Banking / Chief Appraiser

Buffalo, NY

Post Date: 04/01/2018 Industry: Banking Pay Rate: $90,000 to $125,000 Range Commensurate with Education and Experience + Great Benefit Package

Our client, a major regional banking institution is in need of a Chief Appraiser to be responsible for:

  • Overseeing the appraising function of the Bank, including design, creation, implementation and supervision of procedures and policies that will ensure accurate valuations
  • Promote and maintain independence/integrity of the appraisal process
  • Complying with uniform standards of professional appraisal practice
  • Developing the expertise of in house appraisers
  • Monitor training for administrative staff members.
  • Setting minimum requirements for quality assessment and quality control
  • Monitoring the relationship and service of external fee appraisers
  • Reviewing and monitoring valuation results
  • Performing and reviewing commercial and industrial appraisals as required
  • Ensuring records used for appraising purposes are accurate and current
  • Developing the appraising service provided to customers
  • Train business partners on policies, procedures, and compliance
  • Approving fee appraisers for approved appraiser list
  • Supervising and coaching appraisers
  • Guide and support Residential Appraisal Manager
  • Working as part of a team
  • Working with onsite equipment


  • Ensuring compliance with Bank policies and practices
  • Ensuring compliance with Federal / State/ USPAP regulations
  • Ensuring compliance with national appraising standards
  • Self-learning / knowledge of FHA regulations
  • Self-learning / knowledge of Microsoft Office software
  • Self-learning / knowledge of internet & email
  • Self-learning / knowledge of appraising software
  • Self-learning / knowledge of adjustment techniques
  • Ensuring total document and data integrity
  • Managing departmental workload / workflow
  • Preparing and analyzing statistics
  • Identifying and resolving specific appraising problems
  • Developing approved levels for appraisers
  • Developing budgets and approving expenditure
  • Developing management reporting, data capture and market analytics
  • Acting in a consultative capacity, working with Credit Administration and other internal partners to assess risk
  • Liaison for the Bank with examiners on appraisal issues and accountable for satisfying compliance requirements
  • Set and enforce appropriate vendor risk governance protocols
  • Administer workflow platform(s)


  • Overseeing day to day office operations
  • Liaising with departments, government agencies, and appraising industry
  • Consulting with situations concerning REO
  • Performing property appraisals as required
  • Ensuring assignments are appointed appropriately
  • Monitoring appraisal reports and statistics
  • Overseeing implementation of appraisal standards
  • Coordinating large commercial / industrial appraisals
  • Enforcing regulations and policies
  • Monitoring approved appraiser list and appraisers used
  • Monitoring relationship and service of external fee appraisers
  • Arbitrate disputes and field escalated reports

A minimum of 10 years experience, in addition to carrying the MAI designation. Candidate must be well-versed in USPAP, FIRREA Title XI, and the Interagency Appraisal & Evaluation Guidelines. Minimum 5 years’ institutional experience is preferred as well as history of supervising appraisal trainees. Basic understanding of retail operations and secondary market requirements are a plus. Certified General Real Estate Appraiser (including 4 year degree) required for this position.

Joseph Catherine

Recruitment professional since 1970 with disciplines in accounting / finance, construction management and banking, manufacturing, and human resources. He started in the business with AFCO Personnel Services in 1970 and after two years was appointed manager and then managing partner. Joe merged AFCO Personnel Services in 1983 at which time he and Mike DeBellis founded DeBellis & Catherine Associates. Joe attended SUNY at Buffalo studying liberal arts and sociology. He was active with the Niagara Falls & Buffalo Chamber of Commerce, executive committee for the Porter Cup amateur golf tournament and was on the St. Mary's Hospital Foundation Board of Directors.  He is currently an active member with the Williamsville Rotary Club. 

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