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Director, Underwriting

Director, Underwriting

location15455 Dallas Pkwy, Addison, TX 75001, USA
PublishedPublished: 1/17/2024
Leadership / Executive Board
Full Time

Director - Underwriting

This position requires strong leadership abilities, necessary to effectively lead a large underwriting team, driving productivity as well as quality risk selection.  In addition, this position requires superior relationship building skills that can effectively manage and strengthen field relations. This role is expected to contribute positively to the profitable growth of the company through prudent and profitable underwriting decision-making.   

Key Responsibilities

  • Work on highly complex underwriting risks; provides guidance on the most complex applications to staff underwriters
  • Assist in developing underwriting policies and operating plans
  • Establish and maintain strong field relationships to help Distribution successfully grow sales
  • Mentor and guide less experienced underwriters and assist in development of underwriting training
  • Participate in underwriting audits to ensure regulatory compliance
  • Coordinate and monitor successful collaboration with internal supporting functions such as actuarial, claim, risk control, legal/regulatory and other business units to ensure alignment with overall strategy and goals
  • Participate in the evaluation and development of new and existing life products
  • Work in a team atmosphere with New Business leadership
  • May be responsible for special underwriting projects and presentations as directed by Senior Vice President, Operations and Vice President, Chief Underwriter
  • Work with vendors as necessary to ensure the department is well supported

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree
  • 10-15 years of life underwriting experience; preferred background would include designations such as FMLI, CLU or other course work within the AALU, LOMA or similar industry organizations
  • Experience in signing-off on large cases exceeding five million in face amount
  • Previous experience with simplified issue and tele-underwriting
  • Prior work experience with independent field force
  • Must be able to communicate in an effective manner, both verbal and written
  • Demonstrated skill in developing risk management and underwriting programs
  • Ability to work independently as well as being a strong team player
  • Must be able to prioritize management and field requests
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite; strong business acumen
  • LTC and DI experience a plus
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment; must be action and results oriented
  • Must be able to pass a background check


The base compensation range represents the low and high end of the range for this position. Actual compensation will vary and may be above or below the range based on various factors including but not limited to qualifications, skills, competencies, location, and experience. The range listed is just one component of our total compensation package for employees.
Other rewards may include an annual bonus, quarterly bonuses, commissions, and other long-term incentive compensation, depending on the position.  National Life offers a competitive total rewards package which includes: a 401(k) retirement plan match; medical, dental, and vision insurance; a company funded wellness account for director and below employees; 10 paid holidays; a generous paid time off plan (22 days of combined time-off for non-exempt employees and exempt employees have discretion in managing their time, including scheduling time off in the normal course of business, but in no event will exempt employees receive less sick time than required by state or local law); 6 weeks of paid parental leave; and 6 weeks of paid family leave after a year of full-time employment
National Life Group® is a trade name of National Life Insurance Company, Montpelier, VT – founded in 1848, Life Insurance Company of the Southwest, Addison, TX – chartered in 1955, and their affiliates. Each company of National Life Group is solely responsible for its own financial condition and contractual obligations. Life Insurance Company of the Southwest is not an authorized insurer in New York and does not conduct insurance business in New York. Equity Services, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC, is a Broker/Dealer and Registered Investment Adviser affiliate of National Life Insurance Company. All other entities are independent of the companies of National Life Group.
Fortune 1000 status is based on the consolidated financial results of all National Life Group companies. 
National Life Group
1 National Life Dr
Montpelier, VT 05604
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