AVP, Corporate Communications

Chicago, Illinois


Company Description

Founded in 1966, Heitman is a premier global real estate investment management firm with over $53 billion in assets under management. Heitman has three main business lines: direct real estate investment; the origination and servicing of debt secured by real estate and investments in publicly traded securities, including REITs, REOCs and other real estate companies. The Firm offers investment products and services across the risk/return spectrum, within each category.

Heitman is proud to be employee owned, and the firm’s real estate solutions are directed by some of the most experienced and innovative professionals in the industry. Headquartered in Chicago, with offices in Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Melbourne, New York, Seoul and Tokyo, Heitman has over 360 employees who offer specialized expertise — from a specific discipline to local insight.

This Opportunity

Heitman’s Chicago office is seeking an Assistant Vice President, Corporate Communications (the “AVP”). The AVP will report to the Senior Vice President, Director of Global Marketing & Communications and will play an integral role to advance our corporate brand and reputation in ways that promotes Heitman’s business, values, and mission. This role will drive the development and execution of external and internal communications. Levers will include public relations, social media, digital marketing, website, events, advertising, sponsorship, executive communications, and content creation.

The responsibilities
of the AVP, Corporate Communications include, but are not limited to:


Corporate Communications

  • Partner to design and deliver strategic external and internal communications to align with and advance Heitman’s business objectives and enhance its corporate reputation; amplify strategic messaging and ensure appropriate cadence around the globe.
  • Create and disseminate accurate, compelling, and timely communications.
  • Collaborate to produce external content materials and thought leadership. Manage content development process from ideation to deployment.
  • Partner to curate executive communications for both internal and external audiences, leveraging multiple formats.

Public Relations and Social Media

  • Collaborate with global business leaders and PR firm to enhance the company’s voice, presence, and strategic messaging. Craft and deliver press releases and associated LinkedIn posts.
  • Partner to lead the strategy, growth, and management of Heitman’s social media presence on LinkedIn.
  • Curate LinkedIn content strategy to ensure appropriate cadence, messaging, and design to reflect Heitman brand and reputation. Build follower growth and engagement.
  • Identify opportunities to expand the firm’s brand globally.

Advertising, Sponsorship, Select Awards

  • Plan and execute global advertising media strategy, including in which media to advertise, along with cadence, format, mix and placement. Lead and coordinate deployment.
  • Plan and secure sponsorship and speaking (earned and paid) opportunities as appropriate around the globe.
  • Identify and craft submissions for select awards that build reputation and brand.

Digital Marketing & Communications

  • Partner to build and maintain digital marketing and communications initiatives, including client email marketing as well as Heitman’s website.
  • Build and maintain brand integrity across all initiatives. Reflect the brand positioning consistently in all elements of marketing and communications endeavors.

We are seeking individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • BA in Communications, Journalism, Marketing
  • 7-10 years of relevant and progressive experience
  • Financial Services, Real Estate, Professional Services experience preferred
  • Fluent in AP style – excellent writer with ability to synthesize complex ideas to deliver key messaging and communications
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of communications best practices and current trends 
  • Must be a self-starter, with excellent planning, execution, and project management skills
  • Understanding and ability to track and report key KPIs, including LinkedIn metrics, email (Pardot), and website analytics

  The Heitman Difference Culture

Our culture recognizes the importance of our biggest differentiator — our people. Heitman’s collaborative work environment gives our professionals the opportunity to build something together. Something too appealing to ignore and too rewarding to leave.

Our culture is driven by our core values: Respect, Commitment, Innovation, and Integrity. We strive to maintain an inclusive and collaborative environment where all ideas are welcome. Among many other Heitman sponsored programs, we encourage our employees to get out into the community and volunteer with their favorite organizations – you’ll even get paid time off to do just that!


Heitman offers an excellent compensation and benefits package, including medical, dental and life insurance, 401K plan with employer match, and a generous vacation/sick plan.


Additional Information


Interested professionals should apply via our website at Please make sure to select “careers” under the About tab to submit your cover letter and resume. If you are a Heitman employee, please make sure to apply using your Heitman email address.


Equal Employment Opportunity: Heitman is an equal employment opportunity employer and complies with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, physical, medical or mental disability or condition (including, without limitation, HIV and AIDS), developmental disability, handicap, denial of family and medical care leave, denial of pregnancy leave, domestic partner status, status as a victim of sexual or domestic violence (or familial relationship to such victim), veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, arrest records, citizenship status, criminal history that has been expunged, unfavorable discharge from the military, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws.