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Careers

We are not your typical financial advisor and we are not looking for the typical candidate. We are a team of authentic, humble, passionate, reliable, dedicated, and compassionate individuals. Our goal is to find and reward great people that support our collaborative work environment. Our passion for providing industry-leading service to our clients is what drives us. We are looking for team members that can make us even better!

For three decades, Dowling & Yahnke has been part of a revolution in wealth management that has now spread throughout the industry — independent, transparent, and world-class financial advice driven by personal relationships and free of competing incentives.

We started our firm for a simple reason — it was the right thing to do. While others have copied our model, we continue to lead the way through a commitment to continuous education, a time-tested and academically supported investment philosophy, and unwavering dedication of excellence to our clients.

For these reasons, Dowling & Yahnke is one of the largest independent, fee-only wealth advisory firms in San Diego, managing over $5 billion for more than 1,300 clients. We serve high-net-worth clients by offering objective financial planning advice and investment management services.

Currently, Dowling & Yahnke has the following open positions:

Lead Advisor

We are seeking a highly motivated, detail oriented, and experienced Lead Advisor to join our team, reporting to a Principal of the Firm.  Successful candidates will have the highest professional integrity, value absolute confidentiality, exhibit excellent written, quantitative, verbal, and interpersonal skills and possess a growth mindset.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this position has the option to work from home full-time for an undetermined period of time, with a required return to the office when the Firm has deemed it safe to do so. Disclosure of vaccination status is required as a condition of employment; unvaccinated employees are required to wear masks when working onsite.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

Managing individual relationships with high-net-worth clients, which includes:

  • Being accountable for revenue growth and the ongoing relationship management, and retention of existing clients;
  • Gathering client data, both quantitative and qualitative, and working with clients in understanding and defining their financial planning and investment needs and objectives;
  • Collaborating with internal teams in financial planning, client services and executive assistants on client activities;
  • Dependent on level of investment experience and business acumen, participation on the Investment Committee may be granted;
  • Reviewing and analyzing a client’s current financial situation and being able to advise on investment strategy, income tax planning, retirement planning, estate planning, stock options, charitable giving strategies, insurance and risk management and education funding;
  • Identifying potential issues the client may have, explaining financial planning concepts, clarifying client goals and preparing financial plans;
  • Designing long-term investment strategy and appropriate asset allocation with clients, as well as implementing and monitoring investment portfolios and asset allocations;
  • Client outreach on an on-going, scheduled basis;
  • Prospecting for clients through referrals and networking, driving business development efforts and developing new client relationships;
  • Success in this role may lead to equity ownership opportunities.

QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS:

  • MBA or Master’s in Finance.
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and/or Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designations preferred.
  • Eight plus years of prior work in an investment, financial planning, accounting, management consulting, law firm, specifically trusts and estates, military, or other organization, with strong client relationship experience.
  • Demonstrable success in building and maintaining relationships with high-net-worth clients and/or sophisticated business decision makers.
  • Patient educator and problem solver.
  • Professional, personable, tactful, efficient, and self-motivated.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and sense of teamwork valued.
  • Strong organizational skills, multitasking, accuracy, service-minded, and meticulous adherence to details required.
  • Entrepreneurial-minded approach to business; small/midsize company experience preferred.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Adherence to organizational code of ethics and follow policies and procedures

This position is exempt and is paid according to the laws of the State of California.

Dowling & Yahnke offers a competitive salary, as well as a comprehensive benefits package and retirement plan.  The chosen candidate will be required to successfully complete a full background/credit check at the offer stage.

Dowling & Yahnke, LLC, is an Equal Opportunity employer.  No relocation assistance is offered for this position; candidates not residing in San Diego County, CA will be responsible for relocation at their own expense.  Eligible candidates will be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States without support; sponsorship is not available.

Interested candidates should apply here.

 

Associate Advisor

We are seeking a highly motivated, detail oriented, and experienced Associate Advisor to join our team, reporting to a Principal of the firm.  Successful candidates will have the highest professional integrity, value absolute confidentiality, exhibit excellent written, quantitative, verbal, and interpersonal skills and possess a growth mindset.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this position has the option to work from home full-time for an undetermined period of time, with a required return to the office when the Firm has deemed it safe to do so. Disclosure of vaccination status is required as a condition of employment; unvaccinated employees are required to wear masks when working onsite.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Respond to individual client inquiries and institutional requests for proposals and surveys.
  • Coordinate new account openings and trade orders to meet client needs.
  • Perform comprehensive portfolio analyses that include risk and benchmark analytics.
  • Prepare client reports, account performance presentations and coordinate follow up action on behalf of Lead Advisors. Lead new investment due diligence and
    coordinate follow up action on behalf of the Investment Committee.
  • Actively participate in the Summer Internship Program.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by manager.

QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS:

  • BA/BS degree, with an MBA or master’s in finance strongly preferred.
  • Five plus years of prior work in an investment, financial planning, accounting, management consulting, law firm, specifically trusts and estates, military, or other organization, with strong client relationship experience.
  • Completion of or enrollment with substantial progress toward Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and/or Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designations preferred.
  • Demonstrable success in building and maintaining relationships with high-net-worth clients and/or sophisticated business decision makers.
  • Patient educator and problem solver.
  • Professional, personable, tactful, efficient, and self-motivated.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and sense of teamwork valued.
  • Strong organizational skills, multitasking, accuracy, service-minded, and meticulous adherence to details required.
  • Entrepreneurial-minded approach to business; small/midsize company experience preferred.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.

This position is exempt and is paid according to the laws of the State of California.

Dowling & Yahnke offers a competitive salary, as well as a comprehensive benefits package and retirement plan.  The chosen candidate will be required to successfully complete a full background/credit check at the offer stage.

Dowling & Yahnke, LLC is an Equal Opportunity employer.  No relocation assistance is offered for this position; candidates not residing in San Diego County, CA will be responsible for relocation at their own expense.  Eligible candidates will be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States without support; sponsorship is not available.

Interested candidates should apply here.

Financial Planner

We are seeking a highly motivated, detail oriented, and experienced Financial Planner to join our team, reporting to the Director of Financial Planning.  The Financial Planner will work closely with our Lead Advisors in a team-based setting and will instrumental in the continued growth of Dowling & Yahnke.  The Financial Planner is expected to directly impact the business by designing customized personal financial solutions for new and existing clients and will meet with high net worth clients regularly to deepen clients’ relationships with the firm.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this position has the option to work from home full-time for an undetermined period of time, with a required return to the office when the Firm has deemed it safe to do so. Disclosure of vaccination status is required as a condition of employment; unvaccinated employees are required to wear masks when working onsite.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Own and drive the financial planning process, which includes designing, analyzing, and presenting customized plans tailored to each client’s facts and circumstances.
  • Identify issues and planning opportunities for review and discussion with clients and clients’ advisors.  Areas of emphasis include financial goals analysis, estate planning, education planning, tax planning, insurance needs analysis, college savings, Social Security planning and optimization, and executive compensation planning.
  • Deliver plans to clients and their advisors in a clear and understandable manner.   Responsibilities will include meeting preparation, financial plan construction, presentation of the plan to the client, meeting follow-up and ongoing client service.
  • Coach and counsel advisors on financial planning strategies via formal training or as part of client relationship reviews.
  • Become a subject matter expert, staying current on planning issues, communicating updates to staff, and contributing content to the Firm’s website (blog) and social media channels.
  • Assist with development and presentation of training programs for internal staff.
  • Contribute to the Firm’s strategic direction of its financial planning service offering.

QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS:

  • Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation required.
  • 5+ years of financial planning experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree (MBA preferred).
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Solid understanding of personal tax issues.
  • Proficiency with financial planning, Social Security analysis, and tax projection software; MoneyGuidePro, eMoney, Tamarac Reporting, and BNA Income Tax Planner / CFS Tax Tools expertise a plus.
  • Professional, personable, tactful, efficient, and self-motivated.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and sense of teamwork valued.
  • Not just a proficient technician. Experience presenting to clients in a competent, confident, persuasive, and empathetic manner. Able to formulate knowledgeable and convincing answers to tough questions on the spot.
  • Strong organizational skills, multitasking, accuracy, service-minded, and meticulous adherence to details required.
  • Entrepreneurial-minded approach to business; small/midsize company experience preferred.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.

This position is exempt and is paid according to the laws of the State of California.

Dowling & Yahnke offers a competitive salary, as well as a comprehensive benefits package and retirement plan.  The chosen candidate will be required to successfully complete a full background/credit check at the offer stage.

Dowling & Yahnke, LLC is an Equal Opportunity employer.  No relocation assistance is offered for this position; candidates not residing in San Diego County, CA will be responsible for relocation at their own expense.  Eligible candidates will be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States without support; sponsorship is not available.

Interested candidates should apply here.

Paraplanner

We are seeking a highly motivated, detail oriented, and experienced Paraplanner to join our team, reporting to the Director of Financial Planning.  The Paraplanner will work closely with our Financial Planners and Advisors in a team-based setting and will be a critical element of our Firm’s growth initiative.  The Paraplanner is expected to make a direct impact to the business by supporting Advisors and Financial Planners in developing customized personal financial solutions for new and existing clients. The Paraplanner role provides a career path to develop into a future Financial Planner at Dowling & Yahnke.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this position has the option to work from home full-time for an undetermined period of time, with a required return to the office when the Firm has deemed it safe to do so. Disclosure of vaccination status is required as a condition of employment; unvaccinated employees are required to wear masks when working onsite.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Input data into financial planning software, including constructing and updating financial planning analyses, and identifying issues and opportunities for discussion with Financial Planners and Advisors.
  • Areas of emphasis include financial goals and retirement needs analysis, Social Security and Medicare planning, education planning, tax projections, charitable planning, insurance planning needs, executive compensation and stock option analysis, estate planning, and cash flow analysis.
  • Research ad-hoc financial planning questions.
  • Meeting preparation and follow-up client services including working directly with team members and clients to gather all required data, prepare analyses, and follow up on delivery of analyses to clients.
  • Meeting preparation and follow-up client services including working directly with team members and clients to gather all required data, prepare analyses, and follow up on delivery of analyses to clients.
  • Compile, enter, and monitor CRM workflows related to client financial planning requests.
  • Communicate and work collaboratively with Financial Planners and Advisors throughout the planning process to ensure that financial planning analyses are completed accurately and promptly.
  • Become a subject matter expert, staying current on planning issues, communicating updates to staff, and contributing content to the Firm’s website.
  • Assist with development and presentation of training programs for internal staff.

QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS:

  • CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM (CFP®) designation, or currently working toward completion, required.
  • One to three years of paraplanner and/or financial planning experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, economics, business administration or related field required.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and client relationship management (CRM) software (Salesforce preferred).
  • Proficiency with financial planning, Social Security analysis, and tax projection software; MoneyGuide Pro, eMoney and BNA Income Tax Planner / CFS Tax Tools expertise a plus.
  • Solid understanding of personal financial planning and income tax issues.
  • Professional, personable, tactful, efficient, and self-motivated.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and sense of teamwork valued.
  • Strong organizational skills, multitasking, accuracy, service-minded, and meticulous adherence to details required.
  • Entrepreneurial-minded approach to business; small/midsize company experience preferred.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.

This position is non-exempt and is paid according to the laws of the State of California.

Dowling & Yahnke offers a competitive salary, as well as a comprehensive benefits package and retirement plan.  The chosen candidate will be required to successfully complete a full background/credit check at the offer stage.

Dowling & Yahnke, LLC is an Equal Opportunity employer.  No relocation assistance is offered for this position; candidates not residing in San Diego County, CA will be responsible for relocation at their own expense.  Eligible candidates will be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States without support; sponsorship is not available.

Interested candidates should apply here. 

Client Service Specialist

We are seeking a highly motivated, detail oriented, and experienced Client Service Specialist to join our team, reporting to Staci Harris, Client Service Manager.  The successful candidate will possess exceptional attention to detail, as well as a strong command of the English language with emphasis on writing, grammar, and punctuation. The Client Service Specialist is expected to make a direct impact to the business by onboarding clients, working with Lead Advisors to support the needs of our clients, and acting as a liaison with our custodian, always delivering superior customer service.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this position has the option to work from home full-time for an undetermined period of time, with a required return to the office when the Firm has deemed it safe to do so. Disclosure of vaccination status is required as a condition of employment; unvaccinated employees are required to wear masks when working onsite.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Manage onboarding of new clients: prepare custodial paperwork to facilitate initial account investment, establish accounts with custodian, and reconcile holdings and cost basis on new and transferred accounts
  • Communicates directly with clients to provide assistance with requests
  • Acts as the liaison between the custodian and the Lead Advisor/Executive Assistants to assist with service requests.
  • Assists with processing of client funds and securities
  • Facilitate requests for gifting: includes charitable gifts, qualified charitable distributions
  • Monitor custodial alerts for processing
  • Perform general support to Lead Advisors, including reports generation, and other paperwork
  • Maintain client accounts, records, and systems in accordance with firm standards
  • Perform reconciliation of internal accounting system with custodians
  • Research and resolve client inquiries in a timely manner; escalate more complex issues to more senior staff or manager
  • Review daily reports and alerts to ensure data integrity
  • Develop and maintain procedures and training materials
  • Educate clients via Digital Concierge service on account services and capabilities

QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS:

  • BA/BS degree required
  • Minimum one (1) to three (3) years work experience in Financial Services; working knowledge of operations in a Registered Investment Adviser (RIA) firm highly preferred
  • Experience utilizing Charles Schwab Advisor Center, DocuSign, Tamarac, and Salesforce CRM, a plus
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills required, including spelling, grammar, punctuation, and business writing
  • Proficient in all MS Office applications, particularly Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Professional, personable, tactful, efficient, and self-motivated.
  • Collaborative, creative, team player, and problem-solver.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and sense of teamwork valued.
  • Strong organizational skills, multitasking, accuracy, service-minded, and meticulous adherence to details required.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.

This position is non-exempt and is paid according to the laws of the State of California.

Dowling & Yahnke offers a competitive salary, as well as a comprehensive benefits package and retirement plan.  The chosen candidate will be required to successfully complete a full background/credit check at the offer stage.

Dowling & Yahnke, LLC is an Equal Opportunity employer.  No relocation assistance is offered for this position; candidates not residing in San Diego County, CA will be responsible for relocation at their own expense.  Eligible candidates will be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States without support; sponsorship is not available.

Interested candidates should apply here.