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Reporting to the General Counsel, the AVP &Assistant General Counsel will lead the Life & Annuity Business practice areas, train and mentor junior attorneys and staff. Success will be assessed on the incumbent having a thorough understanding of company policies and objectives and ability to manage and execute Life and Annuity based activies within the Law Division. Day-to-day work primarily involves handling and/or directing matters of importance and impact on the organization and providing assistance on critical matters. This position is for an experienced attorney with thorough competence in several legal areas of concentration and broad-based experience, maturity, and sound judgment, with significant experience relating to life insurance and annuity products.
Advise on complex legal matters by utilizing legal expertise and strategic thinking to assess risk and recommend effective and appropriate solutions
Identify and evaluate legal risks by anticipating problems, tracking organizational developments and recommending solutions to proactively mitigate risks and limit company exposure to liability
Influence cross-functional decision-making by collaborating with internal partners and leading multi-disciplinary teams to guide development of company policies and best practices
Effectively manage resources by anticipating expenditures and accurately forecasting resource needs/costs
Create a positive environment by modeling cultural expectations and guiding leaders to reward performance, accountability, diversity and inclusion, flexibility, continuous improvement, collaboration, and creativity
Provide legal counsel and support in to the Life & Annuity Business teams, including but not limited to:
Variable and fixed life insurance and annuity product matters, including acting as Separate Account Chief Compliance Officer
Death and disability claims
Suitability and underwriting
Insurance Department market conduct exams, and annual internal audits
Familiarity with compliance with applicable laws and regulations pertaining to employer plan service providers (including but not limited to ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code)
Anti-money laundering compliance
Legislative and regulatory developments
Review of advertising, training, and complaints
Provide assistance and support in management of litigation in the areas of responsibility
Advise the General Counsel and other members of executive management with respect to the duties and responsibilities outlined above
Juris Doctor from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.
Must be admitted to practice law by a State Bar and be eligible to register as an In-House Counsel in the State of Illinois.
Minimum (8) years broad-based legal experience including oversight and/or development of life insurance and annuity products (i.e., indexed universal life, whole life, term life, variable annuity, fixed-indexed annuity etc.).
Meaningful experience representing companies providing insurance and other financial services products.
Expertise in a technical legal practice
A strong desire to learn and assume ownership of highly complex, sometimes novel, legal issues.
Strong academic credentials
Excellent analytical, organizational, verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to provide top-quality, proactive, accurate and effective legal support in a fast moving environment.
Ability to effectively work with management and other personnel.
In-house legal department experience.
What we offer:
Matching 401k plan
Generous vacation policy
Company-wide bonus program
Heath, dental and vision Coverage
Career development opportunities and continuing education
Autonomy and social networking opportunities
Relocation assistance for qualifying candidates to Springfield, IL area
The duties listed in this job description do not limit the assignment of work. They are not to be construed as a complete list of the duties normally to be performed in the position or those occasionally assigned outside an employee’s normal duties.
About Horace Mann Companies
Horace Mann was founded in 1945 by two teachers who saw the need for quality, affordable auto insurance for teachers. Since then, we’ve broadened our mission to helping all educators protect what they have today and prepare for a successful tomorrow. And with our broadened mission has come corporate growth: With two recent acquisitions, Horace Mann Educators Corporation (NYSE: HMN) is the largest financial services company focused on providing America's educators and school employees with insurance and retirement solutions. The company is headquartered in Springfield, Illinois. For more information, visit the Horace Mann website at www.horacemann.com
As a leading insurance and financial services company focused on meeting the evolving need of public K-12 teachers and employees of other non-profit organizations, we are growing rapidly and are looking for an AVP & Assistant General Counsel for our Life & Annuity Business. This Senior Leadership role is within the Office of the General Counsel, Law Division located in Springfield, IL.