City of Boston

Commissioner of Assessing

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Under general policy direction from and at the will of the Mayor, the Commissioner of Assessing is responsible for the valuation and assessment of real and personal property in the City of Boston for the purpose of taxation. This position administers property tax based on the fair market assessment of goods, and oversees assessment services.

The City Assessor is responsible for managing, directing, and integrating the functions, programs, and activities of the Assessment Department. The Assessor provides strategic leadership for the Mayor, City Council, and senior City management regarding the valuation of City revenue, which contributes significantly to Boston’s fiscal strength and AAA bond rating.


Boston residency required.


  • Plans, directs, and manages the Assessment Department; oversees the assessment of over 170,000 parcels of property with a market value of over 150 billion dollars, resulting in the City’s property tax revenue
  • Ensures accurate and timely assessment of all real and personal property; maintains maps, records of assessment and ownership, abatements, and related property description data; ensures assessment records are reviewed annually to reflect new construction, fire damage, and changes in ownership
  • Participates in the development of the City’s economic and fiscal policies by managing tax incentive programs; participates in negotiations for property sales and construction
  • Recommends and monitors changes in tax policy and assessment processes to maximize fiscal performance and property tax equity
  • Evaluates and recommends tax incentives to promote economic development and tax base growth
  • Ensures timely certification of assessments and tax rates; ensures tax levy meets revenue requirements and that assessment accuracy minimizes potential abatement refunds
  • Oversees the Payment in Lieu of Tax program; ensures abatement and exemption requests are responded to in a timely manner
  • Oversees the correct billing of automobile and boat excise taxes
  • Oversees legal and valuation expert contracts for defense of values at the Appellate Tax Board; manages contracts for procurement and maintenance of department hardware and software systems to support valuation and assessment processes
  • Oversees the operations of the Assessment department, including preparation and management of the budget, hiring, contracting, and personnel management; participates in programs and activities that promote workplace diversity and a positive employee relations environment
  • Performs related work as required


  • At least eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience in government and/or financial management. A bachelors degree in business administration, finance, accounting may be substituted for two (2) years experience, and a masters degree may be substituted for three (3) years experience.
  • Certification as an Accredited Assessor or equivalent designation
  • Extensive knowledge of municipal assessments and related laws, rules and regulations.
  • Prior experience in real estate assessment is preferred but not required.
  • Experience in government preferred but not required.

Knowledge of:

  • Theory, principles, practices and techniques of public administration, including, financial management, human resources, purchasing, operations management, and other general operational support services.
  • Federal, state and local laws, regulations and court decisions applicable to property assessments.
  • City operations and functions and associated management, financing, budgeting, intergovernmental relations, and administrative service issues
  • Research methods and statistical and financial analysis techniques
  • Property tax and assessment laws and regulations, real estate valuation and finance.
  • Principles, practices, tools and techniques of project management
  • Computer systems and current information technology practices
  • Principles and practices of sound oral and written communications, including: presenting proposals and recommendations clearly, logically and persuasively in public meetings.
  • Principles and practices of effective management and supervision for a diverse staff with specialized skills
  • City human resources policies and labor contract provisions

Ability to:

  • Build relationships with a wide range of internal and external partners
  • Plan, direct, manage and integrate a broad program of centralized management, finance, human resources, and administrative services.
  • Define complex management, finance, budget, and administrative issues; perform difficult and complex analyses and research; evaluate alternatives and develop sound conclusions and recommendations.
  • Understand, interpret, explain, and apply City, state, and federal policy, law, regulation and court decisions applicable to municipal assessments.
  • Analyze, interpret, and explain proposed legislation and programs in terms of their implications and impacts on municipal assessments.
  • Present proposals and recommendations clearly, logically and persuasively in public meetings.
  • Prepare clear, concise and comprehensive statements, correspondence, reports, studies and other written materials appropriate to diverse technical and nontechnical audiences.
    • Prioritize and handle multiple projects simultaneously
    • Balance long-term and short-term goals; identify and set priorities
    • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
    • Exercise seasoned management and political acumen, tact, and diplomacy in dealing with complex, sensitive, and confidential issues
    • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the Mayor, City Commissioners, department directors, managers, elected and appointed officials of other governmental agencies, City employees, business and community leaders, the media, and City residents encountered in the course of work
    • Exercise good judgement and focus on detail as required by the job.
Job Information
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts, 02210, United States
  • Job ID:
  • Posted:
    May 17, 2019
  • Position Title:
    Commissioner of Assessing
  • Company Name:
    City of Boston
  • Job Function:
    City Assessor
  • Entry Level:
  • Job Type:
  • Job Duration:
  • Min Education:
  • Min Experience:
    7-10 Years
  • Required Travel:

About City of Boston

Boston is the twenty-second largest city, in terms of population, in the United States and the economic hub of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Greater New England area. It is a center for professional services, business, finance, technology, research and development, higher education and health care, as well as for transportation, exports, communications, culture and entertainment.

During the past three years, the City saw notable construction projects in Boston enter the property tax base for commercial, mixed-use and residential properties. Currently there are over 170,000 assessed parcels, including exempt properties. Residential markets have shown exceptionally strong growth. The 2018 Q4 median sales price for a single family home in Boston was $600,000 according to the Department of Neighborhood Development using Banker and Tradesman data.

Real and personal property taxes are the largest single source of the City’s revenue. In FY19, property values increased by $10.6 billion or 7% to $165 billion. The City’s gross property tax levy for FY19 equals $2.3 billion, amounting to 71% of City General Fund revenues of the total $3.3 billion budgeted.

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