Under the direction of the department director, the Financial Planner supports MFP Client Advisors in all aspects of the financial planning process, including case writing (analysis and calculations), relationship management development and support. The Financial Planner must demonstrate clear command of all of the skills required of an Associate Planner prior to advancing to the next level. The key distinctions between an Associate Planner (L1) and a Financial Planner (L2) are:
Proficient technical capabilities to develop a written financial plan, including competent analysis, informed strategic considerations, and excellent writing skills
Able to work with COO and advisors to coordinate and advance the planning work subject to the advisors' strategic direction
Established understanding of and adherence to existing processes and procedures.
Demonstrated desire to improve firm’s overall efficiency and services through recommendations and actions.
Meeting Preparation (30%)
All activities necessary for meeting with prospects, new and existing clients.
Maintain client financial planning schedule.
Research client circumstances and provide advisors with strategic input.
Prepare and assemble agendas and financial planning documents utilizing FPD processes and procedures.
Meeting Attendance and Client Contact (15%)
Attend meetings with prospects, new and existing clients.
Participate in and record meeting discussions and action items.
Help to ensure meetings adhere to established agenda.
Consistently and properly document in CRM communication with clients in order to maintain awareness and respond appropriately to each client’s needs and concerns.
Meeting Follow-Up (30%)
Summarize meeting and schedule action items in CRM.
Prepare and send follow-up communication.
Complete all action items utilizing FPD processes and procedures.
Training, Development and Administration (25%)
Schedule weekly mentor meeting with COO and solicit feedback from staff.
Research, schedule, prepare for and attend staff and department meetings as instructed.
Research, schedule, and attend designated industry meetings and trainings as requested.
Perform research projects for presentation to the Financial Planning Department and / or Committee as requested.
Compose MFP Newsletter articles quarterly and as requested by newsletter editor.
Train new staff, provide input and supervise improvement of FPD manual.
Actively participate in firm wide marketing and business development initiatives as needed.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree, preferably in business or finance
Completion of CFP® coursework and intention to obtain CFP® designation within 12 months
Demonstrated financial planning knowledge.
Advanced level computer skills; thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office imperative, familiarity with financial planning software preferred; Capacity to pick up new computer programs quickly and utilize effectively
Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.
Self-motivated with ability to work independently and under direction
Impeccable ability to maintain confidentiality.
Strong strategic and analytical skills
Essential Personal Attributes
Client Focus: Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external clients; gets first-hand client information and uses it for improvements in products and services; acts with clients in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with clients and gains their trust and respect.
Functional/Technical Skills: Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment.
Planning: Accurately scopes out length and difficulty of tasks and projects; sets objectives and goals; breaks down work into the process steps; develops schedules and task/people assignments; anticipates and adjusts for problems and roadblocks; measures performance against goals; evaluates results.
Priority Setting: Spends his/her time and the time of others on what’s important; quickly zeros in on the critical few and puts the trivial many aside; can quickly sense what will help or hinder accomplishing a goal; eliminates roadblocks; creates focus
Intellectual Horsepower: Is bright and intelligent; deals with concepts and complexity comfortably; described as intellectually sharp, capable and agile.
Dealing with Ambiguity: Can effectively cope with change; can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without having the total picture; isn’t upset when things are up in the air; doesn’t have to finish things before moving on; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty.
Drive for Results: Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is constantly and consistently one of the top performers; very bottom-line oriented; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.
Self-Development: Is personally committed to and actively works to continuously improve him/herself; understands that different situations and levels may call for different skills and approaches; works to deploy strengths; works on compensating for weakness and limits.
Interpersonal Savvy: Relates well to all kinds of people—up, down and sideways, inside and outside the organization; builds appropriate rapport; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; can diffuse even high-tension situations comfortably.
Listening: Practices attentive and active listening; has the patience to hear people out; can accurately restate the opinions of others even when he/she disagrees.
Essential Physical Functions
Ability to sit for extended periods of time working on computer.
Ability to communicate via phone with clients and vendors.
Constant use of computer, keyboard and mouse.
Frequent use of telephone.
Occasional use of office equipment, including copier, scanner, fax, shredder.
Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
At Mosaic Financial Partners, Inc., we work with clients who want financial advice from someone that cares about the whole person, not just the portfolio. We are a San Francisco-based independent, fee-only wealth management boutique providing both financial planning and investment management services to individuals and families since 1987. We currently manage over $600 million in assets on behalf... of our clients.The foundation of our work is our individualized financial planning process, which allows us to get to know each client’s unique personal and financial needs and offer fully customized advice. This understanding allows us to create an investment management strategy that integrates your finances with the rest of your life, creating a rich mosaic of what is truly meaningful for you.