Associate Director of Communication Design

Humane Society for Southwest Washington | Vancouver, WA

Posted Date 9/08/2021

Associate Director of Communication Design

Since 1897, we have been caring for the animals of Southwest Washington and surrounding areas. By working in collaboration with local veterinarians and animal rescue groups, the Humane Society and its partners in animal welfare look forward to a future where all companion animals will live in a loving home. Through the work of our committed staff and volunteers, HSSW offers a variety of programs including pet adoptions, community education, pet behavior advice, spay/neuter assistance, low-cost programs for qualifying families and much more. The Humane Society for Southwest Washington is dedicated to completing families through animal adoptions, matchmaking, and lost and found services. Our Mission is: rescue • return • restore • rehome • reconnect. One animal at a time. We also own and operate ReTails Thrift Store - the premiere Clark County thrifting experience. Proceeds from ReTails support animal care and shelter operations.


Position Summary:

We are seeking a team member with expertise and experience in creating effective and engaging visual and written communications to support the strategic goals of the Humane Society for Southwest Washington. The Associate Director of Communication Design is responsible for developing a range of communications materials that will inspire and inform the broader community and move them to give, volunteer or otherwise engage with the organization. While respecting current brand standards and keeping the mission of HSSW top of mind, the AD of Communication Design will create direct mail and electronic fundraising appeals, annual reports, brochures, invitations and event marketing, graphics for the website and social media, and advertising for ReTails Thrift Store, as well as a variety of signage, labels, and other collateral for use within the shelter and the store. A deep understanding of nuance and differentiation for a broad range of audiences including donors, adopters, volunteers, staff, board of directors and the broader community is essential. This position will also oversee production of materials to ensure high quality in keeping with HSSW’s brand and reputation.

Reporting to the Vice President of Development & Marketing, the AD of Communications Design will work closely with a collaborative team of marketing and fundraising professionals, as well as other shelter staff in support of the organization’s strategic goals. As an embedded member of the Development/Marketing Team, this role will develop visual treatments that support the stated objectives of each project. The position serves as the brand champion of the shelter’s visual identity and ensures that all of our materials reflect our mission. The AD of Communications Design will work closely with the AD of Marketing to help develop a communications calendar that reflects the work of the organization and supports intentional and thoughtful communications throughout the year.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Drive the visual direction for a wide range of print and digital communications to meet the strategic objectives of HSSW.
  • Work closely with the AD of Marketing to develop a comprehensive communications plan that serves all of the organization's audiences and needs, including fundraising, education, adoptions, volunteers, shelter operations, and community engagement.
  • Develop a project intake and creative brief process with the AD of Marketing to establish efficient and effective project management and ensure that finished products meet stated goals.
  • Serve as backup to the AD of Marketing for social media.
  • Collaborate with internal program stakeholders to develop and manage content for promotions and ad campaigns; work with external vendors to execute campaigns.
  • Lead development of special campaigns (print or digital, as appropriate) for Development events, fundraising appeals, capital campaigns, volunteer recruitment and recognition, and other fundraising projects.
  • Develop sponsorship and partnership proposals in conjunction with development staff.
  • Maintain and develop strong brand identity and reputation.


Job Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communication design or Graphic Design
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in graphic design for a range of audiences for print and digital delivery
  • Strong written communication skills and ability to contribute to content development as needed
  • Experience working with print vendors and others to ensure high quality finished materials
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as well as independently to meet deadlines, as well as the flexibility to be responsive to urgent requests
  • Demonstrated skills, knowledge and experience in the successful development and execution of marketing campaigns, communications, and public relations activities
  • Strong creative, strategic, analytical, organizational, and personal skills, with the experience of managing multiple projects at a time
  • Experience overseeing the design and production of online and print collateral and publications.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Experience developing and implementing successful social marketing strategies
  • Successful team member with the ability to build and maintain authentic relationships with colleagues and partners.


Compensation and Benefits:

The Associate Director of Communication Design is a full-time exempt position with an annual salary range of $50,000-$55,000 dependent on experience. Pay increases are contingent upon experience, attitude, work ethic, commitment to teamwork, learning ability, skill level, core competencies and, of course, organizational budget.

In addition to serving in an organization with a compassionate and strategic purpose; full time employees currently enjoy health, dental and vision insurance benefits that become effective the first of the month after hire.  Additional benefits include a generous PTO plan that includes floating holidays and the ability to build a long-term sick leave bank. A matching percentage 401 (k) retirement plan that begins the first month after hire, has a 3-year graded vestment schedule and a ROTH contribution option. An employee assistance program that includes all household member access. A Section 125 FSA Cafeteria Plan for out-of-pocket health and/or dependent day care expenses, employee discounts that include partner organizations and access to affordable life, disability, and accidental supplemental insurance.

Organization Values:

  • Vision We live in a community where all animals are loved and cared for.
  • Mission return. restore. rehome. reconnect. one animal at a time.
  • Values



Always consider the best interest of the animal, while having compassion for the owner.


Invest in the enrichment and wellbeing of staff and volunteers both professionally and personally utilizing all members to their fullest, encouraging individual and group growth.

Building partnerships through collaboration

Share knowledge and goals to expand community relationships that benefit the welfare of the animals.


Always seek innovative methods and opportunities. Strive to be the best at what we do.

Education & service to community

Educate the public on responsible pet ownership and the Humane Society's role in serving the community.

Transparency & Integrity

Communicate openly and raise awareness and accountability for what we do.


Embrace our obligation for the careful and responsible management of all that is entrusted to HSSW.



Physical Requirements & Working Conditions:

This position requires you to be comfortable with speaking with people and to groups of people; set up for events and move supplies/materials; repetitively use hands to operate computers, telephone, and cell phone; use computer keyboard for extensive periods of time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work is performed in a standard office environment with the opportunity to work remotely. Employees have exposure to environmental conditions that include working near animals. Primary workplace is at an animal shelter that operates 7 days per week, with potential exposure to fractious animals, high noise levels, zoonotic diseases, animal bites and scratches, cleaning chemicals, allergens, and potential exposure of infectious diseases to owned animals.


This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related duties required by their supervisor.  This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at-will” relationship. This position requires passing a Motor Vehicle Records Search. HSSW participates in E-Verify and requires pre-employment drug testing for illegal substances.


How to apply:

If you want to help change the world for the people and pets in our community and Southwest Washington and you feel you meet the qualifications for this position, please submit your application, resume and cover letter in PDF format by email to  with your first and last name in the subject line followed by “Associate Director of Communication Design”. If you prefer you may place your application materials in an envelope to mail or hand deliver. Please label Attn: Human Resources; Humane Society for Southwest Washington, 1100 NE 192nd Ave, Vancouver, WA 98684. You can find the link to the application here on HSSW’s website Current HSSW employees wishing to apply will be required to submit an interdepartmental application.




Listing Type
Advertising | Communications | Marketing | Media | Nonprofit | Public Relations
Position Type
Full Time
Experience Level
Mid Level
Employer Type
Direct Employer
Salary Type

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