Intern Financial Counsellor

Wesley Community & Family Care

  • part-time 30 hour per week contract role until June 2022 (possible extension to September 2022)
  • based in Penrith
  • salary SCHADS 3.1 + super + salary packaging benefits

About us

Wesley Mission is a high profile, multi-faceted Christian organisation making a real difference in the community. We work with the most disadvantaged in our community by providing over 200 services ranging from aged care, homeless services, child and family care, counselling, employment, training and education, and health services.

Our Vision is “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”

About the program

Wesley Financial Counselling is a free, face-to-face, confidential counselling for individuals and families experiencing personal financial difficulties and crisis.

Our program provides comprehensive, specialist counselling support to address the immediate distress caused by financial hardship and enable our clients to build longer-term capability to better budget and manage money and make informed financial decisions in the future. We also work in partnership with local schools, community groups to deliver Financial Literacy programs.

Our service also recognises the importance of place-based approaches and the impact one’s community can have on all levels of wellbeing. We are therefore committed to embedding our programs within vulnerable and most in-need communities, including those communities significantly impacted by natural disasters.

About the role

Whether looking for your first career, re-entering back into other work force or simply wanting a complete career change, you cannot go past this dynamic and challenging opportunity to join a vibrant and passionate financial counselling team.

As one of our paid Intern Financial Counsellors, you will be given the unique opportunity to gain insight and practical experience whilst completing your formal studies. Paid interns will have first preference in applying for available permanent roles upon completion of this program.

What you can expect:

  • support and hands-on opportunities to implement learning from your studies
  • training to deliver financial literacy group programs to vulnerable communities
  • opportunities to engage with highly disadvantaged and vulnerable communities
  • support and mentoring from one of our Senior Financial Counsellors
  • paid industry experience.

If you have a real passion for supporting and empowering client to make long lasting and significant life and financial changes, this position is for you!

To be successful in this position, candidates must possess the following:

Demonstrated behaviours

  • willingness to affirm Wesley Mission’s vision, mission and values and enthusiastically advocate our Word and deed ministry
  • demonstrated ability to work unsupervised, as-well-as an effective team player with a positive can-do attitude
  • relates well to a range of people with sound listening and problem-solving skills
  • displays unconditional positive regard during all workplace interactions
  • confident professional attitude with strong initiative
  • displays emotional maturity and resilience
  • passion for supporting vulnerable and in need individuals
  • dedication to developing strong relationships with local community
  • willingness to learn and accept feedback.

Essential criteria

  • willingness to affirm Wesley Mission’s vision, mission and values
  • completing the Diploma in Financial Counselling, or willing to so
  • holds or willing to obtain Trainee associate membership – Financial Counsellors Association of NSW
  • computer literacy
  • excellent time management, multi-tasking and follow-up skills
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • current Working with Children Check or willing to obtain
  • current NSW driver’s licence
  • fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Desirable criteria

  • an interest in and/or knowledge of problem gambling issues
  • welfare industry background and / or training
  • experience and/or competency in delivering community education programs
  • understanding the importance of family / community ecosystems
  • experience in the finance sector.

Benefits of working at Wesley Mission

  • employee support program
  • monthly line support supervision
  • opportunities for professional development
  • fully funded opportunity to attend the annual FCA conference
  • access to discounted health and travel insurance
  • career growth and training opportunities in a valuable sector
  • attractive tax saving salary packaging.

Closing date

Friday 17 December 2021, by 5pm.

Apply now

Please submit a copy of your CV/resume and a cover letter addressing all the selection criteria.

For further information, or to submit an application, please contact:

Sue Gunning

Phone: 0428 452 476


We respectfully request previous applicants need not apply.

Wesley Mission is a Christian organisation requiring all staff to affirm its values and worker Code of Conduct. We are committed to providing an environment in which children can feel safe and valued.

The suitable applicant will be subject to the relevant pre-employment checks for appointment to positions within Wesley Mission. First Nation peoples are encouraged to apply.

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