Maintains property ownership and legal description records for all property located within Jefferson County. Provides research and customer service to the public and other County departments requiring technical expertise and extensive knowledge in legal descriptions and chain of title. Performs a variety of complex record keeping tasks.
Works under the direct supervision of the County Assessor, or in their absence, under the direction of the Deputy Assessor. Performs research for the Assessor, Cartographer and staff of property ownership and legal descriptions. Provides expert level customer assistance to the public, other County departments and title companies on legal descriptions and real property chain of title.
Knowledge and Skills
Knowledge of basic real estate law principles pertaining to real property transfer. Basic knowledge of assessment and taxation laws and procedures. Excellent working knowledge of legal descriptions and deeds of transference.
Ability to read and interpret legal description. Ability to discern chain of title from recorded documents. Ability to coordinate and prioritize numerous complicated assignments often time with strict deadlines while dealing with interruptions from the public. Knowledge of or familiarity with the use of coordinate geometry and basic cartographic principles and standards. Ability to perform detailed work involving both numerical data and legal descriptions. Ability to resolve conflicts with the public, and to communicate well with other staff and the public.
Ability to work at a computer screen for long periods of time. Ability to use rapid finger, hand and arm movement. Ability to walk, bend, stoop, kneel, and sit for long periods of time. Ability to lift, push or pull up to 30 lbs. when necessary.
Education and Experience
High school diploma or equivalent. Minimum two years computer experience and five years office experience in a high-volume customer service environment. Satisfactory completion of State of Oregon courses in Principles of Oregon Assessment & Taxation, Oregon Real Estate Law, Deeds & Property Title Transfers, and Legal Descriptions. Minimum of two years experience in a county assessment office.
Licenses and Certificates
Ability to obtain and maintain a valid Oregon driver’s license.
Work is performed indoors and outdoors where some safety considerations exist from physical labor and handling of light-to-medium weight, yet, awkward materials.
This position is based on the successful completion of a nine-month probationary period.