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 Employment Opportunities in Cambridge


POSTING DATE: January 14, 2019

Cambridge residents are especially encouraged to apply.

Department: Assessing Department
Job Title: Director
Job Code: 0327-701
Civil Service Position: Non Civil Service position
Union Affiliation: None
Hours Per Week: 37.5 hrs./wk. (night and weekend hours, as needed)


The City of Cambridge is a AAA rated community by the three major rating agencies. FY19 total assessed value is 49 billion comprised of $18 billion (commercial), $1.6 billion (personal property) and $29.4 billion (residential). The Director of Assessment serves as Chair on the three-member Board of Assessors and supervises the Assessing Department, which has 13 full-time positions. The position reports to the Assistant City Manager for Fiscal Affairs and is a key member of the City Manager's fiscal and management team. The ideal candidate will have strong leadership, organizational, communication, customer service, technical and property valuation skills and experience.

The Director of Assessment will plan and direct the assessment of real and personal property for the City by, supervising and training staff; interpreting and administering the General Laws of Massachusetts and directives of the Department of Revenue regarding real estate assessments and exemptions; monitoring the Assessing Department Budget and approving expenditures and other duties as required and assigned. Other specific duties include but are not limited to the following;             

  • Maintains the Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal (CAMA) System.
  • Develops residential and commercial models for assessing files.
  • Plans, organizes, coordinates and controls administration of real property, personal property and motor vehicle excise tax assessment functions in accordance with applicable laws and guidelines.
  • Responsible for the maintenance of the Vision Appraisal CAMA system coefficients.
  • Responsible for all internal audit reports and all reports as required by the Department of Revenue (DOR) related to assessment data, including annual reports in-depth quinquennial reports, and annual forms required by DOR for DOR's approval of the City's tax rate.
  • Assists in the development of the annual tax rate/classification recommendations by the City Manager to the City Council
  • Assists in the development of three annual newsletters to residents regarding property taxes, classification, tax rates and abatements and exemptions.
  • Provides related assessing and tax projections contained in the annual audit, rating agency presentation, official statement and budget prepared by the City.
  • Reviews applications for abatement and requests for statutory tax exemptions.
  • Analyzes legal files on tax appeal cases for needed action and recommends action to be taken.
  • Prepares and reviews real estate appraisal reports as needed.
  • Administers the selection of all outside professional contractors (legal, appraisal and technical) and monitors performance.
  • Researches and creates policy documents and reports based on City Council requests on various property tax and valuation issues, including the drafting of home rule petitions for consideration.
  • Serves on various working groups related to zoning and planning issues, short-term rentals, housing, business improvement districts and the like.
  • Prepares and presents presentations to various citizen, business and other groups.


  • Bachelor's Degree in business, finance, property valuation or related field with five years of management and/or real and personal property assessing experience in a metropolitan city or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Holder of a certification as a Certified Massachusetts Assessor, Massachusetts Accredited Assessor or other professional assessing and/or appraisal designations is highly desired.
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully working with commercial property owners and the local business community, is highly desired.
  • Experience testifying before the Appellate Tax Board is preferred, as is experience in assisting in the management of litigation related to property assessment.
  • Ability to utilize a variety of reference, descriptive and advisory data and information such as real estate documents, building permits, statistical reports and other related documents.
  • Demonstrated experience in valuing substantial commercial properties such as office buildings, hotels, research and development facilities and biotech properties preferred.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to perform data analysis and implement decisions based on such data, then oversee the execution of these decisions.
  • Experience must also include prior supervisory responsibilities of a staff, which may include first-line supervisors.
  • Must be detail oriented, able to adhere to mandated deadlines, and have excellent customer service skills.
  • Excellent writing, oral presentation and public relations skills are required.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS:        Ability to access, input, and retrieve information from a computer.  Answer telephones and maintain multiple files. Must read and analyze large quantities of information.  Must have sufficient mobility to get back and forth from office to offsite meetings.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:     Work is conducted primarily in an office environment with fluorescent lighting, air conditioning, computers and other standard office equipment, but also involves meetings in other offices or facilities

RATE: $143,000- 159,730/year PLUS applicable stipend as provided for under MGL Chapter 59 Section 21A ½.


Internal applicants submit a job bidding form and 2 copies of both your resume and letter of interest; external applicants submit both your resume and letter of interest via email to: or to Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA  02139. Fax 617-349-4312. Resume and cover letter requested by 2/13/19.  Position will remain open until filled.

The City of Cambridge is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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