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PR Associate

| Chicago

Job Description

About Guaranteed Rate:

Guaranteed Rate is the 7th largest retail mortgage lender in the U.S. By offering industry-leading tools, low-rate mortgages and unparalleled customer service, we’ve become the Home Purchase Experts®. At Guaranteed Rate, we think big—pushing beyond what most people believe is possible. We strive to work with the best of the best, building business with the best referral partners and hiring the best employees—allowing us to deliver world-class customer service. Our goal is to make sure every customer has a great experience. Headquartered in Chicago with 5,000+ employees in 300+ offices across the U.S. and licensed in all 50 states, we’ve helped thousands of homeowners with more than $24 billion in home purchase loans and refinances in just the past year alone.

Essential Functions:

  • Write and edit press releases, pitches and fact sheets.
  • Monitor industry news and proactively identify opportunities to increase visibility and build brand awareness for GR, GRA & leaders.
  • Staff professional media events and interact with journalists in person, on the phone and via written communications.
  • Handle media for VPs of Mortgage Lending in markets throughout the U.S. - New Hire releases/media pitching and coordination.
  • Create internal communication materials, including company-wide emails and employee Intranet content.
  • Ghostwrite comments for executives and media train top originators.
  • Manage and identify new opportunities for GR corporate awards, manage submissions, calendar.
  • Build benchmarking reports & weekly GR newsletters, use Cision PR software and PR Newswire.

Competencies:

  • Strong organizational skills and understanding of PR and journalistic principles.
  • Knowledge of AP Style, grammar, attention to detail in editing.
  • Thrives in a fast-paced, changing environment.
  • Project Management for PR department, media monitoring (off-hours).
  • Organization and superior knowledge of PR softwares, communication skills for outreach to reporters.

Supervisory Requirements:

  • Supervise and manage a media summer intern.

Physical Requirements:

  • Light lifting, long hours of sitting/standing at tradeshow events, etc.

Required or Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree of Arts
  • 3-5 years of PR experience
  • Knowledge of Cision PR software and databases
  • Strong skill-set in Project Management

Guaranteed Rate is an Equal Opportunity Employer that welcomes and encourages all applicants to apply regardless of age, race, sex, religion, color, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital or parental status, ancestry, citizenship status, pregnancy or other reason protected by law.

 

 

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Location

3940 N. Ravenswood , Chicago, IL 60613

What are Guaranteed Rate Perks + Benefits

Guaranteed Rate Benefits Overview

• Our location rocks – right off the brown line at Irving Park. Our home base is a hip office with exposed brick and duct work, windows we can actually open during the summer, and an open floor plan. Rather than a cubicle life, we work in an open and collaborative environment.
• An in-house café offers breakfast, lunch and a late afternoon healthy snack. We subsidize all meals so you’ll never pay full price.
• Access to the office gym for only $20 a year. Yes, a whole year! There is also yoga, cross fit, and boxing offered for a very small fee. We want our folks happy, healthy, and feeling good.
• A FREE on-site nurse. Psshh who needs a doctor’s appointment when our nurse can do it all?
• A 5,000 square foot rooftop deck that’s available to everyone all day and all evening with WiFi, two bars, music, grills, fun umbrellas, a ping pong table, corn hole, and fire pits. All of this is offered when Chicago gives us those non-snow covered days.
• Holiday parties? We got’em!! Not just major holidays, any holiday. We also have monthly celebrations on our Rooftop.
• Inter-office contests like the Great Mac-Off, Chili Cook-Off and Limbo. We always keep you guessing, participating, and wanting more.
• 401k with percentage matching, Blue Cross health care coverage (yup, dental and vision too), short-term disability, life insurance, and even legal assistance (for a small monthly fee)…and did we mention the awesome rooftop deck?

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Someone's primary function is managing the company's diversity and inclusion initiatives
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Acme Co.'s team fitness initiatives include In-office yoga, In-office fitness classes.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Commuter Benefits
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Mentorship program
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