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SEM Manager

| Chicago

We’re looking for an SEM Manager to manage our paid search programs for our web-first real estate software platforms, neighborhoods.com and 55places.com. In this role, you’ll be managing and optimizing our advertising efforts across Google, Bing, Facebook, and other channels. This role will have the opportunity to heavily influence strategy for a growing tech company. If phrases like SKAG and SQR are part of your everyday vocabulary, we want to talk to you. 

Neighborhoods.com is the first online real estate resource to put the neighborhood at the center of the home search. The platform invites visitors to imagine their life in a new area by providing a local’s perspective, including detailed descriptions and resident reviews of schools, amenities, and the surrounding community. With up-to-date listings, the company offers aspiring homeowners accurate and reliable information about market changes and new homes for sale. Neighborhoods.com and its network of real estate agents are licensed and knowledgeable experts that guide users through every step of the homebuying process—from the initial search to the closing table.

What you’ll be doing as our SEM Manager:

  • Managing every aspect of our enterprise level in-house paid search, paid social, and display advertising programs
  • Working with senior members of the team to help define the overall online marketing strategy
  • Conducting testing and analysis of campaign performance, and providing reports for stakeholders
  • Tracking KPIs to assess performance and pinpoint optimization opportunities
  • Managing an agile budget to optimize CPC and CPL
  • Collaborating with branded content teams, our analytics manager, and design/engineering team members in order to align paid search and product strategies
  • On occasion, helping other team members understand your decisions

We think you could be really successful if you:

  • Want to be hands-on with our PPC and SEM initiatives.
  • Are fueled by data and goals.
  • Are self-motivated and curious, with the desire to initiate and own projects from start to finish.
  • Believe a granular approach to paid marketing is the best pathway to success.
  • Enjoy taking ownership of your work in a small team environment.
  • Think math and data analysis are fun!

Basic requirements to do the job:

  • 5-7 years of paid search experience with Google, Bing, and Facebook
  • Knowledge of industry trends and standards
  • Advanced Excel skills
  • Advanced knowledge in paid search strategy, tactics, and execution
  • Google Ads (formerly Google AdWords) certification
  • Excellent communication skills

Bonus points if you have:

  • Experience working for a variety of clients in a digital marketing agency setting
  • Experience working with social media advertising
  • A Bachelor’s degree with a focus in Statistics, Business, Marketing, or a relevant field
  • Experience working on a Mac

Why Neighborhoods.com?

  • The standards: insurance, 401k with match, flexible PTO, and casual dress code
  • Paid parental leave
  • Pre-tax commuter program
  • West Loop neighborhood (easy commute and lots of food options)
  • Volunteer and charity opportunities
  • Cold-brew coffee on tap
  • Transparent and approachable leadership and management
  • You will help people on the journey to making one of the single biggest decisions of their life!


Neighborhoods.com is an equal opportunity employer for people from all different backgrounds. Qualified candidates are considered for employment without regard to ethnicity, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, family status, or age. We strive to foster an inclusive environment that is comfortable for everyone. We will not tolerate harassment or discrimination of any kind.

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We're at the edge of the West Loop, right next to Fulton Market. Transit options and lunch spots? We got 'em.

An Insider's view of Neighborhoods.com

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Our work-life balance is fantastic. We value working hard during the day and encourage everyone to go home at a reasonable time.


Front End Developer

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

We’re working on using new types of data to understand our customers better. By developing ways to use these insights effectively, we do a better job of focusing on building the features that most improve the customer’s experience.


Data Scientist

What makes someone successful on your team?

Neighborhoods.com is a really great place for self-starters. It's a place for people who love being their own task-master while still functioning as part of a team. That this is a workplace for people who thrive in the absence of micromanagement and hand-holding.


Associate Editor

What is your vision for the company?

My vision for Neighborhoods.com is to help people live their life to its fullest potential by helping them with the universal challenge of finding a neighborhood and house they can truly call home.



How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

PMO's ideas and processes facilitate keeping our engineers and designers focused on the work they love which in turn encourages innovation.


Project Manager

What are Neighborhoods.com Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences

Additional Perks + Benefits

Aside from all of these tangible benefits- Neighborhoods.com truly values all employees. A positive company culture, transparency, collaboration, & providing an inclusive environment for all employees, is something we value highly.

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