelor’s degree involving major study in business or public administration, real estate, economics, accounting, wildlife management, or related field


Two to three years of experience in activities such as acquisition, sales, leasing, appraisal, title examination, escrow closing, negotiations, property management, title examination, relocation assistance, or selling, leasing or buying commercial real estate, or auditing and/or appraising real or personal property for fair market value.


One year of experience as a Property and Acquisition Specialist 2.

Class Specification History

New class consolidates 17100 Lands Agent – Game, 17410 Real Estate Agent 3, 61180 Property Tax Auditor 4, 61880 Right of Way Agent 3, 61200 Property Tax Appraiser 4, effective,
January 1, 2006.
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 177K), general revision; adopted May 10, 2007 effective July 10, 2007.