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Small Business Financial Counsellor (COVID-19 response)

Job No: 122029
Location: North Queensland

  • Use your financial knowledge to make a real, positive difference to communities facing the effects of COVID-19.
  • North Queensland roles servicing the Cairns and Mackay/Whitsunday regions – Pick your location within these areas and work from home.
  • Attractive remuneration circa $83,000-$91,000 plus super, negotiable with experience.

About the Organisation

Rural Financial Counselling Service North Queensland (RFCSNQ) delivers the Australian and Queensland Governments Rural Financial Counselling Service program. RFCSNQ is a registered business falling under the governance of the Central Western Qld Remote Area Planning and Development Board, or RAPAD, as it is more commonly known. 

RFCSNQ has experienced Rural Financial Counsellors and Small Business Financial Counsellors based throughout our North Qld service region. 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. 

About the Opportunity

Rural Financial Counselling Service North Queensland is seeking to employ three full-time Small Business Financial Counsellors to service small businesses in the Cairns and Mackay Whitsunday regions as a result of the effects of COVID-19. Part-time positions may also be considered for the right applicants.

The successful applicants will reside in the Cairns or Mackay/Whitsunday regions and will service their respective area/s.

It is expected that the successful applicants will commence as soon as possible and the positions will continue through to 30 November 2021.

Some of the day to day responsibilities will be to:

  • Assist SME operators' requesting financial counselling with a financial analysis consisting of annual, or year in year out cash flow budget, statement of assets and liabilities, cash flow analysis and options for business improvement;
  • When appropriate, assist operators to negotiate arrangements with their financial institutions;
  • Encourage operators to seek professional advice to develop longer term strategies and plans to improve preparedness;
  • Refer operators to a network of professional service providers for advice with legal, accounting and financial planning and investment matters and social and welfare matters;
  • Provide Progress Reports on the number of small businesses referred for assistance, activities, outputs and the outcomes they have been helped to achieve; and
  • Provide mentoring to individual and client groups regarding business improvement and resilience opportunities.

About You

Small business financial counsellors will be required to hold a Diploma of Financial Counselling or a Diploma of Financial Counselling (rural). New counsellors can commence employment without the minimum qualification, provided they have been assessed by the service provider as having a base-level of skills and experience in a related role suitable for the provision of financial counselling provided they begin the diploma within 6 months. 

Preference will be given to applicants with proven qualifications and/or skills and experience in finance, business and/or law. Knowledge of rural and remote communities will also be highly desirable.

RFCSNQ are looking for applicants that posses high-level oral communication, interpersonal, mediation and networking skills, including the ability to communicate with diverse cultural groups. An understanding of the small business sector and small business management issues will also be critical to your success in this position.  

Please note: Due to the broad regions that these roles service, it is expected that the successful applicants live in the Cairns or Mackay/Whitsundays council areas, and have a current, unrestricted driver's license. There is also the possibility that these applicants will be required to work from home. 

About the Benefits

For your hard work and dedication, you will be rewarded with a remuneration package circa $83,000 - $91,000 + super and loadings, depending on experience and qualifications. 

The successful applicants will also be provided with a company:

  • Vehicle (for work use);
  • Computer; and
  • Mobile Phone.

In addition, you will enjoy working with an organisation dedicated to providing a positive and much needed service to the North Queensland community.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to make a positive difference in communities impacted by the effects of COVID 19- APPLY NOW! 

Closing Date: 10th April 2020


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