Colorado State Appraiser II (Denver Metro) in Denver Metro, Colorado

Appraiser II (Denver Metro)



Appraiser II (Denver Metro)


$5,115.00 - $6,894.00 Monthly


Denver Metro, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Department of Transportation

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Department Information

This position is only open to Colorado state residents.

This announcement is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed as they come in. It is in your best interest to apply as soon as possible.

About CDOT

Are you looking for a challenge? Do you have a passion for helping people? Do you want to be part of a diverse team that is committed to making the transportation system in Colorado safe and efficient? Then, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is the place for you! CDOT is devoted to incorporating technology, providing equal employment opportunities, developing leaders, and improving systems in order to provide outstanding customer service. By saving lives and making lives better by providing freedom, connection, and experience through travel, CDOT is committed to becoming the number #1 Department of Transportation in the country. In working towards this goal, we believe every one of our employees plays a critical role. CDOT's core values include safety, people, integrity, customer service, excellence and respect. Please visit to learn about CDOT and how we are making Colorado a great place to live, work and play, now and for the future!

In addition to a fantastic place to work CDOT offers a variety of benefits which include:

  • Annual leave (accrued based on years of service, starting at 8 hours a month)

  • Sick leave accrued at 6.66 hours a month

  • 10 paid holidays per year

  • Medical and dental plans

  • State paid life insurance policy of $50,000

  • Choice of 2 retirement plans

  • 401K and 457 plans

  • State paid Short Term Disability coverage

  • Credit Union Membership

  • Work life programs

  • Free RTD EcoPass

  • Tuition reimbursement programs

  • Training

To learn more about our benefits visit:


Description of Job

This position works for the Right of Way Unit in Region 1 and serves as the designated expert in property appraisal, including performing appraisals, performing review appraisals, contracting for appraisal services, providing valuation support for appraisal waivers and litigation, and serving as a resource for guidance, oversight, and quality control for local public agencies.

Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Perform appraisals and prepare appraisal reports to be used for the acquisition of real estate interests This, under the exercise of the power of eminent domain, required for transportation related projects;

  • Perform appraisals and prepare appraisal reports to be used for the sale, exchange or lease of CDOT owned properties;

  • Initiate in-depth research studies by collecting, verifying, and reporting data deemed necessary for the valuation of subject properties;

  • Perform highest and best use analyses for all valuation assignments which form the basis for selection of comparable properties in the cost, sales comparison and income approaches to value;

  • Physically inspect and analyze all appraisal projects including rural, agricultural, mountain, suburban, industrial, publicly-owned, and commercial properties;

Appraisal review services

  • Review contract fee appraisals originally negotiated and contracted under the Purchase Order contracting process;

  • Review all submitted property owner appraisals for proposed project acquisitions and all Local Public Agency submitted appraisals, completing and signing fair market value and appraisal review reports;

  • Monitor documents for compliance with CDOT, State of Colorado and Federal requirements, including physical inspection of projects, subjects and all comparables in all areas, rural and urban;

  • Produce written reports describing the reviewer's conclusions regarding the appraisal report's level of adequacy of the appraisal process, the reasonableness of the conclusions reached, and the compliance levels required;

Appraisal Consultant Management

  • Physically inspect and analyze all properties in each transportation projects; Employ methods, rules, regulations, and negotiation techniques to secure required Purchase Order agreements with independent fee appraisal contractors;

  • Coordinate with CDOT purchasing unit to create and finalize all contracting documentation;

  • Physically inspect and show properties/projects and explain potential valuation problems to contract fee appraisers;

  • Negotiate final fees for contract appraisals on projects;

  • Complete consultant evaluation forms for contract appraisal services;

  • Appraisal advise and support for the Regional offices and internal and external customers;

Regional expert on appraisal and appraisal review functions, quality assurance, training, developing and coordinating policy and procedures with Region personnel

  • Serve as consultant and adviser to the Region office and Attorney General's Office on property valuation issues;

  • Litigation support where issue of just compensation is resolved in condemnation actions;

  • Attend and provide expert witness testimony at depositions and valuation trials;

  • Other job duties as assigned.

Work Environment:

  • Primarily 8:00 am – 5:00 pm work hours, Monday-Friday

  • Approximately 20% spent in the field, 80% spent in the office

  • Travel required during work hours throughout Metro Denver/Front Range

  • Occasional overnight travel 1-3 times a year throughout Colorado

  • Required to operate CDOT vehicles

  • Willing and able to work in all areas of Region 1, compromising of metro, rural, and moutain terrains, including climbing to some areas

  • Required to work near heavy traffic areas

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

This experience must be specifically documented on your application. Additional information submitted after the closing date of this announcement will not be considered in the review of your application.

  • A Certified General Appraiser License issued by the State of Colorado Board of Real Estate Appraisers is required.

  • AND at least one year of professional experience in commercial real estate appraisal. Candidate should have experience and expertise in the unique procedures and complexities of preparing and reviewing eminent domain appraisals.

  • A current valid driver's license is required for this position as it requires operating a state or personal motor vehicle to perform one or more essential functions of the position.

Substitution: Additional work experience that provided the same kind, amount and level of knowledge acquired in the required education, may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required bachelor's degree but not for the specific experience.

NOTE: A legible copy of your unofficial college transcript(s) or credential evaluation report must be submitted with your application. Transcripts from colleges or universities outside of the United States must be assessed for U.S. equivalency by a NACES educational credential evaluation service. Failure to provide a transcript or credential evaluation report will result in your application being rejected and you will not be able to continue in the selection process for this position.

Stronger candidates will be those that demonstrate depth and breadth of skill and ability, through a combination of professional experience and formal training, to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of this position.

The Exceptional Applicant will be an experienced Property Appraiser and will possess the proven ability or accomplishment in the following:

  • Demonstrated success with the duties listed in the Description of the Job section;

  • Highest work/personal ethics and integrity;

  • Advanced level of proficiency in eminent domain appraisal procedures and practices;

  • Extensive appraisal review experience;

  • Private and public sector appraisal experience;

  • Experience using established appraisal data resources;

  • Experience providing expert witness testimony;

  • Experience with USPAP, FHWA, and CDOT Appraisal Operations Manual requirements and guidelines

  • Leadership and vision across multidisciplinary groups;

  • Proven ability to manage multiple assignments, priorities, and projects in a demanding environment;

  • Ability to work under tight deadlines and be adaptable to changing assignments;

  • Ability to take initiative to solve problems in an innovative manner;

  • Ability to partner with public and private organizations, special interest groups, elected and appointed officials, in situations which may be politically sensitive;

  • Ability to work with general public, professional, consultants, and staff, with sensitivity to their needs, priorities, promises made and commitments;

  • Ability to negotiate mutually acceptable solutions and build consensus through give and take;

  • Interpersonal and relationship building skills;

  • Experience supervising professional and support staff;

  • Strong time and project management skills, including prioritization and multi-tasking ability;

  • Excellent reasoning, investigative, analytical, and problem solving ability;

  • Excellent facilitation, presentation, and communication skills, both written and oral;

  • Strong attention to technical detail and accuracy;

  • Passion for safety;

  • Ability to work effectively in both independent and team situations;

  • Fluency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access), Gmail, SAP, and the ability to quickly learn other software systems.

Employment Screening

If an applicant reaches the finalist stage of the hiring process, the Colorado Department of Transportation may procure a consumer report and/or investigative consumer report on the applicant in connection with his/her application for employment purposes, as defined under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. These reports may be obtained at any time after receipt of the applicant's authorization. As part of the employment screening an applicant will be requested to disclose any deferred judgments and convictions as well an explanation of the circumstances around any arrest or conviction. In the event that a screening returns information that the applicant believes is not accurate, he or she will have an opportunity to dispute the information with "Info Cubic".

Info Cubic, a consumer reporting agency, will obtain the report for CDOT. Further information regarding Info Cubic, LLC, including its privacy policy, may be found online at Info Cubic is located at 9250 E. Costilla Ave., Suite 525, Greenwood Village, CO 80112, and can be reached at 877.360.4636.

The report may contain information bearing on the applicant's character, general reputation, personal characteristics, and mode of living. The information that may be included in the report includes: social security number trace, criminal records check, public court records checks, educational records, and driving records checks. CDOT will only request credit reports insofar as they relate to the position for which the applicant is applying. The information contained in the report will be obtained from private and/or public record sources. The applicant will have the right, upon written request made within a reasonable time after receipt of a notice, to request disclosure of the nature and scope of any investigative consumer report.

Supplemental Information

Applicant Checklist: Only complete applications submitted by the closing date for this announcement will be given consideration. Immediately after you submit your application you should receive an email that confirms that you successfully submitted an application for this position. If you do not, try submitting again until you receive the confirmation email. Be sure to also check your junk folder for email communications from the State of Colorado's website.

Complete Applications must include the following documents:

A complete CDOT Application for Announced Vacancy (please submit online using the link in this announcement)

  • A complete Supplemental Questionnaire (must submit online as part of your application)

  • A copy of your Certified General Appraiser License issued by the State of Colorado Board of Real Estate Appraisers (please attach to your application)

  • Submit with this application a copy of a written appraisal report performed by you for any client or purpose, that you deem reflective of your appraisal and communication skills.

Only complete applications will be given consideration. Every effort must be made to submit transcripts by the announcement close date. Where unusual circumstances prevent timely acquisition of transcripts, they must be submitted within five business days of the announcement close date.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application, but may be used to supplement information to the application. Failure to submit properly completed documents by the closing date of this announcement will result in your application being rejected.

Former employees of the Colorado Department of Transportation System or any other State of Colorado Department or Agency, who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination, must disclose this information on his/her application.

Transfer, Non-Disciplinary Demotion or Reinstatement:

If you believe that you are eligible to be considered as a transfer, non-disciplinary demotion or reinstatement to this vacancy, you must submit a completed application following the directions in this job announcement and you will be included in the selection process along with other qualified applicants. If you are the finalist for this position after the selection process, Human Resources will confirm your eligibility to be appointed as a transfer, non-disciplinary demotion or reinstatement applicant.

The Assessment Process: Colorado Revised Statutes require that all state employees be hired and promoted through comparative analysis of merit and fitness. Part or all of the assessment for this position will include a review of your application material. Applications will be reviewed by a Human Resource Specialist and/or Subject Matter Experts to determine if you meet the minimum requirements for the position. They may also use the application material to assess and rank applicants who meet the minimum requirements, to cut to a top group for additional assessment, or establish an eligible list for referral to the hiring manager for final consideration.

Be sure your application material specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, work products, and accomplishments as they relate to the Major Duties, Education and Experience Requirements, and Exceptional Applicant sections as listed above. Upload additional pages if necessary to fully explain your experience and accomplishments. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the deadline for application may result in your application not being accepted for this position and may affect your inclusion as a qualified candidate in any of step of the selection process and placement on the eligible list.

Appeal Rights: If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at

The Consolidated Appeal/Dispute Form is available at: . Any appeals must be in writing and received no later than 10 calendar days from the date the examination was administered. Send appeals to the appropriate address as indicated on the Consolidated Appeal/Dispute Form. The above ten-day deadline and appeal procedures apply, as well, to all charges of discrimination.

ADA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To receive the accommodation, the person making the request must present medical documentation that describes the disability which justifies the accommodation. Because it requires several days for CDOT to evaluate the request and prepare for the accommodation, it is essential for the person who believes he/she may need an accommodation to locate or obtain the documentation that he/she intends to submit well in advance of the assessment date. Failure to provide the medical documentation several days in advance of a comparative analysis could make it impossible for CDOT to prepare for and provide the requested accommodation.

To request a reasonable test accommodation for this assessment, please contact the Center for Human Resource Management at (303)757-9216 or the contact listed on this announcement several days before the assessment date.


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