Sycamore Financial Planning is seeking an Associate Financial Planner to join our independent, fee-only, financial planning firm in our Charlotte, NC office. The Associate Financial Planner will be responsible for building and maintaining client relationships as well as preparing financial plans for their clients. This is the perfect job for a financial planner who is a goal oriented and self–motivated professional who possesses a passion for client service and a desire to build relationships with clients, colleagues, and business associates! In addition, because Sycamore provides all of its services based on an hourly fee structure and therefore has no minimum fee or asset requirements for its clients, this is an excellent opportunity to provide objective, professional financial advice to clients from all walks of life!
What We Are Offering
The Associate Financial Planner will begin working with clients from the start while having the opportunity to continue to grow professionally by working with our highly experienced team. The Associate Financial Planner will be involved in the entire client engagement and will be encouraged to grow into the Senior Financial Planner role.
What You Will Get To Do
Specific responsibilities include the following.
The Associate Financial Planner (AFP) will be the lead planner within all six phases of the financial planning process.
The AFP will support analysis and recommendations in the five primary service areas of the firm: cash flow / retirement, investments, insurance, taxes, and estate planning.
The AFP will progressively grow average annual billable hours with the goal of attaining 500 billable hours within their first year.
The AFP will work under the supervision of a Senior Financial Planner of the practice. As the AFP demonstrates mastery of the knowledge domain areas and skill in plan preparation and delivery, the AFP will become a candidate for promotion to Senior Financial Planner.
The AFP may also be responsible for various administrative duties as needed to support their clients: preparation of client presentations, appointment setup/confirmation, and responding to clients’ correspondence.
What We Seek in a Candidate
Success as an Associate Financial Planner (AFP) with Sycamore Financial Planning requires a unique combination of skills and personal attitudes about the practice of financial planning including the following.
The highest level of ethical responsibility and respect for client privacy.
Accuracy and attention to detail for record keeping and working with client information.
Solid written and verbal communication skills as well as strong computer skills including expert use of Microsoft Office, financial planning software, and customer relationship management software.
Ability to understand, embrace, and communicate Sycamore’s business values, ethics, and financial planning model to potential clients.
Ability to identify each client’s goals, translate those goals into supportive Sycamore services, and quote the time required to prepare and deliver advice to the client.
Ability to prepare plans accurately and thoroughly with minimal input from the Senior Financial Planner of the practice.
Ability to explain financial concepts to clients in an accessible and understandable way.
Ability to run a client meeting leaving the client feeling positive about the financial planning process and clear on their action plan for achieving their goals.
A friendly, confident, and sincere approach to interpersonal relationships.
The desire and ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
The Associate Financial Planner must meet the following requirements.
Degree in Financial Planning or other 4-year program.
CFP® or equivalent certification.
Series 65 exam completion.
5 years of work experience in the financial services industry with 3 of these years in a direct financial planning role.
Ability to logically understand complex situations, conceive possible solutions, analyze trade-offs and outcomes, and articulate a recommendation.
Desire and willingness to establish affinity group affiliation (e.g., NAPFA, Garrett Planning Network, XY Planning, etc.).
Sycamore Financial Planning is a fee-only financial planning and registered investment advisory firm with a primary office in Durham, NC and a satellite office in Charlotte, NC. The firm provides financial advice and services to a diverse group of individuals to help them meet their goals for retirement, sending children to college, protecting families from risk, getting control of their finances..., recovering after divorce, making career changes, and more. The firm does not sell any financial products and receives all compensation directly from clients which helps minimize conflicts of interest and positively contributes to client relationships. There are also no minimums for client net worth/income and no fees based on a percentage of the clients’ assets. Clients appreciate the flexibility to only pay for the services they need when they need them.The firm was founded in 2011 by Chuck Clifton, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and a member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors and the Garrett Planning Network.