Recently named one of the top 50 Chicago companies to work for (having a ping pong conference room table may have helped sway the judges), YouSwoop provides unbeatable local deals to the best things to do, eat and see around town. Since its launch in 2009, YouSwoop has sold more than 350,000 “Swoops” to the best experiences around town – from kayaking and skydiving to Cubs rooftop tickets, yacht parties and trolley crawls.

YouSwoop’s explosive growth as a premier daily deal site has been well chronicled by top local and regional media outlets, tweeted by thousands of fans and raved about in the blogosphere (at the least!). At YouSwoop, our goal is to provide the highest level of service to our customers and do so more efficiently and proactively than our competitors. We’re an impassioned, energetic, dedicated and fun group committed to creating awesome experiences for our Swoopers. We love what we do — we work hard each day to partner with amazing local businesses so that we can create incredible experiences to introduce to our rapidly growing consumer base. We believe in empowering the individual – the individual consumer, the individual business and, of course, each of our Swoopees who arrive at our office with conviction and a superior attitude. We take pride in the ambition, creativity, efficiency and spunk of our Swoopees who have contributed to an innovative and energetic environment that has allowed for YouSwoop’s continuous growth.

Want to be a Swoopee?

Below are listed the positions we’re looking for right now. But there are a number of positions within Marketing, Advertising, IT, Design, Accounting and Finance that may not be available at this time. We save every resume that comes our way in hopes that we have an opening that matches your awesome talents! Thank you for continuing to send your resumes and your interest in joining our team. Please send a cover letter, resume and the area in which you are interested.

Available Jobs Positions:


Online Marketing Manager

As YouSwoop’s Online Marketing Manager you’ll play a pivotal role in our day-to-day success. You will manage our online brand and ensure that everything we publish is on point and crafted with marketing genius.

Your responsibilities will include…

  • Manage YouSwoop’s Email Campaign Program, including sending our daily emails.
  • Optimize the layout and organization of features on YouSwoop.com to improve revenue, engine visibility and create a favorable user experience.
  • Review features prior to them going live to ensure each is crafted with marketing genius – from the right image to most appealing copy
  • Monitor website purchasing and ensure the proper inventory for each feature is updated.
  • Utilize YouSwoop’s Social Media.
  • Optimize website structure, link strategy and content to maximize qualified organic traffic (SEO).
  • Analyze data and reports, including Google Analytics to make informed decisions on executing the above responsibilities
  • Creating and leading campaigns to drive revenue and generate leads cross all marketing channels
  • Manage Marketing and PR interns.

You’d be a good fit if…

  • You’ve been told time and again that you have a superb writing style that is engaging, creative and personally connects with people – basically, you are someone who people want to get to know / follow after reading something you write on social media
  • You have rock solid verbal and written communication skills
  • You have at least two years of online marketing experience under your belt and a record of achievement in e-marketing, website management (We are not looking for a 10-year veteran per se, instead we are looking for someone who is highly motivated and brings a level of expertise to the role)
  • You’re (very) detail oriented and organized
  • You know everything there is to know about social media and trends
  • You would describe yourself as perfectionist
  • You are self sufficient
  • You are a people person
  • You like a work-hard, play-hard environment and don’t settle for anything less than great
  • You are excited about working in a start-up environment alongside other ambitious, young professionals
  • You’re already a Swooper or other daily deal buyer, because you get how awesome it is to explore and enjoy your surroundings.

.Net Developer

YouSwoop is looking to add a full- or part-time .Net Developer to our team. They will play a leading role on our technology team to advance YouSwoop into new and exciting heights.

Requirements include…

  • Experience in .Net Development with exposure to system architecture
  • Previous use of MVC frameworks — we use ASP.NET 3
  • Desire to create a functional design experience
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects
  • Can make independent judgments
  • Ability to help with the implementation of standard development practices is a plus

Must be familiar with:

  • ASP.NET MVC 3
  • C#
  • Html/CSS
  • Javascript/JQuery stack

You’d be a good fit if…

  • You have strong ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects, adhering to strict timelines using project management
  • You have effective oral and written communication skills and the ability to integrate non-technical terms with management and end users for requirement gathering and product delivery
  • You’ve developed some serious analytical and problem solving skills
  • You’re detail oriented and organized
  • You’re an independent thinker with a lot of initiative to get things done
  • You can implement standard development practices
  • You can effectively communicate job expectations to a team of developers

Accountant / Bookkeeper

YouSwoop is looking for a bookkeeper for 12 to 25 hours per week. Most of the work can be accomplished remotely, however working from our River North office for two half-days per week is required (we want to see your face!).

As an Accountant/Bookkeeper, your responsibilities include…

  • Creating payment schedules for merchants in Excel and Google Docs
  • Accurately entering bills into QuickBooks for our merchants, vendors and partners
  • Make timely payments and communicating with vendors as necessary
  • Daily bookkeeping and accounting functions
  • Performing other related bookkeeping duties as required

You’d be a good fit if…

  • You have experience with QuickBooks and/or other bookkeeping systems
  • You’ve been in the field, or a closely related field, for one to two years or have the college equivalent of experience
  • You’re comfortable in Excel (experience is important)
  • You’re looking for a flexible schedule with two half days in office and other remote work
  • You are positive and can tackle any situation with a can-do attitude
  • You take initiative to get ahead of the game and improve existing procedures
  • You have sales, hospitality, entrepreneurial and/or small business experience
  • You like a work-hard, play-hard environment and strive for results in a motivated environment with other young professionals

Graphic Design Intern

YouSwoop is seeking a graphic design intern to join our development department and aid in the design and development of in-house applications. This is a hands-on opportunity for a designer to enhance the experience our Swoopers have with our brand (website, social media, branded print and online collateral, etc.) as well as actively participate in the development of new projects.

As a Graphic Design Intern, your responsibilities include…

  • Creating interactive website and mobile design mock ups in Photoshop and/or Illustrator
  • Coding html emails for daily email campaigns (sent to 200K+ Chicagoans)
  • Designing daily feature images (Each deal on our site has a custom designed deal image)
  • Creating landing pages for marketing campaigns
  • Designing brochures, posters and other print materials for the marketing department
  • Designing creative displays for digital campaigns
  • Developing email marketing templates
  • Ensuring that work products conform to YouSwoop’s brand identity

You’d be a good fit if…

  • You have graphic design experience and consider yourself creative
  • You have experience with Photoshop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver
  • You have a solid knowledge of different design principles
  • You have knowledge of HTML and CSS
  • You have excellent verbal and written skills
  • You can present information concisely and effectively through writing and verbally

Swoopterns

Spring and Summer of 2013 will be an exhilarating time of growth at YouSwoop. Therefore, we’re looking for “Swoopterns” to drive this growth, increase awareness, refine our branding and influence the next stage of our success. Our mentorship programs are a way to gain real-life experiences that will lead to enhancement of communication and leadership skills, creativity and decision-making capabilities.

Swoopterns also enjoy a great deal of ownership and independence with their day to day functions while working under the management of departmental managers.


Marketing and Advertising Intern

YouSwoop’s marketing and advertising interns have the opportunity to discuss local Chicago business owners’ marketing goals and how YouSwoop’s model can align with their objectives. They work toward developing long-term relationships with merchants throughout a variety of activities and projects.

As a Marketing and Advertising Intern, your responsibilities include…

  • Assisting with design of printed and digital marketing materials, including brochures, posters, presentations and web banners through Microsoft Word and InDesign
  • Analyzing consumer data and spending habits
  • Working with management to create hyper-focused marketing campaigns specific to business’s needs
  • Preparing collateral for promotions on the website
  • Working in conjunction with the design team to sell products and services
  • Organizing guerilla marketing campaigns as needed
  • Enhancing, organizing and managing events
  • Working 15 to 20 hours per week based on your schedule

You’d be a good fit if…

  • You are a junior or senior in college
  • You are majoring in marketing, sales leadership, business, communications or a related field
  • You’re interested in entrepreneurship, research, business, cultural tourism, business development, marketing and advertising
  • You have rock solid verbal and written communication skills
  • You want to learn the fundamentals of business development and management
  • You like working in a fun, young and fast-paced environment

Business Development Intern

YouSwoop’s business development interns have the opportunity to discuss local Chicago business owners’ marketing goals and how YouSwoop’s model can align with their objectives. They work toward developing long-term relationships with merchants throughout a variety of activities and projects.

As a Business Development Intern, your responsibilities include…

  • Assisting with identifying and obtaining contracts from local businesses
  • Conducting preliminary market research and competitive analysis
  • Assisting in development of a business plan for new business development ideas
  • Support the development of tourism and youth initiatives
  • Crafting and executing contracts and proposals
  • Generating communications between YouSwoop and other partnering entities
  • Providing administrative support to the development department and other departments as needed
  • Working 15 to 20 hours per week based on your schedule

You’d be a good fit if…

  • You are a junior or senior in college
  • You are majoring in marketing, sales leadership, business, communications or a related field
  • You have interest and/or knowledge in entrepreneurship, research, business, cultural tourism, business development, marketing and advertising
  • You have rock solid verbal and written communication skills
  • You have experience in sales or business development
  • You want to work in a fun, young and fast-paced environment
  • You want professional development training and are looking for cross-departmental experience