Apprentice Financial Advisor Program

    • Job Tracking ID: 85444-349650
    • Job Location: Seattle, WA
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: Any
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: 09/16/2022
    • Years of Experience: Any
    • Starting Date: 07/10/2023
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Job Description

Founded in 1935, D.A. Davidson has been offering personalized wealth management services and solutions rooted in the values, stability, and discipline of our employee-owned company for more than 85 years. The Apprentice Financial Advisor Program is designed to provide a multi-year and multi-faceted training program for individuals looking to join our best-in-class team of Financial Advisors.

The Apprentice Financial Advisor Program is a paid three-year developmental and informative program that prepares our next generation of outstanding Financial Professionals. Training is immersive and hands-on, combining classroom type learning with practical real-life experience, utilizing the tools and technology vital to build an exciting career as a Financial Advisor. Our apprentices receive ongoing coaching and mentorship, and have many opportunities to engage and learn from Senior Financial Advisors at the firm. They also earn the FINRA SIE, Series 7, Series 66, and Insurance Licenses.

Upon completion of the program, Apprentices are positioned for success and well-prepared to start their own practice as a Financial Advisor or join an established financial practice (team or individual) as a producing team member, giving advice to the practice by offering straightforward advice, personalized solutions, and investment guidance to new and existing clients.

This is an outstanding opportunity if you are:

* An entrepreneur at heart and are attracted to the prospect of uncapped compensation
* Seeking flexibility to work both in and out of the office with clients
* Creative and enjoy solving complex problems and finding solutions to meet clients’ financial needs
* Eager to leverage your passion for helping others with your curiosity in the financial services industry
* Team-oriented with excellent communication and interpersonal skills
* Open to potential relocation opportunities
* A college graduate within the last three years with either a bachelor’s or master’s degree OR a business professional with 1-3 years of financial services or transferable experience

Experience and Skills

Program Overview
Years 1 and 2 - D.A. Davidson Corporate Office (Seattle, WA)
As an Apprentice Financial Advisor you will spend the first two years learning the core competencies of wealth management, with a focus on financial planning techniques, client service skills, and technology. You will be provided materials and everything you need to study, sit for and pass the FINRA SIE, Series 7 and 66 licensing exams, as well as the Washington State insurance exam. Upon completion of the required licensing exams, you may begin studying for an additional professional credential. You have the choice between the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and the Certified Wealth Strategist® credentials.

During the first two years you will:
* Learn wealth planning techniques and strategies, delve into the complexities of financial and estate planning, and become a specialist on the firm’s financial planning software, MoneyGuidePro®, eventually serving as a subject matter expert to Financial Advisors throughout the firm as they prepare financial plans for their clients.
* Participate in intensive training programs in Great Falls, MT, and Seattle with other Trainee Financial Advisors and Apprentices to learn the skills and techniques required for meaningful client interaction, portfolio construction, investment implementation, and practice management.
* Serve as a key and valuable member of the Financial Services Representative (FSR) Team, honing your skills by directly advising and guiding clients through investment strategies and proposals, and identifying opportunities to help clients achieve their financial goals.
Throughout your time as a member of our Apprentice team, you will engage with Senior Financial Advisors around the firm to learn about the various aspects and nuances of managing a practice as a Financial Advisor. In your second year, you also will begin discussions with leaders in the firm to determine where you might fit into a growing practice, or start a practice on your own.

Year 3 - D.A. Davidson Branch Office Experience (various locations)
The third year of the Apprentice Program is very hands-on and provides practical opportunities to complement your experience in Seattle. You will spend several weeks visiting and observing multiple branch locations and teams before you move to your final branch assignment. This will provide the opportunity to learn and experience the Wealth Management business through different perspectives, and to continue to familiarize yourself and interconnect with our firm’s top producers.
After your multi-branch tour, you will begin the exciting move to your assigned D.A. Davidson branch. During the remainder of year 3 as an Apprentice you will serve as a Financial Advisor team member with a pre-determined Financial Advisory team or individual.
Your branch assignment will be purposeful with a great deal of consideration and needs matching and is based upon a variety of factors, including availability, location, and living arrangements. Best efforts will be made to incorporate your preferences.

Program Completion
Upon completion of the program, it is our goal that you formally join an existing Financial Advisory team or individual or start your own practice. If this is not possible, you may be qualified for another role within the firm and will be encouraged to apply for other open positions. Completion of the Apprentice Program does not guarantee a permanent role at D.A. Davidson.

The Apprentice interview process is as follows:
September-October 2022 - Applications accepted and first-round virtual interviews held
November-December 2022 - Panel interviews and final decisions made
Monday, July 10, 2023 - Apprentice Program begins in Seattle

The Apprentice Program application deadline is November 14, 2022.
For more information, contact Julie Schneider, Vice President - Director of New FA Development and Acquisition, at (360) 571-3721 or

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.