HomeAway, Inc., an Expedia brand based in Austin, Texas, is the world's leading online marketplace for the vacation rental industry, with sites representing over 1.2 million paid listings of vacation rental homes in 190 countries. Through HomeAway, owners and property managers offer an extensive selection of vacation homes that provide travelers with memorable experiences and benefits, including more room to relax and added privacy, for less than the cost of traditional hotel accommodations. The company also makes it easy for vacation rental owners and property managers to advertise their properties and manage bookings online. The HomeAway portfolio includes the leading vacation rental websites HomeAway.com, VRBO.com and VacationRentals.com in the United States; HomeAway.co.uk and OwnersDirect.co.uk in the United Kingdom; HomeAway.de in Germany; Abritel.fr and Homelidays.com in France; HomeAway.es and Toprural.es in Spain; AlugueTemporada.com.br in Brazil; HomeAway.com.au and Stayz.com.au in Australia; and Bookabach.co.nz in New Zealand. Asia Pacific short-term rental site, travelmob.com, is also owned by HomeAway.HomeAway also operates BedandBreakfast.com, the most comprehensive global site for finding bed-and-breakfast properties, providing travelers with another source for unique lodging alternatives to chain hotels.

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About Us:

HomeAway.com, Inc. (an Expedia Brand) is the global leader in vacation rentals (VR). VR’s represent the second largest travel accommodation option, behind only traditional hotels and resorts. Further, they are the fastest growing segment within the travel accommodations industry. In the coming years, HomeAway aspires to hyper-charge VR industry growth by taking this category mainstream.

About Global Creative Studio:

The Global Creative Studio (GCS) is an international, multi-disciplinary group of creatives with a deep curiosity about the world and an undeniable passion for travel. As part of the Global Brand and Integrated Marketing team, we’re responsible for imagining, developing, and delivering high-caliber, multimedia marketing programs to engage and inform our travelers (B2C) and property owners/managers (B2B). We’re the dreamers and doers behind global and regional marketing campaigns, always-on editorial channels, and technical initiatives that include content automation and scalability. We seek the industry’s best storytellers, visual artists, and technical experts to grow and thrive with us as we tell the HomeAway story around the world.

The Role: Email Designer/Developer

HomeAway is seeking an Email Designer to join the Global Creative Studio to support our Marketing Automation Team and our growing email programs. This global position is based in Austin and will work directly with marketing teams spanning HomeAway’s entire brand portfolio, including 20+ brands across and multiple geographies. 

Responsibilities:

-Design engaging and effective email templates consistent with HomeAway’s brand standards and creative guidelines.

-Build, QA, and deliver HTML templates; ensure all creative assets are optimized for delivery and performance.

-Design, develop, and code new, mobile-optimized templates to support new content as needed.

-Set up all supporting campaign assets: text files, landing pages, source code/discount uploads, tracking links, and other related assets.

-Troubleshoot display, rendering, and delivery issues (across various browsers, clients, devices).

-Manage a “library” of email designs so content is accessible company-wide.

-Support development of new email campaigns, programs, and processes.

-Maintain awareness of email and marketing trends and make recommendations on optimization tactics and best practices.

-Work effectively in a fast-paced environment where multi-tasking is an absolute must. 

Skills/Requirements:

-Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design, Information Design, Digital Media Design or other visual arts.

-At least 3 years of e-mail marketing and/or web production experience.

-Responsive design perspective with a mobile first mentality.

-Highly proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (with extensive knowledge of Photoshop and Dreamweaver).

-Strong knowledge and experience designing for and coding HTML.

-Basic understanding of standards-driven CSS and JavaScript.

-Strong web asset production, interactive design and typography skills with an understanding of web design best practices pertaining to e-commerce.

-Should be well versed in the limitations of e-mail clients and how to design attractive and effective e-mails within those constraints. 

-Experience in Eloqua or Marketo a plus.

Critical Success Factors:

-Strong verbal communication skills with the ability to articulate your creative thoughts, and point of view.

-Comfort saying ‘no’ and asking probing questions until direction is well understood; able to constructively and effectively negotiate sensitive issues with people who outrank you.

-Ability to process information supplied by client/strategy/account services and translate into visual ideas and executions.

-A keen ability to prioritize a high volume of work, completing the right things in the right order.

-Punctual. You take deadlines seriously. Ability to deliver on time and on spec consistently.

-Optimistic. Maintains a positive energy that inspires those around you

-Detail obsession. Every pixel matters to you.

Benefits:

-Competitive health and insurance benefits

-Highly competitive salary

-Target annual bonus

-Employee Stock Purchase Plan

-Paid vacation and sick time

-Vacation rental on a yearly basis (taxable benefit)

-Free beverages & snacks

-Frequent company update talks with our leadership team

-Free listing on HomeAway.com

-Stand-up desk

-Casual dress

-Discounted pass for Metro (Rail & Bus)

Location:

Austin, TX - Downtown Location on 5th and Lamar 

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Why work with us
Founded by Brian Sharples and Carl Shepherd in February 2005, the idea behind HomeAway was to revolutionize the historically-fragmented vacation rental industry and establish the company as the clear market leader. The entrepreneurial spirit of the pioneers who created the very first vacation rental sites, many of which are now part of the HomeAway portfolio, fueled the early growth of the business and set the tone for the company culture that exists today. At HomeAway we work as a team, we work hard and we're competitive, but we always make time to celebrate our successes. From peer-nominated awards for those who have exceeded expectations with a free vacation, to company parties that celebrate holidays and achievements, we strive to maintain a culture where everyone's content and proud to call HomeAway their "home away from home!"
Culture
The HomeAway World Headquarters is located in downtown Austin, Texas. Employees love the proximity to restaurants, bars and retail — especially to the unofficial company cafeteria, the Whole Foods Market flagship store. The office space is also situated off of Lady Bird Lake, which has a fantastic hike and bike trail. HomeAway's four-story, 86,000-square-foot, mixed-use building was awarded Gold-level LEED certification in April 2010 for its use of eco-friendly materials. The design is vacation-themed and features a giant replica of the birdhouse from the HomeAway logo.
Perks & Benefits
Target Annual Bonus
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
4 Weeks' Vacation
Free drinks and snacks
Game room
Workout room/area, onsite showers and lockers, and bike lockers
Great medical, dental and vision plans

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