Regional Estate & Trust Administrator

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We have an immediate opening for a talented, enthusiastic and client-focused Regional Estate and Trust Administrator for our growing team based in Halifax.

What You Will Do:

The Regional Estate and Trust Administrator provides administrative support to the Estate and Trust Advisor and Regional Trust Officer in the MD Private Trust Office. They will assist in the administration of Estate and Trust services, while maintaining high standards of client service, quality control and operational efficiency. The mandate of this position also includes providing backup support to other administrative staff and general office duties.

Duties & Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Estate Planning: Schedule/confirm client appointments, confirm road trips and schedule with regional office and book meeting rooms when required
  • Prepare meeting packages and related documentation for estate planning clients and perform follow-up for new clients after the meeting
  • Assist the Estate and Trust Advisor in preparing Will instructions, send Will review packages to law firms, perform follow-up with lawyers and clients, send final copy of Wills to Central Administration and prepare all related paperwork and documentation
  • Prepare a variety of correspondence to clients, lawyers and third parties

Estate Administration:

  • Assist the Estate and Trust Advisor and Regional Trust Officer in the estate settlement process including accompanying them to inventory the safety deposit box, view the deceased’s home and meet with beneficiaries and co-executors which may necessitate occasional travel
  • Assist and co-ordinate, with Head Office staff, in the collection process of assets, investment and cash for new estates Communicate with third parties including property managers, realtors, appraisers, landlords, etc. at the request of the Regional trust Officer
  • With the Estate and Trust Advisor/Regional Trust Officer, participate in the initial client meeting with co-executor and beneficiaries and assist with subsequent communication of status updates
  • Prepare initial estate documentation and related forms
  • Participate in the discretionary decision process by gathering relevant client information

Trusts and Powers of Attorney:

  • Assist in new account opening process and documentation preparation
  • Initiate annual review process between clients and Estate and Trust Advisor or Regional Trust Officer
  • Assist and co-ordinate, with Head Office staff, the disbursement of cash to clients, payment of bills and other requests and ensure they are processed on a timely basis
  • Communicate with third-parties such as personal care attorneys and residence staff at the request of the Estate and Trust Administrator/Regional Trust Officer

General Administrative/Office Functions:

  • Oversee internal operational procedures and recommend changes where required to maintain high standards of operational efficiency Maintain MD Private Trust filing system
  • Assist in the preparation of various reports for clients and management
  • Provide research and coordination support to teaming meetings with Estate and Trust Advisor, Regional Trust Officer and other regional Advisors
  • Implement and/or maintain a follow-up system for inquiries, complaints and problem resolution, and ensure that established MD Private
  • Trust service standards are being met in a timely matter
  • Assist in the implementation of marketing initiatives for the business unit
  • Provide back-up assistance to other MD Private Trust regional staff as required
  • Maintain client records on information systems
  • Review invoices and forward to Head Office for processing
  • Receive client/external telephone calls and respond or re-direct in an efficient and professional manner
  • Assist with monitoring and ordering of office supplies, stationary and marketing material
  • Assist with ensuring office equipment and systems are maintained including photocopier, facsimile, phone system/voice mail and printers and liaise with IT Help Desk to solve problems

What You Need:

  • Community college diploma or equivalent
  • Working knowledge of legal documents such as Wills, Trust Deeds and Powers of Attorney is an asset
  • CSI Global Education Inc. Estate & Trust Administration or Completion of Level I CETA Program is an asset
  • Experienced user of MS Word, Outlook
  • Knowledge of the securities industry is an asset
  • 2+ years as an administrator in an office environment with direct client contact ideally, an Estate & Trust environment or in a Trust administrator position
  • 2+ years experience in a financial services environment is an asset
  • Bilingualism is an asset (English-French)

What You Bring:

  • Excellent professional communication skills both verbal and written
  • High attention to detail and solid follow-through capabilities
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills with an ability to deal with sensitive and difficult client situations in a gracious and professional manner
  • Exceptional ability to schedule, plan and meet deadlines
  • Ability to prioritize several requirements at once and while under pressure
  • Excellent team player with the ability to work independently
  • Demonstrated initiative, pro-activity and sense of responsibility
  • Dedicated to service excellence for internal and external clients
  • Ability to effectively manage change

What Success Looks Like:

  • You are passionate about the MD value proposition and actively look to acquire new clients.
  • You are constantly learning and honing your skills.
  • You are technology savvy and endeavour to find new and exciting ways to use technology in the servicing of your client.
  • You feel rewarded and recognized in a way that inspires you to do your best work.

If you are interested in this position, please apply directly at www.mdm.ca or send me your resume at: Lyne.Castonguay@cma.ca

Expiry Date: 
Monday, September 10, 2018