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Distinguished Programs Commercial Insurance Underwriter - Builder's Risk in New York, New York

Commercial Insurance Underwriter - Builder's Risk and Vacant Buildings

Distinguished Programs is a leading national insurance Program Manager providing specialized insurance programs to brokers and agents with specific expertise in Real Estate, Community Associations, Hotels and Restaurants. Distinguished partners with a select group of highly rated insurance companies to provide exclusive programs to our national network of 4,000 agencies and brokerages. You will have an opportunity get to work with an energetic, passionate team that is committed to growth by helping our customers grow their business and building a best-in-class system, as well as a great place to work.

This role is part of the Builder's Risk and Vacant Building programs with the primary focus of Underwriting new business submissions. The Builder's Risk program offers comprehensive commercial insurance coverage for construction, remodeler's risk, and Betterments Only to protect commercial, residential, and mixed-use properties. The Vacant Buildings program covers single and multiple-family dwellings, commercial, and mixed-use buildings. You will work very closely with brokers to ensure the accuracy of underwriting information, determine eligibility within program guidelines, ensure insurance files are well documented and servicing Broker's change requests. 


  • Evaluate new business submissions to ensure proper risk selection, premium and coverage within underwriting authority

  • Execute the post-bind account management workflow, answer questions and resolve problems, including initiation of billing, policy issuance, acquisition of account agreements, and file documentation and endorsements

  • Build new business pipeline through outbound interaction with clients

  • Create solutions for a broad range of inquiries from brokers and team members.

  • Promote teamwork and organizational success, while accepting accountability and ownership

  • Navigate our online broker portal to complete tasks and troubleshoot

  • Deliver an exceptional customer experience with every interaction, in all modes of communication

  • Identify opportunities to improve underwriting efficiencies

  • Work independently within deadlines while understanding the necessity for communicating and coordinating work efforts with stakeholders

  • Obtain and understand market intel and trends

  • Handle work with a focus on underwriting profitability


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Minimum of 3 years of Builder's Risk underwriting experience required

  • Property and Casualty insurance license required (6 months preparation time permitted)

  • Hunger for continual learning; professional designations are a plus

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills including negotiation skills

  • Must be self-driven, detail oriented, and possess strong organizational skills including time-management and prioritization

  • Some travel may be required from time to time


New York, NY. (Hybrid - Work from home days optional)


  • $60,000 - $85,000 base salary plus bonus. Salary commensurate with knowledge, skills, experience, and geographic location

  • Summer Fridays (Leave at 3:00PM all Fridays from Memorial Day to Labor Day)

  • Great Healthcare coverage including Medical, Vision, and Dental

  • The Difference Card. Used like a credit card to offset copays and deductibles

  • 401k with 4% company match. Immediately 100% vested

  • Life, disability and supplemental insurance

  • Growth and development opportunities

  • Health and Wellness Benefits including an Employee Assistance Program, Telemedicine, Peloton App Digital Membership for 1 year (or if you have Peloton equipment, receive a 4-month waiver)

  • Work/Life Balance with Generous time off policy including PTO and paid holidays, Summer Hours, Dependent Daycare flexible spending account, paid parental (primary or secondary caregiver) leave, a commuter account, and a Sabbatical every 7 years


Our Core values define our business. At Distinguished Programs you will achieve goals focused in the best interest of our customer. INTEGRITY plays a crucial role in the way Distinguished does business. INNOVATION enables us to remain an industry trendsetter. You will be involved in projects that advance our products, processes, and people! You will collaborate with leaders in the organization and build RELATIONSHIPS with your colleagues, carriers and customers. Capitalize on your interests and strengths to drive an enrichment focused path allowing your determination to launch your career in an industry of endless opportunities. Bring your passion to the work you do, the people you impact and the success we ACHIEVE together. Acceptance and appreciation for diversity and inclusion are at our core. 

In accordance with the terms and conditions of Distinguished Programs COVID-19 vaccination policy the health and safety of our employees are of utmost importance to our organization. In order to fully engage with other work colleagues, new employees will be asked to declare vaccination status upon enrollment, Employees who do not wish to disclose vaccination status, must follow unvaccinated protocols as outlined in our company policy. 

Distinguished Programs, LLC is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status. 

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.


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