Public Relations Specialist

Ryan Companies

Company Information:

With more than 80 years in business and 16 offices (and growing!), Ryan offers comprehensive commercial real estate solutions to customers across the US. We bring a collaborative, relationship-driven approach to delivering spaces where people thrive and businesses succeed. Join a company with an outstanding culture and competitive benefits. At Ryan, we don’t just build buildings – we build stories.

We Build Stories – and we need your help making those stories come to life! Ryan is seeking a newly created divisional public relations specialist to develop and implement PR and social media strategies that reinforce the Ryan brand. In this role, you will identify story opportunities; craft media pitches; prep regional leaders; and build/maintain relationships with reporters and editors. At Ryan, we’ve built a culture where you can truly enjoy your work, feel connected with your colleagues and leave each day workday with the sense of accomplishment, trust and energy – if that sounds like you, you’ll fit right in.

Position Details

Public Relations Specialist
Chicago Illinois
Chicago, IL

Job Description:

In this role, you will work closely with marketing leads, creative, social, and other disciplines to conceive campaigns and flawlessly bring them to life.

Some things you can expect to do:

  • Draft and distribute news releases and media pitches for corporate and regional purposes on a variety of topics including projects, new hires and corporate initiatives. 
  • Identify timely opportunities to drive brand awareness, expertise and business development for company sectors and services. 
  • Respond and/or coordinate response to incoming media inquiries. Draft and distribute media statements. 
  • Build and maintain media lists. Stay current on relevant news outlets and reporters.
  • Build and maintain relationships with local and regional media. 
  • Draft content for owned channels (i.e. social media channels and corporate blog) to amplify successful PR efforts and regionally driven accomplishments and achievements.

Success in this role requires solid knowledge of the media landscape including areas of editorial focus, typical deadlines, reporters; ability to develop and implement a media relations plan for a project or event; excellent writing skills, ability to distill complex messaging into concise, spare language; a strong knowledge of AP style; and familiarity and working knowledge of PR tools such as Cision.

To be successful in this role, a bachelor’s degree in public relations, communications or marketing (or comparable) and three to five years of experience in public relations or communications. Ideal candidates will have agency experience. We’ve created a culture where having a good time is a sign of doing a good job and we welcome others who share our sense of passion, commitment and fun. We offer competitive benefits and a supportive atmosphere to grow.

We can’t wait to meet you!


  • Competitive Salary 
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Benefits 
  • Retirement and Savings Benefits 
  • Flexible Spending Accounts 
  • Life Insurance 
  • Educational Assistance 
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) 
  • Parenting Benefits 
  • Long-term Disability 
  • Ryan Foundation – charitable matching funds 
  • Paid Time for Volunteer Events

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