Life at DCAD
Every organization has a culture that reflects the values and
priorities of its leadership and employees. Matching your individual value
structure to the culture of an organization can enhance the employment
experience and make getting up in the morning to go to work a pleasant
the Dallas Central Appraisal District is a political subdivision of the State
of Texas, the leadership team attempts to operate the District more like a
business than the typical stereotype associated with governmental agencies.
Much like a private corporation, our Board of Directors approves the policies
and budgets while the day-to-day operation of the District is under the
leadership of the Executive Director/Chief Appraiser and his staff. At DCAD we
strive to provide the highest quality product at a reasonable price to the
jurisdictions we serve while providing exemplary customer service to the
taxpayers of Dallas County. As an employee at DCAD, you will find that treating
each and every taxpayer with respect and dignity is a top priority.
Most of the employees of the District are involved in
determining the value of property within our jurisdictional limits as well as
providing information on the ad valorem tax appraisal process. To be effective
in this pursuit, it is required that all employees remember that our mission is
not only to obtain the correct value on a property, but to be able to explain
to taxpayers how we have done our job and fully answer their questions and
concerns. This requires not only strong technical skills, but also an ability
to effectively communicate verbally and in writing. Employees with these
abilities will find they are usually successful in their careers at the
Work life issues are important to the employees of the District.
DCAD has flexible work arrangements that are available to most employees. A
large number of employees work a compressed four (4) day work schedule
throughout most of the year, while others opt for a more traditional schedule.
Except during ARB, most employees will find their work week will not exceed 40
hours. The District management recognizes that, although our careers are
important, they should not take away our chance to enjoy our personal and
DCAD offers onsite wellness events throughout the year. Some
of these events include an annual Health and Benefits Fair, optional Biometric
Screening and Lunch & Learn programs. DCAD also offers a smoke free campus
for our employees.
recognizes that work is also an opportunity to meet new people, establish
friendships, and build teamwork. To this end, the Employee Recreation Committee
plans a series of events each year designed to promote interaction among
employees. A sampling of these events include an annual Holiday Party for employees, golf tournaments, a billiard
tournament, an annual basketball tournament, group tickets and outings to
Rangers, Stars, and Mavericks games, a Halloween dress-up and decoration
contest, Wellness Day, and an annual Health and Benefits Fair.
Recognition of a job well done as well as keeping up to date
with organizational changes is important. Three times a year, the District
meets as a group to recognize those employees receiving service awards. During
these meetings, the Chief Appraiser updates employees on our progress. During
some of these meetings, special recognition of employees is made, including the
presentation of Education Grants to employees to continue their professional
education outside of the District, or the Star Performer Award to an employee
who has performed in an exceptional manner.
Quarterly, the Human Resources Division publishes a newsletter
to provide employees with information about current projects, employee
achievement, and upcoming events.