• Bachelor’s (Preferred)
  • Graphic design: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Adobe Creative Suite: 1 year (Preferred)


Pulled from the full job description

  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off

Full Job Description

The Design & Communications Specialist is an integral part of the Development and Marketing team. This full-time position supports the Marketing & PR Manager in designing content, promoting events, fundraising and developing compelling communications that support the mission and vision of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton.

Essential Functions of this Position:

1. Responsible for creating and maintaining marketing communications and promotions including (but not limited to) quarterly newsletters, social media graphics, special event promotions, brochures, annual reports, etc., while maintaining high standards for the Humane Society of Greater Dayton’s branding guidelines

2. Collaborate with staff, board and volunteers to write compelling and heartfelt stories that speak on the programs, services and successes happening every day at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton

3. Collaborate with staff and consultants to ensure that communication vehicles have donor-focused content

4. Create and launch online fundraisers or other compelling donor-focused initiatives to increase funding to support the programs and services provide by the Humane Society of Greater Dayton

5. Support strategies and research to identify, prioritize, cultivate, solicit, recognize and steward donors and prospects

6. Work with Marketing & PR Manager to develop a timeline and help to implement promotional materials for the Humane Society of Greater Dayton’s signature events

7. Are comfortable speaking in public as a representative of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton during special events, meetings, or in our weekly pet of the week spots on television, etc.

8. Post, respond and manage multiple social media channels daily regarding adoptable animals, upcoming events, success stories, etc. This includes Facebook’s Business Suite, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, TikTok, Pinterest, etc.

9. Update content on the Humane Society of Greater Dayton’s main website as well as event-specific websites as needed

10. Attend and help promote major events happening throughout the year such as the Furry Skurry 5K, Fore Paws Golf Classic and Pet Afflaire Gala

Additional Functions/Responsibilities

  • Perform other job-related duties and activities as needed
  • Support the other team members in the Marketing and Development office to ensure success for the department as a whole
  • Keep Marketing & PR Manager informed on all current and upcoming projects
  • Work extended hours and travel; as needed
  • Properly operate HSGD vans and vehicles according to safety training standards
  • Responsible for keeping animals safe and in proper care based on HSGD standards at events
  • Comfortable interacting with animals including cats, dogs, rabbits, farm animals, etc.
  • May fill in for other Humane Society of Greater Dayton positions as needed

Minimum Education, Knowledge, Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in a similar marketing and graphic design role
  • Not-for-profit experience a plus, but not required
  • Must be highly proficient in the use of Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok and other social media channels
  • Graphic Design experience required
  • Photography and video editing skills required
  • Excellent verbal and visual communication, interpersonal and relationship-building skills; excellent written communication skills
  • Proficiency in programs including Adobe Creative Suite (including InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator), Microsoft Office required
  • Experience in Canva, WordPress and Constant Contact preferred
  • Experience and ability to use office equipment
  • Strong knowledge of and commitment to principles, ethics and practices of successful fundraising

Behavior Traits

  • Attention to detail
  • Enthusiasm for work
  • Strives to succeed – ambitious, maturity, poise, positive attitude
  • Flexibility
  • Results oriented, driven and decisive (including the ability to make recommendations)
  • Effective time management and planning skills
  • Ability to absorb information quickly and perform duties in a timely and accurate fashion
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities and respond/interact effectively and diplomatically to multiple customers (internal and external)
  • Ability to shift attention quickly and accurately from one matter to another
  • Ability to complete multiple long and short-term projects simultaneously, meeting all related deadlines
  • Ability to plan prioritize, coordinate and manage work independently
  • Ability to make decisions and solve problems independently, effectively and creatively
  • Proven ability to work with colleagues, board members, donors and volunteers
  • Ability to present to, inform and motivate individuals and groups regarding the Humane Society of Greater Dayton’s programs and mission
  • Creativity and originality celebrated in bringing new and fresh ideas to promotions
  • Thrive in working independently on multiple projects at once while also working closely in a team environment within the Marketing and Development Department

Scope of Daily Contacts:

  • Humane Society of Greater Dayton staff, volunteers and board members
  • Community and business leaders
  • Media and news professionals
  • Donors (both individuals and companies)
  • Government agencies
  • Foundations
  • Other animal shelters and non-profit groups
  • Vendors
  • Customers and clients

Job Type:

  • Full-time


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday


  • Bachelor’s (required)


  • Marketing: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Graphic design: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Photography/Video editing: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Adobe Creative Suite: 1 year (Preferred)

Work Location:

  • One location

To apply for this job email your details to awilson@hsdayton.org