Trust officers are commonly hired by private banks and investment groups to provide expertise and communication in trust and estate issues. Most of the daily duties of the job involve communicating, as individuals in this position work as a liaison between trust clients and various related agencies or advisors. Specific tasks include interpreting legal documents, reviewing client relationships, monitoring funds, reporting to management, and completing various forms of paperwork. This is done in an indoor environment, typically in a banking institution or other office setting. Work involves communication with clients and other firms, but trust officers also work in teams with other trust officers in many large banks. Risk and physical requirements of the position are extremely limited, while work hours are typically standard business operating hours.
This position requires relevant knowledge, generally in the form of educational and experience requirements. Applicants are expected to have a bachelor’s degree in a field such as finance, economics, or business administration; some higher-level positions also prefer or require graduate degrees. Educational requirements may sometimes be substituted for work experience, although this is uncommon given the nature of the expertise required. Work experience requirements for positions vary among entry-level openings and more senior positions, but at least five years of experience in a related field is a common requirement. Some positions also require relevant certifications as well.
Trust Officer Tasks
Coordinate legal, tax, and financial paperwork associated with the account, and ensure compliance with bank and government regulations.
Manage returns yielded by trust fund, distributing profits to trust members or reinvesting them according to trust fund terms.
Set up trust funds by identifying potential members and placing assets into trust account.
Work to implement strategies which achieve client goals for trust fund.