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Rural Financial Counsellor

Job No: 89531
Location: Narrabri or Scone, NSW

  • Use your financial knowledge to make a real, positive difference in the local community
  • Comprehensive training and induction program 
  • Attractive remuneration circa $80,000-90,000, negotiable with experience + salary sacrificing and car

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 has experienced Rural Financial Counsellors based in Armidale, Casino, Glen Innes, 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. 

About the Opportunity

Rural Financial Counselling Service NSW (Northern Region) now has two opportunities for Rural Financial Counsellors to join their team - one in Narrabri and surrounding region and the other in Scone, NSW. These positions are being offered on a full-time, or part-time fixed term contract, through to June 2019. 

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:

  • Understand the financial position and viability of the business enterprise;
  • Attending field days and community events to build a network and profile in the community;
  • Identify options to improve their financial position;
  • Develop a plan to implement the options chosen by the client and provide advice to implement that plan;
  • Assist in negotiations with lending institutions in relation to: − loan applications and contracts with those institutions, − processes relating to farm debt mediation; and
  • Provide advice on generic financial products in accordance with ASIC requirements.

The successful candidate will have (at minimum) a Diploma in Community Services (Financial Counselling), however other finance related qualifications will also be considered. You will 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.

RFCSNQ are looking for someone with high level oral 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 community.

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

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 $80,000 - 90,000K depending on experience and qualifications. Salary packaging up to $15,900 plus a vehicle for work and private use is also included.

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 broad region that this role services, it is expected that the successful applicant live in either Narrabri, Scone or surrounds and have a current, unrestricted driver's license. There is also the possibility that this person will be required to work from home. 

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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