Aug 3rd, 2022
Northwest Farm Credit Services is a financial cooperative providing financing and related services to farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses, commercial fishermen, timber producers, rural homeowners and crop insurance customers in Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. Northwest FCS is a member of the nationwide Farm Credit System, yet operates as a independent organization. We exist to support agriculture and rural communities with reliable, consistent credit and financial services, today and tomorrow.
Spokane, WA
http://www.northwestfcs.com

Northwest Farm Credit Services is in search of an Insurance Agent to join our Washington Insurance team in our Pasco branch location. As a member-owned financial cooperative, we help business owners in agriculture, forestry and fisheries secure the financing they need to operate and grow, and the crop insurance they need to protect their livelihoods. Our customers are primarily located in Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. Northwest FCS is a six-time recipient of the Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award, and the top scoring large company in the Best Place to Work-Inland Northwest competition five years in a row.

This full-time position is responsible for providing high quality, profitable and constructive insurance products and related services to customers, maintaining a high level of proactive marketing and portfolio management, and through actions, creating a positive image of Northwest FCS to customers, insurance professionals and the general public.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Markets and sells insurance products by communicating with and receiving information from customers in the office and off-site.
  • Actively solicits sales from referral sources, including internal staff. May also develop sales leads from direct mail campaigns, lists and telemarketing.
  • Establishes rapport with and develops and maintains confidence of customers and other related professionals by: Educating customers on the crop insurance processes; effectively communicating rates, fees, terms and time frames with the customer; consistently meeting timeframe and product expectations; and, following through to ensure the customer and others are satisfied with the service and final product.
  • Gathers needed information through interviews in person, by phone, or using the Internet. Reads and understands production information from various sources including, but not limited to, customer records and tax records.
  • Complies with federal and other documentation expectations, submission timelines, procedures, laws and regulations.
  • Maintains State Agent’s License through required continuing educational training/seminars.
  • Works with insurance representatives to resolve policy issues that affect producer’s insurance coverage.
  • Communicates proactively to ensure excellent customer service and seeks to insure profitability of assigned portfolio.
  • Represents and communicates the values, purpose and mission of NWFCS to employees, customers, the public and target audiences. This may include joining or actively supporting appropriate organizations and civic groups and actively participating in sponsored events and programs.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in business or ag-related field or equivalent experience.
  • Ability to market, sell, and effectively negotiate terms on behalf of Northwest FCS, both verbally and in writing.
  • Understanding of the insurance industry and agricultural markets.
  • Knowledge of agricultural practices and crop and livestock production.
  • Working knowledge of FCIC regulations and procedures, including legal terminology.
  • Ability to understand, interpret, and explain insurance policies and procedures.
  • Appropriate State Insurance Agent Licenses or ability to obtain in a short time frame.
  • Ability to travel approximately 25-50%, including approximately 5% overnight travel.

Certificates/Licenses

  • Valid driver’s license

In addition to a comprehensive suite of core benefits designed to support employees at all career stages. Northwest FCS provides all employees with 24 paid hours annually to volunteer in their communities; a substantial employer match to our award-winning 401(k) plan; a bonus plan; generous paid vacation, sick, and family and medical leave; and financial assistance for adoptions. All employees have access to robust learning opportunities including LinkedIn Learning and Audible. Jeans/appropriate casual is the standard dress code.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender orientation, national origin, marital status, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable discrimination laws.

When you apply for a position with Northwest FCS, we collect personal identifiers (from your resume and other application information you submit), such as your name, email address, mailing address, telephone number(s) and employment and education related information. This helps us evaluate job applicants for hiring opportunities, and, communicate with them.

To comply with federal regulations for equal employment opportunity and affirmative action (EEO/AA), we track our applicants by gender, race/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, and the position for which they applied. You will be presented with a voluntary self-identification form as part of this application; we wanted you to know why we collect this information and what we do with it. Please be aware that this information is kept separate from your application, and not utilized in the selection process.

For more information about the information Northwest FCS collects, please see the Northwest FCS California Privacy Policy.

If you require alternative methods of application or screening, you must approach Northwest Farm Credit Services directly to request this, as we're not responsible for the employer's application process.

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