Rural Financial Counsellor

Job No: 102016
Location: Nyngan, Central West NSW

  • Bring your financial planning and counselling expertise to assist people facing financial issues in rural communities
  • Comprehensive on-the-job training and induction program at the Regional Office, Dubbo
  • Attractive remuneration package circa $85,000-$92,000 depending on experience and qualifications
  • Additional benefits include salary sacrificing and vehicle for work and private use

About the Organisation

Rural Financial Counselling Service NSW Central West Inc. also trading as Rural Financial Counselling Service NSW - Central Region (RFCSCR), is a not-for-profit organisation that hosts government funded programs to foster regional economic development in the Central and Western regions of New South Wales.

RFCSCR has experienced Rural Financial Counsellors based in Dubbo, Forbes, Bourke, Broken Hill, Gilgandra, Walgett, Tottenham, Mudgee and Nyngan.  This team of experienced specialists service the regions surrounding these locations. They provide confidential, free and impartial financial assistance and counselling to primary producers, fishers and small rural businesses experiencing financial difficulties.

About the Opportunity

RFCSCR now has an opportunity for a Rural Financial Counsellor to join their team, located at Nyngan, servicing the Nyngan and neighbouring regions of Warren and Cobar. This position is being offered on a full-time, contract basis to June 2019 (following a 3 month probation period) with extension subject to funding.

As a Rural Financial Counsellor, you will be primarily responsible for providing assistance to primary producers, fishers and small rural businesses experiencing financial difficulties by analysing their financial circumstances and identifying their financial and business options. You will help clients identify ways to become self-reliant and better equipped to manage change and adjustment.

Some of your day to day responsibilities will include assisting and supporting a client to:

  • Understanding the financial position and viability of their business enterprise;
  • Identifying and understanding options to improve the business enterprise and/or their financial position;
  • Developing a plan to implement the options chosen by the client and providing advice to implement that plan;
  • Assisting in negotiations with lending institutions in relation to: − loan applications and contracts with those institutions − processes relating to farm debt mediation;
  • Providing various options on generic financial products in accordance with ASIC requirements;
  • Understanding and minimising risks to the business's financial position; and
  • Understanding the availability of support options available and how to access them. 

About You

To be successful in this position you will have previous experience in a financial planning and/or counselling capacity and a solid understanding of the financial issues facing people living in remote or rural areas. Previous experience living and/or working in a rural area in a financial services role, will be highly regarded.

Ideally, you will hold a Diploma in Community Services (Financial Counselling), however RFCSCR is willing to fund the right candidate to obtain this qualification and provide full training whilst on the job.

You must also have the ability to attend field days and community events to build a network and profile in the community. You will also have a demonstrated ability to prepare detailed financial analyses for clients and the ability to present a range of financial and business options for business improvement or adjustment, with a focus on helping clients adapt and change.

RFCSCR is looking for someone with high level oral and written communication, interpersonal, mediation and networking skills, including the ability to communicate with diverse cultural groups.  Ideally you will have some experience in business development, however this is not mandatory providing you are a confident and approachable person who can quickly gain the confidence of the local farming community.

An understanding of rural issues, including farm enterprise activities and business management issues will also be critical to your success in this position.

The successful applicant will have a current, unrestricted Driver's License. There is also the possibility that this person may be able to work from home.

About the Benefits

This is a rare opportunity to provide a positive and much needed service to regional communities in NSW.

For your hard work and dedication you will be rewarded with an attractive remuneration package circa $85,000-$92,000 depending on experience and qualifications. You will also have access to salary packaging up to $15,900 and a vehicle for work and private use.

In addition to the financial benefits, you will enjoy an intensive induction and training program when you join the organisation, ensuring you are equipped with all the tools you need to hit the ground running.

Please note: Due to the identified geographic areas that the counsellor role services, it is expected that as a general rule, the successful applicant will reside in Nyngan or immediate surrounds. 

Please note: The close date for applications has now been extended to 5pm, Friday 24th August, 2018. This is due to some earlier technical issues and some candidates being unable to apply.

To apply for this position, you will need to answer the questions below and attach your resume and answers to the Key Selection Criteria. To view Key Selection Criteria, please click here. 

If you are looking for an opportunity to use your financial knowledge to make a real positive difference in the local community - Apply Now!

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