Assistant Director Personal Property, State Income, & License

Assistant Director Personal Property, State Income, & License
Fairfax County Government
 Fairfax, Virginia
Job Description

Only applications submitted through the link will be considered.

The Personal Property & Business License Division of the Department of Tax Administration (DTA) is seeking an exceptional individual to fill the role of Assistant Director. Under the general supervision of the Division Director, the Assistant Director is involved in a variety of duties relating to management of the activities of the Business Discovery/Compliance, Business Processing/Information, and the Audit sections including:

  • Provides oversight to critical processes to ensure compliance with county policies and procedures, along with applicable laws and regulations;
  • Formulates office policies and standard operating procedures and monitors implementation;
  • Trains and instructs staff on tax statutes, ordinances and related directives;
  • Coordinates with other county agencies to assure consistency in policies regarding the assessment and collection of business taxes;
  • Assumes overall supervision of the division in the absence of the director;
  • Provides technical guidance and assistance to division staff, general public and business representatives on tax matters;
  • Assists with the preparation of annual performance measures;
  • Guides decisions by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing policies and procedures;
  • Ensures compliance with federal, state, and local requirements by researching existing and new legislation.
  • Advises management of actions and potential risks;
  • Hires, trains, develops, and appraises staff effectively;
  • Takes corrective action as necessary on a timely basis and in accordance with County policy;
  • Consults with Human Resources as appropriate;
  • Prepares written instructions, analysis, internal policies and procedures, memos and reports as needed;
  • Provides a resource for research and technical assistance as needed;
  • Makes recommendations based on best practices or peer county experiences;
  • Evaluate processes and procedures and make recommendations to Division Director for improvements in efficiency or other areas;
  • Works with senior management in other divisions within DTA, other departments and all levels of staff as needed to accomplish goals and objectives;
  • Prepares and effectively delivers presentations relaying business tax assessment information to various audiences.

Employment Standards


  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in taxation, finance, accounting, or public or business administration with major work in accounting, assessment or taxation, plus four years of progressively responsible managerial experience in the fields of property assessment and taxation, and three years of supervisory experience. A Master's degree may be substituted for one year of experience.


The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check and a credit check to the satisfaction of the employer.

All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.


  • Experienced in leading and/or managing a large organization.
  • Proven success in building and fostering business relationships.
  • Experienced in facilitating resolution of complex technical issues amongst external and internal stakeholders.
  • Experienced in contributing to strategic planning, business process improvement efforts and implementation, and change management.
  • Solid understanding of the business tax assessment process.
  • Ability to negotiate, problem solve, and deliver creative solutions.
  • Prior experience working in or with local government.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication necessary.


  • Duties are generally sedentary. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.


Panel interview and may include exercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.