Residents - City of Regina

City Assessor


Openings 1
Division City Of Regina
Location Name
City of Regina
Regina, Saskatchewan, CA
Date Posted Jul 18, 2019
Profession Business Administration/Executive Management
Experience Level(s) Not Specified
Desired Employment Status Permanent
Education Level(s) Not Specified
Job ID job-3957

Position Summary

As the only CEAA accredited municipality in Canada, the City of Regina is currently looking for a City Assessor to provide strategic and influential leadership and direction on all property assessment matters.

Reporting to the Director, Assessment Tax & Utility Billing, the City Assessor is responsible for the management of the Assessment Branch including operational and program planning, stakeholder relationship management, financial management and people leadership.

The mandate of the City Assessor includes management of the Commercial Assessment, Residential Assessment and Assessment Research units within the Assessment Branch as well as leadership in the Assessment Appeals process. This position is responsible for ensuring fair and equitable assessment of all lands and improvements in the city for taxation purposes and determining the taxable and exempt status of all properties.

Typical duties and responsibilities include:

  • Communication skills to lead and/or facilitate groups of stakeholders, both within the City and with partners, citizens and other levels of government to present complex and challenging content / issues (the public, City of Regina property owners, developers, lawyers, real estate agents, members of appeal boards, etc.);
  • Leads the development and implementation of the Assessment Branch annual operational plan in the context of both the City and Department plans;
  • Ensures development of policies, systems, procedures and documentation across all areas of mandate;
  • Ensures that there is timely and accurate forecasting and ongoing analysis of the budget and expenditures and where necessary, ensures proactive mitigation strategies are developed and implemented;
  • Provides advice, guidance and information on area of subject matter expertise to senior City leaders;
  • Meets with community representatives, partners and other stakeholders to plan program and services and resolve service issues (developers, real estate agents, tax agents, appraisers, banks and financial institutions, lawyers, contractors, architects and federal, provincial and civic officials, as well as the general public)
  • Meets with Council members to provide information, advice and guidance on issues relevant to the Department;
  • Meets with other levels of government to discuss / plan municipal level programs and services;
  • Responds to formal hearings and reviews related to assessment challenges / complaints;
  • Represents the City at formal hearings (e.g. Board of Revision, Saskatchewan Municipal Board Assessment Appeal Committee);
  • Serves as media spokesperson on behalf of City;
  • Proactively identifies operational risks, program/service reviews and develops recommendations and action plans;
  • Develop, monitor and report on valuation loss risk relating to Assessment Appeals which in turn becomes potential taxation revenue loss;
  • Oversees the preparation and maintenance of the assessment roll and determines the date of the annual and supplemental assessment rolls and related notices;
  • Oversees and maintains changes to valuation models, property classification and changes made to the Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal (CAMA) systemEnsures that the requirements of provincial or federal legislation, City Council’s bylaws, and policies are adhered to; 
  • Administers the municipal assessment program in accordance with provisions of The Cities Act and other applicable governmental statues or regulations;
  • Defends the assessment roll and assessments before the Board of Revision and the Saskatchewan Municipal Board Assessment Appeal Committee;
  • Conducts a continual review of rates, market trends, cost assessment methods and other factors affecting property values to ensure equitable assessments in accordance with statutes;
  • Provides technical information and advice and interprets assessment policy to City Council, the public and the Administration;
  • Conducts hearings and reviews reports on complaints against assessments and renders judgements as to appropriate disposition of cases;
  • Confers with officials of the federal and provincial governments, private corporations and the City on matters pertaining to assessments;
  • Attends as required, meetings of City Council and the Standing Committees;
  • Provides direct leadership, mentoring and coaching of the Branch supervisors, coordinators and other staff

The successful candidate requires knowledge of: the functions, principles and policies of municipal government; the requirements of the bylaws and policies of City Council and applicable legislation; real property assessment principles, practices and procedures; the municipal, provincial and federal laws and regulations pertaining to assessment; and have the ability to:  provide others with a vision of the future; effectively get ideas accepted; coach others to achieve objectives; lead, support and create a team approach; and lead by example; build effective, strong interpersonal relations; express ideas effectively both orally and in writing in a communication style adaptable to various situations; support and encourage career management.

Candidates will be screened on the following criteria:

*** To be considered for this position you must clearly identify your qualifications, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities and where you obtained them in your application/resume. ***

Typically, the knowledge skills and abilities for this position are obtained through the completion of a university degree in Commerce, Business Administration, or a related discipline and an approved Assessment or Appraisal accreditation (i.e. AACI).  Eight (8) to ten (10) years in Municipal Assessment, including five (5) years in a senior supervisory or administrative level.

Added Requirements:  Licensed or eligibility for licensing, in the Saskatchewan Assessment Appraisers Association and/or holding the CAE designation from the International Association of Assessing Officers and/or holding the AACI designation from the Appraisal Institute of Canada.

This position will remain open until filled.

*Note: Testing may be done to evaluate knowledge, skills and abilities.

*Candidates selected for an interview will be required to provide proof of acquired education*

**In accordance with the City of Regina’s Criminal Record Check Policy, the position requires that the successful candidate provide a satisfactory Criminal Record Check as a condition of employment.**

The City of Regina values diversity in our workforce and encourages applications from all qualified Employment Equity candidates.

We will contact applicants we wish to consider within six weeks of the competition closing date.  All applicants are thanked for their interest.

Applications are being accepted until December 31, 2019

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