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Property Tax Director



Calgary, AB, Canada
Posted on Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Job Category:

Property Tax Consulting

Pay Grade Range:

$103,900.00 - $242,430.00

Disclaimer: The base salary range represents the low and high end of Altus Group’s “Pay Grade Range” for this position in the primary work location. Actual hiring salaries will vary depending on factors including but not limited to work experience, and geographic market data for the role. The Pay Grade Range listed above does not reflect Altus Group’s total compensation for employees. Other rewards may include an annual bonus, flexible work arrangements, and region-specific benefits.

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If you’re looking to advance your career in data analytics, expertise, and technology for the rapidly growing global CRE market, there’s no better place than Altus Group. At Altus, our work is purposeful. Every day, our employees drive impact, innovate, and shape the global commercial real estate (CRE) and PropTech industry.

Our people-centric culture empowers you to deliver in a high trust, high performance culture, surrounded by an inclusive team that’s collaborating to modernize our industry. We invest in our people with training and growth opportunities designed to propel you further in your career while providing a flexible and progressive workplace that reflects our values and teams.

Altus Group are seeking Commercial Real Estate Property Tax Director to become a key member on one of the largest and most widely recognized property tax teams in the country. Reporting into the Vice President, as a Director in our property tax consulting group you will manage a team of assessment professionals in delivery best in class assessment advisory and appeal services, delivering unmatched results to our clients.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Market Intelligence - Contributes to the region's ongoing market data research and industry knowledge. Teaches junior staff how and where to collect market research and data. Leads junior staff in the compilation and organization of data for easy access by all office staff. Collaborates with peers to develop and refine data analytics to identify trends in the market and increase consultant productivity. Takes information learned from research, clients and market events to identify 5 or more potential opportunities annually to be pursued directly or in collaboration with senior staff. Uses market intelligence to find ways to expand revenues with existing clients

  • Client Management - Manages mid-sized & moderately complex clients (operate in 2-3 jurisdictions) that make up the 11-80% of Tax Canada’s revenue in the specific geography: Manages less complex files independently; manages moderately complex files and clients under the direction of senior staff. Ensures client engagements are fully executed and up to date. Develops an understanding of clients’ issues and position as it relates to their property and translates these key messages to the internal team. Instills appreciation for client expectations within the team and ensures file work is conducted to meet the client’s goals. Oversees the Work in Progress (WIP) throughout the appeal process.

  • Valuation & Assessment Analysis - Independently reviews valuation opinion and determines the merit of an appeal during the preliminary review (‘Stage 1’). Conducts research on property under review, based on internal market research databases and external to apply all approaches to valuation of property as test to assess valuation. Ability to weigh three valuation approaches and reconcile and support a final opinion of value for assessment purposes. Conducts analysis of equity in relation to comparable assessments with consideration to and understanding of governing legislation. Develop and use data analytics to identify opportunities. Generates various financial models & analysis using established procedures/templates to be used in valuation process. Final signoff of all reports going to clients or expert reports.

  • Appeal Procedures - Project manages the appeal process from start to finish for complex properties and/or client portfolios. Responsible for managing to all municipal deadlines for appeal process for assigned properties/portfolios. Creates a work plan and ensures delivery of all work for a file is done according to that plan. Manages appeals deadlines and coordination of all staff contributing to a case. Ensures appeals and evidence submissions are submitted on time. Prepares and reviews all evidence submissions and actual documentation for accuracy and completeness before filing

  • Appeal Conduct - Applies technical skills and industry specific knowledge to provide a full range of property assessment and tax consulting services to new and existing clients with very limited review (‘Stage 2’). Prepares formal legal documents (i.e. Statement of Issue). Prepares written argument and evidence for appeal. Contributes to composing assessment appeal reports. Conducts negotiations with assessors prior to hearings for smaller, less complex properties. Attends hearings, appeals board and assessment tribunals as an expert witness on behalf of clients

  • People Management – Manage daily activities of the staff. Ultimate accountability for hiring and termination decisions, escalated performance management and employee relations issues and comp decisions. Actively mentors and coaches senior leaders in the office to their highest potential

Key Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Real Estate, Law, Business or Economics preferred

  • Minimum 7 years of relevant experience required

  • Required Property Tax Sector Knowledge - Technical expertise in valuations, appeals process & applicable legislation. Understanding legislated timelines

  • Valid driver’s license with a clean drivers' abstract

What Altus Group offers:

  • Rewarding performance: We are pleased to be able to provide employees competitive compensation, incentive and bonus plans, and a total rewards package that prioritizes their mental, physical and overall financial health.
  • Growth and development: As a destination for top industry talent, we’re investing in you to meet the evolving needs of our clients and deliver on your professional goals. Our Altus Intelligence Academy offers over 150,000 hours of learning materials catering to diverse stages of an employee’s career journey.
  • Flexible work model: We’re modernizing our employee programs to reflect the new world of work. Our Activity-Based Work model provides you with flexibility to align your work location to the work being performed - office for connecting and collaborating, and remote for focused work.

Altus Group is committed to fostering an inclusive work environment where all clients and employees feel welcomed, accepted and valued. We provide an atmosphere free from barriers to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion, and encourage equal opportunities for all employees. We’re seeking candidates with diverse experiences and provide accessible candidate experiences throughout the selection process. If you need accommodation, +1 888 692 7487.

We appreciate all applicants who take the time to apply to Altus Group. Please note that only those who are selected to move forward in the process will be contacted. Thank you.