A Lead Advisor is responsible for independent, ongoing management of existing client relationships and the retention of clients, without supervision. You will help formulate and implement investment and financial planning advice. In addition, you will be supported by more junior members of your team and asked to help mentor and provide guidance to them.
Job Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Ongoing management of existing client relationships and retention of 65 clients, as well as working with new clients
Conducting client meetings independently, or with the assistance of the less experienced advisor on your team
Mentoring less experienced advisors on handling client meetings and complex client questions
Reviewing and making recommendations for client financial plans and investment portfolios
Solving complex financial planning, estate, tax, and retirement issues
Identifying and pursuing appropriate educational qualifications for career growth
If interested in business development, creating and pursuing a plan for mastering those skills- There is no requirement of marketing or sales abilities. However, it is encouraged to build business development skills for additional growth and partnership opportunities within the organization.
Leading firm development initiatives and projects, as needed
Skills & Qualifications
At the minimum, a CFP® professional
Preferably a CDFA® professional; or willing to obtain the designation within a year of employment
Must have 8+ years of experience in financial planning and investment management
Strong analytical skills and interpersonal skills
Sharp attention to detail
Ability to handle multiple tasks and manage a team in a high-paced environment
Impeccable ethics and integrity
Excellent written and verbal communications skills
Passionate about helping others and love working with a team
High regard for Francis Financial’s core values: Passion for excellence; Integrity; Compassion; Communication; Supportive attention
About the company: Francis Financial is an independent, fee-only, boutique wealth management, financial planning and divorce financial planning firm based in New York City, dedicated to providing ongoing comprehensive advice for women. Our firm has a fun and fast-paced environment. The firm has 100% female ownership, and a deep commitment to each team member’s goals and career dreams. We have a fully developed career path for all financial advisors in the firm.
Added Benefits Include:
Insurance - Medical Plan, Dental, Vision, Life and AD&D, Long-Term Disability, Short-Term Disability, Flex Spending Account.
Retirement - Generous Profit-Sharing Plan, Traditional and Roth 401(k), Defined Benefit Plan.
Education - Tuition reimbursement for all Financial Planning Programs and Designations including Exam Fees.
Equipment - Generous cell phone, cell phone service costs, and laptop stipend. At-home set-up provided by Francis Financial as well as in-office technology equipment suite.
Extra Perks - Monthly education programs, virtual team retreats, and happy hours, as well as personal training sessions for the team twice a month. Generous vacation, parental leave, and sabbaticals for long-term employees.
Giving to Charity - Several team members also give back to charity, helping women in need through the non-profit called Savvy Ladies, which the firm owner founded two decades ago.
Remote Work Environment - The team gathers two times a month in the physical office in downtown New York City. Therefore, the candidate should live within a few hours of New York City. Summer months are fully remote so candidates can spend time with their families and loved ones anywhere in the world.
Starting Date: We are looking for a hire starting as soon as possible.
Message from the Founder, Stacy Francis:
Early in my childhood, I witnessed how devastating life could be for women who were not empowered through financial education. My grandmother, Myra, stayed in an abusive marriage because she did not have the skills to effectively deal with money. That experience changed my life and drove me to a career in finance.
My career started at a large firm where I soon realized that the difference I wanted to make required more freedom. I founded Francis Financial twenty years ago to create a place where our clients feel taken care of in every aspect of their financial life.
We work with women going through difficult changes in their lives. We provide a judgement-free space, in which we prioritize compassion and kindness and are here as a support system, advocating and listening to our clients. Our goal is for our clients to feel confident and comfortable with money, by educating them and empowering them to live their life to the fullest.
Our success is largely due to our dedicated team of financial planning professionals who make sure that each client is fully supported. I am delighted to work with a group of such talented individuals who ...share my passion and dedication. Each one of our team members lives by our core values – passion for excellence, compassion, communication, integrity, and supportive attention - and brings them to their work every day, to our relationships with each other, and to every client.
I continued in my mission to increase financial education for women by also founding the non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, Savvy Ladies, which is now run by a board of 25. Through its unique programming, Savvy Ladies helps women across the spectrum of ages, life experiences, and income levels, empowering them to identify their goals, make proactive choices about their finances, and lead richer, more rewarding lives.
I couldn’t be prouder of the work we do every day at Francis Financial and our amazing team!