Communications and Social Media Lead

| Chicago
Avant is revolutionizing the world of lending by lowering the costs and barriers of borrowing for everyday people. At our core, we are a technology company that builds advanced platforms and uses custom analytics. Today, we help underserved consumers, the majority of whom get fast funding on our online platform without having to talk to anyone. Tomorrow we plan to use our world-class technology and underwriting capabilities to launch new products and bank partnerships that improve people’s financial lives.
We’re looking for a Communications and Social Media Lead to help us build and grow our brands voice and vision. As our go-to pr + social media expert, you’ll be responsible for researching, planning logistics, and executing savvy strategies to increase our brand, reach and engagement. This is the perfect opportunity for you to hone your creativity and communications skills while being given the freedom to test, innovate, and build a sound strategy. This is a critical member of the marketing team and will support the implementation of campaigns to engage with the media and reach consumers on multiple social platforms including Facebook/Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, etc. This role is highly collaborative and will work across the organization with multiple stakeholders to implement strategies for growth and success.

What you will do at Avant:

  • Develop and manage Avant’s external communications plan and voice.
  • Produce and publish content on social media channels, leveraging social media management (SMM) systems and marketing automation tools/software.
  • Work with internal departments to ensure effective execution of pr + social marketing tactics.
  • Develop weekly, monthly and quarterly social strategies and calendars.
  • Track and shepherd content approvals with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Produce ad hoc campaign reports for priority releases and promotions.
  • Monitor social trends, stay abreast of new social platforms and best practices.
  • Develop comprehensive media relations plans and garner coverage.
  • Cultivate relationships with key journalists and editors at top-tier publications.
  • Improve processes, metrics and goals to measure the effectiveness of Avant’s media activities and use that information to refine external engagement strategies.
  • Find, manage and submit Award applications for Avant
  • Spearhead conference and speaking engagement strategies to demonstrate Avant’s leadership and subject matter expertise.

Why you are a fit for Avant:

  • BS degree, with a concentration in Social Media, Public Relations, Journalism, Business preferred or equivalent work experience.
  • 2+ years’ experience in social media, pr and/or marketing with a proven ability to grow engagement and followers.
  • Strong knowledge of social/digital media tools, techniques and platforms.
  • Strong reporting skills and experience with web analytic tools required.
  • Ability to work collaboratively across the organization with employees at all levels.
  • Highly organized and able to manage multiple projects at once.
  • Excellent research, organizational, and project management skills.
  • Top-notch interpersonal skills and willingness to collaborate.
  • You are able to compellingly communicate Avant’s story and products to clients.
  • You are able to communicate through words and content as well as visuals.
  • Experience in Photoshop or Sketch (Canva is acceptable alternative)Experience with crisis management is a plus.
  • FinTech experience is a plus

Why Avant is a fit for you:
At Avant, we believe our values make a difference:
We value, support, and help each other grow
We are committed to active inclusion and diversity
We are transparent and believe the best idea wins
We succeed when our customers succeed
We get sh!t done… responsibly
And we keep it fun!

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Location

Located on Chicago's scenic riverwalk, we're surrounded by trendy restaurants, a thriving startup community, and easy access to public transportation.

An Insider's view of Avant

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The vibe is positive and encourages fun, but also strives for growth through hard work and innovation. I would also say Avant is a “come as you are” environment where people are able to bring their whole selves to work, which leads to diverse viewpoints and great ideas.

Liz

Software Engineer

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Because of the nature of my role, I’m constantly collaborating and working with other teams. Program management is like being a traffic cop, at the intersections of every vertical within the business unit; I stop and start traffic, provide estimates on travel time, and route drivers down the right street if they get lost.

Molly

Customer Success Manager

What are some things you learned at the company?

The new projects we launch for our bank partners are really exciting because of all the learning opportunities they present. These projects require a substantial amount of collaboration between teams, so everyone is growing and learning from one another as we go. It's pretty awesome!

Marq

Tech Quality

What does your typical day look like?

70% of my day is working on code. 20% of my day is spent on unblocking other junior engineers or reviewing code. 10% of my day is in meetings. 100% of my day is spent having fun! =)

Hebron

Software Engineer Team Lead

What are Avant Perks + Benefits

Avant Benefits Overview

We offer group Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage, generous parental leave, commuter benefits, and unlimited vacation time. We have a free gym on site at our Chicago office and other great perks like a fully-stocked kitchen with beer on tap, casual dress code, a game room, and company happy hours.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
We love being in Chicago! We'll run donation drives for local schools, pack lunches for city shelters, host events for young people interested in fintech, and whatever else comes up!
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Like the Diversity & Inclusion Committee and the Fun Committee, to name a few.
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
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Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Acme Co. provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Flexible start and end times.
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Acme Co. hosts company outings Quarterly.
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Acme Co. offers employees professional development opportunities like Onsite training courses, The ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Paid industry certifications
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