Small Business Financial Counsellors

Job No: 119522
Location: Tamworth, Casino and Inverell

  • Newly created government funded role to assist small businesses in drought stricken regions
  • Use your financial knowledge to make a real, positive difference in the local community
  • Multiple opportunities - full-time fixed term contracts
  • Attractive remuneration package circa $86,385 + super and company vehicle

About the Organisation

Rural Financial Counselling Service NSW (Northern Region) is a not-for-profit organisation that hosts government funded programs to foster regional economic development in the north eastern region of New South Wales.  

RFCSNSW-NR has experienced Rural Financial Counsellors based in Armidale, Casino, Glen Innes, Gunnedah, Inverell, Macksville, Moree, Narrabri, Scone, Tamworth, Taree and Tocal. This team of experienced specialists service the regions surrounding these locations.  They provide confidential, free and impartial rural financial counselling service to primary producers, fishers and small rural businesses experiencing financial difficulties. 

For more information, please visit our website.

About the Opportunities

Due to newly awarded funding, Rural Financial Counselling Service NSW (Northern Region) now has multiple opportunities for Small Business Financial Counsellors to join their teams based in Tamworth, Casino or Inverell, New South Wales. These positions are being offered on a full-time fixed term contract, through to June 2021, with extension being subject to further funding. 

As a Small Business Financial Counsellor your primary responsibility will be to provide financial counselling assistance to small businesses experiencing financial difficulties due to the current drought, 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 duties will include:

  • Providing case management support to small business operators;
  • Assisting and supporting clients to understand their financial position and viability of the business enterprise;
  • Identifying options to improve their financial position;
  • Developing a plan in consultation with the client, then providing advice and guidance on how to effectively implement that plan; and
  • Assisting in negotiations with lending institutions in relation to loan applications and contracts with those institutions, and processes relating to small business debt mediation

The successful candidates will have (at minimum) a Diploma in Community Services (Financial Counselling), however other finance related qualifications will also be considered. You will also have a demonstrated ability to prepare detailed financial analysis 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.

RFCSNSW-NR are looking for individuals with high level oral communication, interpersonal, mediation and networking skills, including the ability to effectively interact with diverse cultural groups. Given the nature of the roles, some experience in small business development would be ideal, however this is not mandatory providing you are a confident and approachable person who can quickly gain the confidence of the local community.

An understanding of rural issues, including small business impacts and issues, will also be critical to your success. 

Although highly supported, you will be working predominantly independently and as part of a widely dispersed team; as such it is important you are self motivated, can plan, manage and report on work, and prioritise in order to meet competing deadlines.

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 a remuneration package circa $86,385 (commensurate with experience and qualifications) inclusive of salary packaging options and plus super.

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: Although office based, it will be a requirement that you travel across the region to promote the new service as well as to meet with business owners, and a company vehicle will be provided to you for this purpose. Therefore you must hold a current, unrestricted Driver's License.

Good computer literacy and a national police check will also be requirements.

If you are looking for an opportunity to positively impact small businesses in regional communities, and as part of a new initiative - Apply Now! 

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