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NRT is the largest residential real estate brokerage company in the nation. NRT and its affiliated companies, marketing partners and joint ventures provides mortgage, title, insurance, escrow, warranty, relocation and concierge services to NRT's family of companies. We own and operate companies in more than 35 of the nation's largest metropolitan areas, with approximately 725 sales offices, 4,700 employees and 42,000 sales associates in our extended family. Our companies do business under the world-renowned Coldwell Banker, Coldwell Banker Commercial, ERA, Sotheby's International Realty and The Corcoran Group brand names.

At NRT LLC and its family of real estate companies, truly remarkable service is more than just a few words. Its our way of doing business, and a way of life for employees in our companies. We are a company with many principles and our core value, treating everyone with courtesy and respect, is paramount to our success.

Coldwell Banker in Northbrook, IL is seeking a FT Communications Specialist. This position is responsible for all external and internal communications for the Chicago and Columbus/Cincinnati metros. This includes working with each metros local media and management/agent teams. The specialist will produce an accurate and timely flow of external and internal information to agents, managers, employees and staff using a variety of internal communication vehicles including press releases, feature stories, media relations, articles, and announcements. Specialist will also be responsible for internal communication vehicles including traditional formats, newsletters, e-newsletters, e-blasts, and other email formats as well as web sites, presentations, marketing materials, video content, event promotions, branding ads, and announcements, Foundation materials, presentations, branding ads, and email communication formats. Occasional overnight and local travel.

Basic Skills/Qualifications

Public Relations:

Research, write and distribute press releases in Chicago and Columbus/Cincinnati. Releases will include but are not limited to the following:

    Weekly consumer benefit series

    Special promotions (i.e. Company wide open house events, Mobile web sites, etc.)


    Special events

    Senior leadership announcements

    Foundation releases

Update media lists for LOCs on a regular basis. Develop editorial calendars based on each metros marketing plans as well as the major newspaper/magazine/trade editorial schedules. Field news media requests to interview leadership team members. Coordinate feature stories, byline articles, etc. Support crisis communications when needed. Prepare and update news releases templates for internal web sites. Initiate new PR ideas/opportunities.

Field news media requests to interview leadership team members or sales associates about new company or industry developments or housing market trends. Counsel interviewees on appropriate talking points/messages.

Monitor the company's news media coverage. Develop regular news clipping book for Columbus/Cincinnati as well as measuring and monitoring report.

Act as Chicago Metros liaison to local public relations firm. Edit press releases written by firm, manage incoming clips, help firm find and prepare appropriate sources for local stories. Seek approvals for press releases, statements, quotes, etc. as needed.

Internal/Corporate Communications:

Initiate, coordinate, write, edit, update and/or produce internal communications vehicles for Chicago and Columbus/Cincinnati. Vehicles include brochures, marketing materials, employee/sales announcements, presentation pages, PowerPoint presentations, video content, company public web sites and intranets, events materials, internal memos and special projects for Chicago and Columbus/Cincinnati companies. Coordinate materials with graphic designers and eMarketing when needed.

Write and initiate eblasts as appropriate

Columbus/Cincinatti Buzz Newsletter: Develop, edit and manage the local company newsletter.

Chicagos Marketing Mix Newsletter: Develop, write, edit, and coordinate with graphic designer the LOC bi-monthly newsletter.

Chicagos regional weekly updates: review, edit and proof local regions weekly updates.

Manage articles in Chicagos Windy City publication: write, submit to relocation for approval, edit and send to vendor.

Awards: Support LOCs award needs

Provide NRT Foundation support for Chicago and Columbus/Cincinnati chapters Help implement committee directives, such as creating Foundation note cards, generating PR, and creating materials for ongoing initiatives. Communicate the Foundations initiatives to the field via email, flyers, presentations, etc.

Creating internal surveys using Zoomerang or other survey systems as requested. Other duties as assigned.

Additional Skills/Qualifications


BA in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, English or related field


Required: Four years of related experience in PR Communications within fast-paced business environment.

Preferred: Background in writing, editing, proofreading or research preferred.


    Ability to read and comprehend complex communications.

    Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one, small, and large groups to agents, management teams, and other employees.

    Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

    Strong written communication abilities.

    Able to effectively work in team atmosphere

    Ability to communicate all details necessary for supervisors and co-workers to understand any given situation and confirms understanding

Project Management/Leadership/Creativity/Analytical skills

    Treats internal and external clients and peers with professionalism, courtesy, respect and friendliness

    Writes clearly and concisely, with an ability to tailor the message to the intended audience.

    Participates in developing and working towards team goals.

    Ability to conduct research to obtain missing information when necessary.

    Listen and observe attentively, allowing exchange of information

    Seeks to understand differing viewpoints

    Expresses thoughts and ideas, while remaining sensitive to others

    Brings problems to supervisors attention when necessary

Proactive Problem Solving

    Takes full ownership and responsibility for projects and problems, as an individual and as a part of the team

    Gathers all facts before recommending a solution

    Obtains required approvals

    Communicates with everyone affected by a projects

    Actively participates in solutions

    Anticipates changes that need to be made to the system

    Takes initiative to recommend/implement preventative and proactive measures

Organizational Skills

    Must be extremely organized and focused on attention to detail

    Must have demonstrated multi-tasking skills and able to work independently or as part of a group.

    Maintain strict deadline schedules
    Must be proficient in MS Office products.

To be considered an applicant for this position you must show how you meet the basic qualifications of the job in a resume or document you upload.


NRT LLC, a subsidiary of Realogy Corporation, is committed to providing equal employment opportunity (EEO) and will make employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, sexual preference, gender identity or gender expression, veteran status, marital status, disability, or any other characteristic protected under applicable laws and regulations. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act and other applicable laws Realogy will provide reasonable accommodation to disabled applicants upon request during the application process to ensure equal opportunities to be considered for employment.

In compliance with the Immigration Control and Reform Act of 1986, NRT LLC and its subsidiary companies will hire only U.S. citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. NRT does not generally provide sponsorship or employment visa status. Employment by NRT is contingent upon completing Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification, education verification, and satisfactory reference and background checks.

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