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Career Opportunity: Licensed Appraiser

Job Title
Licensed Appraiser
Golden State Farm Credit, ACA
Chico, California
Experience Level
Mid-Career (5-10 years)
Supervisor's Title
Chief Appraisal Officer
Financial Services
Salary Range
DOE, depending on experience
Posted Date
Friday, May 26, 2017
Closing Date
Open until filled
Job Description

Position Summary:

The Licensed Appraiser (level I, II, or senior) completes appraisals for internal and external clients by inspecting, researching, analyzing, and valuing property. Appraisal authority, productivity, complexity of appraisal, and years of experience may differentiate the Appraiser levels.

Essential Functions:

  • Appraisal Services
    • Collects and analyzes specific property and general market data
    • Researches, confirms, analyzes, inspects, and enters sales and rental information in the Association’s database
    • Determines the highest and best use of the subject property
    • Selects the market data that is most appropriate for the valuation of the subject property
    • Concludes an opinion of value
    • Provides summary of the subject property’s physical characteristics, valuation process, and value conclusion in a written report
    • Ensures appraisals meet the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and company expectations and guidelines
    • Peer reviews other appraiser’s work and communicate findings
    • Reviews, communicate findings, and co-sign larger appraisals
  • Property Inspections
    • Meets with customer and completes physical inspection of the subject property including buildings, land, permanent plantings, water systems/resources, and other property characteristics
    • Completes physical inspections of comparable sales
  • Title Reports Review & Certification
    • Reviews preliminary title report and determines if the legal description is correct and describes the property accurately
    • Determines if the exceptions to the title impact the subject’s value
    • Works directly with the title company to correct errors if necessary
  • Communication
    • Works closely with internal and external customer base by providing written and verbal communication
    • Coordinates and assists throughout the appraisal and lending process
    • Identifies areas of concern specific to the subject property and consults with loan officers and loan documentation specialists as needed
    • Represents the Association at various community events
  • Education
    • Attends educational offerings to stay informed of trends influencing various commodities, farming practices, and other pertinent topics
    • Remains current with continuing education for the appraisal license and designations
  • Data Security and Confidentiality
    • Appropriately protects the confidentiality, security, and integrity of the Association’s systems and data and clients’ data
  • Commitment and Support of Association Mission
    • Understands, applies, and supports the Association mission and vision statement in a positive, professional manner at work and with customers in all settings

Senior Level Appraiser Responsibilities May Include:

  • Fee Appraisal
    • Contracts with fee appraisers
    • Reviews outside fee appraisals
    • Trains non-licensed appraisal staff when necessary
  • Strategic Management
    • Provides input regarding the development of corporate direction, long-term and short-term strategies to management teams
    • Provides input to management teams regarding workforce
    • Shares expertise related to appraisal

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Knowledge of the agriculture, financial and real estate industry, and applied business mathematics and principles.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, computers, current appraisal-related software, and other office tools.
  • Ability to effectively read, write, and communicate in the English language.
  • Skill in serving and working effectively with both external and internal customers in a professional, respectful manner.
  • Skill in analyzing information and problem solving to formulate logical and objective conclusions.
  • Knowledge of title issues, easements, and legal descriptions.
  • Knowledge of typical crops and land uses, equipment types/uses, building types/uses, livestock, and yield potential.
  • Knowledge of soil and drainage characteristics, ground/surface water resources, and accompanying regulations.
  • Knowledge of various governmental agencies and their permitting processes that impact the potential use and value of property.
  • Knowledge, understanding, and application of appraisal concepts, regulations, processes, and procedures related to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices.
  • Knowledge, understanding, and application of appropriate industry expectations and guidelines in the valuation of chattel and real property.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture, Agricultural Business, Agricultural Science, Real Estate, Finance, or a related field
  • Experience: 3+ years of basic agricultural appraisal experience
  • Certifications: Certified General Appraiser License

Physical Demands:

Positions in this class requires: typing, talking, hearing, seeing, and repetitive motions.  May be required to lift up to 20 pounds, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects while completing essential functions.  This position is comprised of some sedentary work which involves sitting at a computer a portion of the workday; walking and standing are required regularly. The employee is required to have close visual acuity to perform activities such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures, viewing a computer screen, and/or reading extensively. Also requires: climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, grasping, walking on uneven surfaces and/or confined areas.

Working Conditions:

This position is subject to office and outdoor working conditions. Indoor Office Conditions:  Employees work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances. Outdoor Conditions:  Employees may be subjected to environmental conditions and atmospheric conditions, including: dusts, fumes, extreme temperatures, inadequate lighting, and intense noises. This position requires approximately 40% travel time. In both environments employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.

***Golden State Farm Credit is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  If you need a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process please notify us via email at employment@gsfarmcredit.com.***

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