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Property Assessment Appeal Board – Vice Chair

Property Assessment Appeal Board – Vice Chair

Requisition # 2328386
Job Location Canada-British Columbia-All
Job Stream Real Estate
Job Type Appointment, Full-Time
Number of Positions Open 1
Posting Date 08-Jul-2019/td>
Expiry Date 29-Jul-2019
Educational Requirements N/A
Languages Required English

 

Job Description

Structure and Mandate

The Property Assessment Appeal Board (”the Board”) is a quasi-judicial administrative tribunal established under the Assessment Act (”the Act”). The Board hears appeals from the Property Assessment Review Panels to determine whether property is assessed at actual value, whether property is properly classified in accordance with the Regulations, and whether property is entitled to an exemption from taxation. The Board is independent of both the Property Assessment Review Panels and BC Assessment. The Board uses facilitative dispute resolution techniques to settle as many appeals as possible without a hearing. For appeals that are not resolved, the Board may hold an in person hearing or conduct a hearing by way of written submissions. An appeal is generally heard by a single member paneled by the Chair, but in more complex appeals, the Chair may panel two or three members to hear the appeal.

The Board is the final level in the appeal process for property assessments throughout the Province (short of an appeal to the Supreme Court of British Columbia on a question of law). The Board is currently managing approximately 5,200 appeals with a total assessed value of approximately $80 billion.

Vice Chairs are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council in accordance with the Assessment Act and the Administrative Tribunals Act.

The Board’s offices are located at 605 Robson Street in Vancouver, British Columbia. There are currently one (1) full time Chair, two (2) full time Vice-Chairs and twenty-one (21) part time Board members. The Board receives an annual budget of approx. $ 1.4 million. Further information about the Board can be found at: http://assessmentappeal.bc.ca/.

Strategic Direction

Further to section 43 of the Assessment Act,

(2) The board has jurisdiction to determine

      (a) appeals brought under section 50,

      (b) appeals from the rates prescribed by the assessment authority under section 21,

      (c) complaints referred to the board for its determination under the regulations, and

      (d) appeals brought under section 23 of the Forest Land Reserve Act.

The Board’s mandate is to:

  • To resolve appeals justly and consistently, in accordance with the principles of natural justice and procedural fairness.

  • To complete appeals as quickly and efficiently as possible at minimum cost to participants and the Board.

Vacant Position(s)

There is one (1) Vice Chair- Full time position available.

Diversity and Inclusion

People from all regions of our province are invited to help renew B.C.’s public sector tribunals. Consideration will be given to qualified individuals with a broad range of backgrounds in community, labour and business environments. The selection process will recognize lived experience and volunteer roles as well as paid employment and academic achievements.

To support strong tribunals that reflect the diversity of our province, women, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or expression (LGBTQ2S+), and others who may contribute to diversity in public sector tribunal appointments are encouraged to put their names forward for appointments.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities

The Vice Chairs are accountable to exercise appropriate discretion to resolve assessment appeals, either through alternative dispute resolution processes (including case management, settlement conferences, and other pre-hearing procedures) or through the conduct of quasi-judicial hearings, all within the statutory framework of the Assessment Act, the Administrative Tribunals Act, and Rules of Practice and Procedure, and the management framework established by the Chair.

Responsibilities:

The Vice Chair is expected to assume full responsibility for the effective and efficient movement of designated appeals toward resolution. The Vice Chair is accountable for the fair, competent, timely, and appropriate resolution of appeals. In appeal management, the Vice Chair will be required to make procedural rulings and to use alternative dispute resolution techniques, including settlement conferencing.

The Vice Chair will conduct hearings, orally or by written submissions. He/she may be the sole adjudicator or be assigned as a member of a two or three person panel. The Vice Chair is responsible for the efficient and orderly conduct of oral hearings, ensuring compliance with the rules of natural justice, the principles of administrative law and the applicable case law. The Vice Chair must be able to weigh and consider evidence, determine the relevant facts, interpret and apply the law, and arrive at a considered and reasoned decision. All decisions must be written clearly and concisely, competently identify and canvas the relevant issues, evidence and submissions, and provide analysis to support the conclusions.

The work environment can be high-pressured, due to case load and time requirements.

All Vice Chairs are required to undertake training and educational opportunities. They are expected to act as a resource to part-time Board members and to take an active role in orientation and training of new members. Vice Chairs may be asked to participate in public education respecting the Board’s responsibilities and processes.

Accountabilities:

  • Under the Board’s inquisitorial role, employs statutory tools and dispute resolution techniques to determine the actual or market value, equity and classification of property assessment.
  • Resolves appeals through appeal management with the parties, settlement conferencing, or other dispute resolution processes.
  • Manages a large and diverse case load of appeals, applying superior management techniques to ensure appeals are either resolved or heard in the most efficient and focused manner possible.   Performs this function independently and through the “hands on” use the Board’s custom database and office automation software (with minimal clerical support). Must be able to work independently of administrative Support, as required.
  • Adjudicates appeals through formal hearings by way of written submission or in-person.
  • Renders high quality, well-reasoned decisions on a timely basis.
  • Exercises sound judgement and skill in the conduct of resolutions/hearings and in communication with authorities and the public. 
  • Acts as a senior Board resource in reviewing and providing feedback on other Board members’ draft decisions, recognizing and respecting the decision-making independence of Board members, while ensuring decisions meet the Board’s quality standards for well written and reasoned decisions.
  • Actively participates in a team environment, and maintains a close working relationship with colleagues to enhance quality, consistency and the most effective use of team resources. 
  • Acts as a resource to part-time Board members and takes an active role in orientation and training of new members. 
  • Actively participates in public education respecting the Board’s responsibilities and processes. 
  • Performs other activities as assigned by the Chair that are within the nature and scope of the position.

Competencies/Attributes

The Vice Chair of the Board should posses the following competencies and personal attributes:

  • Professional training and experience in administrative law or real property appraisal;
  • Experience in statutory interpretation;
  • Professional experience in mediation or other dispute resolution techniques;
  • A thorough understanding of the Assessment Act and Regulations;
  • Knowledge of quasi-judicial adjudication;
  • The ability to make impartial, well-written, well reasoned and timely decisions in accordance with relevant law and appraisal principles;
  • The ability to communicate in clear, plain language;
  • Computer literacy;
  • High ethical standards and integrity in professional and personal dealings;
  • Ability to manage a high volume of work and work under pressure independently; and/or
  • Willingness to occasionally travel.

Time Commitment

This is a full-time position. Some travel may be required.

Term

Pursuant to the Administrative Tribunals Act:

         3 (1) A member, other than the chair, may be appointed by the appointing authority, after a merit based process and consultation

                 with the chair, to hold office for an initial term of 2 to 4 years.

            (2) A member may be reappointed by the appointing authority as a member of the tribunal for additional terms of up to 5 years.

Compensation

Vice Chairs will be paid in accordance with Treasury Board Directive 1/17 at a salary in the range of $125,000 and $143,000 plus reimbursement of travel expenses in accordance with government policy.

Personal Attributes

All tribunal members should possess the following personal attributes:

  • high ethical standards and integrity in professional and personal dealings;
  • appreciation of the responsibilities to the public;
  • able and willing to raise potentially controversial issues in a manner that encourages dialogue;
  • flexible, responsive and willing to consider others’ opinions;
  • capable of a wide perspective on issues;
  • ability to listen and work as a team member;
  • no direct or indirect conflict of interest with the member’s responsibility to the tribunal;
  • strong reasoning skills;
  • able and willing to fulfill time commitment required to carry out responsibilities;
  • computer skills;
  • may include personal attributes relevant to the tribunal; and
  • commitment to continuous learning about the tribunal and the relevant sector or industry.

List of Current Members

Appointed:

First

Appointed

Term Ends

Full-Time or Part-Time

Simmi K. Sandhu, Chair

10/30/2015

03/31/2020

Full Time

Erin Frew, Vice Chair

07/21/2016

07/21/2024

Full Time

James Howell, Vice Chair

02/22/2017

02/22/2020

Full Time

Allan Beatty

01/29/2018

01/29/2020

Part Time

Maureen Baird, QC

12/31/2018

12/31/2021

Part Time

John Bridal

02/01/2003

12/31/2019

Part Time

Winton Derby

02/28/2003

12/31/2019

Part Time

Larry Dybvig

11/23/2012

12/31/2019

Part Time

Dianne Flood

11/23/2012

12/31/2019

Part Time

Rob Fraser

07/21/2016

08/19/2022

Part Time

Mandy Hansen

12/31/2014

12/31/2019

Part Time

Christopher Hope

12/08/2008

12/31/2019

Part Time

David Jang

12/31/2018

12/31/2021

Part Time

Howard Kushner

02/28/2014

12/31/2019

Part Time

David Lee

06/24/2010

12/31/2019

Part Time

Michael Litchfield

02/28/2014

12/31/2019

Part Time

Bruce Maitland

03/15/2006

12/31/2019

Part Time

Robert Metcalf

12/31/2016

12/31/2019

Part Time

Edwina Nearhood

11/26/2018

12/31/2021

Part Time

Dale B. Pope, QC

06/24/2010

12/31/2019

Part Time

Audrey Suttorp

03/15/2006

12/31/2019

Part Time

Kenneth Thornicroft

02/01/2003

12/31/2019

Part Time

Bruce Turner

12/31/2014

12/31/2019

Part Time

Candace Watson

02/18/2016

02/16/2021

Part Time

For more information and to apply online by July 29, 2019, please go to: https://www.brainhunter.com/frontoffice/seekerViewJobDetailAction.do?sitecode=pl526&jobId=2328386&page=search&external=