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Public Relations Specialist

| Austin

Expedia

Are you passionate about travel? Do you want to be in a high pace, high energy workplace bent on revolutionizing the industry? Are you a hands-on individual that has the ability to work independently and provide thoughtful insights to teams?

HomeAway is looking for an experienced communications professional to join the US Public Relations team. You’ll be joining an energetic group responsible for getting media coverage for the HomeAway and Vrbo brands. We’re looking for someone who is equally comfortable brainstorming out-of-the-box integrated marketing campaign ideas and analyzing data to extrapolate trends in the fast-growing category of vacation rental travel. This person will develop and execute PR strategies, plans and materials and manage media relations spanning business, consumer and lifestyle, travel and technology verticals. This person must be able to quickly learn and understand the company, its products and services and manage multiple projects under tight deadlines.

This job might be for you if:

You pick up the phone and call journalists.

You’re a proud member of the grammar police.

You write in a clear, compelling way – no clichés.

You’re a stickler for details and never miss a deadline.

You voraciously follow the news – from political to pop culture.

Responsibilities:

Build and nurture relationships with media to continuously get HomeAway and Vrbo in the headlines; secure coverage results ranging from corporate announcements to seasonal travel tips

Project manage programs and PR campaigns, working closely with others on the communications team and other departments that contribute to the integrated marketing mix

Write news releases, talking points, PR plans and other materials that support marketing and business objectives

Identify trends and story ideas about travel, vacation rental ownership and technology to secure an ongoing stream of earned media

Collaborate in a fast-paced environment with global communications team, external PR agency and cross-functional marketing departments to plan and execute highly visible integrated campaigns

Qualifications:

  • 4-6 years of previous experience in public relations or communications
  • Bachelor’s degree in a job-relevant field
  • Experience working in travel, corporate, technology or related industry, agency experience a plus
  • Proven success pitching media and securing earned press coverage
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills; proficient in AP style
  • Ability to prioritize and manage projects for multiple clients or stakeholders
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and thorough follow-through on projects with tight deadlines
  • High level of autonomy and initiative while maintaining strong interpersonal skills and collaborative attitude
  • Analytical, inquisitive and data-driven mindset; ability to develop and continuously try and test new ideas
  • Experience collaborating with other marketing teams and departments to accomplish shared goals
  • Proficiency using media databases, CMS, wiring services and media monitoring platforms
  • Some graphic design and video editing a plus, with knowledge of basic tools such as Illustrator, Photo Shop, InDesign, Canva, iMovie and/or Final Cut.

Benefits & Perks:

  • Competitive health and insurance benefits.
  • Competitive salary.
  • Annual target bonus or commission.
  • Parental leave for up to 20 weeks (dependent on eligibility).
  • Paid vacation and sick time.
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program.
  • Free snacks and beverages.
  • Frequent company update talks with our leadership team.
  • Free listing on HomeAway.com.
  • Electronic, adjustable stand-up desk.
  • Discounted Metro & Rail pass.
  • Casual dress.

Why join us:

Expedia Group recognizes our success is dependent on the success of our people. We are the world's travel platform, made up of the most knowledgeable, passionate, and creative people in our business. Our brands recognize the power of travel to break down barriers and make people's lives better – that responsibility inspires us to be the place where exceptional people want to do their best work, and to provide them to tools to do so.

Whether you're applying to work in engineering or customer support, marketing or lodging supply, at Expedia Group we act as one team, working towards a common goal; to bring the world within reach. We relentlessly strive for better, but not at the cost of the customer. We act with humility and optimism, respecting ideas big and small. We value diversity and voices of all volumes. We are a global organization but keep our feet on the ground so we can act fast and stay simple. Our teams also have the chance to give back on a local level and make a difference through our corporate social responsibility program, Expedia Cares.

Our family of travel brands includes: Brand Expedia®, Hotels.com®, Expedia® Partner Solutions, Egencia®, trivago®, HomeAway®, Orbitz®, Travelocity®, Wotif®, lastminute.com.au®, ebookers®, CheapTickets®, Hotwire®, Classic Vacations®, Expedia® Media Solutions, CarRentals.com™, Expedia Local Expert®, Expedia® CruiseShipCenters®, SilverRail Technologies, Inc., ALICE and Traveldoo®.

About HomeAway:

HomeAway, a world leader in the vacation rental industry, is the place to book beach houses, cabins, and condos with more than two million places to stay in 190 countries. The site makes it easy to find and book the perfect vacation rental for any getaway, often for less than the cost of traditional hotel accommodations. HomeAway is part of the Expedia Group family of brands.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Expedia is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. This employer participates in E-Verify. The employer will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information from each new employee's I-9 to confirm work authorization.

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Location

Vrbo has six offices in the Austin area with a 16-story global headquarters under construction at the Domain set to open in 2019.

An Insider's view of Vrbo

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Some of us have been working together for 5+ years and have been there for each other during engagements, births, divorces…you name it. They have truly been my second family and my coworkers are the best part of coming to the office every day.

Amanda

Director, B&B Sales and Supply

What projects are you most excited about?

As a Software Engineer, I’m excited to rebuild an old JavaScript and jQuery STAB component into a new React based component. The goal is to update this component to our new tech stack so when consuming applications move to using Catalyst based applications we can ease the integration process.

Juliana

Advertising Account Executive

What makes someone successful on your team?

Being a successful finance person means being a strong business partner and not only understanding what is happening throughout the business but also being insatiably curious about it. It’s not enough to just know math, or know the numbers; you need to know where those numbers come from, how they get there and what's driving that result.

Sharon

Sr. Director Global Finance Operations

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

The Talent Acquisition team is always pitching innovative ideas at our 120-day planning sessions that directly impact the company and recruitment experience. It’s amazing to see how quickly we’re able to implement new ideas every 120 days and measure the results. We’ve seen everything from employee referral reform to self-defense classes in Austin.

Marisela

Director, Global Talent Acquisition

What projects are you most excited about?

I'm on a team that's investigating the integration of react-native into our existing mobile app and my focus is primarily on bridging our existing native analytics packages into the react-native side of things. This allows us to adapt and improve based on what customers do while using our product,

Andrew

Software UI Engineer

What are Vrbo Perks + Benefits

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
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
HomeAway offers up to 20 weeks of paid parental leave (yes, dads, too!) for eligible new parents with at least 1 year of service.
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
9 paid holidays + 2 floating holidays you can take any time during the year.
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Parking
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program

Additional Perks + Benefits

We were recognized by the Austin American-Statesman for having the most generous parental leave in Austin!

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