Assessor Paul D. Petersen

Maricopa County Assessor's Office


With the growth of Maricopa County, the demands for high quality assessment services continue to increase. Our commitment to the citizens of Maricopa is to employ the most professional methods, tools and staff resources to produce property values which are fair and equitable.

Continuous improvement and innovation toward this end are a priority. As well, the development of a highly professional organization populated by the best in the business is also a top priority – not just for today, but also for tomorrow.

With that in mind, we wish to explore the marketplace for talented individuals who want to be part of a progressive approach to our business at all levels.

More particularly, we recognize the need to attract leaders who will help us drive forward to achieve our goals and deliver as effectively as possible on our commitment to the citizens and the county.

If you are an energetic individual with a commitment to excellence, we would like to hear from you. Please click on specific job openings below to review our immediate needs. If your background meets the qualifications, follow the instructions to apply now for a current open position.

Current Openings

The Maricopa County Assessor's Office constantly seeks the best and brightest to fill our needs. As opportunities arise they will be listed in the County's main Employment page.

We appreciate your interest in employment with us. Some available positions may not be listed on this page. Please check the Maricopa County website regularly for job opportunities which become available and approved for recruitment and hiring.

Appraiser Manager

The Maricopa County Assessor's Office is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for a bright and energetic leader in the property appraisal field. The time is right! We recently redesigned our appraiser jobs and approach to producing property values for the nation's fourth largest county, and are seeking a key leader to be part of our Appraiser Division Leadership Team to put this into action.

We have divided the county into three regions and this Appraiser Manager will be responsible for all appraisal work in one of these. The successful candidate will be collaborative and a consensus builder, but will be unafraid to recommend bold solutions to emerging leadership or appraisal problems. In addition to making decisions to ensure the timely and effective production of fair and equitable values for the properties in the region, you will also work closely with the other regional appraiser managers to craft and execute strategies and communications which will impact the entire Appraisal Division. Together the appraiser managers and their supervisors will work to transform the Appraisal Division and significantly enhance the culture and work life experience for all staff. In this regard, one of the key outcomes expected is to ensure the development of staff to capably and confidently perform appraisal functions for multiple property types.

We are moving from a specialized property type approach to a multiple property type approach with two main areas of focus: Field Services: Identification, collection and understanding of properties and property related information; Valuation Services: Appraisal analysis, adjustment or verification of property values, customer focused appraisal processes, and appeals. Within the Appraisal Division there is a third area of focus, Mass Appraisal Modeling known as CAMA. The CAMA unit creates regression models to produce property values. Our new approach to appraisal will take greater advantage of the appraisal work to further ensure that the models created produce the highest quality property values.

The Appraiser Manager will be accountable for all of the above areas for the region and will have multiple supervisor-led Field Services and Valuation Services teams, and will work closely with the mass appraisal modeling group. The manager and supervisors ensure responsive customer focus and timely and high quality production and analysis of property values. This manager will also oversee the administrative support for the entire Appraisal Division.

The future is bright as the Maricopa County Assessor's Office is engaged in other initiatives to enhance its capabilities which will make significant differences in the Appraisal Division as well as the entire office. For example, we are currently engaged in a multi-year project to re-design and implement our computer systems engine. And, with technology as a priority, we will be developing tools and methods which will give us the opportunity to work remotely, enhance our electronic capture and analysis of information, etc.

The successful candidate will create transparent and timely communication needed to help guide staff through changes, be a positive influence, demonstrate and model commitment to the customer and to the community, effectively delegate and work through the team of supervisors, and to collaborate and influence within not only the entire Appraisal Division but also across the Assessor's Office. The Appraiser Manager will attend senior leadership meetings and be accountable for results, recommendations and reporting to the senior leadership. The successful candidate will not only be able to think strategically, but will also be able to translate strategic priorities into tactical action plans with clear objectives and results.

Given the rapidly evolving nature of our business, the successful candidate must be flexible, willing to take risk, comfortable with ambiguity and able to help others and the organization move from ambiguity to clarity. A balance between patience and a sense of urgency will be important as will the ability to listen and consider others' input. We have smart people and we are after all, in the business of rendering opinions of value, so being able to handle constructive criticism will be important—a sense of humor helps.

If you possess many of the above characteristics, and enjoy diverse challenges, please visit the Maricopa County on-line job site to read the job description and requirements. If your qualifications match our requirements, please apply on-line.

View the Appraiser Manager brochure (PDF).

HR Analyst

The Maricopa County Assessor's Office is in the midst of major initiatives to streamline its business practices and systems, improve its capabilities and embrace the assessment community's drive to elevate the profession and its approach to property appraisal. Exciting times and great change bring with them challenge and opportunity for the Human Resources professional.

We are looking for the HR professional who has the basic to moderate understanding and skills required for client-centered HR, and is excited about these challenges. This opportunity is perfect for the HR professional early in their career who wants to add significant experience and skill sets to build his or her career portfolio. You will be exposed to and have the opportunity to apply change management, emotional intelligence, organizational engagement and effectiveness assessments to help the Maricopa County Assessor's Office as it moves forward with change.

In addition, this opportunity will call upon you to blend your more traditional HR skills with the above to serve assigned client work groups in a wide variety of people related ways, including but not limited to helping clarify and meeting recruitment needs, leadership advisory, employee counseling, conflict resolution, employee relations management, etc.

You will be a member of a small HR team and will work collaboratively within that team to anticipate and proactively address areas for improvement, and effectively respond to the needs of not only your assigned client groups but also the Assessor's Office as a whole.

You will be expected to function at multiple levels: dealing with client matters, coordinating HR functions (e.g., recruiting), participating in organization-wide HR facilitated processes (e.g., annual performance review), attending to the details of maintaining accurate and up to date HR data/records and analyzing same. The successful candidate will demonstrate high level thinking, and be willing to roll up your sleeves to get the job done.

This is not "government as usual" but a special opportunity which will require a blend of preserving our obligations to the taxpayers and legislated responsibilities, and dealing with the business issues pragmatically to help the organization innovate and change successfully.

We are looking for that person to whom the above appeals, and who is looking to learn and grow. If you are that person, we want to invest in you so that over the next three years you will not only help us succeed, the experience you gain will position you for the next step in your career.

Requires Bachelor's degree plus a minimum of two years' experience in involving high level human resources analysis, problem resolution, and development of human resources capabilities and organizational capabilities. Experience should also include delivery of a wide range of human resources services. Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources, Psychology, Business or related field plus three years of progressive human resources experience preferred. Experience with payroll/HRIS a plus. Exposure to emotional intelligence a plus. Some evidence of continued education and applied learning.

The position's compensation is an annualized pay of $47,000--$73,000 (starting salary depending on experience), and a full range of competitive benefits. If you are interested in learning more about this position, please visit the Maricopa County job site at where you can read the job description and apply on-line.

Employee Benefits

As one of the largest employers in the Valley of the Sun, Maricopa County is able to offer employees many employment advantages:

  • Choice of Three (3) Health Plans (Vision benefits included in all Medical Plans) Employee, Spouse, Children and Family coverage available at comparably low premium rates.
  • Choice of Three (3) Dental Plans
  • Behavioral Health Plan
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Group Legal Plan
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for Medical and Child Care Expenses
  • Ten Paid Holidays
  • Three Weeks of Paid Vacation Leave
  • One Week of Paid Sick Leave
  • One Floating Day Off
  • 9/80 Flex Work Schedules Available in Most Positions
  • Pension Plan in Arizona State Retirement System
  • Employer Paid Life Insurance of One Times Annual Salary (not to exceed $500,000)
  • Optional Supplemental Life Insurance Available at Group Rates
  • Supplemental Family Life Insurance Coverage Available at Group Rates
  • Tax Deferred 457 Savings Plan
  • Long Term Disability through the Arizona State Retirement System
  • Short Term Disability Available at Group Rates
  • Subsidized Phoenix Transit Bus Passes
  • County Credit Union
  • Automatic Deposit of Pay Checks
  • Paid Bereavement Time
  • In-House training and development including work related tuition reimbursement up to $5,000
  • Wellness programs which include weight loss, quit smoking, health promotions, low cost assessments, and 24/7 Gym access.
  • Employee Discount Program includes discounts on sporting events, movies, car rental, and much more.